Scenic 9-Hour Icelandic Horse Riding Tour Amidst Southern Iceland's Beauty From Reykjavik

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Summary

Tour starts
Reykjavík
Duration
9 hours
Difficulty
Easy
Languages
English
Available
June - Apr.
Minimum age
8 years old

Description

Discover the stunning landscapes of Southern Iceland on a captivating day tour, riding the graceful Icelandic horse. This unforgettable experience is perfect for nature enthusiasts eager to immerse themselves in the beauty of this unique country. 

Your adventure begins when you're picked up from your Reykjavik hotel at 08:00 (or 7:45 in select areas) to embark on a nine-hour journey through the picturesque Icelandic countryside.

Your trusty steed for the day, the friendly Icelandic horse, awaits you just outside the charming town of Hveragerdi, where you'll receive a warm welcome from your knowledgeable guide. Before setting off, you'll be provided with all the necessary riding and safety equipment to ensure a comfortable and secure ride.

The tour begins on a serene riding trail that winds through lush meadows, offering the ideal terrain to experience the unique gait of the Icelandic horse known as "tolt." As you ride along, you'll follow the Gljufura river, leading you to an ancient cemetery perched near the mighty Olfusa glacial river. Weather permitting, this vantage point grants panoramic views of the river delta and the iconic volcanoes, Hekla and Eyjafjallajokull.

During the summer months, your path meanders through verdant landscapes to the soft, black lava sands lining the riverbanks. Traverse shallow waters and reach the emerald haven of Lambey, where a complimentary packed lunch awaits you. Keep your eyes open for various bird species inhabiting the nearby bird sanctuary, enhancing your connection to the local wildlife.

In the winter, the tour takes a slightly different route, leading you to the riverbanks before returning to a nearby hotel for a light, nourishing lunch, usually a delightful vegetarian soup of the day. 

Afterward, continue your journey across farmland towards Mount Ingolfsfjall, named after Iceland's first settler, Ingolfur Arnarson. You'll follow an ancient Viking path along Reykjafjall mountain, where you'll likely encounter grazing sheep and horses in the summer.

As you make your way back to the Vellir farm, you'll relish breathtaking views of the surrounding area, including the quaint village of Hveragerdi. Your adventure concludes back at the farm, where you'll be treated to a well-deserved cup of hot coffee and scrumptious homemade cake.

This horse riding tour is suitable for both novices and experienced riders but be prepared for a five to six-hour journey that requires reasonable physical fitness. Don't miss the opportunity to explore Iceland's captivating countryside atop the Icelandic horse. Secure your spot now by selecting a date and checking availability.  

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Included

5-6 hours on horseback
Lunch (sandwich, cookies, water bottle in summer / meat soup or vegetarian alternative in winter)
Helmet
Rain gear or warm overalls
Coffee and cake
Pickup and drop off in Reykjavík

Activities

Horse Riding
Sightseeing

What to bring

Sturdy shoes
Comfortable pants
Gloves and a buff

Good to know

This tour is suited both for beginners and experienced riders, but participants should be in good physical condition.

The tour is subject to weather conditions and might be changed.

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