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.
Based on 18 traveller reviews

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.

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: South Iceland, West Iceland , Reykjavík, Hengill, Reykjadalur, Hveragerði
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

  • 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.


Average rating 4.6 / Number of reviews 18

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!

Really enjoyed the 2hour ride and the scenery from forest to hot springs, however don't expect too much if you are an experienced rider in terms of pace. There will be bits on the way where you get to tölt though, which is good fun. The riding stable Eldhestar is well organized and prepared for the number of visitors, they have about 350 horses. They will provide you with waterproof trousers, jacket, boots and a helmet if needed and you can lock your valuables away. The horses are already saddled and waiting for you and are chosen depending on your experience. The groups are small, about 4-6 people which is a nice number and the guides are all very friendly and helpful. We went for a relaxed 2hour ride but there was no break or refreshments as advertised so be prepared to bring something along, we jumped straight into the car back to Reykjavík once we had dismounted.

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!

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!

My girlfriend and I thoroughly enjoyed this trip. The horse were absolutely lovely and our guide, Sonja, was very friendly and helpful!

La sortie à cheval était super. Les chevaux sont aussi mignons que dociles c'est alors parfait pour les débutants. La balade offre de jolis paysages. Je recommande!

We were a group of 3 young girls and the tour guide and it was quite the best riding tour i've ever had. It was my 4th riding tour in Iceland and it will not be my last. The guide was very friendly and told us many interesting things. Unfortunately it was heavy raining during our break, but still it was a very nice day! For me the best thing was the small group, it made it very personal! Thank you for this nice experience :)!

Our group of two adults, four teens and one child had a fantastic time. The staff were all helpful and accommodating, the equipment clean and safe, the horses sweet and easy to ride. The forest was so beautiful, I felt like we are in a fairy tale! We especially enjoyed stopping for coffee and cake and having a moment to chat with our trip leader.

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