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"From Geysers to Mountains" Horse Riding Tour Iceland

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This tour is ideal for those who would like to enjoy the Icelandic horse for a couple of days in amazing landscape. On this riding tour, you will join the last two days of the popular Golden Circle tour where you will ride through green pastures of Brúarhlöð canyon and cross the mighty Hvítá river. Follow excellent riding paths to Hrunaheiði heath and past the Mt. Galtafell where you will witness breathtaking scenery of the southern countryside of Iceland!

Key information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 242 pounds / 110 kilograms
  • Horse Breed: Icelandic horse


  • 2 days of riding
  • Approximate total riding distance: 70 kilometers
  • Rainwear, water bottle, saddlebag, and riding helmet are included
  • Transfer from Reykjavík to the farm is included
  • Entrance fee to Secret Lagoon is included
  • Daily full board meals are provided
  • 1 night accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate


2 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 20 participants
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Kálfhóll Farm is home to Gestur and Margrét horse farmers. They have been operating riding tours for many years now and during the wintertime, they are breeding horses. The horses from Kálfhóll farm are very popular for breeding and sought after.

Gestur and Margrét live in Kálfhóll farm in south Iceland. The farm is situated in the beautiful Skeiða and Hrunamannahreppi shire. All around the farm you can see gorgeous countryside where we start the ride. Nearby the farm is the most stunning attractions in South Iceland. The Golden Circle consists of Þingvellir national park, the hot spring area Geysir and the mighty waterfall Gullfoss. Þjórsá the longest river in Iceland 212km coming from the glacier Hofsjökull, the glacier river Hvítá.

You can see the queen of volcanic mountains Hekla in distance and nearby is Þjórsárdalur valley where the famous tv shows Game of Thrones where shot. Þjórsárdalur is known for a natural wonder as Gjáin, the waterfalls Háifoss, Hjálparfoss f.ex.


Participants on this tour will be joining the last two days on Íslandshestar's longer Golden Circle Tour.

Day 1: Thursday: Geysir - Tungufellsdalur - Kaldbakur - Guesthouse Blesastaðir (Riding Distance: Approximately 30 kilometers)

You will be picked up between 8 to 9 a.m. from pick up points in Reykjavik. Drive to the Geysir area where the horses and staff are waiting for you. Please dress already in riding clothes. After an introduction to the Icelandic horse and its special gaits, start your ride along green pastures to the bridge at Brúarhlöð canyon where you will cross the mighty Hvítá River.

Now, head towards the interior and follow the beautiful Tungufellsdalur valley onto Hrunaheiðar heath plateau and experience riding along the edge of civilization. The horses will spend the night at Kaldbakur Farm, you will be driven to the Secret Lagoon for a relaxing bath in the geothermal pool and then drive to the Blesastaðir Guesthouse where you will spend the night, there is a hot tub on-site!

Day 2: Friday: Guesthouse Blesastaðir - Kaldbakur - Hrepphólar - Kálfhóll - Reykjavík (Riding Distance: Approximately 40 kilometers)

Your second day of riding includes yet again terrific scenery. Today, follow good riding tracks past Mt. Galtafell and see the amazing basalt columns at Hrepphólar. Cross River Laxá before you reach Sandlækjarmýri. Turn towards the banks of Thjórsá River and follow them to Kálfhóll Farm. Here, say goodbye to your guides, staff, and horses and return to Reykjavík, approximate arrival is at 8 p.m.

PLEASE NOTE: Íslandshestar reserves the right to alter the itinerary if necessary.


Luggage will be transported in the kitchen van.

  • Bring bags rather than hard cover suitcases.
  • Pack light because transport space is limited.

Changing horses

Usually, you will change horses once or twice a day. On most of the longer tours, Íslandshestar herds spare horses along in a free running herd, the traditional way of riding in Iceland; all tours of the three and four-horse categories are operated that way. For tours of the two-horse category, guides may lead spare horses for parts of the ride.


This tour is for intermediate riders who are comfortable for long hours in the saddle.

Meeting place

You will be picked up at the BSÍ Bus station in Reykjavik.


On this riding holiday, you will ride through the green pastures of Brúarhlöð canyon and cross the mighty Hvítár river. You will follow excellent riding paths to Hrunaheiði heath and past the Mount Galtafell where you'll witness breathtaking scenery of the southern countryside of Iceland.


On the first day, a welcome dinner at Kálfhóll Farm will be held and during the ride, full board is provided. Íslandshestar's menu consists of a large breakfast and traditional Icelandic meals (fish or lamb). Vegetarian meals are available if requested when booking. You will make your own packed lunch from the breakfast table. Moreover, please note that alcoholic beverages are not included in the tour price and are hard to get in the highlands. They can be bought at a reasonable price in the Duty-Free Store at Keflavík International Airport (KEF) upon arrival.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 2 horse riding days
  • 1 night accommodation
  • Entrance fee to Secret Lagoon included
  • Use of rainwear, water bottle, saddlebag, and riding helmet
  • Daily full board meals
  • Transfer from Reykjavík to the farm
  • VAT and taxes

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Individual travel insurance

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Keflavík International Airport (KEF).

Arrival by bus

You can book your Flybus ticket to and from Reykjavík. The Flybus departs from Keflavík International Airport (KEF) 35 to 40 minutes after each arrival. Busses are located right outside the terminal building. Íslandshestar will pick you up at BSÍ Bus station in Reykjavik or at Reykjavik official bus stops near your accommodation between 18:00 to 19:00.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 14 days before arrival.

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This vacation is available from June to September, please select an arrival date below.


Low season


  • Rest of the year


High season


  • June 26 to August 19, 2022



Special discount

Children under 12 years old will receive 25% discount on Íslandshestar’s multi-day tours.

Families with three or more members of parents and children 12 to 18 years old traveling together can avail of the 5% discount. This discount is not applicable if the children’s discount is used for one family member.

Returning customers will receive a 5% loyal discount.

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