• Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Duration: 9 hours (approx.)
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For a day out with horses and hot springs, look no further than this full-day tour from Reykjavik. After an hour-long horseback ride on an 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
  • 1-hour ride on an Icelandic horse, a breed unchanged since the 9th century and known for its docile nature
  • Pingvellir, the oldest functioning parliament in the world
  • Geysir and Strokkur hot springs
  • Gulfoss waterfall
  • Pickup and drop-off from Reykjavik area hotels and guesthouses

What You Can Expect

Viking Horse Riding and Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik

Gulfoss, Iceland

After pickup from your Reykjavik hotel, 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 1-hour 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 River Hvítá, 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.

Customer Reviews

Leslie T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 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.

Kimberly K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

This tour was amazing!

Jennifer K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

This tour was amazing!

Jules USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

The stable and horseback ride was wonderful, the tour of the golden circle was packed full of waterfalls, geysers, and amazing landscapes.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Me and my 2 girls deeply loved this experience. The Icelandic horses are among the sweetest animals I ever met, they were very docile and so easy to ride! I adapted very quickly to the Icelandic riding style and loved every second of my ride. My 7 years old and my 10 years old loved it too down to their hearts. The farmers felt true local people as well as the food and their simplicity transmitted a true warmth to my soul which I discovered in that moment was longing for a real escape from a crazy tarmac and bricks world. I didn't mind the stinging cold and rain a bit. My young daughter played for hours with the farmers' dog at was bringing back a tiny stone to her to be thrown over and over again.
The afternoon geysir tour has also been nice and very interesting from a geological point of view.

Jeffrey H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

LOVED THIS. I love riding horses so riding the Icelandic ones was a great experience


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

This tour was really good. The horses were lovely and gentle so my 8 yr old and I who are complete beginners had no trouble at all riding them. Even though it was an express tour of the Golden Circle we still got to see lots. Darren our guide was funny and informative. Highly recommend this tour!

Justin S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

the horseback riding was the highlight of my time in Iceland! the farm and ride were amazing, as well as the soup/bread for lunch. the rest of the day was spent touring the golden circle and it is magnificent. highly recommend this tour!

Lauren F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Absolutely amazing tour!! The staff was incredible, very friendly and helpful. It was very well organized and lots of fun. I would recommend this tour to anyone visiting beautiful Iceland!

Stephanie H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

The Golden Circle tour was great and something that you should definitely do, but the highlight of our Viator trip was our visit to the Laxnes Horse Farm. Pori and Heida the owners were wonderful and took care of us like we were family. The Icelandic horses were very well-behaved and a joy to ride. My group had people that ranged from experienced riders to people who had never ridden before and we all felt comfortable with the horse choices that were made for us. Besides getting to ride the most adorable horses in the world, we were also treated to a ride through the beautiful Icelandic countryside. I would absolutely recommend this trip in whatever tour combination you are considering. I am definitely coming back to Laxnes on my next trip to Iceland!

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