9 Hour Horseback Riding Tour to Hengill & Reykjadalur Hot Springs with Transfer from Reykjavik

Expect green valleys, black rocks, red earth and glistening waterfall on the route.
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9 hours
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Minimum age
12 years old


Ride a horse through Iceland's volcanic and geothermal landscapes, and bathe in a natural, hot river surrounded by stunning nature.

This tour takes you through beautiful and varied areas and is sought after by many, but is only for experienced riders; the total distance is about 19km (12 miles), and the trail is a bit challenging to traverse.

You'll start off by crossing the river Varmá before riding along a narrow path by Hengill volcano and its nearby lava field.

You'll continue on good trails, cross a mountain ridge, ride past bubbling hot springs and colourful hills, and you'll get a beautiful view of the picturesque waterfall Djúpagilsfoss.

Your destination is Reykjadalur, a geothermal valley with stunning surroundings and a hot river running through it. Here you'll break for lunch with the option to enjoy a relaxing soak in the naturally heated waters. The temperatures are hotter the higher up in the river you enter, and can be around 38-42°C. If you want it cooler you simply bathe further down the river.

As you ride back, you'll enjoy fantastic views over the South Coast of Iceland; on clear days you may even catch a glimpse of the Westman Islands across the sea. Before reaching the farm, you'll ride on nice trails by the town of Hveragerði, ideal for a brisk 'tölt' - the fifth gait of the Icelandic horse.

Afterwards, there's another small river crossing, besides colourful mountain slopes dotted with steaming fumaroles.

Finally, after the last leg of the trail, going through a small forest and along Reykjafjall Mountain's slopes, you'll be greeted with coffee and homemade treats at the farm.

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Pick up and drop off from and to Reykjavík
5-6 hours horse riding (around 19 km)
Lunch box (sandwich, cookies, water bottle - special sandwiches available upon request)
Hot drink (coffee/tea/hot chocolate) and home made cake after the tour
Helmets and rain gear/winter overalls


Horse Riding
Hot Spring Bathing

What to bring

Clothes according to weather and solid shoes. We recommend hiking boots.
Swim suit and towel to bathe in the river.

Good to know

This tour is only for experienced riders that can control their horse in all gaits in different terrain. Only for those who ride regularly.

Also note that there are no closed off changing facilities by the hot river.

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