For the ones who are looking forward to experiencing the south coast of the land of ice and fire a little bit differently and for the ones who are an admirer of the unique Icelandic horses, this 1-hour long horse riding tour in South Iceland is just right to help you culminate both these experiences in one saving you quite a lot of time on your travels. This will be a ride that will help you spend some much wanted and needed alone time with nature and visit one of the very popular and important places in Iceland, Ölfus. Famous for the spring from where the bottled water of the country comes from, a ride through the lush green plains of this small municipality in the south of the country will have you see a completely different side of the fierce land of ice and fire.
About the Location
A beautiful municipality is located on the southwest coast of the country. There are many towns in this municipality with Hveragerði being the largest. There are several black sand beaches, scenic panoramic views, mountains, volcanoes, cliffs, lava formations, and caves here in this municipality that you can choose to explore when in the town for the horse-riding tour. Ölfus is located close to Hveragerði village. The place is also a very popular place for northern lights watching tours since the light population around this area is very low. The municipality houses about 2000 inhabitants and is at a distance of almost 50 kilometers from the capital city which makes it only a 40-minute long drive away.
About the Tour
Your horse-riding tour will start at the location itself which is Sólhestar Ölfus. The tour will last for 1 whole hour which means that you will have more than enough time to take in the beauty of the place completely. You will go through the lush green pastures of the town which offer a unique view in every different season. The outdoor clothing, protection helmets, boots, gloves, and other protective gear that you would require during a horse-riding session will be provided at the location of the tour.
It is recommended that you dress according to the weather by putting on a few warm layers since Icelandic weather can change in an instant. It is smart to check the weather forecast for the day of your tour so that you are well-prepared in advance and can enjoy the tour to the fullest. Another recommendation is bringing a camera so that you do not miss any opportunity to capture the beauty of the landscape that you ride through.
Consider reaching the meeting spot of the tour about 30 minutes before the beginning time of your tour so that there is enough time for you to gear up for the ride. The tour is suitable for everyone including the beginners so you can just relax and give up being anxious if you have never ridden a horse before. The Icelandic horses are very friendly, intelligent, and approachable. You will find yourself very comfortable in the company of these magnificent creatures. The tour progress in small groups so you can have some quality family time without being a part of very large group and will be paid individual attention by our guides.
Professional horse riding guide
What to bring
Warm & waterproof clothing
Good to know
- Dress according to weather.
- The riding tour starts from Ölfus in south Iceland, about 40 minutes drive from Reykjavik.
- Please arrive 30 minutes before set riding time.
- You will be spending 1 hour on the horse.
- This tour departures daily at 10.00, 14.00 and 16.00.
- It is possible to book this tour on other times upon request. Please contact us for more information.
- It is possible to book this as a private tour. Please contact us for more information.
- This tour is ideal for single travelers, groups, families and children.
- No previous horse riding experience is required on this tour.
- This tour offers small groups and personal service.
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Most frequent questions and answers
The meeting point is in Ölfus in south Iceland.
The driving time from Reykjavik to the meeting point is approximately 45 minutes (53 kilometres) in good road condition.
You should schedule to be at our departure point at least 30 minutes before scheduled departure.
If the tour gets cancelled due to weather you can choose between rescheduling the tour for another departure or receiving a full refund.
- 2 days notice: 100% charge
- 6 days notice: 70% charge
- 8 days notice: 0% charge
However, we always ask you to cancel the tour as soon as possible so we can adjust the schedule for the day depending on how many people will be joining the tour.
Yes, and you definitely should! The setting on the tour is full of amazing, scenic views.
We do not recommend horse riding tours for pregnant women.
There are plenty of free parking lots next to the meeting point of the tour.
Yes, we have variety of horse riding tours that departures from Reykjavik.
This tour is great for beginners. No experience is required.