Horseback Riding and Whale Watching

Have an intimate moment with an Icelandic horse by Hafnarfjörður, just outside of Reykjavík.
On a whale watching tour from Reykjavík, the luckiest guests will get to see pods of orcas, which are seen several times a year.
The whale watching vessel you will take into Faxaflói bay has both indoor and outdoor viewing areas, and a bar.
A humpback whale lifting its giant flukes and diving before a whale-watching boat in Faxaflói Bay.
The Icelandic horses you can ride just outside of Reykjavík are very friendly, resilient, energetic creatures.
Horseback ride through the beautiful lava fields surrounding Reykjavík throughout the year.
Based on 5 traveller reviews

Join this tour to take in the sights of some of the most amazing wildlife in Iceland, all in one day. This tour is for any animal lover or someone looking for some sporty activity in between relaxing soaks in the local hot tub or leisurely shopping on Laugavegur in Reykjavík.

After pick-up at your accommodation in Reykjavík – or you can drive yourself to the Riding Centre – you'll meet and mount your friendly Icelandic horse. You'll then ride through the countryside, through black lava fields dotted with purple lupine and colourful moss overtaking the ground.

Of course, in winter, these landscapes will become beautiful snowscapes.

Next, you’ll board a cruise on the Faxaflói bay to search the waves for dolphins and whales as the seabirds cry overhead and circle the black cliffs ringing the harbour. Tours of the bay, including birdwatching, whale watching, sea angling and fishing, are extremely popular, particularly in summer when the migratory great whales and puffins are numerous.

In the bay, you’ll see several islands, such as Viðey, home of the Imagine Peace Tower, commemorating the life and mission of John Lennon. These provide popular nesting grounds for hundreds of seabirds, as do the island Lundey and Akurey a little further out.

The whale watching boat has a full cafeteria on board, and a large viewing gallery to keep you in comfort as you search the depths for these giants of the sea. When you’ve had your fill of sea air and sun (or maybe refreshing rain!), you’ll return to the Reykjavik Harbour for the evening.

Don't miss this chance to spend an invigorating day on land and sea in Iceland! Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Feb. - Dec.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Activities: Horse Riding, Whale Watching, Sightseeing
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 8 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Reykjavík, Faxaflói, Reykjanes, Hvalfjörður, Hafnarfjörður, Sun Voyager, Reykjavík Harbour, Harpa – Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Centre
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 09:00 13:00,

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.
  • Horse riding as per itinerary

  • Outerwear as needed (rubber boots, rain gear, warm clothing)

  • Riding equipment (helmet)

  • English-speaking guide

  • Pick-up

  • Drop-off

What to bring:
  • Clothing and outerwear suited to rainy or chilly weather

  • Sturdy shoes for walking/hiking

Good to know:

The weight limit for all horse-riding tours is 110 kg (240 lbs).


Average rating 3.2 / Number of reviews 5

Horseback Riding: Didn't see and orange-red lava fields as described which was a bit disappointing, maybe it was covered in snow? Great half day ride, waterproof and warmth outerwear provided as as as boots and helmets. Icelandic horse have shorter legs, kind of like ponies. They have a small cafe if you want to grab a quick bite. We split into two groups half way with one fast and one slow which was good for such a large group. Whale Watching: Went on an afternoon in the end of November. A breezy overcast day and didn't spot anything. Antiemetic was provided but some people was still throwing up and didn't have a good time. Complementary tickets were provided due to the fact that we didn't spot any wild life. Tickets valid for two years but are not transferable. Water and wind proof suits are provided. Their souvenir shop was NOT able to provide proper receipt for VAT claim.

Horseback Riding : February was quite chilly wind blowing, but enjoyed a short ride of pony. Personally, I don't recommend the long riding like 2 or 3 hours unless you are expert rider. Whale Watching : Unfortunately, couldn't see any of whale, dolphin, or even Killer whale. And wind was really strong on February, so I don't recommend to join this season unless you are challenger.

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