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AH27  The Viking Horse & Golden Circle All year round

Highlights:
  • Viking horse riding tour
  • Þingvellir National Park
  • Gullfoss waterfall
  • Geysir hot spring area


Tour Description:

This combination of a Viking Horse Riding Tour and AH11 Golden Circle Express is for those who don't have much time, but want to make the most of their day.

The Icelandic horse is a breed that has remained virtually unchanged since the Vikings brought it to Iceland in the 9th century. Enjoy a riding tour in the idyllic landscape of Laxnes, located just out of Reykjavik city.  The riding tour is suitable for all ages and experience levels, from beginner to expert.

After the riding experience there will be about an hour to relax and have a bite to eat before we join our Golden Circle Express tour, which leaves Reykjavík at 13:00, and head to the National Park Þingvellir, with its remarkable geological features. The Icelandic Parliament - Alþingi - was founded on the site in 930 AD., making it the oldest still-functioning parliament in the world.

We visit the impressive glacial waterfall Gullfoss and the geothermal area around Geysir and Strokkur with its spouting geysers. The tour takes us through fertile agricultural areas before heading back to Reykjavík over the mountain heath Hellisheiði.

Please note:  This tour is not recommended for children under the age of 6.
 

Itinerary Details:

Tour Departures:
Daily departures at 09:30 (pick-up at 08:45) and 13:30 (June - 6 September)

Included:
Bus
Guidance as shown under Guidance below.
Horse Riding Tour
 
Excluded:
Lunch, refreshments
 
 
Online Booking:
Up to 2 hours prior to tour departure.
 
TIP Are you wondering about the places we visit on this tour such as Geysir geothermal area, Gullfoss Waterfall and Þingvellir National Park? Click here to find more interesting places in Iceland.

Guidance:

English
Daily, all year round
 
 

 

Tour details

Days of week:
 
 
Departure times
09:30 / 13:00 (June - 6 September)
 
Free hotel pick-up service
Pick-up: 08:45 / 12:15 (June - 6 September)
 
Duration
9.5 hours
 
Travelling with children
Child (0 - 11): 50% off
Youth (12 - 17): Full adult fare
 

Price: 20.900 ISK
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Fraser wrote:
The horse riding experience was great. I had done some bike touring, but now believe the best way to take in the scenery is from the back of a horse. All travel coordination went well and the tour guide for the bus ride was funny and informative. Overall, it was a great last day in Iceland.
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Widor wrote:
The tour was wonderful. The owners of the horse farm were very cordial. The horses were beautiful. Everything was handled in a friendly professional matter. The golden circle tour was amazing and breathtaking! Hats off to Grayline tours!
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Fraser wrote:
The horse riding experience was great. I had done some bike touring, but now believe the best way to take in the scenery is from the back of a horse. All travel coordination went well and the tour guide for the bus ride was funny and informative. Overall, it was a great last day in Iceland.

Widor wrote:
The tour was wonderful. The owners of the horse farm were very cordial. The horses were beautiful. Everything was handled in a friendly professional matter. The golden circle tour was amazing and breathtaking! Hats off to Grayline tours!

Piquette wrote:
The Viking Horse portion of this tour was amazing.... The guides, horses and everyone there were very friendly, helpful and just all in all great people. The horses are gorgeous and they match you with the horse that is best for you. I would recommend this to everyone. The Golden Circle Afternoon was a bit disappointing as it was only Golfoss and the Geyser but the tour guide was very good. It would have been nicer if this had been a longer tour visiting a few more places.... All in All I would recommend this to everyone. If you really like the horseback riding I would recommend the full day tour as this is what I plan to do next time I come to Iceland....

McArthur wrote:
This was not a good experience and I am not inclined to recommend it. First - the Horse ride could be absolutely wonderful if someone would bother to help new riders. Instead, we were jammed onto horses in saddles some of us had never used before, with absolutely no instruction. By the time we returned to the barn, I had guessed what it was my horse was doing and what I should expect. I was terribly upset by what became an ordeal of trying to understand a horse that is not trained like other horses. The staff was nice, but the girls they sent out with us had more interest in their new horses than looking after a rather large crowd of mixed experience riders. Second - the Golden Circle tour was not satisfying at all. While the bus driver was friendly and willing to answer questions, the tour guide was wholly uninterested in the tour. He seemed bored and irritated that he had to be there. We had seconds at each stop and were scolded if we were a moment late (often because lines at the tourist shops were huge.) While I understand that this was not a long tour, it was almost boring (and would have been were it not for the extraordinary sites we visited.) We are coming back, but won't use Greyline for anything. We will rent our own car and take our own time. The next day we did a jeep tour that was amazing - the driver/guide was interested in the topics and sites, friendly, fun, and very engaged with us. Now that's how a tour should be, even a short one. I give this tour a 2 instead of a 1 because of the sweet bus driver and the nice owner of Laxnes Horse Farm who chatted with us after the ride.
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Thank you for your review and comments. It is regrettable that you did not enjoy the horse riding. The training of the Icelandic horse may be different from what you are used to but we expect the guides to show riders how to instruct the horse to go right or left or simply move on or stop. The Icelandic horse is very gentle and easily managable and has always been suitable for all stages of experience. As for the Golden Circle tour, the guides will follow a schedule at the stops to see the sites all have a certain time a little more than a few seconds as they are anywhere from 20 minutes to 45 minutes  each at the places of interest according to the description of the tour. Scolding passengers is not something we can aprove of but there is a great pressure on the guides to keep the schedule and those passengers who will heed the guides´s schedule become irritated when others don´t. The main stops along the way all have toilets and souvenir shops that can tempt the visitor but we cannot allow extra time for shopping. Glad you enjoyed your jeep tour which offers more flexibility with time since there are fewer passengers a tour with larger number of passengers is always a bit more strict.

Horn wrote:
Excellent tour! Well designed for those who want to make the most of one day.
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