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Viking Horse Riding and Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik

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Want to meet the small but mighty Icelandic horse and get in the most popular tour in Iceland all in one day? If so, you won’t want to miss the Viking Horse and Golden Circle Tour. You’ll ride through the gorgeous Icelandic landscape on a horse descended from the first horses to set hoof on the island in the Viking-Age and then visit the most iconic sites in Iceland: Thingvellir, Gullfoss and Geysir geothermal area.

It's a nature-lover's dream, and the best way to make the most of your visit to Reykjavik.
  • 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
What to Expect
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 River Hvítá. 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.
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Important Information
Departure Point
1: Gray Line Iceland HQ, Klettagarðar 4, 104 Reykjavík, Iceland
2: Bus stop #5 Harpa, Kalkofnsvegur 101, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
3: Bus Stop #13 Rauðarárstígur, Laugavegur 120, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
4: Bus Stop #3 Lækjargata, Lækjargata 4, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
5: Skarfabakki Harbour, Reykjavík, Iceland

Traveler pickup is offered
Pick-up is offered from most hotels, guesthouses and cruise ports in the capital area upon request (if option is selected). Due to traffic restrictions in the city center, pickup may not be directly in front of hotel but rather at a nearby designated pickup point.
The "No pickup" does not include hotel pick-up, but complimentary pickup from the following locations is offered upon request for no extra charge:
*Bus stop 5 - Harpan
*Bus stop 13 - Rauðarárstígur
*Gray Line Bus Terminal
You must contact the local operator after booking to confirm your pick-up location or meeting point.

Miðbakki Cruise Port, Skarfabakki Cruise Port
Departure Time
9:30 AM
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • 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
  • Entry/Admission - Laxnes Horse Farm
  • Entry/Admission - Golden Circle Route
  • Entry/Admission - Thingvellir National Park
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • 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 wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • 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
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed August 9, 2019

This is a great tour for when you don't have much time in Iceland! Laxnes Horse Farm was absolutely amazing with great staff, beautiful horses and good food that can be brought afterwards! The ride was around 45 minutes to an hour to a viewpoint,...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Lucy B
Reviewed August 5, 2019

What a great cooperation between an Icelandic family horse farm and the Grayline Touring Company. The Laxnes Horsefarm was warm and inviting as we met the entire family who outfitted us for the ride out through the foothills of the mountains. It was beautiful. The...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank bapnkimchee
GLI_CustomerService, Public Relations Manager at Gray Line Iceland, responded to this reviewResponded August 6, 2019

Thank you bapnkimchee for writing a review of our combination tour Horse riding and Golden Circle. The Laxnes Horse farm have been the service provider for the horse riding for a long time now and always a pleasure to send our visitors for this very...More

Reviewed June 16, 2019 via mobile

Horse riding part was best, a full 2 hours of riding. Only walking and trotting though, nothing faster and you're stuck in a long line with others. Bus tour was pretty standard fare, but ok when you only have a short time to visit.

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Jeremy B
Reviewed May 16, 2019

We were only in Iceland for two nights and opted to go with Grayline for a horseback riding tour and golden circle sight seeing. A small bus picked us up at the bus stop near our hotel and brought us to the main bus station....More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Cherie S
GLI_CustomerService, Public Relations Manager at Gray Line Iceland, responded to this reviewResponded May 21, 2019

Thank you Cherie S for writing a review of our Viking horse and Golden Circle tour. Glad you enjoyed this combination tour with us and yes, the Þingvellir national park has a lot to offer in a way of hiking trails, the lake and of...More

Reviewed May 6, 2019

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...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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GLI_CustomerService, Public Relations Manager at Gray Line Iceland, responded to this reviewResponded May 7, 2019

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...More

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January 15, 2019|
Response from GLI_partners | Property representative |
Hi Deborah, the tour is approximately from 9:30 am until 7 pm.
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