Golden Circle & Horseback Riding - Reykjavik

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 11 Hrs
  • Language:
  • Departure Time :
    8:00 AM Hotel pickups commence prior to this time
  • Departure Details :
    Reykjavik Terminal, Skógarhlíð 10, Reykjavík, Iceland
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Because of traffic limitations, customers staying in postcode 101 might have to make their way to the closest.. read more
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


The Golden Circle & Horses is where you will explore the world famous Golden Circle, audio guided in 10 languages, and get to know the unique Icelandic horse. From ingvellir, home to the oldest parliament in the world and where the two continents leisurely drift apart, to the one and original Geysirs geothermal area with its sprouting geysers, to the majestic Gullfoss waterfall. The day ends with a horse riding in a classic Icelandic country side. Brilliant combination!

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This is a typical itinerary for this product

Tours depart from the Reykjavik Terminal located at Skgarhl 10. Please be sure to arrive 15 minutes prior to departure along with a printed or digital copy of your ticket/voucher.
If you have booked a hotel pickup with SmartBus, please be at your chosen pickup location 30 minutes before the departure of the tour. Look for the Green SmartBus which will be outside your accommodation at within the 30 minutes of pickup.

Duration: 30 minutes

Location: Reykjavik Terminal

Located on the northern shores of ingvallavatn (Iceland's largest lake), ingvellir (anglicized as 'thingvellir') is the national pride of Iceland and our first National Park. It is, for one, a key location in Icelandic history as the oldest existing parliament in the world first assembled there in 930 AD. For this reason, ingvellir has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is, therefore, a protected national park due to its unique geology and natural features. From the viewing area, the Almannagj canyon between two tectonic plates can be seen, a visual representation of continental drift.
As the first stop along the tour, you will have an opportunity to walk through the park and use the restroom if needed.

Duration: 45 minutes

Location: Thingvellir National Park, Thingvellir, South Region

A favourite stop along the Golden Circle is the highly active Geysir Hot Spring Area with boiling mud pits and the lively Strokkur which spouts water 30 meters (100 ft) into the air every few minutes.The area became active more than 1000 years ago and comprises more than a dozen hot hot spring holes. Although one can only see steam emerging from the surface of Geysir these days, its name was adopted to represent spouting hot springs all over the world.
Along the tour, the newly opened Geysir Center offers guests and travellers a chance to use the restroom and to catch some refreshments as well as lunch.

Duration: 45 minutes

Location: Geysir Hot Springs, Geysir, South Region

As one of the most popular attractions in all of Iceland, Gullfoss is a waterfall located in the canyon of Hvt river in the southwest of the country. The beautiful Hvt river rushes southward in three steps into a narrow canyon with a breathtaking roar and grandeur. Furthermore, on clear days the magnificent Langjkull glacier, Iceland's second largest glacier, can be seen in the distance.
Guests and Travelers may use the restroom and purchase food and refreshments at this location as well.

Duration: 1 hour 5 minutes

Location: Gullfoss, Blaskogabyggd, South Region

Horseback Riding at Eldhestar
The last stop along the tour will be at Eldhestar, where you will have the chance to get closeer to these majestic animals. Along with getting acquainted with The icelandic horse, you will also have a taste of the countryside around Hverageri. Children can be lead by staff at Eldhester if needed. Enjoy the day with Iceland's famous and charming animal. After a 1 hr ride, you will be brought back to Reykjavik by the Eldhestar staff.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes



In-bus audio guide with a choice of 10 languages (English, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Finnish)

English-speaking local guide

Hotel drop-off

Free WiFi on board

USB charging port in every seat

All necessary equipment for the horseback riding

Entry/Admission - Thingvellir National Park

Entry/Admission - Geysir Hot Springs

Entry/Admission - Gullfoss

Entry/Admission - ELDHESTAR


Food and drinks

Headphones / earbuds for the on-board audio guide (please bring your own; or, they are available for purchase on site)

Hotel pickup is not included with your purchase. SmartBus hotel pickup is available at extra cost.

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Not wheelchair accessible

Dress according to weather: In Iceland it is always wise to dress in warm, waterproof clothes. Weather changes can be sudden so expect the unexpected. Bring a waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves. Good outdoor shoes are recommended

It is recommended that you bring your own headphones for the on board audio guide simply because they will fit you best. It is also great for the environment. If you dont have your headphones or forgot to bring them, earphones are available to purchase on board (own expense)

Children must be accompanied by an adult

Because of traffic limitations, customers staying in postcode 101 might have to make their way to the closest pick-up spot. Your hotel receptionist can help you find out which one that is. If you are staying in a private accommodation, please contact the local supplier

Please note: pickup is not available from Airbnb or private housing. Please contact the operator for information information on the nearest pick up location to your accommodation

Audio-guide languages available: English, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Finnish

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

Traveler Reviews

  • 11-Mar-2019

    BEWARE: I was looking forward to going through the lava fields on horseback, however all we did was walk around in a big circle around the barn. I would have booked another place if I knew the truth of what we were going to do.

  • 07-Apr-2018

    The morning starts with the Golden Circle tour. This hits a lot a lot of the beautiful sites you expect to see in Iceland. You are given plenty of time at each location to explore and experience the surroundings. In the afternoon you are dropped off for horseback riding at a local horse farm. For us the horseback ride was about 1 hour and was really amazing. The staff at the farm were all very friendly and walked us through the history of the the Icelandic horse which was interesting to learn. We did not have any previous experience riding horses which was not a problem. Would definitely recommend this combo tour for trips to Iceland! This was probably our favorite day of the trip.

  • 26-Mar-2018

    Sooo... cold. But so beautiful. Ride horses used on Game of Thrones on a leisurely country ride. Great horses.

  • 25-Mar-2018

    Was a great experience I would Highly Recommend it for everyone! Breath taking views of everything and the guides were very knowledgeable and mentioned interesting facts about the scenery and Iceland. riding the horses was awesome.