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

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Skógarhólar Lodge, Þingvallavegur, Mosfellsbær, Iceland
1 hour
May - Sept.
Minimum age
12 years old


Explore the beautiful Thingvellir National Park on horseback with this peaceful and serene guided horseback-riding tour. Animal lovers eager to discover this Golden Circle sight's rugged cliffs and lush valleys with a friendly Icelandic horse should book this one-hour excursion now.

Your adventure begins at Skogarholar Lodge, a horse stable in Thingvellir National Park. Here, you'll meet the other guests joining the excursion and the expert local guide leading you on your ride.

You'll also greet the Icelandic horse you'll ride on the tour. The guide will select a horse suitable for you based on height and weight. They'll give you a thorough safety briefing, provide a helmet, and show you how to mount the horse before you set off.

This riding tour suits beginners, so you don't need to have ridden a horse before. Your guide will teach you the basics of starting, stopping, and steering.

Icelandic horses are a beloved breed native to Iceland. Known for their sturdy build and thick, double-layered coats, they're well-suited to the island's harsh climate. They're also renowned for their gentle temperament, friendly nature, and intelligence. 

They have a distinctive fifth gait, unique to Icelandic horses, called the tolt. The tolt provides a smooth and comfortable ride, making them sought after by riders of all skill levels. This gait allows them to navigate Iceland's rugged and sometimes uneven terrain expertly.

When everyone in the group is ready, it's time to head out on horseback into the heart of Thingvellir National Park.

One of Iceland's three national parks, Thingvellir is a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its geological and historical significance. It's also one of the three main attractions on the Golden Circle, Iceland's most popular sightseeing route. 

The park is culturally important for Icelanders, as it's where the nation's parliament, the Althingi, first formed over 1,000 years ago. It is also where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet, resulting in deep fissures, clear lakes, and cascading waterfalls. You'll be able to soak in the views as you ride through the park.

You'll explore the park on your horse for around an hour before returning to the stables. You'll dismount your horse and enjoy a hot drink with the other tour participants. This is a great way to relax, unwind, and warm up after your ride.

Don't miss this unique experience exploring Thingvellir National Park on a guided horseback-riding tour. Check availability now by choosing a date.

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Horse Riding

What to bring

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

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