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The Golden Circle of Iceland

5.0 (6)
8 days 7 nights
Iceland
Difficulty
Moderate
Comfort
Basic+
Weight limit
110 kg / 243 lb

This tour has been recognized by CNNgo as one of the top 15 horse treks worldwide!

What better or more distinctive way to experience the renowned Golden Circle Tour than by riding Iceland's iconic horses through the charming countryside of South Iceland? 

Tailored for families and riders without the required experience for our highland tours, it's important to note that riding days can be lengthy, requiring good physical condition and basic horsemanship skills.

On the initial riding day, we'll introduce you to the unique Icelandic Horse and its special extra gait as we leisurely traverse the banks of the majestic Thjórsá River. Our journey continues towards the thundering waters of Gullfoss Waterfall and the geothermal wonders of the Geysir hot spring area. Following a relaxed day of riding in this area, we'll venture into more remote locations, away from the usual paths. 

US$ 2 928
per tourist for 8 days
Departing from
Reykjavík Airport
Tour starts
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Number of individuals
up to 20 tourists over 8 years old
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Photo Heiðdís S.
Heiðdís S. is the provider of this trip
The provider speaks: English
Our Company is owned by local Icelandic farmers, and our tours are organized by them. Our farmers live in almost every part of Iceland so we offer riding tours in a diversified landscape.

The tour guides you'll probably meet as well

Photo Hannes
Hannes
For a long long time our farmers Gestur and Margrét operated our tours in the south. Now they have past over the legacy to their son Hannes and his right hand Sophie who helped out all those year. The family at their farm are well known for their great hospitality and to lead their guests into the magic world of the southern countryside and incredible highlands of the south.

Tour highlights

Visit a Famous Geothermal Area
Geysir is a famous geothermal area where the first documented hot spring in Europe is located
Discover the Secret Lagoon
A natural pool in a geothermal area 38 – 40 celsius warm
Ride a Pure Icelandic Blood
Importing horses to Iceland is strictly prohibited - this stringent control has preserved the genetic purity of the breed

Route details

Day 1
Reykjavik – Hannes's Farm

Pick up at BSÍ Bus station in Reykjavik at 18:00

Our bus will transfer you and your fellow riders to Hannes's Farm, where horses and staff are waiting for us. 

After a lovely introductory meal where we get to know each other, we relax and rest so we are well prepared for the adventure ahead of us.

Day 2
Thjórsá Glacier River – Sandlækjamýri
Day 3
Sandlækjarmýri
Day 4
Gullfoss
Day 5
Haukadalur – Haukadalsheiði
Day 6
Geysir – Tungufellsdalur – Kaldbakur
Day 7
Kaldbakur – Hrepphólar – Reykjavík
Difficulty
Moderate
Tour provider's comments

Comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length trots (tölt) and short canters.

horse

Accommodation

Comfort
Basic+
Guest House
7 nights

Shared rooms in cabins and sleeping bags.

7 nights
Hannes's Farm

River Cabins summerhouses at the farm

  • Number of cabins: 5
  • Number of rooms per cabin: 3
  • Number of beds per cabin: 5
  • Outdoor jacuzzi:
  • Number of showers per cabin: 1
  • GSM connection: Yes
  • WiFi: Yes
  • Made up beds: Yes
  • Number of WC per cabin: 1

Travel recommendations

Group meeting place
Reykjavík Airport
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Tour conditions

Included

  • bus transfer from Reykjavík to the farm;
  • accommodation;
  • full board; 
    Our menu consists of a large breakfast and traditional Icelandic meals (fish or lamb). Vegetarian meals are available if requested when booking. All riders make their own packed lunch from the breakfast table.
  • rainwear;
  • saddle bag, riding helmet;
  • water bottle.

Extras

  • flight tickets to Iceland;
  • insurance;
  • alcoholic beverages -  hard to get in the highlands. They can be bought at a reasonable price in the Duty-Free Store at Keflavik Airport upon arrival.

Group size

up to 20 tourists

Duration

8 days
7 nights

It's important to know

Personal equipment you need for the tour

You should be ready for all kinds of weather as the weather can change very quickly.

We recommend that the following items are included when preparing for our longer tours:

Warm jacket or overcoat.
Warm (woolen or fleece) sweater.
Warm socks and gloves, at lest two pairs, scarf and a cap or hat.
Warm underwear, long if possible (protects also from chafing).
For the ladies – sports bra.
Riding trousers.
A pair of slippers to wear in the accommodation (Icelanders take off their shoes when entering a house).
Swim suits, towels, soap etc.
A small camera to take with you on the ride.
Band aids and second skin plasters for chafing.
Insect repellent, gnat net head cover.
Chocolate or glucose sweets for strenuous riding days.
Sun lotion for face and lips (with high sun factor).

Additionally for sleeping bag accommodation: Sleeping bag, Small pillow to sleep on, Ear plugs.

We provide: Saddle bags, Rain wear and Safety helmet.

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Tour reviews

5.0
Based on 6 reviews
  • L
    Lena
    15 Apr, 2024
    about provider
    Friendly horses, enjoyable guided tours and an authentic Icelandic experience that feels welcoming, like being at home. Thank you!
    15 Apr, 2024
  • W
    Wolfram
    10 Mar, 2024
    about provider
    Wir haben jetzt schon zum fünften Mal eine Tour gemacht. Alle Touren sind richtig gut organisiert. Die Pferde sind super und die Strecken sind echt schön anzusehen Wir übernachten auf isländischen Bauernhöfen und die Atmosphäre ist total familiär und toll. Diese Touren sind nur für erfahrene Reiter geeignet Das Team ist großartig und alles ist top organisiert
    10 Mar, 2024
  • A
    Annette
    5 Dec, 2023
    about provider
    I consider them to be the top horse riding company in Iceland. This was my fourth experience with them, and I am already making plans for a trip in 2024!
    5 Dec, 2023

Dates and Prices

  • US$ 2 928
    1 – 8 Jun 8 days 7 nights
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    8 – 15 Jun 8 days 7 nights
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    15 – 21 Jun 7 days 6 nights
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