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Viking Horse Riding and Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik
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Viking Horse Riding and Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik

By Gray Line Iceland
Recommended by 91% of travelers
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Make the most of your time in Iceland by combining two excursions on this full-day tour from Reykjavik. Enjoy the experience of riding an Icelandic horse, known for its unique tölt gait, before heading out for a sightseeing tour around the Golden Circle. Visit Thingvellir National Park; marvel at the mighty Gullfoss, and watch geysers shoot water into the air at Strokkur and Geysir.
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Ages 8-99, max of 50 per group
Duration:9h
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Ticket type:Mobile
English

Highlights
  • Combine two excursions—horse riding and the Golden Circle—in one day trip
  • Get out of the city and away from the crowds on horseback
  • All necessary riding gear provided
  • Good-natured horses are suitable for beginners and pros alike

  • Pickup and drop-off from cruise ports, hotels and designated meeting points in the Reykjavik area
  • Professional English speaking guide
  • National Park fees
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Guided horse riding tour
  • Necessary gear for riding
  • WiFi on board
  • Entry/Admission - Laxnes Horse Farm
  • Entry/Admission - Golden Circle Route
  • Entry/Admission - Thingvellir National Park
What's not included
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities

After a morning pickup from your Reykjavik hotel or other designated pickup point, board an air-conditioned coach and head for the horse ranch just outside the city. Get introduced to your trusty steed and learn all about the Icelandic horse, a small but sturdy breed brought to Iceland by the Vikings. The famously 5-gaited Icelandic horse is also noted for its good nature, making it an ideal ride for first-timers and pros alike. Put on your provided gear, mount your horse, and head out for a ride around the peaceful countryside. Afterward, get back aboard the coach for a journey to the UNESCO-listed Thingvellir National Park, site of the first Icelandic parliament and home to the “rift valley,” where the continental plates of North American and Eurasia meet. After a stroll around Thingvellir, it's onward to the mighty Gullfoss, an impressive 2-tiered waterfall set in a canyon on the Hvítá River. Your final stops are the nearby spouting hot springs of Geysir and Strokkur, both of which erupt every few minutes, sending plumes of water into the air. Your tour concludes with a drop-off back in Reykjavik.

Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • Pick-up from all hotels, bus stops and other meeting points is 30 minutes before the scheduled departure of the tour. You must contact the local operator after booking to confirm your pick-up location or meeting point.
  • Bus stop #1 - Ráðhúsið - City Hall, Vonarstræti 101, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland Recommended for following hotels: Centrum Hotel Reykjavik Black Pearl Reykjavik Kvosin Downtown Hotel Hotel Hilda CenterHotel Plaza City Center Hotel
  • Bus Stop #2 Tjörnin The Pond, 43W6+7JR, Lækjargata, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland Recommended for following hotels: Baldursbrá Guesthouse
  • Bus Stop #3 Lækjargata, Lækjargata 4, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland Recommended for following hotels: 1919 Radisson Blu Konsulat Hotel Apotek Hotel Borg Hotel Loft Hostel CenterHotel Thingholt
  • Bus stop #4 Miðbakki, 5325+4PG, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland Recommended for following hotels: Exeter Hotel
  • Bus stop #5 Harpa, Sculpture & Shore Walk 101, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland Recommended for following hotels: Ion City Hotel The Reykjavik Edition
  • Bus Stop #6 - Safnahúsið The Culture House, Ingólfsstræti 1, 101, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland Recommended for following hotels: 101 Hotel Canopy by Hilton CenterHotel Arnarhvoll CenterHotel Klöpp CenterHotel Skjaldbreid Frón Hotel Room with a View
  • Gray Line Iceland bus stop in city center - pick-up and drop off for tours and transfers, Hverfisgata 4, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland Pick-up at Bus Stop 6 - Safnahúsið / Culture House
  • Bus stop #8 Hallgrimskirkja - tour/shuttle pick-up/drop-off, Eiríksgata 2 101, Eiríksgata 2, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland Recommended for following hotels: Eric the Red Guesthouse Aurora Leifur Eiriksson Loki Guesthouse Sunna Guesthouse Holt Hotel
  • Bus Stop #9 Snorrabraut, Snorrabraut 24, 101, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland Recommended for following hotels: Skuggi Hotel CenterHotel Laugavegur Von Guldsmeden
  • Bus stop #10 Hlemmur Square, 43VM+7X6, Laugavegur, 105 Reykjavík, Iceland Recommended for following hotels: 100 Iceland Hotel 101 Guesthouse 4th Floor Hotel Alda Hotel Reykjavik OK Hotel
  • Bus stop #11 Austurbær, Snorrabraut 37, 105 Reykjavík, Iceland Recommended for following hotels: Reykjavik Hostel Village Snorri Guesthouse
  • Bus Stop #12 Höfðatorg, Þórunnartún 6, 105 Reykjavík, Iceland Recommended for following hotels: Fosshotel Reykjavik Storm Hotel
  • Bus Stop #13 Rauðarárstígur, Laugavegur 120, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland Recommended for following hotels: CenterHotel Midgardur Fosshotel Lind
  • Bus Stop #14 - Skúlagata, Klapparstígur 5, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland Recommended for following hotels: Reykjavik Residence Hotel Swan House
  • Ports:
  • Skarfabakki cruise port
  • Miðbakki cruise port
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 2970AH27

