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Red Lava Horse Riding & Glacier Ice Cave in Reykjavik

Red Lava Horse Riding & Glacier Ice Cave in Reykjavik
Get to know the Icelandic horse on your holiday.
On the outskirts of Reykjavík city are Rauðhólar 'Red lava hills', pseudo-craters filled with bright red lava rocks.
Step inside an ice cave without leaving Reykjavík city at the Perlan Exhibition Centre.
Take a horse riding tour and discover the wild nature found within Reykjavík city.
Rauðhólar (Red Hills) are pseudo-craters filled with bright red lava rocks, found within a lava field on the outskirt of Reykjavík city.
Perlan Exhibition Centre sits on top of the Öskjuhlíð hill in the middle of Reykjavík city.
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Get the best of the Icelandic nature, without leaving the city. On this horse riding and ice cave tour, you’ll ride through the red lava field of Heiðmörk recreation area before heading to Perlan landmark building where you will find a man-made Ice Cave inside. Those looking to infuse beautiful nature with adventure and state-of-the-art technology should book this tour now.

The excursion starts with a riding lesson in a beautiful area on the outskirt of Reykjavík city. You can either meet your friendly guides at the stables or have them pick you up from your accommodations or designated pick up area in the morning. 

It doesn’t matter if you’ve never ridden a horse before, your friendly guides will show you the ropes before getting you into the saddle, and they will take a route depending on the group’s riding experience. Aside from that, Icelandic horses are considered very friendly, gentle and intelligent, making this tour perfect for the whole family.

You will either ride on a beautiful and smooth riding path along the Rauðhólar (Red Hills) or by the stunning Rauðavatn (Red Lake). On both routes, you will enjoy natural riding paths and a beautiful setting where you will get to know the friendly Icelandic horse. 

After the ride, you will be driven to the landmark building Perlan which sits on top of Öskjuhlíð hill. There, you will find The Glaciers and Ice Cave Exhibition inside one of Perlan’s hot water tanks. You’ll walk through a man-made ice cave, and you are encouraged to not only look at the ice but to touch it and feel the cold as well. 

After you’ve emerged from the ice cave, an interactive exhibition will greet you. There, you’ll learn all about glaciers, from the microorganism that can be found in them to the dangers they face due to global warming. Note that transport from Perlan to your accommodation is not included with this tour, but you could utilise the bus service, take a taxi or just walk, Perlan is not that far from the city centre.   Book now and take a ride on an Icelandic horse before exploring an ice cave in Reykjavík city. Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: All year
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Activities: Horse Riding, Cultural Activity, Ice Caving
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 12 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Reykjavík, Heiðmörk, Perlan, Rauðhólar
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 09:00.

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.

  • Pickup from accommodations or pickup points and drop off at Perlan

  • Horse riding tour

  • Entry to Perlan Glaciers and Ice Cave Exhibition

  • Transport to your accommodations from Perlan

What to bring:
  • Warm clothes

  • Good shoes

Good to know:

Please note that after your horse riding tour, you will be dropped off at Perlan building. Transport from Perlan to your accommodations is not included.

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Arguably the most underrated aspect of Iceland!! There is so much to see in Iceland that people forget there are amazing sights right next to Reykjavik. This is a half day trip, and its beautiful. You go with a small tour to beautiful red lava rocks and you ride adorable icelandic horses, and then you're given free admission to a nearby ice cave museum. People tend to skip over this but if you have a half day to spare PLEASE go for this trip! The horse riding is led by the kindest woman from Denmark :) <3
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