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I am NOT a horseback rider - been on a horse maybe twice before in my life. But this was wonderful. My horse Bones was well-behaved and patient for the most part and the guides were incredibly experienced and helpful. There was a guide in the front, the back, and several in the middle to make sure no one ran into any trouble and to help out if they did. They had waterproof gear, boots, and helmets for everyone, and the countryside that we rode through was picturesque.
And the Blue Lagoon - enchanting enough that though I didn't have much time to spend there, I returned on the last day of my trip and spent hours there, just luxuriating in the warm waters, sipping a smoothie and enjoying one of the facial masks they offer. If you need a few relaxing and rejuvenating hours, this is the place to go.
I had never done horse riding before so I was a bit nervous but within a few minutes of riding I picked it up really quickly. The Viking horses are similar to our Shetland ponies and are very well behaved, gentle and adorable. The ride lasted for 90 minutes approximately and you get the opportunity at half way to go into a slow or fast group. I felt very comfortable riding for the first time and the saddles and stirrups made it easy to stay balanced on the horse - I ended up going with the small group of fast riders as I enjoyed it when the horses started to gallop rather than just trot! Great tour for beginner riders!
Absolutely amazing!!! Everything was well organised and just an absolute treat to have taken part. I would recommend this trip to anyone
Outstanding! The people at the farm were wonderful. Made sure we were all bundled up and warm to ride. The horses were very gentle. Great ride with gorgeous scenery.
This was a fantastic day tour and I would love to go again. I went on my birthday with my husband while on a 10-day self drive tour for our honeymoon. We started out with an instructional video and the guides provided helmets and waterproof pants for anyone who wanted them. I've never ridden a horse before but it was surprisingly easy and the guides teach you how to handle them. We broke off into an experienced fast riding group and novice slow trot group. My horse was a little disappointed to be in the slow group because he tried to break off and join the fast group before I could guide him in the right direction. We rode through the lava fields just outside Reykjavik right after the first big snow of the year so the scenery looked even more magical. The tour lasted about an hour, which was just enough time to start feeling sore. Afterwards, a bus took us to the Blue Lagoon about 45 minutes away. (Just a few notes, you can't bring backpacks or large cameras on the tour but you can leave them in the lobby. This tour includes the horse ride and all bus fare but admission to the Blue Lagoon is separate, pay when you get there.) As touristy as everyone says the Blue Lagoon is, I thought it was one of the highlights of our trip. It was perfect after horseback riding to relax and soothe your muscles. The swim-up bar is awesome and the Skyr smoothies are delicious. This was one of the best days of our honeymoon.
The ponies are really docile and anyone with a bit of riding experience would find this fun - they do trot so don't do if you're expecting a leisurely walk. The blue lagoon is a must on a trip to Iceland - we loved floating around enjoying a glass of fizz :)
Horse riding was so much fun and the scenery was absolutely beautiful! I highly recommend it! And the blue lagoon after was perfect :)
Views were spectacular, horses were sweet and paired well according to level, instructors took great care to make sure we were comfortable and dry!
Blue Lagoon was beautiful and extremely kid friendly. Food options were very limited there though and you had to pay entrance fee and towel fee!
Great experience!!! The people were very helpful during the whole ride even with those of us with limited experience. Great day.
The horse riding was great fun and as a first timer I would highly recommend it. we had a beautiful day and the views were amazing. The guides at the horse riding were super friendly. Great fun! The staff at the main depot of the tour company were very friendly and helpful. This trip that had two parts to it. The first part was horse riding in the morinig and the second part of the day was the Blue Lagoon. Because we had a show booked for that evening we were going to be running tight on time if we went to the blue lagoon. We asked the girl at the ticket office if we could change our transfer out to the blue lagoon to another day, she did this without any hesitation and also called the blue lagoon and changed the booking that I had made with them. Great customer service.
Great time would highly recommend! Great way to see the countryside People we nice and helpful. Horses were cute and listened to commands. After riding the horses roll around on the ground, a must see!
the Viking horse ride was the highlight of the whole trip. It was 2 hours of pure bliss. the horse was led through lava fields, mountain streams, and icy terrain, and it was a wonderful way to admire the beauty of the landscape! it is great for both experienced horse riders and beginners, (I am the latter), and you are in great hands. the guides are experienced and keep a close watch over the riders. will definitely recommend!
