Reykjavik Horse riding

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Reykjavik: Red Lava Horse Riding Tour

1. Reykjavik: Red Lava Horse Riding Tour

Soak up the dramatic volcanic landscapes of the red lava fields of Iceland on this horseback tour. After being collected from your Reykjavik accommodation, you will be driven to the tour starting point where you will meet with your horses. Alternatively, you may wish to meet directly at the stables if you have your own transportation. Your tour will be between 5-7 kilometers depending on the experience of the riders, with this tour suitable for beginners and those with more experience too. After setting off, you will ride along a beautiful and smooth path along the Redhills. For groups of more experienced riders, you will ride by Rauðarvatn. On both routes, you will enjoy natural riding paths and a wonderful setting for horseback riding where you will get to know these friendly Icelandic horses. Enjoy a total of 1.5-2 hours of horseback riding. You will be provided with rain clothing during your tour if required, and there will be complimentary tea and coffee on hand for your comfort. At the conclusion of your tour, you will be returned back to the stables or to your accommodation in Reykjavik.

From Reykjavik: Full-Day Horse Riding & Golden Circle Tour

2. From Reykjavik: Full-Day Horse Riding & Golden Circle Tour

This tour is a combination of the Viking Horse Riding Tour and Golden Circle Express Tour, and is perfect for visitors to Iceland who don’t have a lot of time to spare but want to make the most of a day. In the morning you’ll enjoy a ride on an Icelandic horse through the idyllic landscape of Laxnes, located just out of Reykjavik city. The Icelandic horse is a breed that has remained virtually unchanged since the Vikings brought it to Iceland in the 9th century. The riding tour is suitable for all ages and experience levels, from beginner to expert. After your morning ride and a short break you’ll head out on the afternoon portion of the tour, to Þingvellir National Park. Admire its remarkable geological features and see Alþingi, the Icelandic Parliament. Iceland’s Parliament is the oldest still-functioning parliament in the world, and was founded on this site in 930 A.D. Visit the impressive Gullfoss glacial waterfall, the geothermal area around Geysir, and Strokkur with its spouting geysers. You’ll pass through fertile agricultural areas before heading back to Reykjavik over Hellisheiði mountain heath.

Reykjavik: Golden Circle, Kerið, & Fridheimar Minibus Tour

3. Reykjavik: Golden Circle, Kerið, & Fridheimar Minibus Tour

Visit Iceland’s natural wonders on this 8-hour minibus tour accompanied by a professional guide. The Golden Circle route covers a 300km loop from Reykjavík to central Iceland and back. Visit Thingvellir, a pivotal landmark that connects all the major events in the founding of the Icelandic commonwealth. It’s also the best place on earth to view the North Atlantic divergent ridge. Stop at Fríðheimar farm, owned by the same family since 1995. The family, besides growing tomatoes and cucumbers, are passionate about horses. Enjoy a truly unique experience and meet the Icelandic horses up close on a visit to the stables. You might get a chance to pet them and maybe take a selfie! Lunch (at your own expense) will be held in the greenhouse where you will have the possibility to purchase local products on the menu after a visit of the stables. See Gullfoss, which is considered the most beautiful of Iceland’s 30,000 waterfalls. You’ll also see Kerið, a striking crater lake filled with milky blue-green water and surrounded by stark black and deep red slopes.

From Reykjavik: Snæfellsnes Day Tour and Home Cooked Meal

4. From Reykjavik: Snæfellsnes Day Tour and Home Cooked Meal

Explore the terrains of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula on a guided day trip from Reykjavik. Marvel at the lunar landscapes and volcanic vistas as you head towards the Snæfellsjökull glacier. After, regain your strength with a home-cooked lunch. See the ice cap across the bay as you depart Reykjavik. Feel the energy and admire your mystical surroundings, said to be the "Center of the Earth." Tour volcanic craters, lava fields, hidden coves, bizarre rock formations, and listen to local legends and folk stories from your guide. Continue to a nearby horse ranch and tuck into a home-cooked meal. After, be returned to your accommodation in Reykjavik.

Afternoon Viking Horseback Tour

5. Afternoon Viking Horseback Tour

The Íshestar Stables is set in the lovely countryside just outside the town of Hafnarfjörður, which is around a 10-minute drive from Reykjavík. The facilities and the surrounding area provide endless opportunities for horse riding, hiking, and other outdoor activities. The Centre welcomes individuals, families, and groups of all kinds who want to enjoy themselves outdoors. The Viking Tour Express horse riding excursion is offered daily at 13:00, throughout the year. This 5-hour trip is only recommended for strong intermediate riders. Riders need to be comfortable and in control at all paces. The amount of actual riding time is around 2.5-3 hours, including stops. The minimum age for participation is 12 years. All guests are provided with warm overalls, raingear, riding boots, and helmets in the appropriate size. The Íshestar staff take pride in finding horses to suit individual needs as well as ensure the safety of all participants. Please note that backpacks, bags, or large cameras cannot be taken with you on the ride, but there are safety boxes at the Riding Centre where you can store valuables. For your safety please note that anyone under the influence of alcohol or intoxicating drugs will not be permitted on the riding tour. Also, due to possible damage to an unborn child in the case of an accident, pregnant women are not permitted on the tour. All guests join the riding tour of their own free will and inform the tour guide of any conditions that might affect their ability to participate in the tour. If a group is divided during the ride parents must stay in the same group as their children. Weight limit for the tour is 110 kilograms or 250 pounds.

Reykjavik: Silfra Snorkel Tour and Horse Ride with Photos

6. Reykjavik: Silfra Snorkel Tour and Horse Ride with Photos

Start your day snorkeling in Silfra Fissure - one of the top dive sites in the world. You can choose between a drysuit or wetsuit for the more daring participants and depending on the season. After the tour you will enjoy a hot chocolate and your guide will show you how to access your underwater photos after they have been uploaded. Then head back to Reykjavik area where you can quickly grab a bite before getting picked up for your horseback riding in the beautiful rugged landscape. After your ride you will be dropped off back in Reykjavik.

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What people are saying about Reykjavik

This is my first experience of horse riding. Every member of the team is so friendly in providing instructions and giving tips. I was a bit nervous in the beginning. My horse is very gentle, perfect for first time rider. The team helped each group taking photos next to the red lava. The girl named Lucy stayed with me riding through the path. I had great time and strongly recommend this activity!

This is an amazing experience riding the horses through stunning countryside. We had such a wonderful afternoon. The organisers were so friendly and very helpful. Highly recommend this activity.

Amazing experience. All the guides are very friendly and they made sure we all had a good time. Definitely worth the money and recommend it highly as a day activity from Reykjavík!

never been on a horse before. it was a great experience, staff were friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. horses were wonderful

Pickup was easy, its close to Reykjavik, and all the guides were helpful and supportive! Overall great experience