Beginner-Friendly 1-Hour Midnight Sun Horseriding Tour in Thingvellir National Park

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Description

Summary

Tour starts
Skógarhólar Lodge, Þingvallavegur, Mosfellsbær, Iceland
Duration
1 hour
Difficulty
Easy
Languages
English
Available
June - July
Minimum age
12 years old

Description

Explore the beautiful Thingvellir National Park on horseback under the glow of the midnight sun by booking this incredible guided excursion. Those eager to meet an Icelandic horse and marvel at a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the Golden Circle sightseeing route should book this beginner-friendly tour now.

Your tour starts at the stables at Skogarholar Lodge in Thingvellir National Park. You'll meet the expert English-speaker guide leading the tour and the other guests. Your guide will choose your ideal horse based on your height and weight.

Icelandic horses are a hardy breed known for their resilience in harsh conditions. With thick double coats and sturdy builds, they adapt well to the island's uneven terrain and unpredictable weather.

Brought by Viking settlers over a thousand years ago, they've remained relatively unchanged, prized for their strength and sure-footedness. Despite their small size, they're robust animals capable of enduring long journeys and rugged landscapes. 

Icelandic horses have a unique gait called a tolt, which allows them to move quickly while still giving riders a smooth and comfortable ride. They are known for their friendly, easy-going nature.

Your guide will provide a helmet to wear during the tour, and you'll meet your horse. The guide will also give the group a full safety briefing and show you the basics of controlling your horse, including how to make them stop and go. 

When you're ready, it's time to get on. This excursion is suitable for beginners — you don't need to have ridden a horse before. However, all levels of riders will be able to enjoy the tour.

Once you're comfortable on your horse, it's time to begin your adventure. You'll ride to a vantage point where you can see over Thingvellir National Park, which has historical and geological significance. 

It's where Iceland's ancient parliament, the Althing, met for the first time in 930 AD. It's one of the world's oldest democratic assemblies.

Thingvellir National Park sits within a rift valley formed by the separation of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates, visible in the dramatic landscape of cliffs and fissures. You'll explore the park under the midnight sun.

Due to its high latitude, Iceland experiences the midnight sun during summer. Around the summer solstice, typically in June, the sun barely sets, resulting in almost continuous daylight for several weeks. 

This unique natural event offers extended hours for outdoor activities. It can be a surreal experience for visitors, as the sky remains bright well past midnight, casting a golden glow over the national park's incredible landscapes. 

After around an hour of horse riding, you'll return to the stables, where you can enjoy a hot drink and relax before returning to your accommodation for a rest.

Enjoy the incredible experience of seeing Thingvellir National Park on horseback under the midnight sun. Check availability now by choosing a date.

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Included

Expert, English-speaking guide
Helmet
Hot drink

Activities

Horse Riding

What to bring

Warm, waterproof clothing
Closed-toe shoes
Fully charged camera
Reusable water bottle

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