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From Reykjavík: Icelandic Horse Riding Tour in Lava Fields

1. From Reykjavík: Icelandic Horse Riding Tour in Lava Fields

Seeing Iceland’s volcanic fields on a horse, with local guides who know the area like the back of their hands on this 1.5-2 hour horse-riding excursion from Reykjavík, with optional hotel transfers. Enjoy friendly horses on excellent riding paths at the Íshestar Stables in Hafnarfjörður. Ride through lava fields and along beautiful green hillsides. Look for different rock formations in the lava while experiencing the special gait of these horses, known as tölt. The Íshestar Stables are unique in Iceland with fantastic facilities set in beautiful surroundings just outside the town of Hafnarfjörður, about a 20-minute drive from Reykjavík. The facilities and the fascinating area provide endless opportunities for riding, hiking, and other outdoor activities. The changing room of the Stables is well-equipped. All customers are provided with warm overalls, rain gear, riding boots, and helmets in their sizes. The Íshestar staff take pride in finding horses to suit individual needs, as well as secure the safety of everybody.

Reykjavík: Volcano Eruption Site and Reykjanes Hiking Tour

2. Reykjavík: Volcano Eruption Site and Reykjanes Hiking Tour

Update August 9th: The flow of new lava at Litli-Hrutur has stopped, at least for the time being. The area is still smoldering and is fascinating to visit. After a period on calm following eruption in 2012 and 2022, the Reykjanes Peninsula has awoken once more. In mid-July, a new volcano at Litli Hrutur erupted spewing lava and smoke over a vast area. Discover the beauty of volcanic landscapes in the Geldingadalur Valley on this day trip from Reykjavík. Walk past the eruption site Meradalir and Fagraadalsfjall Volcano areas to see the new lava fields. Capture photos at locations like Lake Kleifarvatn, The Bridge between Continents, and Gunnuhver Hot Springs. Start with a pickup in Reykjavík before heading on a scenic drive surrounded by breathtaking views. Stop by Lake Kleifarvatn to take in the black sand beach and surrounding mountains. Lace up your hiking boots and begin the long walk towards Litli Hrutur, north of Meradalir. Please note that the hike is of moderate to hard difficulty and takes around 2 hours each way. But please note that the route we take can vary depending on conditions on the day. We will always take you to the safest viewing point. This is a good moment to eat your packed lunch. Drive the Reykjanes Peninsula, where volcanoes have shaped the area, with immense ancient lava fields now covered by soft green lava moss. Continue to the Gunnuhver Hot Springs to breathe in steam from the boiling waters. Make your way to the oldest lighthouse in Iceland Reykjanes Lighthouse. Admire the cliffs and sea stacks formed by the Atlantic Ocean at the Valhnúkamöl Boulder Ridge. Finally, see the Bridge Between Continents which crosses a rift between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates. Get a picture of you walking across the bridge before returning to Reykjavík.

From Reykjavík: Volcanoes and Blue Lagoon Day Trip

3. From Reykjavík: Volcanoes and Blue Lagoon Day Trip

Update August 9th: The flow of new lava at Litli-Hrutur has stopped, at least for the time being. The area is still smoldering and is fascinating to visit. Enjoy the mountain views at Lake Kleifarvatn and hike to the erupting volcano at Litli Hrutur volcano on this day trip from Reykjavík. Have the option to select pickup and drop-off. Unwind after your hike with a soak in the Blue Lagoon and a complimentary drink. Start your adventure with a pickup in Reykjavík and head towards the Reykanes Peninsula. Peer out of the window to a landscape of mossy-covered lava fields, geothermal fields, fishing villages, breathtaking coastal features, and mountain lakes. Explore hot springs and the black basalt beach of Lake Kleifarvatn. In July 2023, a new volcanic fissure opened in the hills of Reykjanes. Hike past to the 2021 eruption site at Fagradalsfjall Volcano in Geldingadalur valley. The hike takes about 2 hours each way on generally flat terrain. You won´t regret the effort though as you are rewarded with a stunning display of natural force. Witness newly formed lava descending from the volcano into old lava moss and rocks. After the unforgettable experience, hike back down the valley once more. Your bones might be weary so ending your day by relaxing in the Blue Lagoon is the perfect medicine. Let the warm healing geothermal waters soften your muscles and soul after your volcanic experience.

