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Horse Riding in Reykjavik & Northern Lights Hunt

Ride a unique Icelandic horse then chase the Aurora Borealis

Join us in Reykjavik for a peaceful horse ride and then chase this heavenly light show that illuminates the Arctic night sky.

Horse-Riding Northern-Lights Sightseeing Tours
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This wonderful day tour combines a relaxing horse ride close to Reykjavik, followed by an evening chasing the Northern Lights. If you’re visiting Iceland during the winter months, then this tour is an absolute must.

  • Availability

    Sept. - Apr.

  • Duration

    ~11 hours

  • Duration Overwrite

  • Level

    Easy

  • Pickup

    Yes

  • Meet on location

    No

  • Min. Age

    8 years

  • Departs from

    Reykjavik

  • Departs from Overwrite

  • Price from

    19.990 ISK

Tour highlights
Small Group Experience
The Icelandic Horse
Mt. Helgafell
Bláfjöll (Blue Mountains)
The Northern Lights
Guided Tour in a Minibus
Budget Option
Iceland Countryside
Included
Pick-up & drop off from Reykjavík
Specially Trained Horse Riding Guide
1,5-2 Hour Guided Horseback Riding
All Required Safety Equipment (Riding Helmets, Rubber Boots, & Rainwear)
Hot Drinks
Minibus Transport
Expert Northern Lights Guide
Northern Lights Photos
English Speaking Tour Guide
Free WiFi on Board Your Bus

Horse Riding from Reykjavik

We’ll collect you at 13:00 from your chosen pickup point and make the scenic drive to our Íshestar stables. Your friendly guide will help you to select the right horse for your ability and help you saddle up.

We’ll be riding through the beautiful lava fields around Mt. Helgafell volcano – a volcanic wonderland that is rich in vegetation. It’s perfect for farming and it’ll give us an authentic taste of rural Icelandic life. The ride proceeds on over rolling hills to the old Kaldársel sheep corral, below the snow-capped peaks of the Bláfjöll Mountains.

Our horses follow safe paths through the splendid countryside, making the tour perfect for younger or less-experienced riders. While, the knowledgeable local guide will be with you every step of the way to tell you about all the things that you are seeing and keep you safe. 

They’ll also tell you more about your wonderful steed, and what makes Icelandic horses so unique.

When we return to the stables, we’ll enjoy a warming hot drink and get to know the horses even better. If you love horse-riding, then this is the perfect tour for you.

Northern Lights

We’ll collect you from Reykjavik and leave the lights of the city behind – heading towards the best view of the Northern Lights! The tour is a small group minibus experience, guaranteeing you the best view of the gorgeous phenomenon that is the Northern Lights.

Part of the magic of the Northern Lights is their elusiveness and the thrill of the chase is a key part of this tour. We’ll cross rolling countryside – gazing at the star-dotted sky, looking for the flicker of color that announces the arrival of an aurora. 

Our local guides will use the aurora forecast to put us in the best possible position to see them. If we’re lucky, we can watch them dance above another natural wonder, such as the gap between the continents in Þingvellir or Kirkjufell.

If the Northern Lights appear, then you’re in for a divine experience, as swirling rays of light illuminate the Arctic sky. The most common auroras are green and yellow, and to a lesser degree blue, violet and rose. Red auroras are the least common, but – fun fact – they happen in Iceland more than anywhere in the world.

Whatever color the Northern Lights take, be prepared for breathless beauty. Although we now know that auroras are caused by the refraction of light, cultures throughout the ages have associated them with the divine and you’ll instantly understand why. 

Breathtaking, spine-tingling, awe-inspiring – none of these words can come close to describing the beauty of the Northern Lights. One of our expert guides will take a photo of you and them – a memory that we guarantee that you will treasure for all time. If you want to cross the Northern Lights off of your bucket list, then this is the tour for you!

Pickup Information

  • Pickup for the horse-riding tour will begin at 13:00, please note that this process can last up to 30 minutes your patience is much appreciated. The horse-riding tour will last around 4 hours, meaning that we will drop you back in Reykjavik at around 17:00.
  • Pickup for the Northern Lights tour depends on the season – it will either be at 20:30 or 21:30, depending on how much daylight there is. Usually the Northern Lights tour lasts around 4 hours.

Practical Information

Please remember to bring:

  • The temperatures in Iceland can vary dramatically, but we always recommend bringing warm clothing for our horse-riding tours. Waterproof clothing is also essential.
  • The Northern Lights tour takes place at night and temperatures are almost certain to be extremely cold – we thoroughly recommend that you dress up as warmly as possible to maximize your enjoyment of the tour. Temperatures are likely to be below freezing and no amount of clothing is too much.

Please note

Horse riding near Reykjavik
When our horse-riding tour begins, we’ll organize the riders according to ability, to guarantee that everyone has a comfortable and fun experience. The slow group will spend most of their time walking, while the faster group will go quicker.

