Within the space of one day, you can ride out to an idyllic landscape just outside the capital, on Icelandic Viking Horse. After lunch, the tour heads off to the Þingvellir National Park, the glacial waterfall at Gulfoss, and the hot spouting geysers at Geysir Geothermal Area. Golden Circle & Viking Horseback Riding Tour is a perfect combination in just one day!
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Ride the Viking Horse
The Icelandic horse is a breed that has remained virtually unchanged since the Vikings brought it to Iceland in the 9th century. With the help of one of our beautiful horses, you can go horseback in the idyllic landscape of Laxnes farm, just out of Reykjavik city. The horseback riding tour is suitable for all experience levels, from beginner to expert, and it is a fantastic way to see the countryside of Iceland. After the horseback riding experience, there will be about an hour to relax and grab something to eat before we join our Golden Circle Tour, which leaves Reykjavik at 13:00.
Þingvellir National Park
If you are coming to Iceland, staying in the area of Reykjavik, Þingvellir National Park is an attraction to don't miss. This place is a mix of great historical, geological, and cultural significance. Þingvellir National Park is a world heritage designated by UNESCO, and it is also a place where the first democratical parliament has been founded back in 930AD. If this is not enough for you, another information about Þingvellir is that at this place Eurasian and North American tectonic plates meet, and the largest Iceland's natural lake Thingvallavatn is situated here. Looking forward already?
Gullfoss waterfall in translate "Golden Falls" is a waterfall that gets its name from the golden color of its water as it churns up silt and sediment. This breathtaking waterfall lies in the river Hvitá and gets its water from Iceland's second-largest glacier Langjökull. In total, Gullfoss is 32 meters high, falling two tiers that are 11 and 21 meters high, respectively. It really doesn't matter what time of the year you will visit this extraordinary place. Gullfoss waterfall is amazing show in the summertime with all that unfrozen powerful water running down, and also in the wintertime with frozen parts and huge icicles. The only difference between these two year times is that during the summertime, an extra path to get even closer to the Gullfoss waterfall is open. Extra time is allotted at this location for a lunch break at Gullfoss Café.
Geysir Geothermal Area
Geysir geothermal area is located in the Haukadalur valley and is the scenic home of the infamous Geysir hot spring. Before you step on the ground here, please, pay respect to signs and step only where you are allowed to. Geysir geothermal area is a charming place with perhaps a difficult smell for some people, but it's so worth visiting. There are many geysers, but only the Strokkur geyser erupts often, to be precise every 6 to 10 minutes. The smells, colors, and eruptions at this popular destination are a window into all the geothermal activity happening across (and beneath) Iceland, making all those hot tubs, swimming pools, greenhouses, and geothermal energy possible.
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1. Where is the Golden Circle & Viking Horseback Riding Tour situated?
The first stop of the tour, the Laxnes farm, where you will enjoy the horseback riding, is situated just on the way to the Golden Circle, southwest of Iceland, approximately 23 kilometers from Reykjavik. After that, the Golden Circle part is around 230 kilometers both ways from Reykjavik.
2. How long does the Golden Circle & Viking Horseback Riding Tour take?
The Golden Circle & Viking Horseback Riding Tour takes around 9 hours of your day.
3. What do the Golden Circle & Viking Horseback Riding Tour include?
The tour includes bus transport, professional tour guide, tour in English and six other languages (valid only for the Golden Circle part), free WiFi onboard, super comfortable coaches, horseback riding on the try Viking horses, visit of the Thingvellir National Park, Geysir Geothermal area, Gullfoss Waterfall and unforgettable memories!
4. Can you enjoy the Golden Circle & Viking Horseback Riding Tour in the wintertime?
Yes! If the weather is alright there is no problem going for the Golden Circle & Viking Horseback Riding Tour. Icelandic horses are pretty used to winter and to be honest, horseback riding in Iceland during the wintertime is magical! For the Golden Circle part, it is recommended to have good winter shoes to keep you safe, and of course, proper winter clothes to keep you warm and dry.
5. Is the Golden Circle & Viking Horseback Riding Tour suitable for kids, pregnant women, or older people?
We do not recommend to go for the horseback riding part of the tour to pregnant women. It is overall known, that pregnant women should not be riding during pregnancy. But the Golden Circle is suitable for them. When it comes to kids, horseback riding part is for the kids from 8 years and older, otherwise, there is no problem to enjoy it. For older people it is not a problem too, as long as they feel good and comfortable.
6. Where can we eat during the Golden Circle & Viking Horseback Riding Tour?
Please, don't forget that it is prohibited to eat and drink in our coaches, but during every stop, you can buy something to eat and drink. The Laxnes farm offers its very tasty soup after returning from the ride meanwhile you are waiting for the Gray Line bus to take you for the Golden Circle. Also, places to eat and drink are at the Thingvellir National Park, Geysir Geothermal Area, and Gullfoss Waterfall.
7. What about facilities during the Golden Circle & Viking Horseback Riding Tour?
Every stop of the tour has facilities where you can go.
8. We don't have proper clothes for horseback riding part of the Golden Circle & Viking Horseback Riding Tour, will they be provided?
Yes, the Laxnes farm has everything for you to keep you warm and safe during the horseback riding.
9. Where are the pick-up locations for the Golden Circle & Viking Horseback Riding Tour?
We pick-up from all major hotels in the greater Reykjavik area where possible. In the city center where bus traffic is restricted we pick-up from designated bus stops. We also pick up from the cruise ports.
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