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Viking Horse Riding and Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik

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Reykjavík, Iceland
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icon9 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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What you can expect during your visit
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

For a day out with horses and hot springs, look no further than this full-day tour from Reykjavik. After a horseback ride on a unique Icelandic horse, take an express tour of some key Golden Circle sights: Gullfoss waterfall, the Geysir hot spring area, UNESCO-listed Thingvellir, and the village of Hveragerdi. The ride is suitable for all levels of experience, and takes in the rugged countryside on the capital’s outskirts.
  • Combined Viking horse ride and afternoon Gulfoss and Geysir Express tour
  • Ride on an Icelandic horse, a breed unchanged since the 9th century and known for its docile nature
  • Thingvellir, the oldest functioning parliament in the world
  • Geysir and Strokkur hot springs
  • Pickup and drop-off from Reykjavik area hotels and guesthouses
Pickup and drop-off from cruise ports, hotels and designated meeting points in the Reykjavik area
Professional English speaking guide
National Park fees
Air-conditioned vehicle
Guided horse riding tour
Necessary gear for riding
WiFi on board
Food and drinks, unless specified
Gratuities

Departure Point

1: Gray Line Iceland HQ, Klettagarðar, Reykjavík, Iceland
2: Bus stop #5 Harpa, Sculpture & Shore Walk 101, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
3: Bus Stop #13 Rauðarárstígur, Laugavegur 120, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
4: Bus Stop #3 Lækjargata, Lækjargata 4, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
5: Skarfabakki Harbour, Reykjavík, Iceland

Traveler pickup is offered
Pick-up is offered from most hotels, guesthouses and cruise ports in the capital area upon request (if option is selected). Due to traffic restrictions in the city center, pickup may not be directly in front of hotel but rather at a nearby designated pickup point.
The "No pickup" does not include hotel pick-up, but complimentary pickup from the following locations is offered upon request for no extra charge:
*Bus stop 5 - Harpan
*Bus stop 13 - Rauðarárstígur
*Gray Line Bus Terminal
You must contact the local operator after booking to confirm your pick-up location or meeting point.

Ports

  • Miðbakki Cruise Port
  • Skarfabakki Cruise Port


Departure Time

9:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
After pickup from your Reykjavik hotel or other designated pickup point, head to a ranch on the city outskirts to meet your trusty steed. A breed that dates back to Viking days, the Icelandic horse is known for being gentle and steady-footed—a perfect ride for both first-timers and pros alike. Mount your horse and head out for your horseback ride around the quiet countryside that skirts Reykjavik.

When your ride ends, return to your coach for the journey to Gullfoss and the Geysir hot water springs. On the way, enjoy a stop at UNESCO-listed Thingvellir, a national park that’s home to the so-called ‘rift valley’—where the continental tectonic plates meet—and the ancient site of the Icelandic parliament.

After a stroll around Thingvellir, continue to the waterfall of Gullfoss. Set in a canyon on the Hvítá River, the falls are said to be the most impressive in Iceland, with cascading flumes of water flanked by magnificent scenery. Pose for photos, and then resume your tour with a visit to the nearby hot springs of Geysir and Strokkur.

Your day trip then ends with a hotel drop-off back in Reykjavik.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Laxnes Horse Farm
Known for their small yet robust statures, gentle temperments and unique fifth gait (tölt), the Icelandic horse as a breed has remained virtually the same since it was first brought to Iceland at the peak of the Viking Age in the 9th century. You’ll ride out into the picturesque Icelandic landscape of Laxnes just outside of the city of Reykjavik and experience the land in the manner similar to that of the early settlers. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced rider, this tour is wonderful way to enjoy roaming the Icelandic countryside
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Golden Circle Route
Iceland's most popular sightseeing route. The first stop on this tour is Thingvellir National Park, a designated UNESCO world heritage site. This is where Icelandic democracy began more than 1,000 years ago on the fields of parliament (Thingvellir) and it’s also where two tectonic plates are gradually separating creating a gorgeous landscape of steep cliffs and broad fields featuring Thingvallavatn, the largest natural lake in Iceland. Next up, you will see one of the most popular and powerful waterfalls in Iceland is Gullfoss (golden falls). The roar of the Hvita River falling over two tiers into the gorge below is exhilarating and on sunny days creates rainbow upon rainbow. With your camera and a good raincoat, you’ll be able to capture the beauty of the waterfall and its rainbows from several angels by way of the paths available around the waterfall, including one that leads to its bottom. From Gullfoss you’ll continue on to Geysir geothermal area with its boiling mud pits, steam vents, Geysir, the namesake of all geysers, and Strokkur a geyser that erupts on a regular basis to the delight, and sometimes surprise, of onlookers.
Duration: 6 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Thingvellir National Park
Visit Thingvellir National Park, a designated UNESCO world heritage site. This is where Icelandic democracy began more than 1,000 years ago on the fields of parliament (Thingvellir) and it’s also where two tectonic plates are gradually separating creating a gorgeous landscape of steep cliffs and broad fields featuring Thingvallavatn, the largest natural lake in Iceland.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Gullfoss
Next up, you will see one of the most popular and powerful waterfalls in Iceland is Gullfoss (golden falls). The roar of the Hvita River falling over two tiers into the gorge below is exhilarating and on sunny days creates rainbow upon rainbow. With your camera and a good raincoat, you’ll be able to capture the beauty of the waterfall and its rainbows from several angels by way of the paths available around the waterfall, including one that leads to its bottom.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Geysir
Visit Geysir geothermal area with its boiling mud pits, steam vents, Geysir, the namesake of all geysers, and Strokkur a geyser that erupts on a frequent basis to the delight, and sometimes surprise, of onlookers.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age for horse riding is 8 years
  • No previous horse-riding experience is required
  • Necessary gear will be provided for the horse riding
  • Meals are not included, but stops will be made at local restaurants or shops where meals and snacks can be purchased.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Gray Line Iceland

