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Horseback Riding in the Lava Fields
Come along on a fabulous tour of the Icelandic countryside on the back of a purebred Icelandic horse. This tour is ideal for anyone looking for a personal experience with the Icelandic environment and suits all riders, from beginners to masters. Before the tour starts, you'll be matched with a mount who is perfect for your skill level, allowing you to just sit back and enjoy the ride. Groups on this tour are kept to 20 people or fewer, as well, to ensure personal attention from your guide and a truly special riding experience in the countryside. You’ll be picked up from your accommodation in Reykjavik – or you can drive yourself – to the nearby Riding Centre, for a relaxing amble about well-marked riding trails. Lava fields through which you'll be riding were created when an eruption scrapes the plains clean of plant life, resemble a pebbled, craggy riverbed, filled with huge chunks of rocks. As you ride, look for different shapes and figures in the rock formations, a pleasant pastime for local riders. Some lava fields are in the process of being reclaimed by plant life, covered in spongy blankets of moss, prickly scrub brush or delicate purple lupine. The environment is just as fantastic as your mount. The Icelandic horse is a national treasure. Fiercely guarded by the Icelandic people, these shaggy horses are descended from the horses of the first settlers, imported from Norway in the 9th century. After that, there were attempts to breed them with European stock, which led to the decline of the hardy qualities which make the Icelandic horse so valuable to the harsh lifestyle of historical Iceland. For this reason, the Icelandic parliament banned the importation of horses into Iceland by the end of the 10th century. Today, the Icelandic horse has been protected for more than 1,000 years. The Icelandic horse has been preserved in legends and sagas as well. A horse named Skalm was mentioned in the famous Book of Settlements, written in the 12th century. Her owner decided to make his home at the place she chose: when she stopped walking and lay down, he founded his settlement. What secret messages will your horse reveal on this tour? Reserve your place now to find out! Check availability by choosing a date.
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Family Horseback Riding Tour | From Reykjavik
Join this tour for an afternoon of easy riding and fun for the whole family. This tour is for any level of rider, and is a wonderful experience for animal lovers, families or groups or anyone who loves the Icelandic countryside. Tours are kept to 20 people or fewer, in order to ensure that all riders get personal attention and all the relaxation they could want. You'll be picked up in Reykjavik and brought to the spacious Riding Centre just outside the city. The grounds feature a large paddock and barn, along with dogs, cats and bunnies for guests to pet. To start the tour, you’ll learn about the history of the Icelandic horse, a hardy breed brought to Iceland by the first settlers. Then, you’ll be matched with a horse that suits your experience level and mount up. The tour will go slowly so that all riders feel comfortable and safe. Your guide will lead you through well-kept trails in the fields around the riding center. You’ll see the craggy lava fields, filled with creeping moss, thorny bushes and rock formations that make a perfect backdrop for a keepsake photo. The beautiful Bláfjöll mountains loom in the distance. The Icelandic horse is a gentle, friendly breed known for its bushy hair and thick, wiry winter coat. These sturdy animals are built to survive through the Nordic winters. What you may not know by looking at them is that the horse has a silky-smooth gait, known as the tölt. The tölt is designed for the speed and comfort of the rider crossing long distances, a helpful trick for the Viking who needs to cross a fjord in a single day. Don't miss your chance to take a relaxing saunter through the countryside on an Icelandic horse. Check availability by choosing a date.
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Volcanic Landscape Horse Riding Tour
Enjoy the mountain view surrounding Reykjavík while riding the gentle Icelandic horse. Meet these incredible animals and ride through the country’s volcanic landscape on this amazing horse riding tour. It is the perfect tour for all animal lovers who want to add a little twist to their sightseeing. The Icelandic horse holds a special place in the hearts of the locals. It arrived here, over a thousand years ago, on the very first ships of the settlers. From that day it has remained a loyal servant and friend to the people. The tour starts when you are picked up in Reykjavík and driven to the outskirts of the city where you will meet your horse. The Icelandic horse is very friendly and easy to handle, so this tour is suitable for beginners and experts alike. Your tour guide will give you all necessary information about riding as well as tell you a little bit about the magnificent Icelandic horse: its small stature, gentle demeanour and the five unique gaits. When you are ready, there is nothing left but to mount your horse and head on out to see the beautiful volcanic landscape around Reykjavík. You’ll ride past mountains and a beautiful lake. This tour will take you to the red pseudocraters and black lava fields of this otherworldly area. Throughout the ages, the Icelandic horse was vital to the people’s survival as it was the best way of transportation. Although with new roads and means of transport, the Icelandic horse is still an important part of people’s daily lives as farmers still use horses for sheep-herding in the highlands. So, don’t hesitate. Experience the country the authentic way; on the back of the Icelandic horse, and make some amazing holiday memories on this fun-filled tour. Check availability by choosing a date.
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The Golden Circle Day Tour | With Horse Riding in a Geothermal Area
Roll two essential Icelandic experiences into one on this incredible day tour; ride one of the nation's charming and sturdy horses, and marvel over the three famous sites of the Golden Circle. You will be picked up from Reykjavík in the morning, and head straight to the farm of Vellir. Here, you will meet your horse-riding guide and your steed for the morning. Icelandic horses are incredibly special animals. You’ll first notice that they are much smaller than most other breeds, but after a few minutes, you’ll see that that is the least interesting thing about them; they are also noticeably friendlier, smarter, and more curious than other horses. Riding them is an absolute delight, even for the novice rider. For up to two hours, you will travel with your group through the beautiful, verdant countryside, with views over mountains and up to the ocean. The pace is nice and slow for beginners. Following an invigorating ride, you will have lunch, before setting out on the Golden Circle. Your first stop on this popular trail is the Geysir Geothermal Area. Here, you can see a geyser named Strokkur erupt every 10 minutes or so, to a height of up to 40 m (131 ft). The now largely inactive Geysir can also be seen, as can many other bubbling hot springs and steaming fumaroles. The next stop will be the ‘golden waterfall’, otherwise known as Gullfoss. Here, the Hvíta river pours down two tiers into an ancient plunging valley. When the ground is not too icy, it is possible to reach a viewing platform right where the water starts to drop, allowing you marvel over its awe-inspiring power. The final site of the Golden Circle is Þingvellir National Park, a place famed for its fascinating history and geology. The only UNESCO World Heritage Site on the Icelandic mainland, Þingvellir was the original site of the world’s longest-running, ongoing representative parliament, formed in 930 AD and now based in Reykjavík. Þingvellir is also located in the rift valley that runs all the way through Iceland, marking the boundaries of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. In no other part of the country are the edges of these continents so obvious, and their presence has led to some incredible geological features. Combined with the verdant forests, creeping moss and crystal clear rivers that cover the park, Þingvellir is home to some spectacular views. Once you have made the most of the beautiful Golden Circle, you will return to Reykjavík in time to enjoy your evening. Don’t miss your chance to ride the incredible Icelandic horse and to see the famous sites of the Golden Circle. Book your tour now. Check availability by choosing a date.
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Reykjavik Horse Riding Tour
Saddle up and discover the unique volcanic landscape at the outskirts of Reykjavík on the back of a horse. Ride around the countryside and get to know the friendly Icelandic horse on this exciting tour, perfect for those who wish to immerse themselves in the Icelandic nature without leaving the city. The Icelandic horse is very gentle, so this tour is perfect for both beginners and expert riders alike. Children from 12 years old are always welcome, and if you’d prefer a private tour, for either an individual or a group, you can contact the tour provider, and they will set it up. On this tour, you will be picked up in Reykjavík and driven to the stables near Lake Rauðavatn on the edge of the city. Once there, you will get to meet your horse for the day. The expert guides at the stables know their horses well, and they will pair you up with a steed that matches your character and riding skills. The Icelandic horse arrived here on the Viking ships of the settlers over a thousand years ago. Since then, it has adapted to the harsh environment, resulting in a special breed unique to this country. At the stables, you will learn about this amazing animal; its unique ‘tölt’ gait, small stature, and spirited but friendly temperament. You will be provided with all the necessary riding equipment, such as a helmet, boots, gloves and warm overalls. After that, there is nothing left but to mount your steed and head on out to the wild Icelandic nature. You’ll be riding through the idyllic and dramatic countryside near Rauðavatn Lake, travelling past black lava fields and rolling hills. All the while you’ll be accompanied by a professional, highly trained and multilingual guides who will inform you about the unique landscape and its history. So do not hesitate. Discover the Icelandic countryside the same way the Vikings did; on the back of a horse. Book now to secure your spot on this fun-filled tour. Check availability by choosing a date.
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5 Day Self Drive Tour | Reykjavik, Blue Lagoon, Golden Circle & Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
Book this self-drive tour and visit Iceland's most famous attractions, including the Blue Lagoon, Golden Circle, Reynisfjara black sand beach, Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, and many of Iceland's most famous waterfalls. Having your own car gives you the freedom to explore the most popular destinations of Iceland the way you would like, without having to worry about a tour guide or others in your group. For those who plan to travel in Iceland in summer 2019, there is an Early Bird offer; a 20% discount of the Self Drive’s base price. You'll travel in full comfort throughout your trip. All lodgings will have an ensuite bathroom and breakfast will always be included, so you will be able to rest comfortably between your days of adventure. On the first day, collect your car and head to the capital city, Reykjavik. You'll have the evening to decompress from your flight and settle in. If you like, you can relax at the world-famous Blue Lagoon before you go ahead to the city. You'll begin the proper adventure on the second day, by driving around the Golden Circle. You're in the driver's seat, so spend the day doing what you'd like. Visit the foundation of Icelandic history, Þingvellir, see the geysers, and enjoy the famous Golden Waterfall, Gullfoss. Further along on your trip, you will travel alongside the infamous glacier and volcano Eyjafjallajökull, and past the stunning Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls. The highlight of the South Coast is the otherworldly Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, where you can sail among great icebergs, and walk along where they have stranded at the nearby Diamond Beach. A boat trip around the glacier lagoon is just one option you can add to your stay. You can also go horse riding, glacier hiking, snowmobiling, and even on a trip inside the ice caves. All these adventures are at your fingertips, and if reserved with the tour booking, they come at a special, discounted price, to help you add more excitement to your arctic holiday. We understand that you are visiting Iceland to experience nature at its best, and to escape the city and its crowds. That is why we have included hidden gems and spectacular attractions not known to many others on this tour. The itinerary we'll provide you with will ensure you don't miss a thing. So don't hesitate; jump on this opportunity to see some of Iceland's best attractions in just five days! Check availability by choosing a date.
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1-Hour Horse Riding, Lunch & Geothermal Pool | Midwinter Warmth
Discover the beauty of the Icelandic countryside on the back of a horse. Ride around meadows and fields and end the morning relaxing in the geothermal waters of Hveragerði’s swimming pool. This family-friendly tour is suited for anybody who wishes to get to know the gentle Icelandic horse. You’ll be picked up in Reykjavík in the morning and whisked away to the stables just outside of Hveragerði town where you will meet your guide and horse for the day. Your guide will pair you up with a horse that suits your riding capabilities and your personality. The Icelandic horse is both friendly and tame, perfect for beginner riders of all ages, as well as those with more experience. After a short introduction to the Icelandic horse, you will mount your stallion and make your way to the wild Icelandic nature. You’ll spend about an hour in the saddle, riding through the stunning countryside, with views of snow-capped mountains the entire way. After the ride, you’ll get to relax in Hveragerði’s geothermal swimming pool. The pool itself is heated all year round using geothermal energy from the ground. This makes a visit to it possible in both the summer and the wintertime alike. In fact, a favourite activity of Icelanders after a day of riding is to soothe aching muscles by sitting in a hot tub and breathing in the cold winter air. You can soak in the warm waters of the tubs, swim a few laps in the pool, or relax in the steam sauna before towelling off and heading to the local hotel for a light lunch. From there you’ll board a vehicle heading back to Reykjavík, returning to the city shortly after lunchtime which gives you plenty of time to explore the capital and go on other adventures. Enjoy the countryside, get to know the Icelandic horse and relax in geothermal waters on this fun-filled horse riding tour. Check availability by choosing a date.
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2-Hour Horse Riding | Heritage Tour
Hop on the saddle with this picturesque horse riding tour and experience the incredible wealth of Iceland's beauty from on top your own Icelandic horse! Your 90-minute tour will begin with a hotel pickup from Reykjavík capital area in the morning, or, if you prefer sleeping in, in the afternoon. You'll be taken to the village of Hveragerði, more specifically, to the Eldhestar farm. At the stable, you will gear up and be introduced to the basic principles of horse riding. One of your friendly and experienced guides will choose a horse to fit your skill level. For this tour, you will need to bring a pair of sturdy shoes, sneakers or hiking boots. It is also recommended to bring a comfortable pair of pants (riding pants are not necessary), a pair of gloves and a thin hat to wear beneath your helmet. If you would like to bring small items such as a camera, it is advised to wear a waist bag. Backpacks are not allowed on horseback. Soon, you will be riding through some truly gorgeous countryside; dried lava plateaus, farmlands and rivers, all surrounded by a stunning vista of volcanic mountains. You will experience the famous 'tölt', a special gait unique to Icelandic horses, and will quickly realise the intelligence, loyalty and playfulness of the breed. Passing by a number of farmsteads, you will also have the opportunity to see firsthand how agriculture has developed across the region. At the end of your tour, you can sit back and relax with a hot cup of coffee and some delicious home baked cake before it is time to return to the city. So don't delay! Book this brilliant and accessible horse riding tour and you too can make some fantastic holiday memories with some of Iceland's most famous four-legged residents. Check the booking availability by choosing a date.
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3-Hour Horse Riding & Hot Springs Tour
Grab the reins with both hands for this incredible 3-hour horse riding tour through the steaming geothermal landscapes of Iceland. This tour is suitable for both beginner and experienced riders, as well as all those looking to explore Iceland from a truly unique perspective. You will be picked up in the morning and driven a short distance east of Reykjavík. At the stables, you will begin your tour with an easy introduction to horse riding, ranging from how to correctly use the reins to how to slow and speed up your steed. Your knowledgeable, friendly and experienced horse riding guide will also be quick to share with you their first-hand knowledge of this unique horse breed, as well as provide a little background colour on the surroundings in which you will explore. Horse riding in Iceland is unique not only because of the country’s fantastic natural scenery but because of the horse itself. Icelandic horses are a particularly special breed, capable of five gaits and able to withstand outside temperatures at which much larger horses would cower. On the tour, you will ride gorgeous trails along the picturesque slopes of Mt. Reykjafjall, as well as through a dense green forest (a rarity in Iceland). Following that, you will trot past numerous steaming hot-springs in the geothermal area of Gufudalur Valley, located just above the town of Hveragerði. Along these hilly, volcanic paths, riders will observe sweeping panoramas of green plateaus and even the mighty volcano, Hengill. Given the length of this tour, you will be taking a break at local stables to learn more about the area and indulge in some light refreshments and snacks. When everybody is ready, you will make a pleasant return journey back to where you started, before boarding a bus heading to Reykjavík. So don't wait! Gallop your way onto this tour, and you too can experience Iceland’s hot springs, geothermal valleys, forests and plateaus, all from atop your own Icelandic horse. Check availability by choosing a date.
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Meet the Icelandic Horse | 1-Hour Riding Tour
Make your Icelandic adventure a little bit more awesome by meeting the friendly Icelandic horse and taking an exciting ride! This customised 1-hour-long riding tour is suitable for everyone, be it first-time riders to passionate horse enthusiasts. Families with children are more than welcome! The 1-hour tour is specially designed to make riding accessible to everyone, promote the region Ölfus, and to do what your guides love the most: share with you their our passion for the Icelandic Horse. Your guide will teach you about the origins of the breed and traditions surrounding riding, breeding and keeping horses in Iceland. All the while you will be surrounded by nature in the beautiful south lowlands of Iceland, circled by majestic mountains, rolling hills and extensive grasslands. Trained horses, appropriate riding equipment and the supervision of your professional guides ensures safety, delivers quality service, and creates an unforgettable experience for everyone involved. Your guides adapt the pace to your riding level and choose the route to best serve the needs, wants and demands of each group. During the ride, visitors are ensured to have the opportunity to try the unique Tölt gait, which is breed-specific to the Icelandic horse. This tour takes place in the lowlands in the south-west of Iceland known as Ölfus. The rides often run alongside the Ingólfsfjall Mountain, through the rocky and rugged terrain. There is far more to riding a horse than one might expect. The open-air has a bracing effect on the mind as it creates immense enjoyment, strengthens mental fitness, and works as a terrific therapy and an excellent stress reliever. This is a great opportunity to establish a connection between you, your horse and nature. Experience the beauty of Iceland in this unique way, accompanied by the most loved local of them all: the Icelandic horse. Check availability by choosing a date.