We recommend that children below the age of 12, stay with the slower group and that they’re accompanied by a guardian, although we may make exceptions for very experienced young riders. We always do our absolute best to ensure that all rides take place in small groups with a maximum of 20 riders.

The entire tour will take 2 hours in total and is the best way to explore the wonders that the Icelandic countryside has to offer.

The Northern Lights
The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon and we cannot guarantee that you’ll see them during the tour, however, our expert guides will use local knowledge and the aurora forecast to maximize our chances.

We may be forced to cancel the tour if the weather conditions are bad for Northern Lights watching or due to some other unforeseen circumstances. If the tour is canceled, we offer three options – a full refund, a chance to go on another Northern Lights tour or the chance to use the money as a deposit for another tour.

If the tour goes ahead and we do not see the Northern Lights, then we offer you the chance to rebook for another day. Please note that in this case, we do not offer a refund.

We may cancel the tour late, and reserve the right to cancel the tour as late as 17:00, in this case we will send you an email, or you can check the departure information on our website.

Your guide will take photos with a special camera that you can have free of charge.

Is there a weight limit to join this tour?

Yes, the weight limit for this adventure is 110 kg / 242 lbs. This is of course with the welfare of the horses in mind.

What if I don’t own all of these clothing items?

Don’t worry, you can always rent sturdy hiking shoes, waterproof jacket and pants during the booking process. We do not rent gear from locations, it must be ordered in advance.

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 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.

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.

Can the guide advise if I am eligible for rescheduling the tour and/or a refund?

No, for all your questions and concerns you would need to contact our customer service.

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.

 

How does carbon offsetting work?

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.

Will I definitely see Northern Lights on the tour?

The Northern Lights are natural phenomena and we unfortunately cannot promise you will see them. Their appearance depends upon atmospheric and weather conditions.

For more information on the Northen Lights, please have a look at our Northern Lights information.

What are the best camera settings for photographing the Northern Lights?

Unfortunately, there isn’t just one simple answer to this question.

There isn’t just one single setting for your camera that ensures great photos.  But if you have manual options, you are probably best served with experimenting with various combinations of ISO, aperture, and exposure settings. As a rule of thumb, ISO setting between 800 and 3200, aperture between f/2.8 and f/5.6, and shutter speed at between 15 seconds and 30 seconds have proven effective.

A good thing to keep in mind, ISO setting between 800 and 3200, aperture between f/2.8 and f/5.6, and shutter speed between 15 seconds and 30 seconds have given great results.

Different combinations may give very different results. Higher ISO setting will allow you to capture faster exposures, but the downside to this might be for example grainier images.

If the shutter speed is above 15 seconds it will result in a slight star movement.

Wider angle lenses are usually more versatile in low light settings, but longer lenses give you different options for compositions. Make sure that you remove all lens filters, as they may distort images. You will probably get the best results with manual setting for infinite focal length

What if the Northern Lights tour goes ahead and no Northern Lights are seen?

A refund is not available if the northern lights tour goes ahead and no northern lights are seen but we do offer you the chance to join a Northern Lights Minibus tour free of charge.

Please go to My Adventures to re-book your tour.

What are my options if my Northern Lights tour is cancelled?

When Northern Lights tours are cancelled it’s usually due to unfavourable weather conditions.

In that case, your options will be to:

1. Reschedule for another day.

2. Find another tour to do and use the deposit for it.

3. Get fully refunded.

Please go to My Adventures to re-book your tour or contact us by phone +354-562-7000.

How do I know if the Northern Lights tour is on for the evening?

Like you might have heard, the northern lights are a pretty difficult thing to predict. You can check en.vedur.is to see the forecast and if the level is high and the skies are clear then it’s very likely that the tour is going. We do update our website’s tour departure sheet with the information at 17:00 pm the latest. If the tour is cancelled, you will receive an email from us.

If we think there is no chance at all of seeing the lights we will cancel the tour. We don’t want to bring you out and disappoint if there is no chance to see the lights.

Will my guide take pictures for me?

Yes, the guide will take a photo of you with the northern lights behind you. These can be single or group photo’s and free of charge.

What months can you see the northern lights?

The Northern Lights season is said to be from late August until mid-April. However, if you want to increase your chances of seeing them, it is best to wait until the clear winter months of mid-September until March.

Can you see the Northern Lights in Reykjavik?

If luck and weather are on your side, then you will be able to see the Aurora Borealis above the inviting streets of Reykjavik. Whether you see the lights or not are dependant on two different factors. The first being the weather. If the sky is clear, no clouds, then you are halfway there to seeing the astonishing spectacle that is the Northern Lights (although light pollution can sometimes be a problem). Increased solar activity is the second half so, if these two merge together you may well be able to see the Northern Lights from Reykjavik.

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