Golden Circle Day Tour With Horse Riding From Reykjavik
This tour is an exciting combination of horse riding and sightseeing, offering travelers a chance to experience both the natural beauty of Iceland’s landscapes and the country’s rich cultural heritage. Starting from the Vellir farm, visitors get to ride the famous Icelandic horse for 1.5-2 hours through the charming countryside, enjoying the view of volcanic mountains and wide meadows. The excellent riding trails allow riders to experience the special gait of the Icelandic horse, known as the “tölt,” which is a smooth, four-beat lateral ambling gait that is both comfortable and efficient.
After the horse riding, the tour bus takes visitors on a day trip to see some of Iceland’s most famous natural wonders, including the Geysir geothermal area, the “golden waterfall” Gullfoss, and Thingvellir National Park. At Geysir, visitors can witness the spouting hot spring Strokkur, the most active geyser in Iceland. At Gullfoss, visitors can stand next to the amazing waterfall, watching enormous quantities of water tumble violently into a deep, meandering gorge, creating a breathtaking spectacle.
In addition to the natural beauty, visitors can also explore the historical and geological significance of Thingvellir National Park, where Iceland’s ancient parliament, the Althing, was established. The park is also home to the largest natural lake in Iceland, providing visitors with ample opportunities for hiking, fishing, and other outdoor activities. With its stunning landscapes and rich cultural heritage, Thingvellir National Park is a must-visit destination for any traveler to Iceland.
- The tour includes a guide who speaks English.
- Visitors will be provided with riding and safety equipment, as well as hotel pick-up.
- The horse riding experience will last between 1.5-2 hours.
- After the ride, visitors will enjoy a light lunch at Hotel Eldhestar consisting of soup, bread, and similar fare. A bus excursion is also included in the tour.
Vellir Farm and Horse riding
Vellir farm offers some of the best horse riding experiences in Iceland, boasting excellent riding trails that allow visitors to explore the charming Icelandic countryside. Situated amidst the volcanic mountains and wide meadows, the farm provides a perfect destination for travelers who love to ride the famous Icelandic horse. Here, visitors can experience the smooth gait of the Icelandic horse, known as the “tölt,” and enjoy scenic views of the surrounding landscapes. With experienced guides and well-trained horses, Vellir farm promises a thrilling horse riding experience for people of all ages and levels of riding expertise.
Geysir geothermal area
The Geysir Geothermal Area, located in Haukadalur Valley, is a geological wonder where visitors can explore hot springs, geysers, and other hydrothermal features. Boasting more than 10,000 hydrothermal features, the area is home to the renowned geyser, Geysir, which has been erupting for approximately 10,000 years. Visitors can witness the impressive eruptions of Geysir’s nearby neighbor, Strokkur, which erupts every 5-10 minutes and shoots water up to 40 meters in the air. The area also offers striking natural beauty, with colorful mineral deposits, bubbling mud pools, and steaming vents. The Geysir Geothermal Area is a must-visit destination for any nature or geology enthusiast traveling to Iceland.
Gullfoss Waterfall, also known as the “Golden Falls,” is one of Iceland’s most renowned natural wonders. Located in the Hvitá River canyon in southwest Iceland, it is part of the famous Golden Circle route and a popular tourist destination for travelers to Iceland. The waterfall cascades in two tiers, dropping a total of 105 feet into the rugged canyon below. The view from the top of the falls is simply breathtaking, offering magnificent natural vistas of the surrounding mountains and creating a dramatic spectacle with its thunderous roar and misty spray. Visitors can also take a short walk down to the canyon’s edge to get an up-close view of the falls and feel the misty spray on their faces. Gullfoss Waterfall is a testament to Iceland’s stunning natural beauty and should not be missed by anyone traveling to this remarkable country.
What to bring
To ensure a comfortable and safe horse riding experience, it is recommended that visitors wear appropriate shoes and comfortable pants (riding pants are not necessary), as well as gloves and a buff. If visitors wish to bring a camera, it is recommended they carry it in a small waist bag, as backpacks cannot be taken on horseback.