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1 Hour Horse Riding Tour | Countryside Charm
Take to the saddle with this fantastic 1-hour horse riding tour through the beautiful Icelandic countryside. This tour is the perfect opportunity for beginners and riding enthusiasts alike, presenting you with the chance to both explore some truly breathtaking scenery and to further get to know this unique and authentically Icelandic horse breed. Make your way to the town of Hveragerði, located just east of Reykjavík city along Iceland's Ring Road (Road 1), where you will find the stables. Upon arrival, you will be met by your friendly and experienced horse riding guide. Passionate about all things equestrian, they will be eager to share with you their wealth of information on riding techniques, the surrounding countryside and the horse breed itself. The Icelandic Horse is famous for its short and sturdy stature, its resilience to the cold, and for its five unique gaits. All stable horses in Iceland are well-domesticated and used to being around people. To protect the species’ remarkable qualities, Icelandic horses are not allowed to return to the country once they have been exported. After you have been briefed by your guide, you will be presented all of the necessary riding gear for your tour, including a helmet. All you must bring is some warm layers of clothing and your unbridled enthusiasm! Then, you will be lead to the stables where your very own horse will be picked out for you. When you’re all saddled up, its time to begin your 1-hour adventure exploring the many country trails outside of Hveragerði town. Riders will be privy to a world of quaint farmlands, trickling glacial rivers and sweeping volcanic plateaus, really giving you a sense of the breadth of Iceland’s landscape. The area around Hveragerði is renown for its beauty and is often cited as one of the best places in Iceland in which to try your hand at horse riding. So don't hesitate! Hurry now and you too can take an hour out exploring the countryside of west Iceland by horseback. Check availability by choosing a date.
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Golden Circle Classic and Horse-Riding | Live Tour with Audio Guide in 10 Languages
Jump aboard for a classic Icelandic adventure, to see the Golden Circle and ride one of the nation's unique and beautiful horses. This tour combines sightseeing and adventure, and should not be missed by anyone seeking to immerse themselves in Icelandic scenery and culture. Your tour will start from Reykjavík Terminal or you can be picked up from your accommodation in Reykjavík and your bus has exemplary modern features; it has wifi, a tablet for each guest, USB sockets, and an in-Bus Audio Guide that allows you to listen to a commentary in ten different languages. You will also have a tour guide who can help with any queries. You will enjoy the Golden Circle component of this tour first. The first location on this famous trail is Þingvellir National Park. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is in an incredible location, right between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. The continental movement here has created some dramatic geology, which contrasts beautifully with the verdant fields, stretches of forest, clear streams and serene lake. Þingvellir is also steeped in Icelandic history. It was here that early Icelanders founded their parliament in 930 AD, an institution that continues to this day in Reykjavík. This makes the park the original site of the world's longest running ongoing parliament. The next location on the Golden Circle is the Geysir Geothermal Area. This is the site of many hot springs, mud pools, fumaroles, and of course, geysers. The largest one of these, Geysir itself, rarely erupts nowadays; Strokkur, however, erupts every ten minutes or so, to heights of up to 40 metres (131 feet). Following your time here, you will head to Gullfoss waterfall. This is the most iconic falls in Iceland, and for good reason; a vast amount of water thunders down it in two tiers, plunging into an ancient valley, and throwing off many rainbows when the sun is out. There are many viewing platforms to admire it from, including one right where the water is dropping, where you can marvel at its awesome power. Following this, it is time to meet the Icelandic horse. Your guides on site will introduce you to your steed and gear, give you a moment to get comfortable, then lead you away to begin this part of the tour. You will ride through meadows, lava fields, and across a small river, against a backdrop of mountains and volcanoes. The charm of your horse will quickly become apparent to you, and you will soon realise why these animals are so loved by the nation. Following your horse-ride, you will return to Reykjavík, no doubt with some great new memories. Do not hesitate any longer. Jump aboard, for a classic sightseeing and horse-riding adventure. Check availability by choosing a date.
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Horse Riding Tour from Akureyri
Go horseback riding on the sturdy and friendly Icelandic horse in the beautiful nature of North Iceland. This adventure is the ideal choice for horse lovers, families and groups wanting to experience the Icelandic landscape on horseback, just as the Icelandic people have done since the Age of Settlement. Your tour begins as you get picked up from your accommodation in Akureyri, and brought to the stables located close to town. Here, you will meet your experienced local guides and get acquainted with Iceland's favourite animal. Once you have been assigned to a trusty steed that fits your profile, get ready to saddle up and begin your easy, one-hour trail ride through North Iceland's stunning landscapes. You will be on the actual tour, riding the horse for 1 full hour. We do not count the time getting prepared, helmets, and safety talk as part of the actual tour time, so you will have lots of time to enjoy riding around on the horses! Not only will you befriend the small, shaggy Icelandic horses who are famed for their smooth gait, but you will take in the breathtaking mountain vistas and wide fields of grass waving by the lakeside path of your journey. One of the quintessential pleasures of getting to ride an Icelandic horse is their fourth additional gait called tölt, an exceptionally smooth riding style with all the speed of a canter, but the comfort and sleekness of a walk. These horses have also been isolated on the island since the days of the country's settlement, resulting in the famed mellow temper of the species, as well as their noteworthy affluence in befriending their human riders. This excursion is designed for riders of all levels of experience, meaning that no matter whether you are a beginner or an expert, you are sure to have a wonderful time connecting with your horse in the North Icelandic countryside. Don't hesitate in booking your Icelandic horse riding adventure now, to enjoy the most essential of local experiences; meet and ride Iceland's favourite animal on this relaxing and adventurous tour. Check availability by choosing a date.
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Horseback Riding & Leiðarendi Lava Cave Tour
Jump in the saddle for this experience touring the Icelandic countryside on a friendly Icelandic horse, followed by the breathless excitement of a lava cave tour. This combo is for anyone who wants to explore the Icelandic environment in depth, or someone who can’t decide if they want something more relaxing or more active – this tour is both! You will be picked up at your accommodation in Reykjavik for the horse riding tour. You will explore the lava surrounding Mt. Helgafell volcano and ride across beautiful hillsides to the old Kaldársel sheep corral, currently a place of colourful summer camp cabins, or to Lake Hvaleyrarvatn. Lake Hvaleyrarvatn is a popular oasis for locals as well as flocks of migrating birds such as seagulls, snipes, redwings, blackbirds, plovers and more. The route of the tour depends on the season and the weather, so no two tours are the same. After the horse riding tour, you will be driven to downtown Reykjavík where you can enjoy lunch before immersing yourselves in the velvety darkness of the Leiðarendi lava cave. Leiðarendi lava cave, in the Tvíbollahraun lava field, is a capital example of a lava tube. The cave was created by an eruption thousands of years ago, with the outside layer of the tube cooling while the middle of the tube continued to flow, hollowing the interior. A distinctive feature of this cave is the flakes of lava which fall from the ceiling and walls, piling at your feet like gleaming dragon scales. The collection of these flakes causes layers which helps geologists understand the age of the cave and its changes throughout the years. Get ready for some more activity. To make your way through, you will climb, crawl and walk in your travels beneath the surface. There is plenty of beauty and colour hidden in the depths here, so get ready to work for it. Don't miss out on this opportunity to explore the lava landscape, both above and below. Check availability by choosing a date.
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Family Horse-Riding Adventure | Meet on Location
Join this tour for horseback riding fun for the whole family. No matter what your experience level as a rider, everyone loves the adorable Icelandic horse. Not so tall, the sight of its chubby belly and shaggy hair makes everyone smile. This tour is for anyone who loves animals or is travelling with children. The tour group is limited to 20 or fewer people in order to ensure the best experience for your family. You will be able to receive more personal attention from your guide and truly enjoy your surroundings as you ride. The whole family can enjoy a half hour’s riding tour on comfortable riding tracks in the vicinity of the riding centre. The Icelandic horse is a gentle breed, and there are many calm horses here for children and inexperienced riders. At the riding centre, there are also dogs, cats and rabbits for everyone to enjoy, as well as a children’s corner with farm related toys. Children under the age of 6 will be led by rein in a paddock at a discounted rate. This is a perfect opportunity to catch a photo of your family with these very special horses. The Icelandic people feel very protective of their horses after the breed was nearly destroyed by a volcanic eruption which swept the southern coast in the 1780s. These horses are descended from the horses which were brought over from Norway by the first settlers in the 9th century. Please note that at least one adult needs to stay behind with a young child at the Riding Centre. After your ride, enjoy a cup of complimentary coffee, tea or hot chocolate to celebrate the day. Don't miss out on this fun activity for every member of the family. Check availability by choosing a date.
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1 Hour Horseback Riding Tour From Flúðir in South Iceland
Enjoy the classic Icelandic experience of horseback riding through the stunning countryside of the nation’s verdant South. This hour-long tour is ideal for those who want to try out this activity, and those looking up to fill a small window of time while packing as much into their days as possible. The excursion begins when you meet your guides at the stables just outside of Flúðir. Here, you will be provided with a riding helmet and overalls (if the weather demands it) before you will be introduced to your steed for the next hour. Icelandic horses are delightful animals, very different to other breeds because of their thousand years of evolutionary isolation; no other horse has diluted the stock since the turn of the millennium. Their short, sturdy stature and shaggy winter coats are the most notable things upon first glance, but after a moment, you will note they are curious, intelligent and sociable. After introductions, you will mount up and set out on your adventure. Children as young as five are welcome to join, although those under seven will be led by a guide. You’ll be led out into the verdant nature of South Iceland, which is renowned for its beautiful countryside. The journey will immerse you in stunning mountain and volcano views; you will get to experience a few of the gaits of the Icelandic horse. After an hour, you will return to the stables, hopefully grinning from the beautiful journey and the exciting and charming way in which you undertook it. Don’t miss this short and sweet experience on Iceland’s favourite animal. Check availability by choosing a date.
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6 Day Self Drive Tour | The Golden Circle, Blue Lagoon & Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
Explore the best of Iceland on this affordable 6-day self-drive package. This tour takes you from the world-famous Blue Lagoon, through the vibrant capital city of Reykjavik, up the beautiful south coast, around the Golden Circle, and all the way to the incredible Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. For the Early Birds out there, this Self Drive currently offers 20% discount for those wishing to experience Iceland in summer 2019, making it an ideal choice for the budget conscious traveller. You are in the driver’s seat, so your pace and the number of attractions you wish to see each day is up to you. You can jam every minute with beautiful scenery, local hot spots, and historical landmarks, or you can choose a few must-see locations and go slowly, taking time to meet the locals and to set up gorgeous photos. To make sure your holiday is both relaxing and full of adventure, you will lodge in full comfort, with an ensuite bathroom and breakfast included. On this tour, you will see incredible sights, including the waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, the fascinating rift valley of Þingvellir, and landmarks like Gullfoss waterfall and Reynisfjara beach. The tour is crowned, however, by an afternoon at Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, where you can watch seals rest on and frolic around beautiful icebergs, as they break from a glacier and float serenely to the ocean. It is important for most travellers that they experience the real Iceland, and feel its history within the stunning nature. To help you with this, you will receive a custom itinerary after who book, which will draw your attention to a few unique spots that will allow you to relax without the crowds, and take in the true desolate beauty of this country. Don't forget to take a look at the extra activities during booking. You can go hiking; ice caving; snorkelling; horse-riding; snowmobiling; and even descend into an empty magma chamber of a volcano. There are near endless options for those with a taste for adventure, and to top it off, they all come at a special price when included in this tour upon the time of booking. From spectacular mountain hikes to black sand beaches, waterfalls to the glacier lagoon, this trip has it all. Check availability by choosing a date.
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2-Hour Horse Riding Tour | Elves & Mysteries
Take the reins and ride through the legendary Icelandic countryside. This fantastic horse riding tour is perfect for those who wish to see spectacular scenery and learn about the ancient folklore that has shaped the Icelandic culture throughout the ages. Icelandic folklore is filled with mythical being such as elves and ‘hidden people’. On this tour, you’ll visit some of the places said to be populated by these special creatures, and you’ll do so while riding the friendly Icelandic horse. In the morning, you’ll be picked up in Reykjavík and driven to southwestern Iceland where you’ll find the stables. The Icelandic horse is both friendly and gentle, and so this tour is suited for both first-time riders and expert alike. Your guide for today will select the perfect horse for you, one that matches your temper and riding capability. Once you’ve mounted your steed, you’ll head on out to the stunning countryside as your local guide tells you all about Icelandic folklore, specifically the elves. You’ll ride through a green valley on your way to your first mystical location, the small cleft Álfakví and the old sheep pen that cannot be moved due to mysterious forces. From there you’ll ride to Skjólklettur rocks, a place said to be an elven church. Singing has often been heard near Skjólklettur, so keep your ears peeled for musical elves. Before you arrive at your next enchanted location, the elven hill Einbúi, you’ll get to test the Icelandic horse’s capabilities by trying its unique gait tölt. Tölt is a smooth gait, where you’ll hardly feel the horse’s hoofs touch the ground, giving you a feeling like you are soaring through the air. After spending about 2 hours on your horse, you’ll stop by at the local hotel for a light lunch before you board a vehicle heading back to Reykjavík city. Travel around the magical countryside on an Icelandic horse and try and spot some mystical elves on the way, with this fun-filled day tour. Check availability by choosing a date.
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Horse Riding & Whale Watching Day Tour
Meet the animals of Iceland in two completely different ways with this combo day tour; ride a beautiful Icelandic horse in the morning, and take a fascinating whale-watching tour in the afternoon. This tour should appeal to anyone with a passion for wildlife, nature and adventure. Your day will start when you are picked up from Reykjavík, and taken to the farm Vellir near the South Coast for the riding component of this tour. Here, you will meet your guides and group, who will introduce you to the safety equipment and protocols before showing you to your steed for the morning. Though on first sight, Icelandic horses only appear to be smaller than regular breeds, you will soon notice that they are, in fact, quite special. They are comparatively more curious, social and intelligent, and you will no doubt fall for the one given to you before you even mount. It does not matter whether you are a complete novice or an experienced rider; there are horses that will suit people of all abilities. If horse-riding is new to you, your guides will allow you to get comfortable before the tour starts properly and will start the pace slow; if you are more experienced, you will have an opportunity for a gallop around during the excursion. You will ride for up to two hours through beautiful countryside, in view of dramatic mountains and the South Coast. Once you return to the farm, you will have a light lunch, before being driven back to Reykavík. You’ll arrive at the Old Harbour in time for the early afternoon departure of the whale-watching vessel. As it escorts you out into Faxaflói Bay, the guides on board will tell you all about the scenery unfolding around you. Not only will you be able to see the skyline of the capital, if the weather is clear you will see the whole of the volcanic Reykjanes Peninsula, the beautiful Hvalfjörður, and the silhouette of the magnificent Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Many species of whale and dolphin call Faxaflói Bay home, so you can hope to see Minke whales, Humpback whales, white-beaked dolphins and harbour porpoises. If you are particularly fortunate, you may also see creatures such as orcas, Fin whales, and even Blue whales. Between whale sightings, you can admire the seabirds around you, or else head to the comfortable cabin below to warm up with a hot drink or something stronger. You can also purchase snacks and read about the whales of Iceland below the deck. If you do not see any whales, you need not worry; you will have a chance to redeem your ticket at your next available opportunity for another shot. After three hours, hopefully filled with multiple sightings, you will be taken back to Reykjavík, in time for any evening plans you have made. Do not miss your opportunity to enjoy the incredible animals of Iceland. Check availability by choosing a date.