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age for horse riding is 8 years
  • No previous horse-riding experience is required
  • Necessary gear will be provided for the horse riding
  • Meals are not included, but stops will be made at local restaurants or shops where meals and snacks can be purchased.
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

A note from Viking Horse Riding and Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik
  • • Allow access only via the back door of the vehicle if possible. • Ask passengers to spread throughout the vehicles as possible. • Masks are only required for those who are coughing or sneezing. • May need to present COVID-19 free results from testing at the airport.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

How much is Viking Horse Riding and Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik?
Viking Horse Riding and Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik price starts from $193.22. Discover and book Viking Horse Riding and Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik on Tripadvisor
What is the Viking Horse Riding and Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik cancellation policy?
Viking Horse Riding and Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Viking Horse Riding and Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik on Tripadvisor
Which company provides Viking Horse Riding and Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik?
Viking Horse Riding and Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik is hosted by Gray Line Iceland. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Gray Line Iceland on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Viking Horse Riding and Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik on Tripadvisor
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If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 2970AH27

Itinerary
  • You’ll have 14 starting options
    Or, you can also get picked up
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  • 1
    Laxnes Horse Farm
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
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  • 2
    Golden Circle Route
    Stop: 6 hours - Admission included
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  • 3
    Thingvellir National Park
    Stop: 45 minutes - Admission included
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  • 4
    Gullfoss Waterfall
    Stop: 60 minutes
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  • 5
    Geysir
    Stop: 45 minutes
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

jasicle
jasicle
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Excellent Service
Really cannot fault our experience of using Gray Line Iceland. Did 3 tours with them and transfers from airport a
Leia b
Leia b
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What a day!
What an amazing experience! The tour was well organised and enjoyable for all. Our tour guide was very chatty and i
Anne-Marie H
Anne-Marie H
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Phenomenal
If you are looking for a trip this is phenomenal, the views are breathtaking if you are going in winter you definit
Anne-Marie H
Anne-Marie H
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Good Tour
It was lovely seeing the skies at night without light pollution unfortunately we went two night and didn’t see the
TtBbarrett
TtBbarrett
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Must do!
We were lucky and saw the northern lights on our trip. Tour guide Peter was fabulous giving fun facts and making th
Flyingjonn
Flyingjonn
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Chaotic and often late
We were let down several times by this company on our short trip. Most notably, no pick up from a trip to the sky l
T4460KDmiket
T4460KDmiket
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Great
Great tour and we were lucky enough to see some northern lights! Would recommend to anyone visiting country.
307jamien
307jamien
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LATE
Got up early for a 7.30am pick up from Fosshotel Reykjavik to the airport. Turned up at 8.30 leaving us stood outsi
Arc_202
Arc_202
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Good
Picked up from hotel precisely at agreed time. We were not told that the minibus takes us to a bigger coach which t
Arc_202
Arc_202
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Helpful staff
Boarded coach when first arrived in Iceland to find that there were 3 seats short. Company quickly arranged minibus
Lou630
Lou630
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Stressful and confusing
Gray line are a joke of a company. You are a foreigner and rely on these people to get you where you need to be, so
debrak299
debrak299
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Golden circle tour
From start to finish, this tour with BG and Tomas was fun and educational. Our stops included fridheimer green hou
ChrisMVSS
ChrisMVSS
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Highly recommend
Smooth pick up from bus stop 6- on time -they took us into a central location where we traded for another bus. The
clarkeerskine
clarkeerskine
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Reliable, but can be slow service.
We used Greyline for our Keflavik airport - Reykjavík hotel transfers and they were all on time, with helpful staff
Scoobs
Scoobs
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Fabulous
Went on the day trip with Grays travel. We had an excellent tour guide called Karen. What a lovely lady who kept e
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Adriana
World16 contributions
Jun 2022 • Solo
The horseback riding was the highlight! The Laxnes Horse Farm picked me up in front of my hotel right on time. The tour was amazing, all of the staff was very friendly and welcoming. In June, the flowers were blooming — it was such a beautiful ride!!

