This combination day tour will take you on a scenic ride in the Reykjavik countryside and then allow you to see the wonders of the Golden Circle.
This day tour is ideal for people who want to make as most of their day. You’ll spend the morning exploring the Reykjavik countryside on the famous Icelandic horse. While, you’ll spend the afternoon exploring the iconic Golden Circle attractions.
Meet on location
Departs from Overwrite
- Tour highlights
- Small Group Experience
- Horseback Riding
- Icelandic Horse
- The Golden Circle
- Thingvellir National Park
- Gullfoss Waterfall
- Geysir Geothermal Area
- Transfer to/from Reykjavik in a Minibus
- A Guided Tour of the Golden Circle Sightseeing
- Guided Horseback Riding
- Free WiFi on the Bus
We’ll collect you from your hotel or one of our designated pick-up points in Reykjavik and make the short drive to our stables. You’ll meet your friendly guides, gear up and say hello to your traditional Icelandic horse. We’ll make sure that each horse is appropriate for the age and level of experience of each rider. Then we’ll push out into the rolling Icelandic countryside for a two-hour ride that will take us through some stunning natural scenery.
There are three options for the ride, depending on the weather conditions. We’ll either trek through a luscious valley where our stables are located, the riverbank route that crisscrosses sparkling blue streams or the hillside route that takes us past the Tröllafoss waterfall, renowned for being where trolls bathe on a full moon. You’ll also get to know your sturdy Icelandic horse, which is totally unique thanks to Iceland’s equine import regulations. Once the tour is over, we’ll head back to the stables and enjoy a delicious hot drink, before we head to the Golden Circle area.
The Golden Circle
The afternoon begins in Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir) – a UNESCO World Heritage Site that combines geological wonders and historical significance. Alþingi, the Icelandic Parliament, was founded on a snowy plain in Thingvellir in 930, making it one of the oldest democratic intuitions in the world. It’s also one of the only places in the world where you can walk between two continents. Thingvellir lies either side of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates are gradually moving apart. Creating a rugged rift valley where you can see two vast continents pulling away from each other.
Our next stop will be the Geysir geothermal area. The, now dormant, Great Geysir was the first geyser to be mentioned in English and is where the word originates from. While the nearby Strokkur throws huge jets of boiling water into the air every 8 minutes or so. These molten torrents of water can often reach up to 30 meters into the air, making for a spectacular show and wonderful photo opportunities.
Our final stop will be the famous Gullfoss (Golden Falls), which gives the Golden Circle route its name. It is the most popular waterfall in Iceland and is renowned for the golden colour its water takes as it cascades into the luscious valley below. Gullfoss is undoubtedly the most beautiful waterfall in Iceland and will provide photos and memories that will last a lifetime!
This is a great question. We ask all participants to be ready from the start of the pickup time indicated. This is because you may well be the first pick up of the day. Please be at your assigned location at the start time that you chose when booking the tour.
Here you should wait for your guide.
Have your email and phone number listed with us so we can contact you if we run into any trouble finding you.
View our pick-up locations in Reykjavík.
Before and during activities on the multi-day tours consumption of alcohol is prohibited. If we suspect that a participant is intoxicated, we will prohibit them from joining the activity.
After the activities of the day are finished, you are welcome to have a drink and relax.
Yes, we do. Langjökull Ice Cave is a magical experience, the tour has no minimum age and is a wonderful option for the whole family. Whale Watching with our partner company Elding has been a favourite with families traveling with young children, these guys have a great success rate in seeing whales (upwards of 98% in the summertime).
Another option would be the Landmannalaugar Safari on this tour you get to explore parts of the Icelandic highlands and bathe in natural hot springs. Most of our jeep tours are also suitable for children over the age of 6 years old. If you would like a nice and relaxing experience we would also recommend the Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon tour.
Your safety is our number one priority! Keeping this in mind, Arctic Adventures reserves the right to adjust the itinerary and/or take different routes depending on conditions. Please read more information in our cancellation policy.
Yes, there is a specially trained and certified guide on each of our tours. The only exception to this is for our self-drive tours.
All of our tours are guided in English.
No, for all your questions and concerns you would need to contact our customer service.
The standard in Iceland is 230V and 50Hz and we use F-type power sockets and plugs, so you might have to bring an adaptor if you are visiting from UK, USA, Canada or other countries using a different voltage, Hz or plugs.
Our tours are split into four different categories that help participants to understand what to expect from the tour. The categories are Easy, Moderate, Challenging and Demanding. Each tour is rated making it easier to find tours that suit you.
For further information about the difficulty ratings and descriptions.
We’ve partnered with the Kolviður Fund in a new carbon offsetting program, which passengers can select to participate in at the time of booking.
The Kolviður Fund is the oldest, most respected carbon offsetting program in Iceland. With your support, one tree will be planted in special Kolviður forests in Iceland to carbon offset your tour with us.
Kolviður forests are strategically planted to absorb the maximum amount of CO2 and the forests are protected for a minimum of 60 years. During their lifetime the trees absorb carbon and store it in their root system, trunk, and branches. Trees also prevent soil erosion and maintain storage of carbon in the soil.
Yes, we offer the tour Golden Circle small group tour which is basically the Golden Circle with some extra stops. This tour is focusing on sightseeing and the history of Iceland. Our stops are Gullfoss waterfall, Þingvellir national park (home to one of the first parliaments of the world), Geysir hot spring area and the historic Skálholt cathedral. View Golden Circle Tours.
We offer numerous options to spice up your Golden Circle tour and to make the most of your day. Here is a list of all of some great tours.
All year around options: