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.