The other half of the tour that was operated by Gray Line was okay. The nature of the Golden Circle was of course stunning and beautiful! The tour itself was a little less exciting. The tour guide sounded bored and mumbled some words, so it was a total contrast from the exciting morning and nature. The fun facts were interesting, I just wish the tour guide would have been a little more enthusiastic or at least enunciated words so I could understand a bit more.

I’d definitely recommend the Laxnes Horse Farm!! For the Golden Circle Tour, maybe you’ll get a more enthusiastic tour guide to make the whole trip exciting but the sites were worth it!
Written June 11, 2022
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Charles S
4 contributions
Aug 2018 • Family
My wife and 15 year old daughter just returned for a great trip to Iceland. The horseback riding was great fun and lasted about 1 and a half hours through beautiful mountains. Nothing to challenging and the guides were excellent. Good for all levels.

The second half of the day was with guide Dean on our Golden Circle tour. Dean was very informative and well organized. The sights were excellent from the valley view to the Geysers. The full afternoon was a perfect length. The bus was comfortable and clean.
Written August 10, 2018
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juniperberry95
Queens, NY25 contributions
Apr 2018 • Couples
Laxnes horse farm was the highlight of our trip. I will be leaving a separate review for Laxnes which will indeed be 5 stars! The horse ride was closer to two hours in length, and prepare yourself for a strenuous yet gentle ride throughout the lava fields of Iceland. The staff at Laxnes were warm and friendly, and offered us soup for 1500 ISK each. Worth it!
The transition between Laxnes and Gray Line was easy, but we did smell like horse the whole day and were quite tuckered out from riding by the time we got to the Golden Circle portion of the tour. Our tour guide was friendly but a bit monotone, which lulled us to sleep. The Golden circle is pretty cool, but was overrun with tourists. Fortunately, we saw the Golden Circle in a quick yet fulfilling journey which was, in our opinion, the perfect amount to time to spend at the various stops on the circle. I would recommend this day trip to anyone who wanted to see the Golden Circle but not dedicate an entire day to it!
Written April 23, 2018
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Taryn J
Seattle, WA27 contributions
First and foremost, the horseback riding was amazing! Could not recommend it enough. I would book a visit to the farm separately; they are lovely and would go back again in a heartbeat! The horses are gorgeous and friendly, the staff are kind and accommodating. The lunch was amazing. It was a great experience! The tour on the other hand was AWFUL. Do NOT book through this company. They forgot to pick me up at the horse farm. When the owner of the horse farm kindly drove me (they are the best!) to the park, the driver didn’t seem phased at all that they forgot to pick me up. I had 10 minutes at the park and that was the entire stop i wanted to see. I never received an apology or an acknowledgement. When i asked the driver where i should go with my 10 minutes he just shrugged. I have been waiting for this tour for months and was sincerely disappointed.

Also, the driver hit a car when we returned to the city!! Yes, he hit a car!! I had to walk back to my hotel.

Do NOT use this company for a golden circle tour and book the horse riding separately!
Written January 10, 2020
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Thank you Taryn J for your review of our combination horse riding and golden circle tour. Our sincere apologies for the inconvenience at the start of the tour and the first visit at the national park. Due to weather conditions the actual stop at the national park was cut short and our coach had to move on shortly after you arrived. Glad you enjoyed the horse riding at Laxnes which is certainly a wonderful place to experience riding the Icelandic horse. We have seen some extreme winter conditions with snow and ice cover lately and regrettably incidents can happen as a result. I hope that you enjoyed the other sites visited on the Golden Circle tour
Written January 11, 2020
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Felix_lechat
London, UK179 contributions
Apr 2019 • Family
Outside of electricity and hot water, just about everything is expensive in Iceland. This said, this tour, in comparison to most alternatives we considered and pricier tours we have been to, was THE single best tour!

The personnel was fantastic (they equip you from head to toe & they serve you a great cake and hot tea when you come back).

I really enjoyed the warm atmosphere. My son was a bit scarred and wanted to go slower, they managed a different circuit.

This place is legendary in Iceland (everyone seems to know about it and you understand why - you will see many movie star pictures on the walls).

Would warmly recommend.
Written May 6, 2019
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Thank you Felix_lechat for writing a review of our combination tour of horse riding and Golden Circle. The Laxnes horse farm is our favorite service provider and family run that makes it all the more personal and enjoyable. Your comments and recommendation is very much appreciated
Written May 7, 2019
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austynmarie22
Nashville, TN16 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
I chose this day trip on Viator.Com and it was one of the highlights of my trip to Iceland! Honestly, I could have done without the Golden Circle portion - if you have a rental car it’s fairly easy to drive there yourself. But absolutely be sure to book horseback riding at Laxnes Farms! Everyone was so friendly and the horses were absolutely beautiful. Wonderful experience.
Written April 25, 2019
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Thank you austynmarie22 for your wonderful review about the combination tour of horse riding in Laxnes and our Golden Circle tour. Glad you enjoyed your visit, your comments and compliments are very much appreciated
Written May 7, 2019
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Profco
South Miami, FL154 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
Our short time in Iceland required some compromises. In order to do both the horseback riding and see the Golden Circle sites, we signed up for the full day Gray Line/Viatours Viking Horses and (Express) Golden Circle Tour that combined the two.

Laxnes was spectacular. I loved riding my horse Suna, and seeing the fields of purple flowers, streams and waterfalls. The ride was over an hour and a half, and I enjoyed every moment of it. After our ride, we had delicious tomato soup and fresh whole grain bread. (By Icelandic standards, the price Laxnes charges for all you can eat bread and soup is a bargain.) Definitely 5 star.

A large Gray Line bus picked us up from Laxnes in the early afternoon. I would have much preferred a smaller group traveling by mini-van, but after thoroughly researching the options available from the various tour operators, this seemed to be our best option. Our guide, Darren, an American was a nice fellow, pleasant and amusing. I was quite disappointed he didn't accompany the group from the bus to the actual nature sites we were visiting--just told us in advance what to expect once we made our way down there.

Obviously a tour guide can't accompany 40-50 people on a walk through nature sites. Nevertheless, it would have been nice to have him around to at least point out where the best places to stand were in order to see what we had come for. Was it really necessary to climb those slippery moss covered rocks to get the full impact of the viewing the Gullfoss waterfall? After hearing from Darren that there had once been a 35 foot geyser at the Geysir geothermal area and that its "younger brother" Strokkur erupts every 7-10 minutes, we weren't sure what we were looking at as we watched huge puffs of steam pouring out of the ground more or less consistently. Were we standing in the right place to see Strokkur's eruption or should we have walked on somewhat further to see the really big show? A more engaged guide accompanying a much smaller group would have been more our style.I'd rate the Golden Circle portion of the day 3 star. Morning and afternoon average out to a 4-star rating for the tour as a whole.

Hopefully we'll go back to Iceland one day. (I love flying Saga Class on Iceland Air!) I would definitely go horseback riding again, and choose one or other site, perhaps off the beaten track, to visit in the afternoon, with a van-size group and a focus on nature.
Written July 29, 2018
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Thank you Profco for your feedback and review of your experience on the Horse Riding and Golden Circle Express tour. Laxnes horse farm is certainly a wonderful place to visit and the area around it spectacular. The light lunch is prepared by the owners and never out of a package, glad you enjoyed your meal and your time in Laxnes. The tour of the Golden Circle in the afternoon is the shorter version of the tour and stops at the main places of interest only 30-45 minutes. The guide will be attending the passengers and looking after them but as most people would like to explore at their own pace it is a challenge for the guide to keep the group together. The Gullfoss waterfall has wood covered paths and viewing platforms as well as a path leading to the waterfall itself and passengers will choose which areas they want to go to in order to get the best views. The original Geysir from where the name of this phenomenon originates from has been inactive for many years but Strokkur its "younger brother" cannot be missed, actually a large sign with the name is visible on site. This younger version is just as spectacular, spouting a mighty steam every 5-7 minutes. I do hope that you can return to Iceland and explore some more of our country.
Written July 30, 2018
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753katherine
4 contributions
Nov 2017 • Solo
Wow! This was such a satisfying day. Everyone at Laxnes Farm is wonderful and the horse ride was majestic and exhilarating. I was picked up right on time by the Grey Line bus for the Golden Circle Express, the next leg of my day. Our guide, DeeDee, greeted me so warmly and proved to me one of the most engaging and entertaining tour guides I've ever had. It's amazing what we were able to fit into a few short hours--not only the breathtaking sites (Thingvellir, Gullfoss, and Geysir), but all of the background and history that DeeDee hilariously yet knowledgeably provided. It was a fantasy day.
Written November 26, 2017
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Thank you 753Katherine for selecting Gray Line Iceland for your touring experience. It is important for us to receive feedback from our passengers and your compliments are very much encouraging. Glad you enjoyed your time with us
Written November 27, 2017
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elizard
Edinburgh, UK24 contributions
Jun 2020
This was such a great part of our visit! It gave us a chance to see some of the amazingly beautiful sights around Iceland and the horse riding was spectacular - so much fun, well cared for horses, and a great way to explore
Even in torrential rain we loved it!
Written May 10, 2021
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Robert W
3 contributions
Nov 2019 • Friends
We had a wonderful day today on this tour.
Darren was a fantastic host all day and provided both information on the locations tips for each stop.
Kalli was a smooth and safe driver.
I highly recommend both if anyone has the choice.
The tour itself was our best one yet with just enough time at each location to really take in all of each stop's beauty and wonder; but not so long that that we can't wait to come back again.
Written November 2, 2019
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