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Family Friendly Riding Tour | Black Beach Riding near Vik
Join us for a family-friendly riding tour, riding the black sands near Vík and experience the landscapes in a magical way. Families with young children can join us for a fun and easy introduction to horse riding along the beach. Our family tour lasts approximately half an hour and takes you out on to the black sands here at Vík. This tour is ideally suited for those aged six and up and their families, as we can provide individual assistance – including lead reins – for those who would like it. After introducing you to our horses and giving a short demonstration covering the basics of horse riding, we will head outside and start the tour. We begin along the sea wall running parallel to the beach, giving beautiful views out over Víkurfjara beach, Reynisfjall mountain, and the famous Reynisdrangar rocks. We then head down to the beach itself and spend time strolling along the dark, soft sand and watching the rolling waves. Vik is a haven for wildlife so you may be lucky enough to spot many different kinds of seabirds, seals, or even whales while out riding. This tour also offers beautiful views up to the village church, to the hills behind, and – if the weather is kind – the Mýrdalsjökull glacier beyond. We also try and make time for a photo stop during the ride, to make sure you can capture the memory of your time on an Icelandic horse forever. We operate all year round and always make sure that the tours are adapted for the needs and abilities of our riders, to make a memorable and unique experience while staying safe and comfortable. Our international staff are knowledgeable and friendly, and happy to answer questions about Iceland, the local area, and of course the unique Icelandic horses. All of our horses have their own personalities and are great representatives of this friendly, hardy, and curious breed. A visit to the black sand beaches is an essential part of any trip to South Iceland, but doing so on the back of an Icelandic horse makes this an extraordinary experience for the whole family. Check availability by choosing a date.
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Black Sand Beach by Horseback | Riding Adventure near Vik
Explore the beautiful black sand beaches of Iceland’s South Coast with this incredible hour-long horseback riding tour. This excursion is perfect for beginners and experts alike and provides a wonderful perspective on this country’s unique natural features. The tour begins in Iceland’s southernmost town, Vík, which is located just a few hours out of Reykjavík, along the Ring Road encircling the island. You will meet your guides at the stables. They will provide you with all the riding equipment you need and tell you a little about the route and safety procedures. Following that, you will meet your steed. Icelandic horses are renowned across the world for their performance in equestrian sports, but what will likely be most striking to you is their diminutive size, their curious eyes and their gentle, friendly nature. After being paired with your perfect match, you’ll spend a moment getting used to the sensation of riding, before setting out along Reynisfjara beach. This stretch of coast was once voted one of the most beautiful non-tropical beaches in the world, and it is little wonder as to why. The volcanic, black sands stretch for miles; great waves shatter against them with the full force of the Atlantic ocean, and the geological features of the area are spectacular. The most renowned of these features are the Reynisdrangar sea-stacks. These two great pillars rise from the ocean and are said to have once been trolls petrified in the sunrise as they tried to drag a ship to shore. Adjacent to them is the beautiful Reynisfjall mountain. If you are taking your ride in May, June or September, then you are very likely to see puffins amongst the hundreds of seabirds swooping overhead. This tour will be tailored en route as much as possible for those of different ability levels. Beginners are welcome to take a slow, serene ride; those who want to feel what it’s like to pace a little quicker will have their opportunity; expert riders will have a chance to race across the sands. Everyone will also be able to experience the 'tölt,' a gentle gait unique to the Icelandic horse. Throughout the tour, your guides will be able to tell you all about the nature and evolution of your steed, the surrounding landscapes, and perhaps some of the local folklore. They will also be happy to answer any questions you have throughout the tour. After fifty minutes to an hour, you will return to the stables, and bid farewell to your horse and guides, ready to continue your adventures around Iceland’s South Coast. Don’t hesitate to book this exciting horseback riding opportunity on the black sand beaches of Iceland. Check availability by choosing a date.
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Horseback Riding and Lunch with Locals near Reykjavik
Welcome to our beautiful farm. It is located only 20 minutes outside of Reykjavík, in the charming countryside. Here we offer guests to come and ride the Icelandic horse and have a home-cooked meal with the farmer and his family. Every tour starts with a riding lesson where guests are introduced to the Icelandic horse, the history of the horse and get to know the basics of riding. The lesson starts with the teacher showing you the basics of how you control a horse once that is completed you will receive your own horse and you start riding under guidance from the riding teacher. Don't worry, our horses are calm and friendly to inexperienced riders, so you will be in good hands. Once everyone in our group is feeling comfortable with the horse we take a riding tour along a beautiful river that is in our valley. The ride is off the beaten track so guests will have a unique opportunity to explore the Icelandic nature from the horse. At one point we will have a break where people can recuperate a bit and enjoy the stillness and, of course, take pictures of their furry co-travellers. Once we are back at the farm, we go into the main house and have home cooked lunch which consists of lamb roast, potatoes and salat. Vegetarian options are available, but please let us know in advance. During lunch, the group gets to know each other a bit better and share their experiences in Iceland along with discussions with the local farmer who can give you plenty of ideas and good advice about what to do and where to go in Iceland. If you want to get to know Iceland in an authentic way than this is it! We look forward to having you at our farm.
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Hoof Prints in the Snow | Winter Riding in North Iceland
Join us for a real Viking adventure, and saddle up for a ride in the heart of Skagafjörður, North Iceland! There is something truly special about horse riding in winter. Nature is sleeping, everything is silent, all you can hear is the steps of your horse in the snow. It is a peaceful, magical experience like no other. You feel like the first explorers of Iceland over 1000 years ago. Let our strong and sturdy horses carry you into the frozen wilderness of our remote valley at the edge of the inhabitable world. Survival has always been a challenge for these horses throughout the centuries, and the exposure to the harsh Icelandic elements has made them exceptionally tough. They were the fearless, loyal and reliable companions of the Vikings, and now you can meet this legendary animal yourself! You will experience the unique strength of the Icelandic Horses first hand while riding on the frozen trails leading to the majestic waterfall, Reykjafoss. Watching the winter sun reflect on the thousands of icicles surrounding the falls is a magical experience. The flat tops of the Tröllaskagi mountains looming on the horizon provide the perfect backdrop to your adventure. These mountains are said to be a home for many trolls and ghosts. Who knows? We might even meet some of them during our tour. During the trip, our professional guides will tell you about the unique characteristics and history of the Icelandic horses. You may also try the tölt, a gait unique to these horses, that lets you ride in complete comfort. Whether you are a first-time rider or a professional, this tour is an unforgettable experience! We provide thick thermal overalls for our riders to keep them warm throughout the journey. Find your inner Viking! Choose a departure date and time to check availability.
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Icelandic Animals Tour Combo | Horse Riding, Whale & Puffin Watching with Pick-up in Reykjavik
Saddle up and get ready to meet the animals of Iceland on this family-friendly discounted tour combo. You and the kids will have no lack of things to do this summer holiday. Meet the revered Icelandic horse and look forward to spotting the wild whales and puffins of Iceland. This tour combo is perfect for families travelling to Iceland with young children looking for something different to do every day. This combo spans three days with three separate tours, each providing a unique animal-spotting opportunity promising to introduce you and your family to Iceland’s cherished native creatures and teach you more about them. The first day will kick off the family fun by meeting the iconic and charming Icelandic horse. Small and calm in nature, they are perfect for children and inexperienced riders alike. Take in the breathtaking environment in the saddle on horseback. For both the whale watching and the puffin spotting, you will get on a boat to discover the incredible marine life Iceland has to offer as well as the stunning landscapes. Get a view of Reykjavík from the sea! Since no tour is longer than three hours, the kids won’t get restless, and it still leaves the rest of your day free for further sightseeing and activities. If you have a rental car, you can drive to any of the locations. Otherwise, there is a complimentary pick-up service from Reykjavík. Book now and treat the children to see some extraordinary creatures. Check availability by choosing a date.
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Red Lava Horse Riding & Glacier Ice Cave in Reykjavik
Get the best of the Icelandic nature, without leaving the city. On this horse riding and ice cave tour, you’ll ride through the red lava field of Heiðmörk recreation area before heading to Perlan landmark building where you will find a man-made Ice Cave inside. Those looking to infuse beautiful nature with adventure and state-of-the-art technology should book this tour now. The excursion starts with a riding lesson in a beautiful area on the outskirt of Reykjavík city. You can either meet your friendly guides at the stables or have them pick you up from your accommodations or designated pick up area in the morning. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never ridden a horse before, your friendly guides will show you the ropes before getting you into the saddle, and they will take a route depending on the group’s riding experience. Aside from that, Icelandic horses are considered very friendly, gentle and intelligent, making this tour perfect for the whole family. You will either ride on a beautiful and smooth riding path along the Rauðhólar (Red Hills) or by the stunning Rauðavatn (Red Lake). On both routes, you will enjoy natural riding paths and a beautiful setting where you will get to know the friendly Icelandic horse. After the ride, you will be driven to the landmark building Perlan which sits on top of Öskjuhlíð hill. There, you will find The Glaciers and Ice Cave Exhibition inside one of Perlan’s hot water tanks. You’ll walk through a man-made ice cave, and you are encouraged to not only look at the ice but to touch it and feel the cold as well. After you’ve emerged from the ice cave, an interactive exhibition will greet you. There, you’ll learn all about glaciers, from the microorganism that can be found in them to the dangers they face due to global warming. Note that transport from Perlan to your accommodation is not included with this tour, but you could utilise the bus service, take a taxi or just walk, Perlan is not that far from the city centre. Book now and take a ride on an Icelandic horse before exploring an ice cave in Reykjavík city. Check availability by choosing a date.
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1-Hour Riding Tour in Reykjavik | The Red Lava Hills, Raudholar
Discover the lunar-like landscapes on the outskirt of Reykjavík city with a riding tour through the Rauðhólar, red lava Hills. Spend an hour in the saddle, ride on through this beautiful area, and get to know the friendly Icelandic horse. Those wanting to immerse themselves in the wild Icelandic nature without leaving the city should book this tour now. You’ll meet your guides at the stables near Lake Rauðavatn, located a short drive from the city centre. Once there, your guide will provide you with warm overalls, helmets and footwear, so you will be fully equipped to saddle up and ride out. You don’t have to worry if you’ve never ridden before, your guides will show you how. They also know their horses pretty well, so they can pair you up with a horse which matches your personality and riding experience. Icelandic horses are friendly, gentle and very intelligent, so this tour is perfect for both beginners and expert riders alike. The route you’ll take will also depend on the experience of the group, so even if you are a novice rider, you won’t have to worry about a thing. After getting to know both your guides and your horse, you’ll mount your steed and head out into the Heiðmörk conservation area. You will ride on a path through a dark lava field and head in the directions of the red hills of Rauðhólar. Rauðhólar is the remnants of a cluster of pseudocraters in the Elliðaárhraun lava field. Craters like these are rarely seen outside of Iceland, but they have also been found on the planet of Mars, so riding through this otherworldly area on a horse will surely be an experience you will never forget. Experience the best of Iceland without leaving the city with this fun-filled horse riding tour. Check availability by choosing a date.
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Horseback Riding in the Lava Fields
Come along on a fabulous tour of the Icelandic countryside on the back of a purebred Icelandic horse. This tour is ideal for anyone looking for a personal experience with the Icelandic environment and suits all riders, from beginners to masters. Before the tour starts, you'll be matched with a mount who is perfect for your skill level, allowing you to just sit back and enjoy the ride. Groups on this tour are kept to 20 people or fewer, as well, to ensure personal attention from your guide and a truly special riding experience in the countryside. You’ll be picked up from your accommodation in Reykjavik – or you can drive yourself – to the nearby Riding Centre, for a relaxing amble about well-marked riding trails. Lava fields through which you'll be riding were created when an eruption scrapes the plains clean of plant life, resemble a pebbled, craggy riverbed, filled with huge chunks of rocks. As you ride, look for different shapes and figures in the rock formations, a pleasant pastime for local riders. Some lava fields are in the process of being reclaimed by plant life, covered in spongy blankets of moss, prickly scrub brush or delicate purple lupine. The environment is just as fantastic as your mount. The Icelandic horse is a national treasure. Fiercely guarded by the Icelandic people, these shaggy horses are descended from the horses of the first settlers, imported from Norway in the 9th century. After that, there were attempts to breed them with European stock, which led to the decline of the hardy qualities which make the Icelandic horse so valuable to the harsh lifestyle of historical Iceland. For this reason, the Icelandic parliament banned the importation of horses into Iceland by the end of the 10th century. Today, the Icelandic horse has been protected for more than 1,000 years. The Icelandic horse has been preserved in legends and sagas as well. A horse named Skalm was mentioned in the famous Book of Settlements, written in the 12th century. Her owner decided to make his home at the place she chose: when she stopped walking and lay down, he founded his settlement. What secret messages will your horse reveal on this tour? Reserve your place now to find out! Check availability by choosing a date.
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Family Horseback Riding Tour | From Reykjavik
Join this tour for an afternoon of easy riding and fun for the whole family. This tour is for any level of rider, and is a wonderful experience for animal lovers, families or groups or anyone who loves the Icelandic countryside. Tours are kept to 20 people or fewer, in order to ensure that all riders get personal attention and all the relaxation they could want. You'll be picked up in Reykjavik and brought to the spacious Riding Centre just outside the city. The grounds feature a large paddock and barn, along with dogs, cats and bunnies for guests to pet. To start the tour, you’ll learn about the history of the Icelandic horse, a hardy breed brought to Iceland by the first settlers. Then, you’ll be matched with a horse that suits your experience level and mount up. The tour will go slowly so that all riders feel comfortable and safe. Your guide will lead you through well-kept trails in the fields around the riding center. You’ll see the craggy lava fields, filled with creeping moss, thorny bushes and rock formations that make a perfect backdrop for a keepsake photo. The beautiful Bláfjöll mountains loom in the distance. The Icelandic horse is a gentle, friendly breed known for its bushy hair and thick, wiry winter coat. These sturdy animals are built to survive through the Nordic winters. What you may not know by looking at them is that the horse has a silky-smooth gait, known as the tölt. The tölt is designed for the speed and comfort of the rider crossing long distances, a helpful trick for the Viking who needs to cross a fjord in a single day. Don't miss your chance to take a relaxing saunter through the countryside on an Icelandic horse. Check availability by choosing a date.
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Volcanic Landscape Horse Riding Tour
Enjoy the mountain view surrounding Reykjavík while riding the gentle Icelandic horse. Meet these incredible animals and ride through the country’s volcanic landscape on this amazing horse riding tour. It is the perfect tour for all animal lovers who want to add a little twist to their sightseeing. The Icelandic horse holds a special place in the hearts of the locals. It arrived here, over a thousand years ago, on the very first ships of the settlers. From that day it has remained a loyal servant and friend to the people. The tour starts when you are picked up in Reykjavík and driven to the outskirts of the city where you will meet your horse. The Icelandic horse is very friendly and easy to handle, so this tour is suitable for beginners and experts alike. Your tour guide will give you all necessary information about riding as well as tell you a little bit about the magnificent Icelandic horse: its small stature, gentle demeanour and the five unique gaits. When you are ready, there is nothing left but to mount your horse and head on out to see the beautiful volcanic landscape around Reykjavík. You’ll ride past mountains and a beautiful lake. This tour will take you to the red pseudocraters and black lava fields of this otherworldly area. Throughout the ages, the Icelandic horse was vital to the people’s survival as it was the best way of transportation. Although with new roads and means of transport, the Icelandic horse is still an important part of people’s daily lives as farmers still use horses for sheep-herding in the highlands. So, don’t hesitate. Experience the country the authentic way; on the back of the Icelandic horse, and make some amazing holiday memories on this fun-filled tour. Check availability by choosing a date.
