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Horse Riding & Snorkeling Tour

Horseback Riding in the Icelandic nature & Snorkeling in Silfra fissure

Trot, gallop, and tölt through a volcanic moonscape, then explore an underwater canyon between continental plates!

Horse-Riding Snorkeling
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The ultimate Icelandic experince! On this popular tour, you will ride an Icelandic horse through the beautiful nature in the outskirts of Reykjavík as well as visit the UNESCO world heritage site of Thingvellir National Park. There you will snorkel in the crystal clear water of Silfra fissure, between the 2 continents of America and Europe.

  • Availability

    All year

  • Duration

    9am - 5pm

  • Duration Overwrite

  • Level

    Moderate

  • Pickup

    Yes

  • Meet on location

    No

  • Min. Age

    12 years

  • Ratio

    1:6

  • Departs from Overwrite

  • Price from

    30.490 27.441 ISK

Tour highlights
Small Group Experience
Snorkeling Between the Tectonic Plates
Thingvellir National Park
Horseback Riding on an Icelandic Horse
Included
Pick-up & drop off from Reykjavík
English Speaking Tour Guide
Guided Horseback Riding Tour
Certified PADI Diveguide / Divemaster
All Necessary Snorkeling Gear
All Required Safety Equipment
Silfra Admission Fee
Guided Snorkeling Tour
Hot Chocolate & Cookies
Free WiFi on Board Your Bus

This tour is a combo tour with pick-up from Reykjavik.

Your tour begins when you are picked up from your hotel in Reykjavík and driven to Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site for your first adventure of the day. In the national park, lies Silfra fissure one of Iceland‘s otherwordly  sites that is famous for its heavenly shades of blue. The crystal clear water in the deep fissure gives you a feeling of being weightless as you float down the lazy current. With more than 100 meters of visibility under the water, it is a sight not easily forgotten! The snorkeling is a relaxing but exotic trip in an unbelievably beautiful environment.

Horseback riding at the beautiful Laxnes farm will be your second adventure. From Silfra your  guide will drive you directly to the farm for a 1.5-2 hour horseback riding adventure. The farm is located in the historic Mosfellsdalur valley, a home to wonderful Icelandic horses, green fields and geothermal energy. The Icelandic horse has gained notice worldwide for its extraordinary personality and the unique 4th gait tölt. Tölt is softer than most other gaits and an amazing experience to try.

After the riding tour your riding guide will drive you back to Reykjavik.


Pick-up information

Pick-up starts at 08:30 am. Please be ready at your pick-up location at the given time and keep a lookout for our guides and car. Note that the pick up can take up to 30 min.
Available pick-up points: Arctic Adventures’s pick-up list.


Practical information

Age limit: 12 years old.
Weight limit: 45-120 kg
Height limit: 150 cm-190 cm

Need glasses?
You will be wearing a snorkeling mask while in the water and you won’t be able to wear your glasses underneath. So unless you are bringing your own prescription mask we recommend that you acquire contact lenses for your snorkeling tour.

Remember to bring: Warm outdoor clothing depending on the weather at the time, waterproof pants and jacket, headwear and gloves. Good hiking shoes are recommended.

Note: Lunch is not included in the tour. We recommend you bring a sandwich or some snack to eat between the 2 activities.

What if I don’t own all of these clothing necessaries?
Don’t worry, you can always rent sturdy hiking shoes, waterproof jacket and pants in the booking process. We do not rent gear from location.

How is it best to be ready for a pick-up for a tour with Arctic Adventures?

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.

Can I drink alcohol before or during Arctic Adventures tours?

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.

Do you offer any family friendly tours, for younger children?

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 Special Tours, 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 summer time).

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.

Can the itinerary for the tour change?

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.

Is there a guide on each Arctic Adventures tour?

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.

What type of power outlets are used in Iceland? Do I need to bring an adapter?

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.

How are the tours rated in terms of difficulty?

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.

 

What is the best way to prepare for the tour?