Aurora Basecamp: Northern Lights Nighttime Observation Tour

4. Aurora Basecamp: Northern Lights Nighttime Observation Tour

When the conditions are right you will be able to experience the breathtaking beauty of the Northern Lights at Aurora Basecamp, located just 30 minutes drive from Reykjavik. Please note transfer is not included. When and if the time comes, and the Northern Lights light up the night sky, head out to witness the Aurora Borealis in all its glory. Upon arrival, meet your guide at the entrance of the dome and enjoy a welcome hot chocolate to warm up. Then, wander through a small exhibition together with your guide and learn all there is to know about the Northern Lights and how to spot them. As you wait for the magic to happen, wander in and out of the heated lounge, or have a seat outside by the fire pits. Feel free to ask your guide any questions you may have or for help getting the perfect photograph.

Hafnarfjörður: Horseback Riding Tour in Reykjavik Area

5. Hafnarfjörður: Horseback Riding Tour in Reykjavik Area

Start your day off with a horse riding adventure in Iceland and explore the unspoiled beauty of its nature in comfort. Our horse riding tour is designed especially for beginners, who want to experience the thrill of riding the amazing Icelandic horse while enjoying the breathtaking scenery around them. Led by experienced guides, you will take a ride through moss-covered lava fields and along riding paths, surrounded by stunning vistas of Iceland's nature, like the panoramic view of the majestic Bláfjöll mountains. Our guides will ensure that you feel safe and comfortable during the ride, and will make sure that you have plenty of opportunities to get to know the Icelandic horse. After the tour, we invite you to relax and enjoy complimentary coffee, tea, and hot chocolate at our stables. Our friendly staff will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the Icelandic horse, its history, and its unique characteristics.

From Reykjavik: Reykjanes Geopark Small-Group Tour

6. From Reykjavik: Reykjanes Geopark Small-Group Tour

Discover Iceland's "melting pot" where geothermal energy, seismic activity, and tectonic movements can all be found on this small-group half-day tour. After being picked up in downtown Reykjavík, travel by minibus to the peninsula. Before long, the beautiful Kleifarvatn and Graenavatn lakes will appear in front of you. Have your cameras ready to frame the unique beauty of these Icelandic scenes, both here and when you arrive at the Krysuvik geothermal area. Visit Reykjanesviti lighthouse where you can spot various bird species or simply enjoy the Atlantic ocean.  The tour is perfect if you want to experience the rugged beauty of Iceland before boarding your flight. The bus will be make an optional drop-off at Keflavik International Airport as well as the Blue Lagoon. Expect to return to Reykjavik by around 3:30 PM. Please note: Due to the current earthquake and possible eruption, Grindavik and the surrounding area is now closed. We will be visitng the following location instead: - Brimketill lava rock cliffs and breaking waves - we will now take the north coastal road to Vogar - Gunnuhver steaming mud pools - we will visit Narjarvik and look at the Viking Long Ship - Reykjanesvíti Lighthouse and bird cliffs - we will now drive into Keflavik and visit the Troll lady in her cave - The Bridge between the continents we will now find lunch - Drop off to Blue Lagoon - there will be now option of a free drop off at Sky Lagoon

From Reykjavík: Viking Horseback Tour in Hafnarfjörður

7. From Reykjavík: Viking Horseback Tour in Hafnarfjörður

The Íshestar Stables is set in the lovely countryside just outside the town of Hafnarfjörður, which is around a 10-minute drive from Reykjavík. The facilities and the surrounding area provide endless opportunities for horse riding, hiking, and other outdoor activities. The Centre welcomes individuals, families, and groups of all kinds who want to enjoy themselves outdoors. The Viking Tour Express horse riding excursion is offered daily at 13:00, throughout the year. This 5-hour trip is only recommended for strong intermediate riders. Riders need to be comfortable and in control at all paces. The amount of actual riding time is around 2.5-3 hours, including stops. The minimum age for participation is 12 years. All guests are provided with warm overalls, raingear, riding boots, and helmets in the appropriate size. The Íshestar staff take pride in finding horses to suit individual needs as well as ensure the safety of all participants. Please note that backpacks, bags, or large cameras cannot be taken with you on the ride, but there are safety boxes at the Riding Centre where you can store valuables. For your safety please note that anyone under the influence of alcohol or intoxicating drugs will not be permitted on the riding tour. Also, due to possible damage to an unborn child in the case of an accident, pregnant women are not permitted on the tour. All guests join the riding tour of their own free will and inform the tour guide of any conditions that might affect their ability to participate in the tour. If a group is divided during the ride parents must stay in the same group as their children. Weight limit for the tour is 110 kilograms or 250 pounds.

