Ride horses and watch whales on this animal lovers combo tour.
This amazing tour will show you some of the best wildlife that Iceland has to offer, allowing you to ride a traditional Viking steed across rolling Icelandic countryside before we head out to see and to see dolphins and whales frolicking amidst the ocean waves. There is nothing quite like seeing these majestic giants of the deep in their natural habitat and it is a worthy addition to everyone’s bucket list. If you love wildlife and the natural world then you are sure to enjoy this incredible tour, so don’t delay, book it today!
Meet on location
Departs from Overwrite
- Tour highlights
- Horse riding
- Icelandic horses
- Whale watching
- Bird watching
- Transfers to and from the Riding Center
- Horse riding
- Riding helmets, rubber boots
- Rain wear or a warm outfit
- English speaking guidance throughout
- English speaking guidance *ride only*
The day begins when we collect you from your Reykjavik accommodation and make the scenic drive to our riding center, situated in the rolling green Icelandic countryside. Once there your friendly guide will provide you with all the equipment that you need and give you a short safety talk. Then, once everyone is ready, we will climb aboard the horses and begin our ride across the Icelandic countryside.
Iceland’s horses are completely unique, due to their isolation from horses on the mainland, meaning that you will genuinely be riding the same horses that Vikings did. They are especially famous for the one-of-a-kind gait, called the tolt, that causes them to always have one hoof on the ground. Our exhilarating ride will take us across rustic Icelandic countryside that has been tended by farmers for generations, providing us with a unique insight into how normal Icelanders live. Our friendly guide will also be delighted to answer any questions you might have on the horses or the many amazing things that you are seeing.
We will then collect you from the riding center and drive back to Reykjavik harbor, where we will board a vessel and head out to Faxaflói Bay to see some of the world’s most beautiful marine creatures. Sea life abounds in the bay, which when coupled with the crew’s expertise, ensures that we see something on more than 90% of our tours. These include species such as: orcas, dolphins, humpbacks and minke whales, to see these majestic creatures in the flesh is a truly incredible experience and our friendly guide will tell us everything that we need to know about them. This truly unforgettable experience will remain with you for the rest of your life and we can’t wait to share it with you!
Departures: Daily at 10:00 (all year) and 14:00 (June – through August). Pickup in Reykjavik begins at 09:00 and 13:00. This tour ends at Reykjavík Harbor after the whale safari (at approx. 16:00 for the 10:00 departure and approx. 20:00 for the 14:00 departure). You can also book a dropoff, see booking engine.
Not included: Food and drinks are available for sale on the boat.
Bring with you: Warm clothes, sturdy shoes.
You cannot take any backpacks or bags with you on the ride but there are safety boxes at the Riding Center where you can store your valuables. Maximum weight for a rider is 110kg/242lb
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 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.
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.
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.
There are a few different ways you can book our trips. First of all, you can book almost all our trips right here on our website. There is a booking window on each tour page and we do recommend that you book and pay for your trip there, preferably in good time as we keep our groups small and some tours tend to sell out.
If the trip you would like to book is not bookable online, you can call our office directly, the phone number is +354 562 7000. Another way is to send us an e-mail with an inquiry through our contact form. What we need to have is your name, how many people are in your party, where you are staying, a way of contacting you either an e-mail or a phone number and what tour you are trying to book.
- You can pay through the internet, through our website. This is by far the easiest, safest and fastest way to reserve and pay for your adventure. If you choose this way then you will receive a voucher as a confirmation via e-mail which you will need to bring with you for your trip.
- You can pay via phone, the phone number is +354 562 7000.Please Note: However you pay, you will always get a voucher: REMEMBER TO PRINT IT OUT AND BRING IT ALONG OR MAKE SURE THAT YOU CAN SHOW IT ON YOUR ELECTRONIC DEVICE!
A booking is confirmed when you receive a confirmation email. If you think you have made a booking and have not received an email confirmation, please send us an e-mail with an inquiry through our contact form, and we will figure this out together.
We process all payments in Icelandic króna (ISK). Prices in your currency might vary slightly depending on the conversion rate set by your card issuer.
Arctic Adventures is not responsible for currency changes between different currencies.
Most of our tours have no minimum but there is a minimum of 2 people for a few of our trips. If you are interested in a trip that has a minimum of 2 persons and are travelling solo we can take down your information and contact you if more people book the trip.
We, unfortunately, don’t have a waiting list for our tours but feel free to check the availability sheet on our website as all updates will automatically be made to the sheet listed in each tour‘s description. We also offer a lot of different adventure tours around Iceland so chances are that we will have a similar version of the tour that you were originally looking for.
If we cancel a tour you have booked with us you will receive a 100% refund. The refund process is different depending on the way you booked the tour.
If you booked the tour on our website we will start the refund as soon as we know you will not be rescheduling and you will receive a separate email with the confirmation once the refund has been processed. It can then take a few days for the amount to show back up on your bank account once the refund has been processed and we, therefore, ask you to be patient.
If you booked the tour through a booking agent you will need to contact them to receive the refund. We will confirm with them that the tour was cancelled and the refund process will start on their end. Arctic Adventures only receives a payment when the tour has finished, this means that your payment is still with the booking agent and therefore, the refund will be processed by them.
If you pay with you card via email or phone you will need to contact us the same way again to be refunded.
We can not accommodate a person that has not reached the age limit on the tour. We put great value towards the safety of our customers and the minimum age policy falls under this. The minimum age requirement is decided by our operational managers and is dependent on each activity and it‘s difficulty ratings and can, therefore, vary between tours. We ask you to try to understand that this is based on safety procedures and we can therefore unfortunately not make any exceptions to this rule.
Arctic Adventures is a part of VAKINN which is the official quality and environmental system within Icelandic tourism. VAKINN provides validation of insurance, safety and regulatory requirements which supports increased quality and safety within the tourism industry.
Our website shows the correct number of available seats left so we can unfortunately not accommodate you and your group if the number of your group extends the number of available seats left. It is not possible to squeeze additional participants onto the departure as we have really strict policy measures as to how many participants are assigned to each guide on our tour departures. This is of course done with our customers safety in mind, so we do hope that you understand.
We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, Diners Club for all countries.
In addition, we offer various local payment methods in many other countries such as UnionPay and JCB (Japan Credit Bureau).
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.