Horse Riding and Whale Watching from Reykjavik

Horse Riding and Whale Watching from Reykjavik
Ride the Icelandic horse through the stunning scenery of Rauðhólar in the Heiðmörk Nature Reserve.
A majestic Humpback Whale being acrobatic in Faxaflói Bay by Reykjavík in Iceland.
The Icelandic horses stay warm throughout winter in their fluffy coats.
The Heiðmörk Nature Reserve is perfect for horse riding in all seasons in Iceland.
Rauðhólar translates to 'red dunes' and are located in the Heiðmörk Nature Reserve in Iceland's Greater Capital Area.
The Icelandic horse is known for being friendly and good-tempered, making for the perfect animal friend.

Get ready to meet the animals of Iceland on this double adventure of both horse riding and whale watching, all from the capital city of Reykjavík. This affordable two-in-one tour is the perfect excursion for any lovers of wildlife and nature that wish to have the ultimate Icelandic experience in just one day.

After getting picked up from your location in Reykjavík City in the morning, you will meet your animal companion for the day—the friendly Icelandic horse. Members of this horse breed are truly exceptional, loved throughout the Icelandic nation and boasting a unique gait called ‘tölt’ which is world-renowned for its merger of speed and comfort.

After an exhilarating riding tour through the stunning crimson landscapes of Heiðmörk and Rauðhólar just outside Reykjavík, you will be transported to the scenic Old Harbour in the city centre. Then, it is time for the second half of your adventure, as you set sail for Faxaflói Bay to meet and greet the whales of Iceland.

The species of whale most commonly spotted in these waters are minke whales, fin whales, blue whales, humpbacks, sperm whales, killer whales, white-beaked dolphins and harbour porpoises. Spotting any of these breathtaking animals is a real privilege, so remember to pack your camera for the photo opportunities of a lifetime.

Your guides on the boat will happily inform you of all the animals that you will encounter. If you embark on this tour during the high summer, the North Atlantic Puffin has its nesting season and can be seen perching on the islets of Faxaflói Bay.

At the end of the tour, you will return to Reykjavík Harbour early in the afternoon, leaving you close to the city centre with plenty of time to spend the rest of your day exploring the central capital.

Reserve your spot on this tour now to meet the extraordinary animals of Iceland, up close and personal. Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: All year
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Activities: Horse Riding, Whale Watching, Sightseeing, Boat Trip, Bird watching
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 12 years.
  • Languages: English, Icelandic, Danish, Faroese, French, Norwegian, Swedish
  • Attractions: Reykjavík, Faxaflói, Heiðmörk, Rauðhólar
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 08:45.

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.

  • Pickup

  • Helmet (obligatory for horse riding)

  • Boots (available by request)

  • Overalls (available by request)

  • Rain clothes (available by request)

  • Gloves (available by request)

  • Lunch

  • Drop-off (tour ends at Reykjavík Harbour)

What to bring:
  • Warm clothes

  • Snacks

  • Camera

Good to know:

There won't be time to make a stop for lunch between the riding tour and the whale watching, so we recommend you pack a light lunch. It is also possible to purchase refreshments onboard the whale watching vessel.

Please note: Icelandic horses are not vaccinated and therefore susceptible to infectious agents from abroad. That means that used riding gear such as leather boots, gloves and alike, which have been in touch with horses overseas, are not accepted on tours.

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