The Viking Horse and Golden Circle Classic
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Ideal for nature lovers!
This tour takes you on a horse riding expedition in the beautiful countryside on the outskirts of the capital, before showing you a sample of the natural phenomena that Iceland is famous for.
Our guide to The Viking Horse and Golden Circle Afternoon
The day starts with a horse riding trip through the beautiful outer-Reykjavik countryside on the back of an Icelandic Viking horse. This breed was brought to Iceland by the Vikings in the 9th century and are renowned for being docile and sure-footed, meaning that anyone from beginners to experts can enjoy this tour.
After the riding excursion, there is a break for lunch (not included) before heading further afield to see the amazing natural phenomena that Iceland is famous for. The first stop is Thingvellir, where the Icelandic parliament was established in 930 AD. This is now a site of historical, cultural, and geological importance as it marks the spot where the American and European tectonic plates meet.
The tour continues to the magnificent Gullfoss waterfall, before viewing Geysir and Strokkur – hot springs erupting from below the Earth’s crust. Geysir is thought to be the oldest known geyser and one of the best examples of this phenomenon in the world.
On the way back to Reykjavik you will travel through beautiful agricultural areas before heading back to Reykjavik.
Daily, year round.
Around 9 hours.
Terms and conditions
Terms and conditions for The Viking Horse and Golden Circle Classic
- In the event of inclement weather, road closures or other causes which may impact your hotel pick-up, you will be advised of the nearest collection point. It is the customer's responsibility to be at this location in order to be collected.
- You will receive a voucher for this experience. Please read it thoroughly.
- You will be required to present a printed copy of your voucher at the time of tour departure.
- Pick-up from hotels and guest houses starts 30 minutes before the tour departure time. You will be advised specific times upon reconfirmation locally.
- Returning from your tour, you will be dropped off at the pick-up point you were collected from or at the closest possible point.
- This tour isn't suitable for children under the age of 6.
- Please note, all participants should be comfortable riding a horse on their own.
- Dress according to the weather for the day, but wear suitable clothes for riding a horse.
- No previous horse-riding experience required.
- Cancellation Policy: Free cancellations for bookings cancelled with the operator up to 72 hours before your chosen activity date. No refunds are given for cancellations made within 72 hours.
Frequently Asked Questions for The Viking Horse and Golden Circle Afternoon
What is the Golden Circle?
The Golden Circle is Iceland's most popular route between 3 of its most visited attractions, Þingvellir National Park, Geysir geothermal area, and Gullfoss waterfall.
When should I visit the Golden Circle?
The Golden Circle is a year-round attraction, although during Iceland's summer, you will enjoy longer days.
Do I need to be an experienced rider to do the Viking Horse tour?
Beginners are welcome to do this tour. All guests should be in relatively good physical shape.
Facilities & Amenities
Are there toilets on the Golden Circle?
There are toilets during the Golden Circle tour, but some locations may require you to pay to use the facilities.
How many miles is the Golden Circle?
The typical journey covers around 230Km (140 miles). You can actually drive the route in just over 3 hours, but will need to factor in time to stop and take in the sites also.