This trip was wonderful. The pick up was on time (as were all the pick ups) The people at the horse farm were wonderful, really attentive and friendly. The horses were great as well. We went in one group which can be a bit frustrating for a more experienced rider as you get held up by the slower people. However, half way through the group split up so that those who wanted to could go faster. We had a lot of fun. The blue lagoon was wonderful after a few hours in the saddle. Remember you need an extra ticket to use the lagoon as the trip only provides transport to it.
It was so much fun! Such a wonderful experience. The horseback riding really gives you a different view of the Icelandic landscape and the blue lagoon is a must. The drivers were very friendly and helped us with our bags so we could go to the airport after.
Really awesome experience. Most fun I've had all trip. Horses were calm and gentle. Blue Lagoon was just as amazing as I remembered it from 12 years ago.
My friend and I had a terrific time on this tour. We had arrived from the US early that morning and were quite jet lagged. After checking in to our hotel we took a quick cat nap and then were off to ride. Great way to get over jet lag! The riding facility was in a nice location, not too far from Reykjavik but still in the country. They were organized and very professional. I loved the fact that the guides spit up the group so that the beginners did not slow down the intermediate and advanced riders. Even better, we met half way through the ride so that those beginners that felt comfortable moving up to the advanced group. I have been fortunate to ride all over the world, these Icelandic horses are amazing! Super sweet character, they move at a sweet pace and smooth tolt gate!
Following the ride, we had to wait a bit for our transportation to the Blue Lagoon, but it was nice time to get a sandwich and buy a 66 degree sweater. Note, the Blue Lagoon part is transportation only, make sure you purchase your entrance fee prior on the blue lagoon site. We spent almost 3 hours there soaking and scrubbing and took a break for a salad. The tour offered several options for transportation back to your hotel in Reykjavik. Great way to get over jet lag!
Although I hadn't rode horseback for 20+ years, this was an enjoyable ride for over 2 hours on a scenic path and over streams and rivers. The afternoon visit to the Blue Lagoon was perfect after the morning ride.
Highly recommended what an awesome experience a must do when in Iceland. These horses are truly amazing the guides and the beautiful sceneries all worth it.
Amazing experience - the horseback riding was well organized and so much fun. The lagoon is an absolute must-see!
What an INCREDIBLE experience- definitely a must-do while visiting Reykjavik. The Viking horse farm is family-run and is situated on Videy Island, in Reykjavik harbor. The staff is warm and friendly and is overly generous with their time. Our horseback riding tour was supposed to be two hours long, but our guide so how much we were enjoying it and gave us an extra hour of trotting and cantering (the second half of the tour splits into beginners and more experienced riders). The views of the island are idyllic and truly breathtaking. I could have stayed for another few hours! The Blue Lagoon was another surreal experience- a hot spring in the midst of lava fields, where people from all over the world gather to relax and enjoy the wonder that is Iceland.
We had a great time! The horses were amazing! They are energetic yet they took care of two dozen beginners and they gave a few experienced riders a GREAT time! The farm was pristine and the tour guides were knowledgeable. My friends had never ridden before and they loved it. Plus, they are very tall and the ponies were accommodating - even of my husband who weighs over 200 lbs. The Blue Lagoon was relaxing and amazing. It was great having the bus take us all around. We rented a car but we never had to use it because the tours were so easy and efficient.
We thoroughly enjoyed our day riding and then relaxing, but apparently we were picked up by a driver from another tour company and taken to a farm that we hadn't signed up for. They were kind enough to honor our tickets, and there setup was super; therefore I can't comment on how the riding would have been otherwise. We are experienced riders and had a tour that gave us suitable mounts and trail ride- I think we lucked out with the mix up! Later, they returned us to where we were supposed to be, and off we went to the blue lagoon. Entrance fee is not included, and that is expensive, but we relaxed for several hours and it was amazing! It truly is a unique experience. It was a wonderful day with plenty of time at both activities.