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Viking Horse Riding & Golden Circle Express

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Key Highlights

  • Ride through the arresting Icelandic countryside on a beautiful Icelandic horse
  • Behold the waterfalls, geysers, and mountains of the Golden Circle
  • Visit Þingvellir National Park, Iceland's greatest historical site and the oldest known Parliament in the world
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    Daily

    Duration

    9 hours

    Start time

    0930h (09:30am)

    Meeting Point

    Your hotel or guesthouse in Reykjavik.
    (Please mention your hotel / guesthouse details at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)

    See the list of Reykjavik hotels from which hotel pick up is offered


    Alternate meeting point: You can meet the tour directly at Holtagarðar 10, 104 Reykjavík. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure.

    Ending Point

    Your hotel or guesthouse in Reykjavik.

  • Overview & Itinerary

    Overview

    Glide across the lush and lovely landscape of Iceland on the back of an Icelandic horse.

    These swift and graceful creatures skim the earth when they gallop, and the countryside hurries by in a rush of green and brown.

    Spend the afternoon on a sightseeing tour of Iceland’s very best known historical sites and one-of-a-kind natural phenomena.

    See the UNESCO World Heritage Site where the world’s first parliament convened and witness the world-famous Geysir expel a column of water toward the heavens.

    Itinerary

    You will be picked up by bus from your Reykjavik hotel to kick off this Viking Horse Ride and Golden Circle Tour. You will be accompanied for the day by an English-speaking tour guide.

    Drive to the outskirts of the capital and mount a beautiful Icelandic horse. Horse riding takes place at Laxnes horsefarm (at Íshestar if Laxnes is fully booked),

    The Icelandic horse is a breed that has remained virtually unchanged since the Vikings brought it to the country in the 9th century. These strong, supple, and sure-footed horses move with the speed and effortlessness of the wind.

    After an exhilarating one-hour ride, take a lunch break (payable direct) before embarking on the Golden Circle portion of the tour.

    Set off by bus for the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Þingvellir National Park. It was here that the country’s first parliament was founded in 930 AD, making it the oldest known Parliament in the world. It is also a remarkable tectonic and volcanic environment where continental drift has engraved the landscape with cracks, faults, and fissures.

    Drive to the world-renowned geothermal area around Geysir hot spring, where a column of water thrusts upward to a height of 180 feet. Only a few feet away is the Stokkur Geyser, which hurls boiling water toward the sky every 5-10 minutes.

    Continue to Gullfoss waterfall, where the wide Hvita River plunges furiously over a natural staircase of stones. When one first approaches the falls, the crevice is obscured from view, giving the appearance of a raging river that simply vanishes into the earth.

    On your way back to Reykjavik, make drive by the colorful Kerið crater and pass by the village of Hveragerði, where geothermal energy has been harnessed to create unique greenhouse cultivation.

    Travel over a scenic mountain heath back to Reyjavik, where you will be returned to your hotel.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions

    Inclusions

    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
    • 1-hour horse ride
    • English-speaking guide

    Exclusions

    • Meals
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    The itinerary can be altered or changed according to weather and road conditions

    Pick-up from hotels and guesthouses is 45 minutes before start time.

    Children should be able to ride a horse on their own to participate in the tour

    Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details

    Pick-up is available from major hotels and guesthouses in the greater Reykjavik area. Pick-up services not provided from private addresses

    Voucher information: No need to print! If you are travelling with a smartphone or tablet you can present your voucher on your device for this activity.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may haveFor your comfort, safety and convenience while in Iceland we work with a supplier who:Has one of the youngest coach fleet in Iceland. Comfortable coaches with air condition, seatbelts and free WiFi. Offers pick up and drop off service at all licensed hotels and guesthouses in the capital area that have at least 10 rooms. Has a 24 hour telephone service which can be used by all customers while in Iceland Is part of Gray Line – a world leader in sightseeing for more than 100 years.
  • Reviews
    • Brilliant

      Wasn't too sure what to expect when my wife booked this trip but the Viking Horse Riding was a blast, the people that take you out are really friendly and helpful, when we return...

      D G Campbell
    • Fantastic

      The people at the horse riding place were friendly and helpful. We had a fantastic trip and really enjoyed the horse riding. The lady that was with us on the golden circle trip...

      MISS E RIDOUT
    • Fantastic day!

      Despite poor weather this was a brilliant trip. The Laxnes Horse Farm was fantastic. The horses were amazing even with a novice rider like me. The Golden Circle bus tour was very...

      Miss K Brown
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