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The Golden Circle Day Tour | With Horse Riding in a Geothermal Area
Roll two essential Icelandic experiences into one on this incredible day tour; ride one of the nation's charming and sturdy horses, and marvel over the three famous sites of the Golden Circle. You will be picked up from Reykjavík in the morning, and head straight to the farm of Vellir. Here, you will meet your horse-riding guide and your steed for the morning. Icelandic horses are incredibly special animals. You’ll first notice that they are much smaller than most other breeds, but after a few minutes, you’ll see that that is the least interesting thing about them; they are also noticeably friendlier, smarter, and more curious than other horses. Riding them is an absolute delight, even for the novice rider. For up to two hours, you will travel with your group through the beautiful, verdant countryside, with views over mountains and up to the ocean. The pace is nice and slow for beginners. Following an invigorating ride, you will have lunch, before setting out on the Golden Circle. Your first stop on this popular trail is the Geysir Geothermal Area. Here, you can see a geyser named Strokkur erupt every 10 minutes or so, to a height of up to 40 m (131 ft). The now largely inactive Geysir can also be seen, as can many other bubbling hot springs and steaming fumaroles. The next stop will be the ‘golden waterfall’, otherwise known as Gullfoss. Here, the Hvíta river pours down two tiers into an ancient plunging valley. When the ground is not too icy, it is possible to reach a viewing platform right where the water starts to drop, allowing you marvel over its awe-inspiring power. The final site of the Golden Circle is Þingvellir National Park, a place famed for its fascinating history and geology. The only UNESCO World Heritage Site on the Icelandic mainland, Þingvellir was the original site of the world’s longest-running, ongoing representative parliament, formed in 930 AD and now based in Reykjavík. Þingvellir is also located in the rift valley that runs all the way through Iceland, marking the boundaries of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. In no other part of the country are the edges of these continents so obvious, and their presence has led to some incredible geological features. Combined with the verdant forests, creeping moss and crystal clear rivers that cover the park, Þingvellir is home to some spectacular views. Once you have made the most of the beautiful Golden Circle, you will return to Reykjavík in time to enjoy your evening. Don’t miss your chance to ride the incredible Icelandic horse and to see the famous sites of the Golden Circle. Book your tour now. Check availability by choosing a date.
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Reykjavik Horse Riding Tour
Saddle up and discover the unique volcanic landscape at the outskirts of Reykjavík on the back of a horse. Ride around the countryside and get to know the friendly Icelandic horse on this exciting tour, perfect for those who wish to immerse themselves in the Icelandic nature without leaving the city. The Icelandic horse is very gentle, so this tour is perfect for both beginners and expert riders alike. Children from 12 years old are always welcome, and if you’d prefer a private tour, for either an individual or a group, you can contact the tour provider, and they will set it up. On this tour, you will be picked up in Reykjavík and driven to the stables near Lake Rauðavatn on the edge of the city. Once there, you will get to meet your horse for the day. The expert guides at the stables know their horses well, and they will pair you up with a steed that matches your character and riding skills. The Icelandic horse arrived here on the Viking ships of the settlers over a thousand years ago. Since then, it has adapted to the harsh environment, resulting in a special breed unique to this country. At the stables, you will learn about this amazing animal; its unique ‘tölt’ gait, small stature, and spirited but friendly temperament. You will be provided with all the necessary riding equipment, such as a helmet, boots, gloves and warm overalls. After that, there is nothing left but to mount your steed and head on out to the wild Icelandic nature. You’ll be riding through the idyllic and dramatic countryside near Rauðavatn Lake, travelling past black lava fields and rolling hills. All the while you’ll be accompanied by a professional, highly trained and multilingual guides who will inform you about the unique landscape and its history. So do not hesitate. Discover the Icelandic countryside the same way the Vikings did; on the back of a horse. Book now to secure your spot on this fun-filled tour. Check availability by choosing a date.
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5 Day Self Drive Tour | Reykjavik, Blue Lagoon, Golden Circle & Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
Book this self-drive tour and visit Iceland's most famous attractions, including the Blue Lagoon, Golden Circle, Reynisfjara black sand beach, Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, and many of Iceland's most famous waterfalls. Having your own car gives you the freedom to explore the most popular destinations of Iceland the way you would like, without having to worry about a tour guide or others in your group. For those who plan to travel in Iceland in summer 2019, there is an Early Bird offer; a 20% discount of the Self Drive’s base price. You'll travel in full comfort throughout your trip. All lodgings will have an ensuite bathroom and breakfast will always be included, so you will be able to rest comfortably between your days of adventure. On the first day, collect your car and head to the capital city, Reykjavik. You'll have the evening to decompress from your flight and settle in. If you like, you can relax at the world-famous Blue Lagoon before you go ahead to the city. You'll begin the proper adventure on the second day, by driving around the Golden Circle. You're in the driver's seat, so spend the day doing what you'd like. Visit the foundation of Icelandic history, Þingvellir, see the geysers, and enjoy the famous Golden Waterfall, Gullfoss. Further along on your trip, you will travel alongside the infamous glacier and volcano Eyjafjallajökull, and past the stunning Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls. The highlight of the South Coast is the otherworldly Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, where you can sail among great icebergs, and walk along where they have stranded at the nearby Diamond Beach. A boat trip around the glacier lagoon is just one option you can add to your stay. You can also go horse riding, glacier hiking, snowmobiling, and even on a trip inside the ice caves. All these adventures are at your fingertips, and if reserved with the tour booking, they come at a special, discounted price, to help you add more excitement to your arctic holiday. We understand that you are visiting Iceland to experience nature at its best, and to escape the city and its crowds. That is why we have included hidden gems and spectacular attractions not known to many others on this tour. The itinerary we'll provide you with will ensure you don't miss a thing. So don't hesitate; jump on this opportunity to see some of Iceland's best attractions in just five days! Check availability by choosing a date.
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1-Hour Horse Riding, Lunch & Geothermal Pool | Midwinter Warmth
Discover the beauty of the Icelandic countryside on the back of a horse. Ride around meadows and fields and end the morning relaxing in the geothermal waters of Hveragerði’s swimming pool. This family-friendly tour is suited for anybody who wishes to get to know the gentle Icelandic horse. You’ll be picked up in Reykjavík in the morning and whisked away to the stables just outside of Hveragerði town where you will meet your guide and horse for the day. Your guide will pair you up with a horse that suits your riding capabilities and your personality. The Icelandic horse is both friendly and tame, perfect for beginner riders of all ages, as well as those with more experience. After a short introduction to the Icelandic horse, you will mount your stallion and make your way to the wild Icelandic nature. You’ll spend about an hour in the saddle, riding through the stunning countryside, with views of snow-capped mountains the entire way. After the ride, you’ll get to relax in Hveragerði’s geothermal swimming pool. The pool itself is heated all year round using geothermal energy from the ground. This makes a visit to it possible in both the summer and the wintertime alike. In fact, a favourite activity of Icelanders after a day of riding is to soothe aching muscles by sitting in a hot tub and breathing in the cold winter air. You can soak in the warm waters of the tubs, swim a few laps in the pool, or relax in the steam sauna before towelling off and heading to the local hotel for a light lunch. From there you’ll board a vehicle heading back to Reykjavík, returning to the city shortly after lunchtime which gives you plenty of time to explore the capital and go on other adventures. Enjoy the countryside, get to know the Icelandic horse and relax in geothermal waters on this fun-filled horse riding tour. Check availability by choosing a date.
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2-Hour Horse Riding | Heritage Tour
Hop on the saddle with this picturesque horse riding tour and experience the incredible wealth of Iceland's beauty from on top your own Icelandic horse! Your 90-minute tour will begin with a hotel pickup from Reykjavík capital area in the morning, or, if you prefer sleeping in, in the afternoon. You'll be taken to the village of Hveragerði, more specifically, to the Eldhestar farm. At the stable, you will gear up and be introduced to the basic principles of horse riding. One of your friendly and experienced guides will choose a horse to fit your skill level. For this tour, you will need to bring a pair of sturdy shoes, sneakers or hiking boots. It is also recommended to bring a comfortable pair of pants (riding pants are not necessary), a pair of gloves and a thin hat to wear beneath your helmet. If you would like to bring small items such as a camera, it is advised to wear a waist bag. Backpacks are not allowed on horseback. Soon, you will be riding through some truly gorgeous countryside; dried lava plateaus, farmlands and rivers, all surrounded by a stunning vista of volcanic mountains. You will experience the famous 'tölt', a special gait unique to Icelandic horses, and will quickly realise the intelligence, loyalty and playfulness of the breed. Passing by a number of farmsteads, you will also have the opportunity to see firsthand how agriculture has developed across the region. At the end of your tour, you can sit back and relax with a hot cup of coffee and some delicious home baked cake before it is time to return to the city. So don't delay! Book this brilliant and accessible horse riding tour and you too can make some fantastic holiday memories with some of Iceland's most famous four-legged residents. Check the booking availability by choosing a date.
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3-Hour Horse Riding & Hot Springs Tour
Grab the reins with both hands for this incredible 3-hour horse riding tour through the steaming geothermal landscapes of Iceland. This tour is suitable for both beginner and experienced riders, as well as all those looking to explore Iceland from a truly unique perspective. You will be picked up in the morning and driven a short distance east of Reykjavík. At the stables, you will begin your tour with an easy introduction to horse riding, ranging from how to correctly use the reins to how to slow and speed up your steed. Your knowledgeable, friendly and experienced horse riding guide will also be quick to share with you their first-hand knowledge of this unique horse breed, as well as provide a little background colour on the surroundings in which you will explore. Horse riding in Iceland is unique not only because of the country’s fantastic natural scenery but because of the horse itself. Icelandic horses are a particularly special breed, capable of five gaits and able to withstand outside temperatures at which much larger horses would cower. On the tour, you will ride gorgeous trails along the picturesque slopes of Mt. Reykjafjall, as well as through a dense green forest (a rarity in Iceland). Following that, you will trot past numerous steaming hot-springs in the geothermal area of Gufudalur Valley, located just above the town of Hveragerði. Along these hilly, volcanic paths, riders will observe sweeping panoramas of green plateaus and even the mighty volcano, Hengill. Given the length of this tour, you will be taking a break at local stables to learn more about the area and indulge in some light refreshments and snacks. When everybody is ready, you will make a pleasant return journey back to where you started, before boarding a bus heading to Reykjavík. So don't wait! Gallop your way onto this tour, and you too can experience Iceland’s hot springs, geothermal valleys, forests and plateaus, all from atop your own Icelandic horse. Check availability by choosing a date.
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Meet the Icelandic Horse | 1-Hour Riding Tour
Make your Icelandic adventure a little bit more awesome by meeting the friendly Icelandic horse and taking an exciting ride! This customised 1-hour-long riding tour is suitable for everyone, be it first-time riders to passionate horse enthusiasts. Families with children are more than welcome! The 1-hour tour is specially designed to make riding accessible to everyone, promote the region Ölfus, and to do what your guides love the most: share with you their our passion for the Icelandic Horse. Your guide will teach you about the origins of the breed and traditions surrounding riding, breeding and keeping horses in Iceland. All the while you will be surrounded by nature in the beautiful south lowlands of Iceland, circled by majestic mountains, rolling hills and extensive grasslands. Trained horses, appropriate riding equipment and the supervision of your professional guides ensures safety, delivers quality service, and creates an unforgettable experience for everyone involved. Your guides adapt the pace to your riding level and choose the route to best serve the needs, wants and demands of each group. During the ride, visitors are ensured to have the opportunity to try the unique Tölt gait, which is breed-specific to the Icelandic horse. This tour takes place in the lowlands in the south-west of Iceland known as Ölfus. The rides often run alongside the Ingólfsfjall Mountain, through the rocky and rugged terrain. There is far more to riding a horse than one might expect. The open-air has a bracing effect on the mind as it creates immense enjoyment, strengthens mental fitness, and works as a terrific therapy and an excellent stress reliever. This is a great opportunity to establish a connection between you, your horse and nature. Experience the beauty of Iceland in this unique way, accompanied by the most loved local of them all: the Icelandic horse. Check availability by choosing a date.
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1 Hour Horse Riding Tour | Countryside Charm
Take to the saddle with this fantastic 1-hour horse riding tour through the beautiful Icelandic countryside. This tour is the perfect opportunity for beginners and riding enthusiasts alike, presenting you with the chance to both explore some truly breathtaking scenery and to further get to know this unique and authentically Icelandic horse breed. Make your way to the town of Hveragerði, located just east of Reykjavík city along Iceland's Ring Road (Road 1), where you will find the stables. Upon arrival, you will be met by your friendly and experienced horse riding guide. Passionate about all things equestrian, they will be eager to share with you their wealth of information on riding techniques, the surrounding countryside and the horse breed itself. The Icelandic Horse is famous for its short and sturdy stature, its resilience to the cold, and for its five unique gaits. All stable horses in Iceland are well-domesticated and used to being around people. To protect the species’ remarkable qualities, Icelandic horses are not allowed to return to the country once they have been exported. After you have been briefed by your guide, you will be presented all of the necessary riding gear for your tour, including a helmet. All you must bring is some warm layers of clothing and your unbridled enthusiasm! Then, you will be lead to the stables where your very own horse will be picked out for you. When you’re all saddled up, its time to begin your 1-hour adventure exploring the many country trails outside of Hveragerði town. Riders will be privy to a world of quaint farmlands, trickling glacial rivers and sweeping volcanic plateaus, really giving you a sense of the breadth of Iceland’s landscape. The area around Hveragerði is renown for its beauty and is often cited as one of the best places in Iceland in which to try your hand at horse riding. So don't hesitate! Hurry now and you too can take an hour out exploring the countryside of west Iceland by horseback. Check availability by choosing a date.
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Golden Circle Classic and Horse-Riding | Live Tour with Audio Guide in 10 Languages
Jump aboard for a classic Icelandic adventure, to see the Golden Circle and ride one of the nation's unique and beautiful horses. This tour combines sightseeing and adventure, and should not be missed by anyone seeking to immerse themselves in Icelandic scenery and culture. Your tour will start from Reykjavík Terminal or you can be picked up from your accommodation in Reykjavík and your bus has exemplary modern features; it has wifi, a tablet for each guest, USB sockets, and an in-Bus Audio Guide that allows you to listen to a commentary in ten different languages. You will also have a tour guide who can help with any queries. You will enjoy the Golden Circle component of this tour first. The first location on this famous trail is Þingvellir National Park. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is in an incredible location, right between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. The continental movement here has created some dramatic geology, which contrasts beautifully with the verdant fields, stretches of forest, clear streams and serene lake. Þingvellir is also steeped in Icelandic history. It was here that early Icelanders founded their parliament in 930 AD, an institution that continues to this day in Reykjavík. This makes the park the original site of the world's longest running ongoing parliament. The next location on the Golden Circle is the Geysir Geothermal Area. This is the site of many hot springs, mud pools, fumaroles, and of course, geysers. The largest one of these, Geysir itself, rarely erupts nowadays; Strokkur, however, erupts every ten minutes or so, to heights of up to 40 metres (131 feet). Following your time here, you will head to Gullfoss waterfall. This is the most iconic falls in Iceland, and for good reason; a vast amount of water thunders down it in two tiers, plunging into an ancient valley, and throwing off many rainbows when the sun is out. There are many viewing platforms to admire it from, including one right where the water is dropping, where you can marvel at its awesome power. Following this, it is time to meet the Icelandic horse. Your guides on site will introduce you to your steed and gear, give you a moment to get comfortable, then lead you away to begin this part of the tour. You will ride through meadows, lava fields, and across a small river, against a backdrop of mountains and volcanoes. The charm of your horse will quickly become apparent to you, and you will soon realise why these animals are so loved by the nation. Following your horse-ride, you will return to Reykjavík, no doubt with some great new memories. Do not hesitate any longer. Jump aboard, for a classic sightseeing and horse-riding adventure. Check availability by choosing a date.
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Horse Riding Tour from Akureyri
Go horseback riding on the sturdy and friendly Icelandic horse in the beautiful nature of North Iceland. This adventure is the ideal choice for horse lovers, families and groups wanting to experience the Icelandic landscape on horseback, just as the Icelandic people have done since the Age of Settlement. Your tour begins as you get picked up from your accommodation in Akureyri, and brought to the stables located close to town. Here, you will meet your experienced local guides and get acquainted with Iceland's favourite animal. Once you have been assigned to a trusty steed that fits your profile, get ready to saddle up and begin your easy, one-hour trail ride through North Iceland's stunning landscapes. You will be on the actual tour, riding the horse for 1 full hour. We do not count the time getting prepared, helmets, and safety talk as part of the actual tour time, so you will have lots of time to enjoy riding around on the horses! Not only will you befriend the small, shaggy Icelandic horses who are famed for their smooth gait, but you will take in the breathtaking mountain vistas and wide fields of grass waving by the lakeside path of your journey. One of the quintessential pleasures of getting to ride an Icelandic horse is their fourth additional gait called tölt, an exceptionally smooth riding style with all the speed of a canter, but the comfort and sleekness of a walk. These horses have also been isolated on the island since the days of the country's settlement, resulting in the famed mellow temper of the species, as well as their noteworthy affluence in befriending their human riders. This excursion is designed for riders of all levels of experience, meaning that no matter whether you are a beginner or an expert, you are sure to have a wonderful time connecting with your horse in the North Icelandic countryside. Don't hesitate in booking your Icelandic horse riding adventure now, to enjoy the most essential of local experiences; meet and ride Iceland's favourite animal on this relaxing and adventurous tour. Check availability by choosing a date.