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Viking Horse Riding and Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Viking Horse Riding and Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Viking Horse Riding and Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Viking Horse Riding and Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Viking Horse Riding and Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Viking Horse Riding and Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Viking Horse Riding and Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Viking Horse Riding and Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik.

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  • "Also, remember to grab gloves or your hands will be very cold by the end of the ride." See review

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Lauren_DeFeo
, Mar 2020
Wow! What a fabulous experience! I have used Viator before for a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon and it was wonderful! This time, my friend and I booked a horseback riding and Golden Circle tour in Iceland… Horseback riding was terrific, the park was beautiful, the waterfalls were stunning and the geyser totally cool! All three gift shops were also amazing! In addition, our tour guy, Simon, made the bus rides fly by... Thanks you guys!
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Amazing!!!!
huz k
, Oct 2019
highly recommended tour,I had a lot of fun, all thanks to Mr. Darren an excellent tour guide with a touch of humor and Ms. Derifa who drive us back safely in reykjavik
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Excellent tour
njhnwh
, Sep 2019
The horse riding was amazing. The scenery was beautiful especially the waterfall. The horses were fun to ride at all gaits. The lunch was delicious and staff at the farm very friendly and helpful The Golden Circle tour was also great. Darren the tour guide made the day very interesting and he provided many helpful tips for our Iceland visit. The first stop should have been slightly longer. We felt rushed and felt we didn't get to enjoy the beautiful landscape fully I would highly recommend this tour
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Amazing and Unique experience
unicornrainbowstar
, Aug 2019
We rode the Icelandic Horses on my 8 year old daughter's birthday. It was a wonderful and lovely time. While we aren't expert riders, the little bit of experience riding allowed us to participate in the "fast group" returning back to the stable which was quite a thrill. The guides were pleasant and knowledgable. The gait of these special horses was so smooth and enjoyable. I highly recommend!
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Great Fun!
Guide29842663719
, Jun 2019
Riding the Icelandic Ponies was more fun than we expected. The people were well organized and very friendly. Terrific experience!!
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Great way to start Iceland vacation
Angela S
, Apr 2019
We are a family 4 including an 8 year old and 11 year old, and we ALL enjoyed it. The Laxness horse farm was very inviting, and the guides were such a pleasure. The tour itself was very well planned. Darren was very informative and entertaining. We took him up on several of his suggestions and he was spot on.
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Really a lot of fun. The horse...
MaestraMudarisa
, Aug 2018
Really a lot of fun. The horse riding was excellent and fun for all levels of horse riding experience. The falls were gorgeous and the geyser was great. Our guide Deryn even told us where we could go to have some fun in Reykjavik
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Gorgeous Views
lindey7
, Jun 2018
The Viking Horse Riding was such a great experience. It was a highlight of our trip! When you first get to the farm, you will put on rain pants, jacket, helmet and boots. Also, remember to grab gloves or your hands will be very cold by the end of the ride. Then, the staff will set you up with a horse for your experience level. As a group with the staff you will ride into the country side of Iceland. The views are breathtaking and are only able to be experienced from the horse out in nature. On the ride the horses will all stay together, but you will have opportunities to trot and gallop a little on the horse. The staff are very helpful if you are an inexperienced rider. Half way through you will stop for a rest at a beautiful waterfall. Then, you will journey back to the farm. After you change out of the rain gear, you will have lunch on the farm while you wait for the Golden Circle tour bus to pick you up. The lunch is soup and bread and you do have to pay for it. As everything in Iceland, it is expensive, but it does hit the spot after being out in the cold on the horses. You will have to wait around for about an hour before the bus for the Golden Circle tour will pick you up.
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The viking horse ride was so much...
mcflute11
, Apr 2018
The viking horse ride was so much fun!! The horses are well trained and the staff is very friendly. Really made me feel like a local to go horseback riding through the nearby roads, trails, and river.
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One of a kind experience! Went in...
Leslie T
, Feb 2018
One of a kind experience! Went in Jan and it was so cool! The people at the farm were really nice and the animals were treated very well. This is for sure one of our tours we won't forget. Riding in the snow on these beautiful horses was great. Nice and warm with the gear they provided. I would love to come back and do it again.
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