The Golden Circle Day Tour | With Horse Riding in a Geothermal Area

The Golden Circle Day Tour | With Horse Riding in a Geothermal Area
The geyser known as Strokkur is very active, and one of Iceland's favourite sites.
The power of Gullfoss is awe-inspiring to behold.
The crystal clear waters in Þingvellir's ravines originates from Langjökull glacier.
A serene evening shot of Þingvellir National Park.
This view can be found on the North American Tectonic Plate, overlooking Þingvellir National Park.
Horseback sightseeing is as exhilarating as it is rewarding.
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Roll two essential Icelandic experiences into one on this incredible day tour; ride one of the nation's charming and sturdy horses, and marvel over the three famous sites of the Golden Circle.

You will be picked up from Reykjavík in the morning, and head straight to the farm of Vellir. Here, you will meet your horse-riding guide and your steed for the morning.

Icelandic horses are incredibly special animals. You’ll first notice that they are much smaller than most other breeds, but after a few minutes, you’ll see that that is the least interesting thing about them; they are also noticeably friendlier, smarter, and more curious than other horses. Riding them is an absolute delight, even for the novice rider.

For up to two hours, you will travel with your group through the beautiful, verdant countryside, with views over mountains and up to the ocean. The pace is nice and slow for beginners.

Following an invigorating ride, you will have lunch, before setting out on the Golden Circle. Your first stop on this popular trail is the Geysir Geothermal Area. Here, you can see a geyser named Strokkur erupt every 10 minutes or so, to a height of up to 40 m (131 ft). The now largely inactive Geysir can also be seen, as can many other bubbling hot springs and steaming fumaroles.

The next stop will be the ‘golden waterfall’, otherwise known as Gullfoss. Here, the Hvíta river pours down two tiers into an ancient plunging valley. When the ground is not too icy, it is possible to reach a viewing platform right where the water starts to drop, allowing you marvel over its awe-inspiring power.

The final site of the Golden Circle is Þingvellir National Park, a place famed for its fascinating history and geology. The only UNESCO World Heritage Site on the Icelandic mainland, Þingvellir was the original site of the world’s longest-running, ongoing representative parliament, formed in 930 AD and now based in Reykjavík.

Þingvellir is also located in the rift valley that runs all the way through Iceland, marking the boundaries of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. In no other part of the country are the edges of these continents so obvious, and their presence has led to some incredible geological features. Combined with the verdant forests, creeping moss and crystal clear rivers that cover the park, Þingvellir is home to some spectacular views.

Once you have made the most of the beautiful Golden Circle, you will return to Reykjavík in time to enjoy your evening.

Don’t miss your chance to ride the incredible Icelandic horse and to see the famous sites of the Golden Circle. Book your tour now. Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Oct. - May.
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Activities: Horse Riding, Sightseeing
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 7 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Golden Circle, Geysir, Gullfoss, Þingvellir, Strokkur, Hveragerði, Haukadalur
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 08:00.

Please be at your pickup location in time for your departure. Should your pickup location be at a bus stop and you need assistance finding it, seek guidance in your Hotel's reception or contact your tour provider directly.

  • 1.5 - 2 hours on horseback

  • Lunch

  • Professional Guide

  • Pick up and drop off

What to bring:
  • Sturdy shoes

  • Gloves

  • Warm clothes

Good to know:

This tour is suited both for beginners and experienced riders, horses are selected according to riding experience. Guiding in other languages on request.

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I went to the Golden Circle Day trip with horseriding. It was a fantastic experience, everything went as it should. We were picked up and droped off at the expected time, all the guides were good, both at the horseriding and at the Golden Circle tour, telling about respectiveliy the horses and the landscapes, culture and history. It was fantastic for me to experience the specialities of Iceland in one day. As a beginner in horseriding I was taken very good care of.
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Great tour involving the beautiful Icelandic horses, volcanic areas and the Golden Circle. Started the day learning about the horses and then a generous amount of time riding them around the farm, surrounded by volcanoes. The golden circle tour took us around the 3 main sites. We navigate our own way around the sites but learn about them and the sites we drive past on the way. Would recommend this tour for anyone who is keen to get close to the beautiful Icelandic horses.
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This tour was amazing. It was my favorite day from our Europe trip. The horseriding was a memory which will last a life time, and the views were beautiful.
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Loved, loved, loved the horseback riding!!!
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The horseriding was something really special. I couldn't stop smiling the whole time! Would really highly recommend this tour, totally loved it!
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This tour was one of the highlights of my trip to Iceland, if not my whole year. Nikko our guide was incredibly friendly and knowledgeable, the horses were placid, and the serenity of riding through snow covered plains whilst watching the sun slowly rise is an experience that can only truly be appreciated in person. Following the horse ride we had a beautiful lunch while we warmed up, before heading off on the Golden Circle tour. the tour does seem a bit expensive at first, but when put in context of how expensive everything is in Iceland, it actually seemed quite cheap! I would pay a whole lot more to do this tour again!
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Nice heritage scenery, friendly Icelandic horses, and guides are experienced and helpful. Even my parents, aged over 70s, enjoy the riding very much.
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Amazing experience, our guide and driver was helpful & friendly. The weather was a bit damp but the farm hands accommodated us with rain gear for our horse back riding. I will keep recommending Guide to Iceland to everyone!
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Our guides were very young girls who were not able to effectively communicate with large groups of people. Upon our arrival we didn't know how the day was going to be organized, where to go, etc. It was unclear where we would have our boxed lunch, which in the end was a very nice hotel lunch buffet- not a box lunch like was described to us. When we were picked up for the afternoon part of our tour, the driver/guide didn't know where we were waiting. While the guide came to get us, he let the people on a LARGE coach bus get out to look at the horses. Getting them back in the bus took a LOGN time and in the end we arrived back to the city much later than was expected.
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It was good. The hourse riding could have been better if we had been divided into groups depending on levels etc. Had done islandic horse riding before and enjoyed very much to do the galopp wich we weren't allowed. The lunch wasn't the best either and we had 2 hours between riding and getting picked up by the bus. The guide on the bus for the golden circle was very good!!
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