Horseback Riding & Whale Watching from Reykjavik

Horseback Riding & Whale Watching from Reykjavik
Feel like an early Icelandic settler, riding through the beautiful reaches of this island.
Humpback Whales often travel in pairs, meaning you may have twice the chance to see spectacular surface activity.
Icelandic horses have five gaits: the walk, the trot, the canter, the gallop and the unique tölt.
A Minke Whale reveals its back and fin in Faxaflói Bay.
Icelandic horses are used to and enjoy the company of humans.
A rare shot of a Minke Whale breaching in Faxaflói Bay.
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Enjoy unique opportunities meeting the Icelandic wildlife by booking this combination of horseback riding and whale watching. This tour should not be missed by any looking to fill their days in Iceland with beautiful animals and adventure.

You will start the day with a pick-up in Reykjavík; a friendly guide will drive you from the capital to the hot-spring town of Hveragerði, approximately forty minutes away. Here, you will find the stables, meet your guides, and gear up.

Icelandic horses are wonderful creatures to befriend and ride. They are unique from other breeds as they have had over a thousand years of evolutionary isolation, making them smaller, sturdier, friendlier, more intelligent and more curious than other breeds.

For up to two hours you will enjoy their company as they ride you through incredibly serene surroundings. You will witness lava fields and scenic meadows, with views of the sea and the mountains, and, if conditions allow, you will cross the river Varmá.

Following your horseback ride, you will have lunch at the stables before being driven back to Reykjavík, to the Old Harbour. Here, you will board the waiting vessel, which has a large, indoor saloon, several outdoor viewing platforms, a cafe at which you can buy refreshments, and educational exhibits.

You will then set out into the beautiful Faxaflói Bay, an expanse of water surrounded by dramatic features, such as the Reykjanes Peninsula and Mount Esjan, and bountiful with life. The most frequently seen species here are White-Beaked Dolphins, Minke Whales and Harbour Porpoises, as well as Humpbacks in the summer.

Over twenty different species frequent the area, however, so no two tours are the same. A wealth of birdlife is also seen, which in summer includes puffins; you might spot a seal, or, on rare occasions, maybe even a basking shark or soaring eagle.

You will search for these beautiful animals for approximately three hours, as guides tell you about each species and the surrounding nature. If in the unlikely event you don't see a whale, dolphin or porpoise, you will be able to take another tour for free until you do.

Don’t miss out on this adventurous day with Iceland’s most beloved animals. Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: All year
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Activities: Horse Riding, Whale Watching, Sightseeing, Boat Trip
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 7 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Attractions: Reykjavík, Faxaflói, Hveragerði
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 08:00.

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 and drop of to your hotel

  • Excellent guidance on both tours

  • Free WiFi on board boat

  • 3 hr. whale watching

  • 1,5-2 hr. horse riding

  • Warm clothing on both tours

  • Necessary safety equipment

  • Light lunch at horsefarm

What to bring:
  • Please remember to bring proper clothing.

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It's really fun to ride horse in Iceland. We rode up and down the muddy land and crossed river. And whale watching was my main reason for this trip. It didn't disappoint me! I met the fast-swimming minke whales. It's a fantastic moment.
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It is a wonderful combo day to have a unique experience of horse riding and then whale watching. The guides were very friendly and made us quickly understand how to gear the horse, especially for the first time rider.
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Great full day combo exploring the lava fields of Hveragerði on horseback and whales of Faxaflói bay!
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