Whale Watching & Horse Riding | Day-Tour from Reykjavik

Whales and seabirds in Faxaflói Bay, off the coast of Reykjavík.
Horseback riding through Iceland's volcanic landscapes.
Horseback riding provides you with a unique and exciting vantage point to see Iceland's nature.
A whale unafraid of a whale watching boat, off the coast of Reykjavík.
Icelandic horses have very strong social bonds between each other.
It takes much more than a little snow to deter an Icelandic horse.

Get to know the most majestic animals of Iceland on this combination tour of horse riding and whale watching, joining two essential Icelandic experiences in one. This double adventure is the perfect bet for any travelling animal lovers looking for an exciting day out in nature. 

Your journey begins as you get picked up in Reykjavík City in the morning, where you will board a bus with the rest of your travel companions and head out to your first destination. It will be dependant on the season if you begin by going whale watching or horse riding, but rest assured that both experiences are guaranteed to thrill, no matter their particular order. 

The whale watching segment of the tour sets out from the Old Harbour in Reykjavík’s city centre. Setting sail out for Faxaflói bay, expect to come in close contact with magnificent whales, but the species most commonly spotted include Orcas, Fin whales, Humpback whales and even the giant Blue whale, along with Harbour purposes and White-beaked dolphins. 

This idyllic bay is also dotted with small isles inhabited by various seabirds, and if you’re participating in this excursion in the summer, the North Atlantic puffin will be the star of the show. 

The horse riding segment takes you to the riding range in the harbour town of Hafnarfjörður, where you will be paired up with a steed fitting your prior experience and skills. If you’ve never been riding before, don’t worry, the Icelandic horse is known for its friendly temperament and short but sturdy stature, meaning these wonderful animals are perfect for both beginners and beyond. 

Witnessing the sweeping Icelandic nature from the back of a horse is one of the most authentic Icelandic experiences you can have, as this method of transport was brought here by the country’s very first settlers, along with the animals themselves. This beautiful horse breed has lived here in isolation ever since, perfectly adapting to their surroundings and Iceland’s rugged terrain. 

Don’t wait any longer in securing your spot on this fantastic day tour now, seeing the whales of Iceland and riding the amazing Icelandic horse. 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: 8 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: South Iceland, Reykjavík, Faxaflói, Hafnarfjörður, Reykjavík Harbour, Capital Region
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 08:00 09:00,

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.
  • Pick up/Drop off

  • Riding helmet & other equipment

  • Rain coats

  • Overalls

  • Bus transport

  • Free WiFi onboard

  • Meals

What to bring:
  • Warm clothes

  • Good shoes

  • Camera

Good to know:

The weight limit for riding an Icelandic horse is 110 kg / 242,5 lbs. Total riding time is between 1,5 and 2 hours, including stops.

Please note that this tour is weather and conditions dependent. In case of extreme weather, the route of the tour might be altered or it cancelled, in which case you will receive a full refund.

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GENERAL: These terms apply to purchases of service(s) from the web address www.elding.is, which is run by Elding Whale Watching. The terms identify on the one hand Elding’s rights and duties and on the other the service buyer’s rights and duties. All communication regarding reservation of services, changes and cancellations shall be in writing and may be sent using e-mail or fax, or through the postal service, if time permits.

ONLINE: Service buyers can book all Elding Whale Watching’s tours until 1 hour prior to the scheduled departure. When booking a tour online, a confirmation and booking number will be sent to the e-mail provided in the booking process stating departure time and date. Paying online entitles service buyers to a 5% discount. Upon receipt of full payment, a service voucher will be sent to the e-mail provided in the booking process stating departure time and date. It is the service buyer’s responsibility to safeguard the voucher and present it to the relevant service partner as payment for each service rendered.*Please make sure that you fill in correctly all the specific fields.

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CHANGE OF RESERVATION: If you need to make changes to your reservation we ask you to send us a notification as soon as possible, and not later than 12 hours before departure. Changes received less than 12 hours before departure may be subject to levy according to Elding Whale Watching’s current tariffs and the policy of our service partners.

CANCELLATION POLICY: For cancellations we ask you to send us a notification as soon as possible, and not later than 24 hours before departure in order to receive a full refund. In case of cancellation on our behalf we notify you with as much notice as possible using the contact details provided in the booking process and naturally refund the tour price.

VALIDITY OF PRICES: All rates quoted are based on current purchasing prices in Iceland. Elding Whale Watching reserves the right to increase prices already quoted or published in our price lists without notice in the event of currency fluctuation, government taxes, or any other cost increases that are outside our control. Any eventual changes in rates will not be made with less then 4 weeks’ notice before scheduled departure.

CHILDREN: Discounts for children are subject to the nature of the services and our service partners terms.

TOUR DEPARTURE: All our tours start from Reykjavík’s old harbour. The departure time is indicated on your confirmation/voucher. It is the service buyer’s responsibility to arrive at our tour office in time to check in and to board the boat.

LIABILITY: Elding Whale Watching reserves the right to alter routes, itineraries or timetables, change or cancel tour dates should the necessity arise, including irregularities due to adverse weather. The tours are run in wild nature and we can never guarantee sightings on a particular tour. In the unlikely event that no whales or dolphins are spotted during the tour we do not refund the tour price but offer a complimentary whale watching tour valid for two years. The estimated duration of tours are standard times and can change according to sea conditions. All activities are undertaken entirely at clients own risk and they must behave in a fit and proper manner at all times in accordance with Elding Whale Watching guidelines and must take proper responsibility for their own safety. All tours and outdoor activities carry inherent risks and Elding Whale Watching does not assume any responsibility for accidents that are caused by its customers or can be traced to their own actions or are caused by factors outside of human control (Force majeure). Elding Whale watching, it’s managers and staff accepts no responsibility or liability for any loss or damage of passenger’s property on our boats. With the purchase of your trip you agree to these conditions, understand its implications and accept responsibility for your participation during your tour.

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Whale Watching & Horse Riding | Day-Tour from Reykjavik

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