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Horseback Riding & Leiðarendi Lava Cave Tour
Jump in the saddle for this experience touring the Icelandic countryside on a friendly Icelandic horse, followed by the breathless excitement of a lava cave tour. This combo is for anyone who wants to explore the Icelandic environment in depth, or someone who can’t decide if they want something more relaxing or more active – this tour is both! You will be picked up at your accommodation in Reykjavik for the horse riding tour. You will explore the lava surrounding Mt. Helgafell volcano and ride across beautiful hillsides to the old Kaldársel sheep corral, currently a place of colourful summer camp cabins, or to Lake Hvaleyrarvatn. Lake Hvaleyrarvatn is a popular oasis for locals as well as flocks of migrating birds such as seagulls, snipes, redwings, blackbirds, plovers and more. The route of the tour depends on the season and the weather, so no two tours are the same. After the horse riding tour, you will be driven to downtown Reykjavík where you can enjoy lunch before immersing yourselves in the velvety darkness of the Leiðarendi lava cave. Leiðarendi lava cave, in the Tvíbollahraun lava field, is a capital example of a lava tube. The cave was created by an eruption thousands of years ago, with the outside layer of the tube cooling while the middle of the tube continued to flow, hollowing the interior. A distinctive feature of this cave is the flakes of lava which fall from the ceiling and walls, piling at your feet like gleaming dragon scales. The collection of these flakes causes layers which helps geologists understand the age of the cave and its changes throughout the years. Get ready for some more activity. To make your way through, you will climb, crawl and walk in your travels beneath the surface. There is plenty of beauty and colour hidden in the depths here, so get ready to work for it. Don't miss out on this opportunity to explore the lava landscape, both above and below. Check availability by choosing a date.
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Family Horse-Riding Adventure | Meet on Location
Join this tour for horseback riding fun for the whole family. No matter what your experience level as a rider, everyone loves the adorable Icelandic horse. Not so tall, the sight of its chubby belly and shaggy hair makes everyone smile. This tour is for anyone who loves animals or is travelling with children. The tour group is limited to 20 or fewer people in order to ensure the best experience for your family. You will be able to receive more personal attention from your guide and truly enjoy your surroundings as you ride. The whole family can enjoy a half hour’s riding tour on comfortable riding tracks in the vicinity of the riding centre. The Icelandic horse is a gentle breed, and there are many calm horses here for children and inexperienced riders. At the riding centre, there are also dogs, cats and rabbits for everyone to enjoy, as well as a children’s corner with farm related toys. Children under the age of 6 will be led by rein in a paddock at a discounted rate. This is a perfect opportunity to catch a photo of your family with these very special horses. The Icelandic people feel very protective of their horses after the breed was nearly destroyed by a volcanic eruption which swept the southern coast in the 1780s. These horses are descended from the horses which were brought over from Norway by the first settlers in the 9th century. Please note that at least one adult needs to stay behind with a young child at the Riding Centre. After your ride, enjoy a cup of complimentary coffee, tea or hot chocolate to celebrate the day. Don't miss out on this fun activity for every member of the family. Check availability by choosing a date.
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1 Hour Horseback Riding Tour From Flúðir in South Iceland
Enjoy the classic Icelandic experience of horseback riding through the stunning countryside of the nation’s verdant South. This hour-long tour is ideal for those who want to try out this activity, and those looking up to fill a small window of time while packing as much into their days as possible. The excursion begins when you meet your guides at the stables just outside of Flúðir. Here, you will be provided with a riding helmet and overalls (if the weather demands it) before you will be introduced to your steed for the next hour. Icelandic horses are delightful animals, very different to other breeds because of their thousand years of evolutionary isolation; no other horse has diluted the stock since the turn of the millennium. Their short, sturdy stature and shaggy winter coats are the most notable things upon first glance, but after a moment, you will note they are curious, intelligent and sociable. After introductions, you will mount up and set out on your adventure. Children as young as five are welcome to join, although those under seven will be led by a guide. You’ll be led out into the verdant nature of South Iceland, which is renowned for its beautiful countryside. The journey will immerse you in stunning mountain and volcano views; you will get to experience a few of the gaits of the Icelandic horse. After an hour, you will return to the stables, hopefully grinning from the beautiful journey and the exciting and charming way in which you undertook it. Don’t miss this short and sweet experience on Iceland’s favourite animal. Check availability by choosing a date.
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6 Day Self Drive Tour | The Golden Circle, Blue Lagoon & Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
Explore the best of Iceland on this affordable 6-day self-drive package. This tour takes you from the world-famous Blue Lagoon, through the vibrant capital city of Reykjavik, up the beautiful south coast, around the Golden Circle, and all the way to the incredible Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. For the Early Birds out there, this Self Drive currently offers 20% discount for those wishing to experience Iceland in summer 2019, making it an ideal choice for the budget conscious traveller. You are in the driver’s seat, so your pace and the number of attractions you wish to see each day is up to you. You can jam every minute with beautiful scenery, local hot spots, and historical landmarks, or you can choose a few must-see locations and go slowly, taking time to meet the locals and to set up gorgeous photos. To make sure your holiday is both relaxing and full of adventure, you will lodge in full comfort, with an ensuite bathroom and breakfast included. On this tour, you will see incredible sights, including the waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, the fascinating rift valley of Þingvellir, and landmarks like Gullfoss waterfall and Reynisfjara beach. The tour is crowned, however, by an afternoon at Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, where you can watch seals rest on and frolic around beautiful icebergs, as they break from a glacier and float serenely to the ocean. It is important for most travellers that they experience the real Iceland, and feel its history within the stunning nature. To help you with this, you will receive a custom itinerary after who book, which will draw your attention to a few unique spots that will allow you to relax without the crowds, and take in the true desolate beauty of this country. Don't forget to take a look at the extra activities during booking. You can go hiking; ice caving; snorkelling; horse-riding; snowmobiling; and even descend into an empty magma chamber of a volcano. There are near endless options for those with a taste for adventure, and to top it off, they all come at a special price when included in this tour upon the time of booking. From spectacular mountain hikes to black sand beaches, waterfalls to the glacier lagoon, this trip has it all. Check availability by choosing a date.
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2-Hour Horse Riding Tour | Elves & Mysteries
Take the reins and ride through the legendary Icelandic countryside. This fantastic horse riding tour is perfect for those who wish to see spectacular scenery and learn about the ancient folklore that has shaped the Icelandic culture throughout the ages. Icelandic folklore is filled with mythical being such as elves and ‘hidden people’. On this tour, you’ll visit some of the places said to be populated by these special creatures, and you’ll do so while riding the friendly Icelandic horse. In the morning, you’ll be picked up in Reykjavík and driven to southwestern Iceland where you’ll find the stables. The Icelandic horse is both friendly and gentle, and so this tour is suited for both first-time riders and expert alike. Your guide for today will select the perfect horse for you, one that matches your temper and riding capability. Once you’ve mounted your steed, you’ll head on out to the stunning countryside as your local guide tells you all about Icelandic folklore, specifically the elves. You’ll ride through a green valley on your way to your first mystical location, the small cleft Álfakví and the old sheep pen that cannot be moved due to mysterious forces. From there you’ll ride to Skjólklettur rocks, a place said to be an elven church. Singing has often been heard near Skjólklettur, so keep your ears peeled for musical elves. Before you arrive at your next enchanted location, the elven hill Einbúi, you’ll get to test the Icelandic horse’s capabilities by trying its unique gait tölt. Tölt is a smooth gait, where you’ll hardly feel the horse’s hoofs touch the ground, giving you a feeling like you are soaring through the air. After spending about 2 hours on your horse, you’ll stop by at the local hotel for a light lunch before you board a vehicle heading back to Reykjavík city. Travel around the magical countryside on an Icelandic horse and try and spot some mystical elves on the way, with this fun-filled day tour. Check availability by choosing a date.
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Horse Riding & Whale Watching Day Tour
Meet the animals of Iceland in two completely different ways with this combo day tour; ride a beautiful Icelandic horse in the morning, and take a fascinating whale-watching tour in the afternoon. This tour should appeal to anyone with a passion for wildlife, nature and adventure. Your day will start when you are picked up from Reykjavík, and taken to the farm Vellir near the South Coast for the riding component of this tour. Here, you will meet your guides and group, who will introduce you to the safety equipment and protocols before showing you to your steed for the morning. Though on first sight, Icelandic horses only appear to be smaller than regular breeds, you will soon notice that they are, in fact, quite special. They are comparatively more curious, social and intelligent, and you will no doubt fall for the one given to you before you even mount. It does not matter whether you are a complete novice or an experienced rider; there are horses that will suit people of all abilities. If horse-riding is new to you, your guides will allow you to get comfortable before the tour starts properly and will start the pace slow; if you are more experienced, you will have an opportunity for a gallop around during the excursion. You will ride for up to two hours through beautiful countryside, in view of dramatic mountains and the South Coast. Once you return to the farm, you will have a light lunch, before being driven back to Reykavík. You’ll arrive at the Old Harbour in time for the early afternoon departure of the whale-watching vessel. As it escorts you out into Faxaflói Bay, the guides on board will tell you all about the scenery unfolding around you. Not only will you be able to see the skyline of the capital, if the weather is clear you will see the whole of the volcanic Reykjanes Peninsula, the beautiful Hvalfjörður, and the silhouette of the magnificent Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Many species of whale and dolphin call Faxaflói Bay home, so you can hope to see Minke whales, Humpback whales, white-beaked dolphins and harbour porpoises. If you are particularly fortunate, you may also see creatures such as orcas, Fin whales, and even Blue whales. Between whale sightings, you can admire the seabirds around you, or else head to the comfortable cabin below to warm up with a hot drink or something stronger. You can also purchase snacks and read about the whales of Iceland below the deck. If you do not see any whales, you need not worry; you will have a chance to redeem your ticket at your next available opportunity for another shot. After three hours, hopefully filled with multiple sightings, you will be taken back to Reykjavík, in time for any evening plans you have made. Do not miss your opportunity to enjoy the incredible animals of Iceland. Check availability by choosing a date.
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Family Friendly Riding Tour | Black Beach Riding near Vik
Join us for a family-friendly riding tour, riding the black sands near Vík and experience the landscapes in a magical way. Families with young children can join us for a fun and easy introduction to horse riding along the beach. Our family tour lasts approximately half an hour and takes you out on to the black sands here at Vík. This tour is ideally suited for those aged six and up and their families, as we can provide individual assistance – including lead reins – for those who would like it. After introducing you to our horses and giving a short demonstration covering the basics of horse riding, we will head outside and start the tour. We begin along the sea wall running parallel to the beach, giving beautiful views out over Víkurfjara beach, Reynisfjall mountain, and the famous Reynisdrangar rocks. We then head down to the beach itself and spend time strolling along the dark, soft sand and watching the rolling waves. Vik is a haven for wildlife so you may be lucky enough to spot many different kinds of seabirds, seals, or even whales while out riding. This tour also offers beautiful views up to the village church, to the hills behind, and – if the weather is kind – the Mýrdalsjökull glacier beyond. We also try and make time for a photo stop during the ride, to make sure you can capture the memory of your time on an Icelandic horse forever. We operate all year round and always make sure that the tours are adapted for the needs and abilities of our riders, to make a memorable and unique experience while staying safe and comfortable. Our international staff are knowledgeable and friendly, and happy to answer questions about Iceland, the local area, and of course the unique Icelandic horses. All of our horses have their own personalities and are great representatives of this friendly, hardy, and curious breed. A visit to the black sand beaches is an essential part of any trip to South Iceland, but doing so on the back of an Icelandic horse makes this an extraordinary experience for the whole family. Check availability by choosing a date.
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Black Sand Beach by Horseback | Riding Adventure near Vik
Explore the beautiful black sand beaches of Iceland’s South Coast with this incredible hour-long horseback riding tour. This excursion is perfect for beginners and experts alike and provides a wonderful perspective on this country’s unique natural features. The tour begins in Iceland’s southernmost town, Vík, which is located just a few hours out of Reykjavík, along the Ring Road encircling the island. You will meet your guides at the stables. They will provide you with all the riding equipment you need and tell you a little about the route and safety procedures. Following that, you will meet your steed. Icelandic horses are renowned across the world for their performance in equestrian sports, but what will likely be most striking to you is their diminutive size, their curious eyes and their gentle, friendly nature. After being paired with your perfect match, you’ll spend a moment getting used to the sensation of riding, before setting out along Reynisfjara beach. This stretch of coast was once voted one of the most beautiful non-tropical beaches in the world, and it is little wonder as to why. The volcanic, black sands stretch for miles; great waves shatter against them with the full force of the Atlantic ocean, and the geological features of the area are spectacular. The most renowned of these features are the Reynisdrangar sea-stacks. These two great pillars rise from the ocean and are said to have once been trolls petrified in the sunrise as they tried to drag a ship to shore. Adjacent to them is the beautiful Reynisfjall mountain. If you are taking your ride in May, June or September, then you are very likely to see puffins amongst the hundreds of seabirds swooping overhead. This tour will be tailored en route as much as possible for those of different ability levels. Beginners are welcome to take a slow, serene ride; those who want to feel what it’s like to pace a little quicker will have their opportunity; expert riders will have a chance to race across the sands. Everyone will also be able to experience the 'tölt,' a gentle gait unique to the Icelandic horse. Throughout the tour, your guides will be able to tell you all about the nature and evolution of your steed, the surrounding landscapes, and perhaps some of the local folklore. They will also be happy to answer any questions you have throughout the tour. After fifty minutes to an hour, you will return to the stables, and bid farewell to your horse and guides, ready to continue your adventures around Iceland’s South Coast. Don’t hesitate to book this exciting horseback riding opportunity on the black sand beaches of Iceland. Check availability by choosing a date.
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Horseback Riding and Lunch with Locals near Reykjavik
Welcome to our beautiful farm. It is located only 20 minutes outside of Reykjavík, in the charming countryside. Here we offer guests to come and ride the Icelandic horse and have a home-cooked meal with the farmer and his family. Every tour starts with a riding lesson where guests are introduced to the Icelandic horse, the history of the horse and get to know the basics of riding. The lesson starts with the teacher showing you the basics of how you control a horse once that is completed you will receive your own horse and you start riding under guidance from the riding teacher. Don't worry, our horses are calm and friendly to inexperienced riders, so you will be in good hands. Once everyone in our group is feeling comfortable with the horse we take a riding tour along a beautiful river that is in our valley. The ride is off the beaten track so guests will have a unique opportunity to explore the Icelandic nature from the horse. At one point we will have a break where people can recuperate a bit and enjoy the stillness and, of course, take pictures of their furry co-travellers. Once we are back at the farm, we go into the main house and have home cooked lunch which consists of lamb roast, potatoes and salat. Vegetarian options are available, but please let us know in advance. During lunch, the group gets to know each other a bit better and share their experiences in Iceland along with discussions with the local farmer who can give you plenty of ideas and good advice about what to do and where to go in Iceland. If you want to get to know Iceland in an authentic way than this is it! We look forward to having you at our farm.
