See the Golden Circle from a different perspective! Ride the Icelandic horse and visit geothermal areas, lava fields and cascading waterfalls on this 2-day tour. This small group tour with easy daily rides of 15-20 km provides views of deep canyons, wild glacial rivers and fascinating lava formations while you relax in the saddle of the soft tölting Icelandic Horse.
This is the perfect tour if you want to be able to join the best form of Icelandic sightseeing while also partaking in a fun and lively activity. This excursion is suited for beginners and experienced riders alike that are in good physical shape.
In addition to the regular three gaits most horses perform, the Icelandic horse has two additional gaits, the tölt and pace, both being a smooth riding form, making long distance riding easier for those who are new to the sport.
On the first day, you will visit Þingvellir National Park with beautiful Öxarárfoss waterfall, the Geysir hot spring area with the geyser Strokkur, erupting every 6-10 minutes. In the evening you will enjoy a lovely bath in the natural geothermal pool of the Secret Lagoon, so bring your swimsuit!
The second day will take you on remote riding tracks along the huge Hvítá river canyon with breathtaking views of Gullfoss waterfall. Another beautiful waterfall called Faxi awaits you on the way home.
Your accommodation for one night will be at Kjóastaðir farm, set beautifully in the countryside right between the famous sights Geysir and Gullfoss. Accommodation is provided in single, double and family rooms with made up beds and shared facilities. A lovely lounge offers cosy seating in direct view of the erupting Geysir. All meals are provided, homemade with love.
This tour offers Midnight Sun departures in June and July when the sun hardly sets and Northern Lights departures in autumn. The farm is situated far away from big settlements, so there is very little light pollution, making it a perfect countryside setting for seeing the dancing Aurora Borealis.
So don't wait! Book now for two days of horses, geysers, waterfalls and fun. Check availability by choosing a date.
You will be picked up at your accommodation early in the morning. Your first stop is at Þingvellir National Park situated right on top of the mid-Atlantic ridge. You clearly see the land-drop caused by the plates drifting apart.
At Þingvellir, the ancient parliament was founded, and your guide will take you on foot to all of the exciting sights like the lawspeaker's hill and the gruesome drowning pool. You will also visit the beautiful waterfall Öxarárfoss that falls into the Almannagjá gorge.
At the geothermal Geysir field, you will see the geyser Strokkur which erupts every 6-10 minutes creating a 15-20 metre high water column. There are also a lot of other smaller hot springs dotted around the area.
After lunch at the farm, you will take to the saddle and, guided by an experienced riding guide, you and your group members will head out for the first ride to the lovely forest of Haukadalur. Ride on soft trails with amazing views and listen to folk stories such as of Bergþór the giant!
After this first encounter with the Icelandic horse, it is time for some relaxation in the Secret Lagoon, a wonderful geothermal natural bathing spring. Changing rooms and showers on site.
Back at the farm enjoy a traditional home cooked meal with love in the beautiful dining room with a stable view. During the summer months, you can enjoy a walk in the midnight sun and during autumn, look out for the dancing lights of the aurora borealis!
After enjoying a hearty breakfast buffet and fixing your picnic lunch packages, you go out to meet the horses one more time. Today you will head towards Brúarhlöð, the mighty canyon of the glacial river Hvítá, the 'White River'.
Riding on narrow tracks along the canyon, you can soon see the mist of the huge waterfall Gullfoss. You'll leave the horses in a paddock nearby so you will have plenty of time to discover this amazing natural wonder from different angles.
Over green meadows with views of the majestic Langjöll glacier and Jarlhettur Mountain Range, you will ride back to the farm. After a last cup of coffee, your bus back to Reykjavík will be waiting for you.
On the way to the capital, you will stop at charming Faxi waterfall. A fish ladder next to the waterfall provides a safe way around the cascade for the graceful salmon.
You'll arrive in Reykjavík in the early evening.
Midnight Sun departures:
June 8-9 & 15-16 & 22 -23 & 29-30 / July 6-7 & 13-14
The sun hardly sets, keeping it almost daylight for 24 hours. Summer solstice is around the 21st of June. On that day the sun sets just after midnight and rises again just before 3 am in South Iceland. One month later on July 21st the sun sets about 11 pm and rises again at 4 am.
Northern Lights Departures:
September 14-15 & 21-22 & 28-29 / October 5-6 & 12-13 & 19-20
The best time to see them in Iceland is from September to March. Please note that the Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon and sightings cannot be guaranteed.
Please note that helmets and rain gear are provided. Please follow the guidelines of the Icelandic Veterinary Authority regarding the importation of riding equipment.