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The Viking Horse and Golden Circle Classic

This tour takes you on a horse riding expedition in the beautiful countryside on the outskirts of the capital, before showing you a sample of the natural phenomena that Iceland is famous for.

The day starts with a horse riding trip through the beautiful outer-Reykjavik countryside on the back of an Icelandic Viking horse. This breed was brought to Iceland by the Vikings in the 9th century and are renowned for being docile and sure footed, meaning that anyone from beginners to experts can enjoy this tour.

After the riding excursion there is a break for lunch (not included) before heading further afield to see the amazing natural phenomena that Iceland is famous for. First stop is Thingvellir, where the Icelandic parliament was established in 930 AD. This is now a site of historical, cultural and geological importance as it marks the spot where the American and European tectonic plates meet.

The tour continues to the magnificent Gullfoss waterfall, before viewing Geysir and Strokkur – hot springs erupting from below the Earth’s crust. Geysir is thought to be the oldest known geyser and one of the best examples of this phenomenon in the world.

On the way back to Reykjavik you will visit the horticultural ‘green house’ town of Hveragerdi where you will learn how geothermal energy has been harnessed.

Experience Includes

  • Scenic horse riding tour through the idyllic landscape of Laxnes
  • Visit Þingvellir National Park, Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir hot spring area
  • Pick-up and drop-off from most hotels and guesthouses in Reykjavik
  • English speaking tour guide

Experience Excludes

  • Meals, snacks or refreshments
  • Optional gratuities


Daily, year round.

Departure location

Picks up from most hotels and guesthouses in Reykjavik, starting 30 minutes before scheduled departure time of the tour.

Start times



Around 9 hours.

Terms & Conditions

  • In the event of inclement weather, road closures or other causes which may impact your hotel pick-up, you will be advised of the nearest collection point. It is the customer's responsibility to be at this location in order to be collected.
  • You will receive a voucher for this experience. Please read it thoroughly.
  • You will be required to present a printed copy of your voucher at the time of tour departure.
  • Pick-up from hotels and guest houses starts 30 minutes before the tour departure time. You will be advised specific times upon reconfirmation locally.
  • Returning from your tour, you will be dropped off at the pick-up point you were collected from or at the closest possible point.
  • This tour isn't suitable for children under the age of 6.
  • Please note, all participants should be comfortable riding a horse on their own.
  • Dress according to the weather for the day, but wear suitable clothes for riding a horse.
  • No previous horse-riding experience required.
  • Free cancellations for bookings cancelled with the operator up to 72 hours before your chosen activity date. No refunds are given for cancellations made within 72 hours.
  • As COVID regulations change frequently and at short notice, it is your responsibility to ensure that you have checked the requirements that Iceland has put in place so that all visitors have a safe and enjoyable experience.