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Hoof Prints in the Snow | Winter Riding in North Iceland
Join us for a real Viking adventure, and saddle up for a ride in the heart of Skagafjörður, North Iceland! There is something truly special about horse riding in winter. Nature is sleeping, everything is silent, all you can hear is the steps of your horse in the snow. It is a peaceful, magical experience like no other. You feel like the first explorers of Iceland over 1000 years ago. Let our strong and sturdy horses carry you into the frozen wilderness of our remote valley at the edge of the inhabitable world. Survival has always been a challenge for these horses throughout the centuries, and the exposure to the harsh Icelandic elements has made them exceptionally tough. They were the fearless, loyal and reliable companions of the Vikings, and now you can meet this legendary animal yourself! You will experience the unique strength of the Icelandic Horses first hand while riding on the frozen trails leading to the majestic waterfall, Reykjafoss. Watching the winter sun reflect on the thousands of icicles surrounding the falls is a magical experience. The flat tops of the Tröllaskagi mountains looming on the horizon provide the perfect backdrop to your adventure. These mountains are said to be a home for many trolls and ghosts. Who knows? We might even meet some of them during our tour. During the trip, our professional guides will tell you about the unique characteristics and history of the Icelandic horses. You may also try the tölt, a gait unique to these horses, that lets you ride in complete comfort. Whether you are a first-time rider or a professional, this tour is an unforgettable experience! We provide thick thermal overalls for our riders to keep them warm throughout the journey. Find your inner Viking! Choose a departure date and time to check availability.
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Icelandic Animals Tour Combo | Horse Riding, Whale & Puffin Watching with Pick-up in Reykjavik
Saddle up and get ready to meet the animals of Iceland on this family-friendly discounted tour combo. You and the kids will have no lack of things to do this summer holiday. Meet the revered Icelandic horse and look forward to spotting the wild whales and puffins of Iceland. This tour combo is perfect for families travelling to Iceland with young children looking for something different to do every day. This combo spans three days with three separate tours, each providing a unique animal-spotting opportunity promising to introduce you and your family to Iceland’s cherished native creatures and teach you more about them. The first day will kick off the family fun by meeting the iconic and charming Icelandic horse. Small and calm in nature, they are perfect for children and inexperienced riders alike. Take in the breathtaking environment in the saddle on horseback. For both the whale watching and the puffin spotting, you will get on a boat to discover the incredible marine life Iceland has to offer as well as the stunning landscapes. Get a view of Reykjavík from the sea! Since no tour is longer than three hours, the kids won’t get restless, and it still leaves the rest of your day free for further sightseeing and activities. If you have a rental car, you can drive to any of the locations. Otherwise, there is a complimentary pick-up service from Reykjavík. Book now and treat the children to see some extraordinary creatures. Check availability by choosing a date.
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Red Lava Horse Riding & Glacier Ice Cave in Reykjavik
Get the best of the Icelandic nature, without leaving the city. On this horse riding and ice cave tour, you’ll ride through the red lava field of Heiðmörk recreation area before heading to Perlan landmark building where you will find a man-made Ice Cave inside. Those looking to infuse beautiful nature with adventure and state-of-the-art technology should book this tour now. The excursion starts with a riding lesson in a beautiful area on the outskirt of Reykjavík city. You can either meet your friendly guides at the stables or have them pick you up from your accommodations or designated pick up area in the morning. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never ridden a horse before, your friendly guides will show you the ropes before getting you into the saddle, and they will take a route depending on the group’s riding experience. Aside from that, Icelandic horses are considered very friendly, gentle and intelligent, making this tour perfect for the whole family. You will either ride on a beautiful and smooth riding path along the Rauðhólar (Red Hills) or by the stunning Rauðavatn (Red Lake). On both routes, you will enjoy natural riding paths and a beautiful setting where you will get to know the friendly Icelandic horse. After the ride, you will be driven to the landmark building Perlan which sits on top of Öskjuhlíð hill. There, you will find The Glaciers and Ice Cave Exhibition inside one of Perlan’s hot water tanks. You’ll walk through a man-made ice cave, and you are encouraged to not only look at the ice but to touch it and feel the cold as well. After you’ve emerged from the ice cave, an interactive exhibition will greet you. There, you’ll learn all about glaciers, from the microorganism that can be found in them to the dangers they face due to global warming. Note that transport from Perlan to your accommodation is not included with this tour, but you could utilise the bus service, take a taxi or just walk, Perlan is not that far from the city centre. Book now and take a ride on an Icelandic horse before exploring an ice cave in Reykjavík city. Check availability by choosing a date.
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1-Hour Riding Tour in Reykjavik | The Red Lava Hills, Raudholar
Discover the lunar-like landscapes on the outskirt of Reykjavík city with a riding tour through the Rauðhólar, red lava Hills. Spend an hour in the saddle, ride on through this beautiful area, and get to know the friendly Icelandic horse. Those wanting to immerse themselves in the wild Icelandic nature without leaving the city should book this tour now. You’ll meet your guides at the stables near Lake Rauðavatn, located a short drive from the city centre. Once there, your guide will provide you with warm overalls, helmets and footwear, so you will be fully equipped to saddle up and ride out. You don’t have to worry if you’ve never ridden before, your guides will show you how. They also know their horses pretty well, so they can pair you up with a horse which matches your personality and riding experience. Icelandic horses are friendly, gentle and very intelligent, so this tour is perfect for both beginners and expert riders alike. The route you’ll take will also depend on the experience of the group, so even if you are a novice rider, you won’t have to worry about a thing. After getting to know both your guides and your horse, you’ll mount your steed and head out into the Heiðmörk conservation area. You will ride on a path through a dark lava field and head in the directions of the red hills of Rauðhólar. Rauðhólar is the remnants of a cluster of pseudocraters in the Elliðaárhraun lava field. Craters like these are rarely seen outside of Iceland, but they have also been found on the planet of Mars, so riding through this otherworldly area on a horse will surely be an experience you will never forget. Experience the best of Iceland without leaving the city with this fun-filled horse riding tour. Check availability by choosing a date.
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Horseback Riding in the Lava Fields
Come along on a fabulous tour of the Icelandic countryside on the back of a purebred Icelandic horse. This tour is ideal for anyone looking for a personal experience with the Icelandic environment and suits all riders, from beginners to masters. Before the tour starts, you'll be matched with a mount who is perfect for your skill level, allowing you to just sit back and enjoy the ride. Groups on this tour are kept to 20 people or fewer, as well, to ensure personal attention from your guide and a truly special riding experience in the countryside. You’ll be picked up from your accommodation in Reykjavik – or you can drive yourself – to the nearby Riding Centre, for a relaxing amble about well-marked riding trails. Lava fields through which you'll be riding were created when an eruption scrapes the plains clean of plant life, resemble a pebbled, craggy riverbed, filled with huge chunks of rocks. As you ride, look for different shapes and figures in the rock formations, a pleasant pastime for local riders. Some lava fields are in the process of being reclaimed by plant life, covered in spongy blankets of moss, prickly scrub brush or delicate purple lupine. The environment is just as fantastic as your mount. The Icelandic horse is a national treasure. Fiercely guarded by the Icelandic people, these shaggy horses are descended from the horses of the first settlers, imported from Norway in the 9th century. After that, there were attempts to breed them with European stock, which led to the decline of the hardy qualities which make the Icelandic horse so valuable to the harsh lifestyle of historical Iceland. For this reason, the Icelandic parliament banned the importation of horses into Iceland by the end of the 10th century. Today, the Icelandic horse has been protected for more than 1,000 years. The Icelandic horse has been preserved in legends and sagas as well. A horse named Skalm was mentioned in the famous Book of Settlements, written in the 12th century. Her owner decided to make his home at the place she chose: when she stopped walking and lay down, he founded his settlement. What secret messages will your horse reveal on this tour? Reserve your place now to find out! Check availability by choosing a date.
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Family Horseback Riding Tour | From Reykjavik
Join this tour for an afternoon of easy riding and fun for the whole family. This tour is for any level of rider, and is a wonderful experience for animal lovers, families or groups or anyone who loves the Icelandic countryside. Tours are kept to 20 people or fewer, in order to ensure that all riders get personal attention and all the relaxation they could want. You'll be picked up in Reykjavik and brought to the spacious Riding Centre just outside the city. The grounds feature a large paddock and barn, along with dogs, cats and bunnies for guests to pet. To start the tour, you’ll learn about the history of the Icelandic horse, a hardy breed brought to Iceland by the first settlers. Then, you’ll be matched with a horse that suits your experience level and mount up. The tour will go slowly so that all riders feel comfortable and safe. Your guide will lead you through well-kept trails in the fields around the riding center. You’ll see the craggy lava fields, filled with creeping moss, thorny bushes and rock formations that make a perfect backdrop for a keepsake photo. The beautiful Bláfjöll mountains loom in the distance. The Icelandic horse is a gentle, friendly breed known for its bushy hair and thick, wiry winter coat. These sturdy animals are built to survive through the Nordic winters. What you may not know by looking at them is that the horse has a silky-smooth gait, known as the tölt. The tölt is designed for the speed and comfort of the rider crossing long distances, a helpful trick for the Viking who needs to cross a fjord in a single day. Don't miss your chance to take a relaxing saunter through the countryside on an Icelandic horse. Check availability by choosing a date.
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Volcanic Landscape Horse Riding Tour
Enjoy the mountain view surrounding Reykjavík while riding the gentle Icelandic horse. Meet these incredible animals and ride through the country’s volcanic landscape on this amazing horse riding tour. It is the perfect tour for all animal lovers who want to add a little twist to their sightseeing. The Icelandic horse holds a special place in the hearts of the locals. It arrived here, over a thousand years ago, on the very first ships of the settlers. From that day it has remained a loyal servant and friend to the people. The tour starts when you are picked up in Reykjavík and driven to the outskirts of the city where you will meet your horse. The Icelandic horse is very friendly and easy to handle, so this tour is suitable for beginners and experts alike. Your tour guide will give you all necessary information about riding as well as tell you a little bit about the magnificent Icelandic horse: its small stature, gentle demeanour and the five unique gaits. When you are ready, there is nothing left but to mount your horse and head on out to see the beautiful volcanic landscape around Reykjavík. You’ll ride past mountains and a beautiful lake. This tour will take you to the red pseudocraters and black lava fields of this otherworldly area. Throughout the ages, the Icelandic horse was vital to the people’s survival as it was the best way of transportation. Although with new roads and means of transport, the Icelandic horse is still an important part of people’s daily lives as farmers still use horses for sheep-herding in the highlands. So, don’t hesitate. Experience the country the authentic way; on the back of the Icelandic horse, and make some amazing holiday memories on this fun-filled tour. Check availability by choosing a date.
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The Golden Circle Day Tour | With Horse Riding in a Geothermal Area
Roll two essential Icelandic experiences into one on this incredible day tour; ride one of the nation's charming and sturdy horses, and marvel over the three famous sites of the Golden Circle. You will be picked up from Reykjavík in the morning, and head straight to the farm of Vellir. Here, you will meet your horse-riding guide and your steed for the morning. Icelandic horses are incredibly special animals. You’ll first notice that they are much smaller than most other breeds, but after a few minutes, you’ll see that that is the least interesting thing about them; they are also noticeably friendlier, smarter, and more curious than other horses. Riding them is an absolute delight, even for the novice rider. For up to two hours, you will travel with your group through the beautiful, verdant countryside, with views over mountains and up to the ocean. The pace is nice and slow for beginners. Following an invigorating ride, you will have lunch, before setting out on the Golden Circle. Your first stop on this popular trail is the Geysir Geothermal Area. Here, you can see a geyser named Strokkur erupt every 10 minutes or so, to a height of up to 40 m (131 ft). The now largely inactive Geysir can also be seen, as can many other bubbling hot springs and steaming fumaroles. The next stop will be the ‘golden waterfall’, otherwise known as Gullfoss. Here, the Hvíta river pours down two tiers into an ancient plunging valley. When the ground is not too icy, it is possible to reach a viewing platform right where the water starts to drop, allowing you marvel over its awe-inspiring power. The final site of the Golden Circle is Þingvellir National Park, a place famed for its fascinating history and geology. The only UNESCO World Heritage Site on the Icelandic mainland, Þingvellir was the original site of the world’s longest-running, ongoing representative parliament, formed in 930 AD and now based in Reykjavík. Þingvellir is also located in the rift valley that runs all the way through Iceland, marking the boundaries of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. In no other part of the country are the edges of these continents so obvious, and their presence has led to some incredible geological features. Combined with the verdant forests, creeping moss and crystal clear rivers that cover the park, Þingvellir is home to some spectacular views. Once you have made the most of the beautiful Golden Circle, you will return to Reykjavík in time to enjoy your evening. Don’t miss your chance to ride the incredible Icelandic horse and to see the famous sites of the Golden Circle. Book your tour now. Check availability by choosing a date.
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Reykjavik Horse Riding Tour
Saddle up and discover the unique volcanic landscape at the outskirts of Reykjavík on the back of a horse. Ride around the countryside and get to know the friendly Icelandic horse on this exciting tour, perfect for those who wish to immerse themselves in the Icelandic nature without leaving the city. The Icelandic horse is very gentle, so this tour is perfect for both beginners and expert riders alike. Children from 12 years old are always welcome, and if you’d prefer a private tour, for either an individual or a group, you can contact the tour provider, and they will set it up. On this tour, you will be picked up in Reykjavík and driven to the stables near Lake Rauðavatn on the edge of the city. Once there, you will get to meet your horse for the day. The expert guides at the stables know their horses well, and they will pair you up with a steed that matches your character and riding skills. The Icelandic horse arrived here on the Viking ships of the settlers over a thousand years ago. Since then, it has adapted to the harsh environment, resulting in a special breed unique to this country. At the stables, you will learn about this amazing animal; its unique ‘tölt’ gait, small stature, and spirited but friendly temperament. You will be provided with all the necessary riding equipment, such as a helmet, boots, gloves and warm overalls. After that, there is nothing left but to mount your steed and head on out to the wild Icelandic nature. You’ll be riding through the idyllic and dramatic countryside near Rauðavatn Lake, travelling past black lava fields and rolling hills. All the while you’ll be accompanied by a professional, highly trained and multilingual guides who will inform you about the unique landscape and its history. So do not hesitate. Discover the Icelandic countryside the same way the Vikings did; on the back of a horse. Book now to secure your spot on this fun-filled tour. Check availability by choosing a date.
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5 Day Self Drive Tour | Reykjavik, Blue Lagoon, Golden Circle & Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
Book this self-drive tour and visit Iceland's most famous attractions, including the Blue Lagoon, Golden Circle, Reynisfjara black sand beach, Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, and many of Iceland's most famous waterfalls. Having your own car gives you the freedom to explore the most popular destinations of Iceland the way you would like, without having to worry about a tour guide or others in your group. For those who plan to travel in Iceland in summer 2019, there is an Early Bird offer; a 20% discount of the Self Drive’s base price. You'll travel in full comfort throughout your trip. All lodgings will have an ensuite bathroom and breakfast will always be included, so you will be able to rest comfortably between your days of adventure. On the first day, collect your car and head to the capital city, Reykjavik. You'll have the evening to decompress from your flight and settle in. If you like, you can relax at the world-famous Blue Lagoon before you go ahead to the city. You'll begin the proper adventure on the second day, by driving around the Golden Circle. You're in the driver's seat, so spend the day doing what you'd like. Visit the foundation of Icelandic history, Þingvellir, see the geysers, and enjoy the famous Golden Waterfall, Gullfoss. Further along on your trip, you will travel alongside the infamous glacier and volcano Eyjafjallajökull, and past the stunning Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls. The highlight of the South Coast is the otherworldly Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, where you can sail among great icebergs, and walk along where they have stranded at the nearby Diamond Beach. A boat trip around the glacier lagoon is just one option you can add to your stay. You can also go horse riding, glacier hiking, snowmobiling, and even on a trip inside the ice caves. All these adventures are at your fingertips, and if reserved with the tour booking, they come at a special, discounted price, to help you add more excitement to your arctic holiday. We understand that you are visiting Iceland to experience nature at its best, and to escape the city and its crowds. That is why we have included hidden gems and spectacular attractions not known to many others on this tour. The itinerary we'll provide you with will ensure you don't miss a thing. So don't hesitate; jump on this opportunity to see some of Iceland's best attractions in just five days! Check availability by choosing a date.
