Icelandic Animals Tour Combo around Reykjavik | Horse Riding, Whale & Puffin Watching

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Keflavík Airport
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3 day tour
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May. - Aug.
Minimum age:
6 years old

Saddle up and get ready to meet the animals of Iceland on this family-friendly discounted tour combo. You and the kids will have no lack of things to do this summer holiday. Meet the revered Icelandic horse and look forward to spotting the wild whales and puffins of Iceland. This tour combo is perfect for families travelling to Iceland with young children looking for something different to do every day.

This combo spans three days with three separate tours, each providing a unique animal-spotting opportunity promising to introduce you and your family to Iceland’s cherished native creatures and teach you more about them.

The first day will kick off the family fun by meeting the iconic and charming Icelandic horse. Small and calm in nature, they are perfect for children and inexperienced riders alike. Take in the breathtaking environment in the saddle on horseback.

For both the whale watching and the puffin spotting, you will get on a boat to discover the incredible marine life Iceland has to offer as well as the stunning landscapes. Get a view of Reykjavík from the sea!

Since no tour is longer than three hours, the kids won’t get restless, and it still leaves the rest of your day free for further sightseeing and activities. If you have a rental car, you can drive to any of the locations. Otherwise, there is a complimentary pick-up service from Reykjavík.

Book now and treat the children to see some extraordinary creatures. Check availability by choosing a date.

Included

1 hour horse riding tour with all equipment needed
2-3 hour guided whale watching boat tour
Free ticket to try again if there are no sightings on the whale watching tour
1 hour guided puffin watching boat tour
English speaking guide

Activities

Horse Riding
Whale Watching
Sightseeing
Boat Trip
Bird watching

Attractions

Reykjavík
Faxaflói
Hvalfjörður
Lundey
Akurey

Daily itinerary

Day 1
Meet the friendly and gentle Icelandic horse on a horse riding tour.

Horse Riding

If you have your own car, you will make your way to the farm otherwise there is an optional pick-up service leaving from Reykjavík in the morning.

Today you will meet the small and stocky Icelandic horse. They are of a unique variety and have been thoroughbred for roughly 1000-years since arriving in Iceland from Norway. Their friendly disposition makes them a pleasant ride for people of any ability or experience level.

Their pony-like stature means they are perfect for both children and beginners and are well trained to host you on their backs. Their gentle and amicable nature ensures for you and your family to have a relaxed and comfortable experience.

Upon your arrival at the farm, your noble steed will be selected, saddled and you will be given a helmet. The group sizes are kept small with no more than 20-people for a more intimately guided horseriding experience through established tracks.

The horse-riding excursion will take up half an hour, the perfect duration to give the kids a fun but not strenuous introduction to Icelandic horseriding.

After the ride, you and the family can look forward to meeting the variety of other animals on the farm such as dogs, cats and rabbits. You will also be offered complimentary coffee, tea or hot chocolate to top-off the experience.

Day 2
Check out a whale watching tour to spot the gentle giants of the sea.

Whale Watching

Make your way to the Old Harbour in the centre of Reykjavík to embark on your whale watching tour. There are excursions leaving in both the morning and after lunch and you will have the option to choose your departure time in the booking process.

As you cruise away from Reykjavík your expert guide will point out landmarks such as Reykjanes and Snæfellsnes peninsulas and Hvalfjörður which translates to 'whale fjord'. Once you have made it far enough out to sea, your guide will point out any marine mammals as soon they spy them.

It's not just whales you can see on this adventure but porpoises and dolphins too! The four most commonly spotted species are white-beaked dolphins, minke whales, harbour porpoises and humpback whales. Slightly more rare sightings are of orcas (killer whales), pilot whales, fin whales and basking sharks but whatever the species, your guide will be able to identify them as well as teach you more about them.

Each venture out is completely unique and it is never clear which species you will encounter. If you do not get to see any marine life, not to fear, you will be given another free ticket to join another tour for your second opportunity at your leisure.

Day 3
An adorable puffin in the wild.

Puffin Watching

Your last but certainly not least tour gives you the chance to spot Iceland's arguably most iconic animal, the puffin. The Atlantic puffin loves to nest in Iceland, and over 60% of world's population likes to call this country's rugged cliffs home in the summer months. They burrow into the cliffsides, their young pufflings safe inside while the parents go hunting for food at sea.

These little cuties are called the clowns of the sea and are recognisable for their adorably rotund facial features and brightly coloured beaks. It's impossible to not fall in love with these charismatic critters, and on this tour, you will get to see them up close.

You will make your way to the Old Harbour and board your vessel for the day and meet your guide. Once again, during the booking process, you will have the option to choose a tour departing in either the morning or the afternoon.

From the harbour, you will make your way to one of two islands and popular nesting grounds: Akurey or Lundey. Watch in amazement while you see the majestic puffin hunt for food for its young, flapping its wings sometimes up to 400 times a minute.

These nesting ground are not just popular with puffins but also a wealth of other seabird life including arctic terns, guillemots, eider ducks and cormorants. The crew on board will be ready to point out the various species and answer any questions you might have.

After stopping at the island, getting as close as possible without disturbing any wildlife, you will return to Reykjavík. The whole tour takes approximately one hour and by the end, you and your family will be truly familiar with Iceland's remarkable animals.

What to bring

Warm and waterproof clothing
Good shoes
Camera

Good to know

Children must be 6 years old and up to ride a horse. The weight limit for horse riding tours is 110 kg (240 lbs).

Note that Puffins are wild animals and thus we cannot control how many are seen on the tour.

The weather changes quickly in Iceland, so don't be caught unawares. It is always better to bring a sweater or dress in layers which you can remove if you are too warm.

Please note that this combo is 'meet on location', meaning you will have to make your own way to the meeting point for each tour unless you add pickup during the booking process.

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