Horse Riding & Hot Springs
Imagine riding the Icelandic Horse to a mystical and magical valley filled with rising steam from a hot water stream on the majestic Icelandic horse, sounds simply marvelous, right? Something exactly like that awaits your arrival on this horse-riding tour of the hot springs. Set up amid mystical valley of Reykjadalur, this horse riding, and hot springs tour has a lot in store for you to make sure that you can enjoy two of the most popular activities of the country in the best way possible. The tour includes riding the Smokey valley on one of the finest steeds in the country and bathing in some of the finest outdoor, natural hot springs of Iceland, a treat filled with energy, enthusiasm, and all the beauty that mother earth holds.
The Location – Take a Break from the Routine
Reykjadalur is located about 45 kilometers away from the capital city near a small town named Hveragerði. Hveragerði is a town near the infamous Mount Hengill, an extinct volcano that went silent about 120,000 years ago. To reach the Smokey valley aka Reykjadalur valley, you will have to pass through the town of Hveragerði which means a compulsory added attraction to the itinerary of the tour.
The usual way to get to the valley is by hiking the slopes of Rjúpnabrekkur that surrounds the valley. But this particular tour will cover that distance riding on a horse. These slopes are very steep to begin with so the ride is going to be quite thrilling and fun. You will come across the Djúpagil canyon on your way to the valley. There is a beautiful waterfall here that falls right into the valley. A few more minutes of riding will get you straight to your destination.
There are several hot pools and a borehole near the hot water river that flows in the valley. The temperature of the water in each pool differs so you are sure to find your ideal kind to get a soothing bath of relaxation after the ride. There are some beautiful mud pools down the path as well. Be careful when stepping in these pools.
Information on the Tour
The tour can either start from the pick-up locations in Reykjavik at your accommodation or in the village of Selfoss. You can choose your pick up location as per your convenience. There is also an option for you to ride yourself to reach our set meet point by yourself which is Solhestar horse rental Ölfus. The duration of the tour depends on the way you choose to travel. The tour will last about 7 hours if you choose a pick up in Reykjavik and about 3-4 hours if your ride to the location on your own. The horse ride and the rest of the events that follow will take a total of 3-4 hours as the total distance to cover is approximately 15 kilometers. You will get to enjoy wonderful landscapes and sights on this tour. A beautiful Icelandic horse will accompany you on the hike. The tour will end with a nice hot bath, several gorgeous pictures of the valley, and the town and hearts full of warmth. A warm cup of coffee awaits you at the end of the tour before you can continue on with your road trip or get back to your hotel in Reykjavik.
Professional horse riding guide
Free pick up from Reykjavik & Selfoss
Bath in natural hot river
What to bring
Warm & waterproof clothing
Good to know
- Dress according to weather.
- If you ask for pickup, we will be at your pickup place in Reykjavik 60 min before set riding time.
- It is also possible to get a pick up from Selfoss.
- If you have your own car, please be at our location 30 min before set riding time.
- If you did not choose pick up, the meeting point is at Ölfus farm in south Iceland, about 40 minutes drive from Reykjavik.
- The duration of this tour is 7 hours with pickup, without pick up the duration of the tour is 5 hours.
- You will be spending 4 – 5 hours on the horse and bathing in the hot spring.
- 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.
- This tour is ideal for beginners and experienced riders.
- 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.
This tour is available with a pick up from Reykjavik and Selfoss. The pick up is included in the price of the tour.
You will be picked up in Reykjavik 60 minutes before the tour starts.
We offer pick up from ION Adventure hotel for extra fee of ISK 6.000. The pick up starts 60 minutes before set riding time.
You will be on the horse for 4-5 hours.
This is a 15 kilometer horse riding tour to Reykjadalur hot spring valley.
This tour is ideal for beginners and experienced riders.
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
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.