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1-Hour Horse Riding, Lunch & Geothermal Pool | Midwinter Warmth
Discover the beauty of the Icelandic countryside on the back of a horse. Ride around meadows and fields and end the morning relaxing in the geothermal waters of Hveragerði’s swimming pool. This family-friendly tour is suited for anybody who wishes to get to know the gentle Icelandic horse. You’ll be picked up in Reykjavík in the morning and whisked away to the stables just outside of Hveragerði town where you will meet your guide and horse for the day. Your guide will pair you up with a horse that suits your riding capabilities and your personality. The Icelandic horse is both friendly and tame, perfect for beginner riders of all ages, as well as those with more experience. After a short introduction to the Icelandic horse, you will mount your stallion and make your way to the wild Icelandic nature. You’ll spend about an hour in the saddle, riding through the stunning countryside, with views of snow-capped mountains the entire way. After the ride, you’ll get to relax in Hveragerði’s geothermal swimming pool. The pool itself is heated all year round using geothermal energy from the ground. This makes a visit to it possible in both the summer and the wintertime alike. In fact, a favourite activity of Icelanders after a day of riding is to soothe aching muscles by sitting in a hot tub and breathing in the cold winter air. You can soak in the warm waters of the tubs, swim a few laps in the pool, or relax in the steam sauna before towelling off and heading to the local hotel for a light lunch. From there you’ll board a vehicle heading back to Reykjavík, returning to the city shortly after lunchtime which gives you plenty of time to explore the capital and go on other adventures. Enjoy the countryside, get to know the Icelandic horse and relax in geothermal waters on this fun-filled horse riding tour. Check availability by choosing a date.
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2-Hour Horse Riding | Heritage Tour
Hop on the saddle with this picturesque horse riding tour and experience the incredible wealth of Iceland's beauty from on top your own Icelandic horse! Your 90-minute tour will begin with a hotel pickup from Reykjavík capital area in the morning, or, if you prefer sleeping in, in the afternoon. You'll be taken to the village of Hveragerði, more specifically, to the Eldhestar farm. At the stable, you will gear up and be introduced to the basic principles of horse riding. One of your friendly and experienced guides will choose a horse to fit your skill level. For this tour, you will need to bring a pair of sturdy shoes, sneakers or hiking boots. It is also recommended to bring a comfortable pair of pants (riding pants are not necessary), a pair of gloves and a thin hat to wear beneath your helmet. If you would like to bring small items such as a camera, it is advised to wear a waist bag. Backpacks are not allowed on horseback. Soon, you will be riding through some truly gorgeous countryside; dried lava plateaus, farmlands and rivers, all surrounded by a stunning vista of volcanic mountains. You will experience the famous 'tölt', a special gait unique to Icelandic horses, and will quickly realise the intelligence, loyalty and playfulness of the breed. Passing by a number of farmsteads, you will also have the opportunity to see firsthand how agriculture has developed across the region. At the end of your tour, you can sit back and relax with a hot cup of coffee and some delicious home baked cake before it is time to return to the city. So don't delay! Book this brilliant and accessible horse riding tour and you too can make some fantastic holiday memories with some of Iceland's most famous four-legged residents. Check the booking availability by choosing a date.
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3-Hour Horse Riding & Hot Springs Tour
Grab the reins with both hands for this incredible 3-hour horse riding tour through the steaming geothermal landscapes of Iceland. This tour is suitable for both beginner and experienced riders, as well as all those looking to explore Iceland from a truly unique perspective. You will be picked up in the morning and driven a short distance east of Reykjavík. At the stables, you will begin your tour with an easy introduction to horse riding, ranging from how to correctly use the reins to how to slow and speed up your steed. Your knowledgeable, friendly and experienced horse riding guide will also be quick to share with you their first-hand knowledge of this unique horse breed, as well as provide a little background colour on the surroundings in which you will explore. Horse riding in Iceland is unique not only because of the country’s fantastic natural scenery but because of the horse itself. Icelandic horses are a particularly special breed, capable of five gaits and able to withstand outside temperatures at which much larger horses would cower. On the tour, you will ride gorgeous trails along the picturesque slopes of Mt. Reykjafjall, as well as through a dense green forest (a rarity in Iceland). Following that, you will trot past numerous steaming hot-springs in the geothermal area of Gufudalur Valley, located just above the town of Hveragerði. Along these hilly, volcanic paths, riders will observe sweeping panoramas of green plateaus and even the mighty volcano, Hengill. Given the length of this tour, you will be taking a break at local stables to learn more about the area and indulge in some light refreshments and snacks. When everybody is ready, you will make a pleasant return journey back to where you started, before boarding a bus heading to Reykjavík. So don't wait! Gallop your way onto this tour, and you too can experience Iceland’s hot springs, geothermal valleys, forests and plateaus, all from atop your own Icelandic horse. Check availability by choosing a date.
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Meet the Icelandic Horse | 1-Hour Riding Tour
Make your Icelandic adventure a little bit more awesome by meeting the friendly Icelandic horse and taking an exciting ride! This customised 1-hour-long riding tour is suitable for everyone, be it first-time riders to passionate horse enthusiasts. Families with children are more than welcome! The 1-hour tour is specially designed to make riding accessible to everyone, promote the region Ölfus, and to do what your guides love the most: share with you their our passion for the Icelandic Horse. Your guide will teach you about the origins of the breed and traditions surrounding riding, breeding and keeping horses in Iceland. All the while you will be surrounded by nature in the beautiful south lowlands of Iceland, circled by majestic mountains, rolling hills and extensive grasslands. Trained horses, appropriate riding equipment and the supervision of your professional guides ensures safety, delivers quality service, and creates an unforgettable experience for everyone involved. Your guides adapt the pace to your riding level and choose the route to best serve the needs, wants and demands of each group. During the ride, visitors are ensured to have the opportunity to try the unique Tölt gait, which is breed-specific to the Icelandic horse. This tour takes place in the lowlands in the south-west of Iceland known as Ölfus. The rides often run alongside the Ingólfsfjall Mountain, through the rocky and rugged terrain. There is far more to riding a horse than one might expect. The open-air has a bracing effect on the mind as it creates immense enjoyment, strengthens mental fitness, and works as a terrific therapy and an excellent stress reliever. This is a great opportunity to establish a connection between you, your horse and nature. Experience the beauty of Iceland in this unique way, accompanied by the most loved local of them all: the Icelandic horse. Check availability by choosing a date.
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1 Hour Horse Riding Tour | Countryside Charm
Take to the saddle with this fantastic 1-hour horse riding tour through the beautiful Icelandic countryside. This tour is the perfect opportunity for beginners and riding enthusiasts alike, presenting you with the chance to both explore some truly breathtaking scenery and to further get to know this unique and authentically Icelandic horse breed. Make your way to the town of Hveragerði, located just east of Reykjavík city along Iceland's Ring Road (Road 1), where you will find the stables. Upon arrival, you will be met by your friendly and experienced horse riding guide. Passionate about all things equestrian, they will be eager to share with you their wealth of information on riding techniques, the surrounding countryside and the horse breed itself. The Icelandic Horse is famous for its short and sturdy stature, its resilience to the cold, and for its five unique gaits. All stable horses in Iceland are well-domesticated and used to being around people. To protect the species’ remarkable qualities, Icelandic horses are not allowed to return to the country once they have been exported. After you have been briefed by your guide, you will be presented all of the necessary riding gear for your tour, including a helmet. All you must bring is some warm layers of clothing and your unbridled enthusiasm! Then, you will be lead to the stables where your very own horse will be picked out for you. When you’re all saddled up, its time to begin your 1-hour adventure exploring the many country trails outside of Hveragerði town. Riders will be privy to a world of quaint farmlands, trickling glacial rivers and sweeping volcanic plateaus, really giving you a sense of the breadth of Iceland’s landscape. The area around Hveragerði is renown for its beauty and is often cited as one of the best places in Iceland in which to try your hand at horse riding. So don't hesitate! Hurry now and you too can take an hour out exploring the countryside of west Iceland by horseback. Check availability by choosing a date.
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Golden Circle Classic and Horse-Riding | Live Tour with Audio Guide in 10 Languages
Jump aboard for a classic Icelandic adventure, to see the Golden Circle and ride one of the nation's unique and beautiful horses. This tour combines sightseeing and adventure, and should not be missed by anyone seeking to immerse themselves in Icelandic scenery and culture. Your tour will start from Reykjavík Terminal or you can be picked up from your accommodation in Reykjavík and your bus has exemplary modern features; it has wifi, a tablet for each guest, USB sockets, and an in-Bus Audio Guide that allows you to listen to a commentary in ten different languages. You will also have a tour guide who can help with any queries. You will enjoy the Golden Circle component of this tour first. The first location on this famous trail is Þingvellir National Park. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is in an incredible location, right between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. The continental movement here has created some dramatic geology, which contrasts beautifully with the verdant fields, stretches of forest, clear streams and serene lake. Þingvellir is also steeped in Icelandic history. It was here that early Icelanders founded their parliament in 930 AD, an institution that continues to this day in Reykjavík. This makes the park the original site of the world's longest running ongoing parliament. The next location on the Golden Circle is the Geysir Geothermal Area. This is the site of many hot springs, mud pools, fumaroles, and of course, geysers. The largest one of these, Geysir itself, rarely erupts nowadays; Strokkur, however, erupts every ten minutes or so, to heights of up to 40 metres (131 feet). Following your time here, you will head to Gullfoss waterfall. This is the most iconic falls in Iceland, and for good reason; a vast amount of water thunders down it in two tiers, plunging into an ancient valley, and throwing off many rainbows when the sun is out. There are many viewing platforms to admire it from, including one right where the water is dropping, where you can marvel at its awesome power. Following this, it is time to meet the Icelandic horse. Your guides on site will introduce you to your steed and gear, give you a moment to get comfortable, then lead you away to begin this part of the tour. You will ride through meadows, lava fields, and across a small river, against a backdrop of mountains and volcanoes. The charm of your horse will quickly become apparent to you, and you will soon realise why these animals are so loved by the nation. Following your horse-ride, you will return to Reykjavík, no doubt with some great new memories. Do not hesitate any longer. Jump aboard, for a classic sightseeing and horse-riding adventure. Check availability by choosing a date.
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Horse Riding Tour from Akureyri
Go horseback riding on the sturdy and friendly Icelandic horse in the beautiful nature of North Iceland. This adventure is the ideal choice for horse lovers, families and groups wanting to experience the Icelandic landscape on horseback, just as the Icelandic people have done since the Age of Settlement. Your tour begins as you get picked up from your accommodation in Akureyri, and brought to the stables located close to town. Here, you will meet your experienced local guides and get acquainted with Iceland's favourite animal. Once you have been assigned to a trusty steed that fits your profile, get ready to saddle up and begin your easy, one-hour trail ride through North Iceland's stunning landscapes. You will be on the actual tour, riding the horse for 1 full hour. We do not count the time getting prepared, helmets, and safety talk as part of the actual tour time, so you will have lots of time to enjoy riding around on the horses! Not only will you befriend the small, shaggy Icelandic horses who are famed for their smooth gait, but you will take in the breathtaking mountain vistas and wide fields of grass waving by the lakeside path of your journey. One of the quintessential pleasures of getting to ride an Icelandic horse is their fourth additional gait called tölt, an exceptionally smooth riding style with all the speed of a canter, but the comfort and sleekness of a walk. These horses have also been isolated on the island since the days of the country's settlement, resulting in the famed mellow temper of the species, as well as their noteworthy affluence in befriending their human riders. This excursion is designed for riders of all levels of experience, meaning that no matter whether you are a beginner or an expert, you are sure to have a wonderful time connecting with your horse in the North Icelandic countryside. Don't hesitate in booking your Icelandic horse riding adventure now, to enjoy the most essential of local experiences; meet and ride Iceland's favourite animal on this relaxing and adventurous tour. Check availability by choosing a date.
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Horseback Riding & Leiðarendi Lava Cave Tour
Jump in the saddle for this experience touring the Icelandic countryside on a friendly Icelandic horse, followed by the breathless excitement of a lava cave tour. This combo is for anyone who wants to explore the Icelandic environment in depth, or someone who can’t decide if they want something more relaxing or more active – this tour is both! You will be picked up at your accommodation in Reykjavik for the horse riding tour. You will explore the lava surrounding Mt. Helgafell volcano and ride across beautiful hillsides to the old Kaldársel sheep corral, currently a place of colourful summer camp cabins, or to Lake Hvaleyrarvatn. Lake Hvaleyrarvatn is a popular oasis for locals as well as flocks of migrating birds such as seagulls, snipes, redwings, blackbirds, plovers and more. The route of the tour depends on the season and the weather, so no two tours are the same. After the horse riding tour, you will be driven to downtown Reykjavík where you can enjoy lunch before immersing yourselves in the velvety darkness of the Leiðarendi lava cave. Leiðarendi lava cave, in the Tvíbollahraun lava field, is a capital example of a lava tube. The cave was created by an eruption thousands of years ago, with the outside layer of the tube cooling while the middle of the tube continued to flow, hollowing the interior. A distinctive feature of this cave is the flakes of lava which fall from the ceiling and walls, piling at your feet like gleaming dragon scales. The collection of these flakes causes layers which helps geologists understand the age of the cave and its changes throughout the years. Get ready for some more activity. To make your way through, you will climb, crawl and walk in your travels beneath the surface. There is plenty of beauty and colour hidden in the depths here, so get ready to work for it. Don't miss out on this opportunity to explore the lava landscape, both above and below. Check availability by choosing a date.
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Family Horse-Riding Adventure | Meet on Location
Join this tour for horseback riding fun for the whole family. No matter what your experience level as a rider, everyone loves the adorable Icelandic horse. Not so tall, the sight of its chubby belly and shaggy hair makes everyone smile. This tour is for anyone who loves animals or is travelling with children. The tour group is limited to 20 or fewer people in order to ensure the best experience for your family. You will be able to receive more personal attention from your guide and truly enjoy your surroundings as you ride. The whole family can enjoy a half hour’s riding tour on comfortable riding tracks in the vicinity of the riding centre. The Icelandic horse is a gentle breed, and there are many calm horses here for children and inexperienced riders. At the riding centre, there are also dogs, cats and rabbits for everyone to enjoy, as well as a children’s corner with farm related toys. Children under the age of 6 will be led by rein in a paddock at a discounted rate. This is a perfect opportunity to catch a photo of your family with these very special horses. The Icelandic people feel very protective of their horses after the breed was nearly destroyed by a volcanic eruption which swept the southern coast in the 1780s. These horses are descended from the horses which were brought over from Norway by the first settlers in the 9th century. Please note that at least one adult needs to stay behind with a young child at the Riding Centre. After your ride, enjoy a cup of complimentary coffee, tea or hot chocolate to celebrate the day. Don't miss out on this fun activity for every member of the family. Check availability by choosing a date.
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1 Hour Horseback Riding Tour From Flúðir in South Iceland
Enjoy the classic Icelandic experience of horseback riding through the stunning countryside of the nation’s verdant South. This hour-long tour is ideal for those who want to try out this activity, and those looking up to fill a small window of time while packing as much into their days as possible. The excursion begins when you meet your guides at the stables just outside of Flúðir. Here, you will be provided with a riding helmet and overalls (if the weather demands it) before you will be introduced to your steed for the next hour. Icelandic horses are delightful animals, very different to other breeds because of their thousand years of evolutionary isolation; no other horse has diluted the stock since the turn of the millennium. Their short, sturdy stature and shaggy winter coats are the most notable things upon first glance, but after a moment, you will note they are curious, intelligent and sociable. After introductions, you will mount up and set out on your adventure. Children as young as five are welcome to join, although those under seven will be led by a guide. You’ll be led out into the verdant nature of South Iceland, which is renowned for its beautiful countryside. The journey will immerse you in stunning mountain and volcano views; you will get to experience a few of the gaits of the Icelandic horse. After an hour, you will return to the stables, hopefully grinning from the beautiful journey and the exciting and charming way in which you undertook it. Don’t miss this short and sweet experience on Iceland’s favourite animal. Check availability by choosing a date.