All relevant information for the tour can be found in our snorkelling handbook.

Can I bring my camera on my snorkeling tour?

Yes, you can bring a camera, but if it is not waterproof it will get ruined, so we would recommend that it is waterproof.

Where is the meeting point for the snorkeling tours at Þingvellir?

If you plan to drive and meet us on location, the meeting point is at the Silfra car park, in Thingvellir National Park.

GPS: 64°15’23.508″N 21°6’58.676″W

Note that the National Park charges a small parking fee of 500 ISK.

We kindly ask you to be at the Silfra car park 15 Minutes prior to your tour starts.

Do you offer photos from the snorkeling tour?

Our guides normally have an underwater camera and usually takes photos during the tour. If you are interested in photos please let your guide know before you go to the water.

You can then buy the photos from your guide at the end of the tour, for a price of 3 900 ISK, which includes all the photos from that day. Kindly note that photos cannot be guaranteed. Our customer’s safety and wellbeing is our first priority, and therefore the guide will focus on snorkelers as a priority when in the water and taking photo’s when everyone is comfortable.

Can I wear glasses on a snorkeling tour in Silfra?

Unfortunately, glasses don’t create a seal between your face and the mask. We recommend wearing contact lenses instead.

I am pregnant, can I participate in the snorkeling tour?

You are not able to participate in the snorkelling tour if you are pregnant.

Do I need to be able to understand and communicate in English in order to participate in the tour?

Yes, it is snorkelling that you can both understand and communicate in English in order to participate in the tour.

Can we do snorkeling and diving at the same time?

Some snorkelling tours match with a dive tour, and then you will be in the same area at the same time. You will, however, be in separate groups with separate guides, and won’t be in the water exactly at the same time.

Are there any weight restrictions to participate in the snorkeling tours?
The minimum height is:
  • 150 cm (4’9)
The minimum weight is:
  • 45 kg (99 lbs)

The maximum height is:
  • 200 cm (6’5)
The maximum weight is:
  • 120 kg (265 lbs)
Do I need to know how to swim in order to participate in the tour?

You need to know how to swim independently in order to enjoy this adventure.

What is snorkelling in Iceland like?

When snorkelling in Iceland you will be wearing a dry suit, hood and gloves made of neoprene, along with fins, mask and snorkel. This equipment will make it not only possible but also very enjoyable, to stay in the water despite the low temperature. It is a fantastic experience.

Do I need any previous experience?

No, you don’t need any previous experience of snorkeling, but it is important that you can swim independently and that you are comfortable in the water.

What clothing should I wear?

Please wear or bring some long underwear and some warm socks. Wool or fleece is the best material to wear. You will be wearing your long underwear and warm socks under the dry suit.

Will I stay dry in the water?

The idea behind the dry suit is that it should keep your body dry. We are using top quality dry suits from respected manufacturers. It is good to know that there is always a small risk that water can enter the dry suit. This is not dangerous, but can feel a little cold. We recommend you bring a spare set of clothes and a towel, just in case. Kindly note that your hands and face will get wet, which is completely normal and not actually that cold.

What equipment do you provide?

We provide undergarment and neoprene dry suits from Waterproof and 0’Three. We also provide neoprene hood and neoprene wet gloves to protect your head and hands from the cold. You will also be given fins, mask and snorkel.

How many snorkelers will be on each tour?

Our client to guide ratio is one guide for every 6 snorkelers.

What is the temperature in Silfra Fissure?

The water temperature is 2-4 degrees C (35-37 degrees F) all year round. The water comes from the Langjökull glacier which keeps it nice and cool, and very refreshing!

What kind of dry suits do you provide?

We use high quality neoprene dry suits from Waterproof International and O´Three.

Disclaimer
All our tours are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. Arctic Adventures does not assume any responsibility for accidents that are caused by its customers or can be traced to their own actions. Participants have to sign a waiver before undertaking all trips stating that they realize that all outdoor activities carry an inherent risk.

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