Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the Viking Horse-Riding and Gulfoss and Geysir Express Tour from Reykjavik. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip.
Knowledgeable and patient, very attentive as to matching the skills of the rider to an appropriate horse. The ride itself is a wonderful trip out into the countryside and the dogs are absolutely delightful. I have never seen a happier dog than the one that trailed after our group of riders running merrily through the fields. The simple lunch offered after our ride ( consisting of soup and bread ) was the most delicious meal I ever had. A perfect excursion.
Siri Ann Lorentzen S
What a wonderful day! The organization was perfect, our guide was funny and well prepared. We first had a very nice horse ride crossing small rivers and enjoying the landscape. Just one note on the ride, they could have divided the group in 2 smaller groups, one for beginners and one for advanced. While we waited for the bus at the farm, we ate a good soup and had a chat with the locals. The tour continued to Thingvellir, Gullfoss and Geysir, amazing places and nice weather. We could have had a longer break in Gullfoss. Highly recommended tour!
We had a brilliant time on this excursion. I've never ridden before and survived smiling. The visit to Gulfoss and Geysir was breathtaking, especially in the winter conditions.
our tour guide was just amazing. He was basically our introduction to Iceland and his impression will last a lifetime
Lots of fun packed into a day. I have recommended this to other friends traveling to Iceland.
Loved riding the viking horses. The horses were good and the ride, fun. You could imagine yourself in the old days where horses were the sole mode of transportation. I wish the ladies leading the ride would have talked more or shared some stories, but the ride itself was good.
I had a problem with this tour with my hotel pick up. The ride never showed and the operator said it was my fault for not being in front of my housing. BUT, I stood in the cold in front of my building for more than 30 minutes and no one ever came. So I had to split up my tour and do the golden circle in the afternoon and the horses the next day. Fortunately, I had room in my schedule to accommodate this change, but I was not happy. Once I saw how close I was to the bus terminal, I cancelled all my pick ups and walked to the location. The drivers for the pick up were not very reliable. They should inform you when your location is close so you can avoid the hassle of hoping you will get picked up. The actual tour operators were good.
I was a little disappointed with the horse riding - we went in a circle around the farm; granted we were on the horses for quite a while and the staff were EXCEPTIONALLY welcoming and friendly. The horses were quite docile and big teddy bears. Wishing for better views - maybe suggest different route? But you leave directly from and back to the farm, so only so much you can see in that vacinity. For the Gulfoss and Geysir Express part - AMAZING. Our tour guide took us to a few different places along the way, was funny and entertaining, and only six of us on the tour which made it that much more enjoyable =)
Glad I did this tour, but, it was raining and cold and raw, it took away from experience. The Gulfoss waterfall and Geysir were amazing.
Loved our horse riding tour in the morning. The horses were adorable and easy to ride. The area we rode them through was stunning, even though it was cloudy and rained off and on. The afternoon tour was excellent - we had a wonderful tour guide who told us all kinds of interesting things about Iceland and Icelanders between destinations. Unlike other reviewers, I didn't feel rushed at any of the stops. I'm docking a star because we had about an hour and a half between horse riding and the bus tour and there was confusion about when the bus would pick us up for the second half. There was tasty soup and bread at the farm for 1000 ISK but I wish I had brought some extra snacks to make it a full lunch.
As I wanted to ride horses, see Gulfoss Falls, and did not really care about seeing the Blue Lagoon (not something the locals recommend though most foreigners would recommend), this tour was perfect for me.
The horse riding was fantastic!! So nice that they let you do some proper gallopping! NB. You need to pay for the lunch as it is not included in the overall price (I did not take any money with me, but luckily someone else on the tour lent me some - otherwise I would have starved!!) The rest of the tour was a bit rushed and we ended up seeing the Geysirs in the dark as we didn't get there till 5pm.Perhaps doing them as two sepparate tours would have been better.
The excursion was very enjoyable and we have no regrets. The tour guide talked too much and the talk was characterized by too much bad humor and sarcasm, which made it difficult which facts to believe and which not to believe--not a good feature for a tour that aims to inform about a place's history and local lore. Other than that, the tour was great -- horses were excellent, stable workers very nice and helpful, the bread and soup delicious. We would have appreciated more time at the first stop on the Gulfoss/Geysir tour so we could have walked down along a nearby bridge. Aside from that, no complaints.
It was my first time riding a horse so was a little nervous, but the people at the farm where we did the horse riding were very nice and made sure we were all comfortable and matched with the right horse. I thoroughly enjoyed the horse riding having a permanent smile on my face the whole time, and the scenery was beautiful. We were welcomed back with homemade soup and bread for lunch, which you had to pay a little extra for. Going on after to Gulfoss and the Geysir was also a wonderful experience, and rpovided a full and tiring day in all. My only complaint was the coach journey to Gulfoss, as the roads were very bumpy and the driver drove way too fast. Everytime we went over a bump people were jolted about in the back of the coach, which was amusing at first, but when someone was jolted so much that they hit their head on the roof above it ceased to be funny any more. A few people told the driver about this and fortunately he drove much slower on the way back. All in all though a very enjoyable trip.
Expensive, but most things are in Iceland! This was a great tour and all round good experience.
Horseback riding was fantastic! The remainder of the bus tour was good, although the tour guide could have been more engaging. It was great to get to see all of the golden circle spots in one day.
Even though the weather was appalling, the horse riding was amazing - friendly horses, even friendlier people. We stayed and had some homemade soup for lunch while we waited for the coach which, considering we were soaked, was most welcome !
Poorly coordinated pick-up and extended waiting time marred the first part of the trip. We were picked up at the hotel, dropped downtown, waited 1/2 hour, picked up again, then the tour bus made a stop at our hotel! A waste of a full hour. Tour was terrific, though.
The Gulfoss and Geysir express worked well, because we saw Thingvellir as part of our snorkelling tour. If you book the horseback riding, know that it's quite a long trek. My friend thoroughly loved it, but as an inexperienced rider I would have been much happier with just an hour's ride.
Saw someone fall off a horse, was really fun.
The horses had a mind of their own. They were difficult to control. The tour company had told us that it was okay that we had no prior riding experience, but both my husband and I did not feel safe on the horse ride. Our horses were unpredictable and not calm like we had been promised they would be. The saddle on my husband's horse was not tied properly, and it fell off during the ride, and so did my husband. He is very tall so luckily he was not hurt, but it could have been much worse. The horse ride itself is very long (two-three hours) which might be a bit much for a beginner, but it is very scenic and breathtaking.
The afternoon Golden Circle spots are touristy but worth seeing.