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6 Day Self Drive Tour | The Golden Circle, Blue Lagoon & Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
Explore the best of Iceland on this affordable 6-day self-drive package. This tour takes you from the world-famous Blue Lagoon, through the vibrant capital city of Reykjavik, up the beautiful south coast, around the Golden Circle, and all the way to the incredible Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. For the Early Birds out there, this Self Drive currently offers 20% discount for those wishing to experience Iceland in summer 2019, making it an ideal choice for the budget conscious traveller. You are in the driver’s seat, so your pace and the number of attractions you wish to see each day is up to you. You can jam every minute with beautiful scenery, local hot spots, and historical landmarks, or you can choose a few must-see locations and go slowly, taking time to meet the locals and to set up gorgeous photos. To make sure your holiday is both relaxing and full of adventure, you will lodge in full comfort, with an ensuite bathroom and breakfast included. On this tour, you will see incredible sights, including the waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, the fascinating rift valley of Þingvellir, and landmarks like Gullfoss waterfall and Reynisfjara beach. The tour is crowned, however, by an afternoon at Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, where you can watch seals rest on and frolic around beautiful icebergs, as they break from a glacier and float serenely to the ocean. It is important for most travellers that they experience the real Iceland, and feel its history within the stunning nature. To help you with this, you will receive a custom itinerary after who book, which will draw your attention to a few unique spots that will allow you to relax without the crowds, and take in the true desolate beauty of this country. Don't forget to take a look at the extra activities during booking. You can go hiking; ice caving; snorkelling; horse-riding; snowmobiling; and even descend into an empty magma chamber of a volcano. There are near endless options for those with a taste for adventure, and to top it off, they all come at a special price when included in this tour upon the time of booking. From spectacular mountain hikes to black sand beaches, waterfalls to the glacier lagoon, this trip has it all. Check availability by choosing a date.
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2-Hour Horse Riding Tour | Elves & Mysteries
Take the reins and ride through the legendary Icelandic countryside. This fantastic horse riding tour is perfect for those who wish to see spectacular scenery and learn about the ancient folklore that has shaped the Icelandic culture throughout the ages. Icelandic folklore is filled with mythical being such as elves and ‘hidden people’. On this tour, you’ll visit some of the places said to be populated by these special creatures, and you’ll do so while riding the friendly Icelandic horse. In the morning, you’ll be picked up in Reykjavík and driven to southwestern Iceland where you’ll find the stables. The Icelandic horse is both friendly and gentle, and so this tour is suited for both first-time riders and expert alike. Your guide for today will select the perfect horse for you, one that matches your temper and riding capability. Once you’ve mounted your steed, you’ll head on out to the stunning countryside as your local guide tells you all about Icelandic folklore, specifically the elves. You’ll ride through a green valley on your way to your first mystical location, the small cleft Álfakví and the old sheep pen that cannot be moved due to mysterious forces. From there you’ll ride to Skjólklettur rocks, a place said to be an elven church. Singing has often been heard near Skjólklettur, so keep your ears peeled for musical elves. Before you arrive at your next enchanted location, the elven hill Einbúi, you’ll get to test the Icelandic horse’s capabilities by trying its unique gait tölt. Tölt is a smooth gait, where you’ll hardly feel the horse’s hoofs touch the ground, giving you a feeling like you are soaring through the air. After spending about 2 hours on your horse, you’ll stop by at the local hotel for a light lunch before you board a vehicle heading back to Reykjavík city. Travel around the magical countryside on an Icelandic horse and try and spot some mystical elves on the way, with this fun-filled day tour. Check availability by choosing a date.
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Horse Riding & Whale Watching Day Tour
Meet the animals of Iceland in two completely different ways with this combo day tour; ride a beautiful Icelandic horse in the morning, and take a fascinating whale-watching tour in the afternoon. This tour should appeal to anyone with a passion for wildlife, nature and adventure. Your day will start when you are picked up from Reykjavík, and taken to the farm Vellir near the South Coast for the riding component of this tour. Here, you will meet your guides and group, who will introduce you to the safety equipment and protocols before showing you to your steed for the morning. Though on first sight, Icelandic horses only appear to be smaller than regular breeds, you will soon notice that they are, in fact, quite special. They are comparatively more curious, social and intelligent, and you will no doubt fall for the one given to you before you even mount. It does not matter whether you are a complete novice or an experienced rider; there are horses that will suit people of all abilities. If horse-riding is new to you, your guides will allow you to get comfortable before the tour starts properly and will start the pace slow; if you are more experienced, you will have an opportunity for a gallop around during the excursion. You will ride for up to two hours through beautiful countryside, in view of dramatic mountains and the South Coast. Once you return to the farm, you will have a light lunch, before being driven back to Reykavík. You’ll arrive at the Old Harbour in time for the early afternoon departure of the whale-watching vessel. As it escorts you out into Faxaflói Bay, the guides on board will tell you all about the scenery unfolding around you. Not only will you be able to see the skyline of the capital, if the weather is clear you will see the whole of the volcanic Reykjanes Peninsula, the beautiful Hvalfjörður, and the silhouette of the magnificent Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Many species of whale and dolphin call Faxaflói Bay home, so you can hope to see Minke whales, Humpback whales, white-beaked dolphins and harbour porpoises. If you are particularly fortunate, you may also see creatures such as orcas, Fin whales, and even Blue whales. Between whale sightings, you can admire the seabirds around you, or else head to the comfortable cabin below to warm up with a hot drink or something stronger. You can also purchase snacks and read about the whales of Iceland below the deck. If you do not see any whales, you need not worry; you will have a chance to redeem your ticket at your next available opportunity for another shot. After three hours, hopefully filled with multiple sightings, you will be taken back to Reykjavík, in time for any evening plans you have made. Do not miss your opportunity to enjoy the incredible animals of Iceland. Check availability by choosing a date.
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Family Friendly Riding Tour | Black Beach Riding near Vik
Join us for a family-friendly riding tour, riding the black sands near Vík and experience the landscapes in a magical way. Families with young children can join us for a fun and easy introduction to horse riding along the beach. Our family tour lasts approximately half an hour and takes you out on to the black sands here at Vík. This tour is ideally suited for those aged six and up and their families, as we can provide individual assistance – including lead reins – for those who would like it. After introducing you to our horses and giving a short demonstration covering the basics of horse riding, we will head outside and start the tour. We begin along the sea wall running parallel to the beach, giving beautiful views out over Víkurfjara beach, Reynisfjall mountain, and the famous Reynisdrangar rocks. We then head down to the beach itself and spend time strolling along the dark, soft sand and watching the rolling waves. Vik is a haven for wildlife so you may be lucky enough to spot many different kinds of seabirds, seals, or even whales while out riding. This tour also offers beautiful views up to the village church, to the hills behind, and – if the weather is kind – the Mýrdalsjökull glacier beyond. We also try and make time for a photo stop during the ride, to make sure you can capture the memory of your time on an Icelandic horse forever. We operate all year round and always make sure that the tours are adapted for the needs and abilities of our riders, to make a memorable and unique experience while staying safe and comfortable. Our international staff are knowledgeable and friendly, and happy to answer questions about Iceland, the local area, and of course the unique Icelandic horses. All of our horses have their own personalities and are great representatives of this friendly, hardy, and curious breed. A visit to the black sand beaches is an essential part of any trip to South Iceland, but doing so on the back of an Icelandic horse makes this an extraordinary experience for the whole family. Check availability by choosing a date.
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Black Sand Beach by Horseback | Riding Adventure near Vik
Explore the beautiful black sand beaches of Iceland’s South Coast with this incredible hour-long horseback riding tour. This excursion is perfect for beginners and experts alike and provides a wonderful perspective on this country’s unique natural features. The tour begins in Iceland’s southernmost town, Vík, which is located just a few hours out of Reykjavík, along the Ring Road encircling the island. You will meet your guides at the stables. They will provide you with all the riding equipment you need and tell you a little about the route and safety procedures. Following that, you will meet your steed. Icelandic horses are renowned across the world for their performance in equestrian sports, but what will likely be most striking to you is their diminutive size, their curious eyes and their gentle, friendly nature. After being paired with your perfect match, you’ll spend a moment getting used to the sensation of riding, before setting out along Reynisfjara beach. This stretch of coast was once voted one of the most beautiful non-tropical beaches in the world, and it is little wonder as to why. The volcanic, black sands stretch for miles; great waves shatter against them with the full force of the Atlantic ocean, and the geological features of the area are spectacular. The most renowned of these features are the Reynisdrangar sea-stacks. These two great pillars rise from the ocean and are said to have once been trolls petrified in the sunrise as they tried to drag a ship to shore. Adjacent to them is the beautiful Reynisfjall mountain. If you are taking your ride in May, June or September, then you are very likely to see puffins amongst the hundreds of seabirds swooping overhead. This tour will be tailored en route as much as possible for those of different ability levels. Beginners are welcome to take a slow, serene ride; those who want to feel what it’s like to pace a little quicker will have their opportunity; expert riders will have a chance to race across the sands. Everyone will also be able to experience the 'tölt,' a gentle gait unique to the Icelandic horse. Throughout the tour, your guides will be able to tell you all about the nature and evolution of your steed, the surrounding landscapes, and perhaps some of the local folklore. They will also be happy to answer any questions you have throughout the tour. After fifty minutes to an hour, you will return to the stables, and bid farewell to your horse and guides, ready to continue your adventures around Iceland’s South Coast. Don’t hesitate to book this exciting horseback riding opportunity on the black sand beaches of Iceland. Check availability by choosing a date.
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Horseback Riding and Lunch with Locals near Reykjavik
Welcome to our beautiful farm. It is located only 20 minutes outside of Reykjavík, in the charming countryside. Here we offer guests to come and ride the Icelandic horse and have a home-cooked meal with the farmer and his family. Every tour starts with a riding lesson where guests are introduced to the Icelandic horse, the history of the horse and get to know the basics of riding. The lesson starts with the teacher showing you the basics of how you control a horse once that is completed you will receive your own horse and you start riding under guidance from the riding teacher. Don't worry, our horses are calm and friendly to inexperienced riders, so you will be in good hands. Once everyone in our group is feeling comfortable with the horse we take a riding tour along a beautiful river that is in our valley. The ride is off the beaten track so guests will have a unique opportunity to explore the Icelandic nature from the horse. At one point we will have a break where people can recuperate a bit and enjoy the stillness and, of course, take pictures of their furry co-travellers. Once we are back at the farm, we go into the main house and have home cooked lunch which consists of lamb roast, potatoes and salat. Vegetarian options are available, but please let us know in advance. During lunch, the group gets to know each other a bit better and share their experiences in Iceland along with discussions with the local farmer who can give you plenty of ideas and good advice about what to do and where to go in Iceland. If you want to get to know Iceland in an authentic way than this is it! We look forward to having you at our farm.
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Hoof Prints in the Snow | Winter Riding in North Iceland
Join us for a real Viking adventure, and saddle up for a ride in the heart of Skagafjörður, North Iceland! There is something truly special about horse riding in winter. Nature is sleeping, everything is silent, all you can hear is the steps of your horse in the snow. It is a peaceful, magical experience like no other. You feel like the first explorers of Iceland over 1000 years ago. Let our strong and sturdy horses carry you into the frozen wilderness of our remote valley at the edge of the inhabitable world. Survival has always been a challenge for these horses throughout the centuries, and the exposure to the harsh Icelandic elements has made them exceptionally tough. They were the fearless, loyal and reliable companions of the Vikings, and now you can meet this legendary animal yourself! You will experience the unique strength of the Icelandic Horses first hand while riding on the frozen trails leading to the majestic waterfall, Reykjafoss. Watching the winter sun reflect on the thousands of icicles surrounding the falls is a magical experience. The flat tops of the Tröllaskagi mountains looming on the horizon provide the perfect backdrop to your adventure. These mountains are said to be a home for many trolls and ghosts. Who knows? We might even meet some of them during our tour. During the trip, our professional guides will tell you about the unique characteristics and history of the Icelandic horses. You may also try the tölt, a gait unique to these horses, that lets you ride in complete comfort. Whether you are a first-time rider or a professional, this tour is an unforgettable experience! We provide thick thermal overalls for our riders to keep them warm throughout the journey. Find your inner Viking! Choose a departure date and time to check availability.
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Icelandic Animals Tour Combo | Horse Riding, Whale & Puffin Watching with Pick-up in Reykjavik
Saddle up and get ready to meet the animals of Iceland on this family-friendly discounted tour combo. You and the kids will have no lack of things to do this summer holiday. Meet the revered Icelandic horse and look forward to spotting the wild whales and puffins of Iceland. This tour combo is perfect for families travelling to Iceland with young children looking for something different to do every day. This combo spans three days with three separate tours, each providing a unique animal-spotting opportunity promising to introduce you and your family to Iceland’s cherished native creatures and teach you more about them. The first day will kick off the family fun by meeting the iconic and charming Icelandic horse. Small and calm in nature, they are perfect for children and inexperienced riders alike. Take in the breathtaking environment in the saddle on horseback. For both the whale watching and the puffin spotting, you will get on a boat to discover the incredible marine life Iceland has to offer as well as the stunning landscapes. Get a view of Reykjavík from the sea! Since no tour is longer than three hours, the kids won’t get restless, and it still leaves the rest of your day free for further sightseeing and activities. If you have a rental car, you can drive to any of the locations. Otherwise, there is a complimentary pick-up service from Reykjavík. Book now and treat the children to see some extraordinary creatures. Check availability by choosing a date.
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Red Lava Horse Riding & Glacier Ice Cave in Reykjavik
Get the best of the Icelandic nature, without leaving the city. On this horse riding and ice cave tour, you’ll ride through the red lava field of Heiðmörk recreation area before heading to Perlan landmark building where you will find a man-made Ice Cave inside. Those looking to infuse beautiful nature with adventure and state-of-the-art technology should book this tour now. The excursion starts with a riding lesson in a beautiful area on the outskirt of Reykjavík city. You can either meet your friendly guides at the stables or have them pick you up from your accommodations or designated pick up area in the morning. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never ridden a horse before, your friendly guides will show you the ropes before getting you into the saddle, and they will take a route depending on the group’s riding experience. Aside from that, Icelandic horses are considered very friendly, gentle and intelligent, making this tour perfect for the whole family. You will either ride on a beautiful and smooth riding path along the Rauðhólar (Red Hills) or by the stunning Rauðavatn (Red Lake). On both routes, you will enjoy natural riding paths and a beautiful setting where you will get to know the friendly Icelandic horse. After the ride, you will be driven to the landmark building Perlan which sits on top of Öskjuhlíð hill. There, you will find The Glaciers and Ice Cave Exhibition inside one of Perlan’s hot water tanks. You’ll walk through a man-made ice cave, and you are encouraged to not only look at the ice but to touch it and feel the cold as well. After you’ve emerged from the ice cave, an interactive exhibition will greet you. There, you’ll learn all about glaciers, from the microorganism that can be found in them to the dangers they face due to global warming. Note that transport from Perlan to your accommodation is not included with this tour, but you could utilise the bus service, take a taxi or just walk, Perlan is not that far from the city centre. Book now and take a ride on an Icelandic horse before exploring an ice cave in Reykjavík city. Check availability by choosing a date.
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1-Hour Riding Tour in Reykjavik | The Red Lava Hills, Raudholar
Discover the lunar-like landscapes on the outskirt of Reykjavík city with a riding tour through the Rauðhólar, red lava Hills. Spend an hour in the saddle, ride on through this beautiful area, and get to know the friendly Icelandic horse. Those wanting to immerse themselves in the wild Icelandic nature without leaving the city should book this tour now. You’ll meet your guides at the stables near Lake Rauðavatn, located a short drive from the city centre. Once there, your guide will provide you with warm overalls, helmets and footwear, so you will be fully equipped to saddle up and ride out. You don’t have to worry if you’ve never ridden before, your guides will show you how. They also know their horses pretty well, so they can pair you up with a horse which matches your personality and riding experience. Icelandic horses are friendly, gentle and very intelligent, so this tour is perfect for both beginners and expert riders alike. The route you’ll take will also depend on the experience of the group, so even if you are a novice rider, you won’t have to worry about a thing. After getting to know both your guides and your horse, you’ll mount your steed and head out into the Heiðmörk conservation area. You will ride on a path through a dark lava field and head in the directions of the red hills of Rauðhólar. Rauðhólar is the remnants of a cluster of pseudocraters in the Elliðaárhraun lava field. Craters like these are rarely seen outside of Iceland, but they have also been found on the planet of Mars, so riding through this otherworldly area on a horse will surely be an experience you will never forget. Experience the best of Iceland without leaving the city with this fun-filled horse riding tour. Check availability by choosing a date.
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