3-Hour Horse Riding & Hot Springs Tour

3-Hour Horse Riding & Hot Springs Tour
Horse riding in Iceland is a traditional, historic activity.
Witness diverse nature, from wooden areas to geothermal hot spots, from horseback.
This horse ride will show you the geothermal areas of Reykjadalur.
Icelandic horses before a steaming geothermal area.
Icelandic horses have five gaits, more than other breeds which usually have just four.
Overalls and helmets are provided for your horse riding tour.
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Grab the reins with both hands for this incredible 3-hour horse riding tour through the steaming geothermal landscapes of Iceland. This tour is suitable for both beginner and experienced riders, as well as all those looking to explore Iceland from a truly unique perspective.

You will be picked up in the morning and driven a short distance east of Reykjavík. At the stables, you will begin your tour with an easy introduction to horse riding, ranging from how to correctly use the reins to how to slow and speed up your steed.

Your knowledgeable, friendly and experienced horse riding guide will also be quick to share with you their first-hand knowledge of this unique horse breed, as well as provide a little background colour on the surroundings in which you will explore.

Horse riding in Iceland is unique not only because of the country’s fantastic natural scenery but because of the horse itself. Icelandic horses are a particularly special breed, capable of five gaits and able to withstand outside temperatures at which much larger horses would cower.

On the tour, you will ride gorgeous trails along the picturesque slopes of Mt. Reykjafjall, as well as through a dense green forest (a rarity in Iceland). Following that, you will trot past numerous steaming hot-springs in the geothermal area of Gufudalur Valley, located just above the town of Hveragerði. Along these hilly, volcanic paths, riders will observe sweeping panoramas of green plateaus and even the mighty volcano, Hengill.

During the winter season, given the length of this tour, you will be taking a break at local stables to learn more about the area and indulge in some light refreshments and snacks. When everybody is ready, you will make a pleasant return journey back to where you started, before boarding a bus heading to Reykjavík.

So don't wait! Gallop your way onto this tour, and you too can experience Iceland’s hot springs, geothermal valleys, forests and plateaus, all from atop your own Icelandic horse. Check availability by choosing a date. 

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: All year
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Activities: Horse Riding
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 7 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: West Iceland , Reykjavík, Hengill, Reykjadalur, Hveragerði, South Coast
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.
  • 2.5 - 3 hours on Horseback.

  • Refreshments (during the winter season)

  • Helmet

  • Rain Gear

  • Warm Overalls

  • Hotel Transfer

  • Tour Guide

What to bring:
  • Sturdy Boots

  • Warm Layers of Clothing

  • Hat, Gloves and Sunglasses.

  • A Sense of Adventure

Good to know:

This tour is suited both for beginners and experienced riders. Horses are selected at the start of the tour according to prior riding experience. Guiding in other languages is available upon request.

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what an amazing experience!... the horses are so sweet, the guides are so very knowledgable, patient, and kind, the countryside was mind blowing.. with the alpine flowers blooming, fording a creek, and even a trek through a forested area. there was attention paid to skill level, so those with more experience (not me!) were given the opportunity to go off on a more challenging trail with one of the guides. i would recommend it to anyone.. actually i would go again!
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We took this trip in early March. It was a bit windy and cold, but no more than typical, and I'm sure everyone coming to Iceland will expect this! Even if you are a bit underdressed, they provided an insulated coat/snowpant combination that kept you plenty warm. I would recommend a scarf or other face protection though. I am an experienced rider, but attended with a friend who defines her riding experience as "pet a horse once." This program was perfect for both of us: my friend was taught more than enough to be safe and capable on the trail, and experienced riders were given opportunities for more activities during the ride. The guide was extremely knowledgeable and had very competent horsemanship, which I'm sure was very comforting to anyone on the ride who is a bit horse-shy. The scenery was beautiful and all of the horses were absolute sweethearts--I'd definitely recommend this to literally anyone. I am a lifelong horse lover, so this was definitely one of the best things I've ever done :)
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We did this trip in March and was amazing! I would 100% do this again. The horses were lovely and well trained the tour guide and staff were also very friendly. Horse riding gear was provided to keep us warm as It snowing! The trail they take you on is beautiful !
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I rate this 4.8
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Just did this this week. Loved it. Great scenery and the horses are amazing. Very well trained and they practically do it all themselves. My husband had a great time even with a perpetually hungry horse - and it was his first time on a horse. The guides were very helpful all along the way! Definitely recommend this. Icelandic horses are unique and riding them along with the sightseeing was an amazing experience.
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Awesome great experience friendly horses and our tour guide Cammielee ( a pretty French Girl) was Excellent professional and experienced, and pretty too
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Everything is as advertised above. It is a nice choice for beginner and quite worthwhile .
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I brought a group of 17 to Iceland and we all had an amazing adventure! The horses were so very sweet and so beautiful. We really loved our two guides. I have travelers from their 30s to 70s and our guides helped everyone get on and off. It does help that the horses are so very sweet. Thank you for all your care. The farm is gorgeous by the way and the soup is delicious and home made. And the sweet golden retriever was precious. One of our best days in an amazing week! Thank you!
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We had a great adventure. The weather was challenging but we were supplied with good clothing to cope. Our guide was very helpful and informative telling us about the area, life in the town and the greenhouses and forest. The horses were lovely and the trails were fun and challenging for relative novice riders. The combination of sights such as the thermal springs and the mountain valleys plus the interaction with your horse must have been good because the kids loved the adventure despite the weather not being the best. The highly changeable weather in Iceland is part of the charm and one of my fondest memories along with this adventure!
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Very nice tour guide. The trip was super cold in the winter so I recommend that those going in the winter bundle up as much as possible. Other than that, the horses were very well trained and were very enthusiastic about taking us out on the journey!
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