Family-Friendly 8-Hour Horse Riding and White Water Rafting Combination Tour in North Iceland

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Varmahlíð, Iceland
8 hours
June - Sept.
Minimum age
6 years old


Immerse yourself in the wild beauty of the landscapes below the Skagafjordur fjord with an exciting 8-hour combination tour. Thrill-seekers and nature enthusiasts keen to go horseriding and white water rafting in a single day should book this unforgettable tour in North Iceland today.

Your journey starts in Varmahlid, a small village nestled amidst the vibrant green valleys of North Iceland. Its picturesque surroundings serve as the ideal gateway to this day of adventure.

Today's excursions are perfect for individuals, families, or groups. Children aged six or older can join in the fun, and previous horse riding or rafting experience isn't required.

First up is a 1.5-hour horseback ride introducing you to the iconic Icelandic horse. These sturdy, friendly creatures are gorgeous companions for exploring Varmahlid's breathtaking surroundings. Whether you're a novice rider or a seasoned equestrian, your experienced tour guide will pair you with the perfect travel companion.

Icelandic horses have two unique gaits: the "tolt" and the " flying pace." Even those unfamiliar with horseback riding will find the journey smooth and comfortable. As you traverse gentle trails, witness the stunning panorama of rolling meadows, distant mountains, and serene water bodies. 

After a memorable horse riding excursion, you'll have time to relax and enjoy your packed lunch before moving on to your afternoon adventure.

It's now time to swap the saddle for a paddle. Dive into the adrenaline-packed world of white water rafting as you embark on a half-day journey through the West Glacier river's scenic gorges. 

With its playful rapids and serene stretches, this river offers an unparalleled rafting experience. Its natural beauty, complemented by the sheer cliffs and lush greenery, creates a surreal backdrop as you navigate the rapids. And worry not! This river's challenges can be easily mastered by novices, making it an adventure that's both exhilarating and accessible.

While rafting, the landscape of the Skagafjordur fjord truly comes alive. This fjord, steeped in history and legends, offers a diverse landscape with roaring rivers, tranquil meadows, and imposing mountain ranges. Witnessing it from the river's vantage point, with water splashing around and the cool Icelandic air on your face, is an experience like no other.

By the day's end, as you return to Varmahlid, a sense of accomplishment and awe will envelop you. With memories of trotting through serene trails and conquering roaring rapids, this day promises tales that will be recounted for years.

Experience North Iceland in its full glory, from the back of an Icelandic horse to the heart of its roaring rivers, with this 8-hour horse riding and white water rafting tour. Check availability now by choosing a date.

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Riding helmet (mandatory) and waterproofs (if needed) for the horse riding tour
1.5-hour guided horse riding tour
Afternoon guided white water rafting tour
Dry suit, neoprene shoes, personal floating device, and helmet for the rafting


Horse Riding

What to bring

Warm clothing, comfortable pants, windproof jacket, gloves, and good outdoor shoes or hiking boots for the horse riding excursion
Thermal underwear, warm woolen socks, warm pants and thermal or woolen sweater for the rafting.
Packed lunch

Good to know

Please note that the weight limit for riders joining the tour is 220 lbs (100 kilograms).

If you wish to wear a hat for the riding tour, please ensure you bring a thin one that will fit under a riding helmet.

If you bring your own riding clothes and boots, they must be disinfected before you arrive. It's prohibited by Icelandic law to bring used riding gear, including saddles, bridles, etc., into the country. Riding clothes, rubber riding boots, and any other gear should be machine-washed (min. 40°) or dry-cleaned (chemically cleaned) and disinfected with VirkonS®. The itinerary may be altered when required for safety reasons.

The dry suits for rafting sometimes leak. However, you will stay warm with thermal or woolen clothing underneath. Please avoid wearing cotton.

Bring a change of clothes to wear after the rafting in case you get wet.

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