Reykjavik: Northern Lights Tour with Private Photographer

8. Reykjavik: Northern Lights Tour with Private Photographer

Our expert guides and photographers provide unlimited amount of professional photos from the tour and ensure you go home with stunning photos of the Northern Lights and insightful knowledge of this natural wonder. To maintain an intimate and cozy experience, our tour only accommodates a maximum of 16 passengers which is a small group guarantee that is hard to find in Iceland. No more crowded tours that compromise the magic. We pride ourselves as the only northern lights operator in Iceland providing warm winter jumpsuits and outdoor chairs on location, ensuring your comfort in the chilly Arctic weather. Indulge in traditional Icelandic snacks, including dried fish, cinnamon rolls, pastries, chocolate, hot cocoa, tea and premium Icelandic Vodka and Snaps. Discover specially selected secret locations, secluded from city lights, traffic, and other tour groups, enhancing your Northern Lights experience. With meticulous attention to detail, our expert team utilizes highly advanced weather, cloud, and aurora forecasts 24/7, backed by satellite images, to enhance your chances of witnessing the lights. In the rare event that unforeseen circumstances obstruct the view, we offer unlimited re-runs until you witness the mesmerizing spectacle.

Aurora Basecamp with transfer

9. Aurora Basecamp with transfer

When the conditions are right you will be able to experience the breathtaking beauty of the Northern Lights at Aurora Basecamp, located just 30 minutes drive from Reykjavik. Transfer is included in this booking. When and if the time comes, and the Northern Lights light up the night sky, head out to witness the Aurora Borealis in all its glory. Upon arrival, meet your guide at the entrance of the dome and enjoy a welcome hot chocolate to warm up. Then, wander through a small exhibition together with your guide and learn all there is to know about the Northern Lights and how to spot them. As you wait for the magic to happen, wander in and out of the heated lounge, or have a seat outside by the fire pits. Feel free to ask your guide any questions you may have or for help getting the perfect photograph.

From Reykjavik: Reykjadalur Valley Hot Spring Hike & Bathing

10. From Reykjavik: Reykjadalur Valley Hot Spring Hike & Bathing

Embark on an extraordinary Icelandic adventure with our full-day tour, a captivating journey promising to immerse you in the stunning natural wonders surrounding Reykjavík. From the moment your day begins with a morning pick-up in Reykjavík, the stage is set for exploration, relaxation, and a memorable encounter with the unique landscapes that define Iceland's unparalleled beauty. The first chapter of our itinerary unfolds at the mesmerizing Lake Kleifarvatn. Nestled in a volcanic landscape, this ethereal lake exudes an otherworldly charm, surrounded by rugged hills and lava fields. As you take in the serene beauty, your expert guide will provide insights into Iceland's unique geology, sharing tales of the region's fascinating history and natural phenomena that have shaped this captivating land. Transitioning from Lake Kleifarvatn, our journey takes us to the Seltún Geothermal Area, where the Earth's geothermal forces are on full, captivating display. Marvel at the bubbling mud pots, hissing steam vents, and vibrant mineral deposits that collectively create a surreal and mesmerizing landscape. The ethereal atmosphere of Seltún offers a unique glimpse into the powerful geological forces that continue to shape Iceland. Our next stop is a lunch break at a charming Greenhouse in Hveragerði. Here, you can delight your taste buds with a locally sourced and freshly prepared meal amidst a thriving horticultural community. After a satisfying lunch, gear up for an exhilarating hike to Reykjadalur Valley, aptly named the "Steam Valley." Traverse picturesque landscapes, passing rolling hills and steaming vents on your way to the tour's highlight—the natural hot springs. Upon reaching Reykjadalur, immerse yourself in the warm river, surrounded by untouched nature. This unique opportunity allows you to unwind and rejuvenate in the therapeutic waters of Iceland's geothermal paradise, creating lasting memories of this extraordinary day. As the day concludes, we'll drive you back to Reykjavík, providing a peaceful journey for you to reflect on a day filled with awe-inspiring sights, culinary delights, and the rejuvenating embrace of Reykjadalur's natural hot springs. Join us for an unforgettable journey that captures the essence of Iceland's natural beauty and geothermal wonders, leaving you with a profound connection to this extraordinary land.

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What people are saying about Hafnarfjörður

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4.6
(1,655 reviews)

Super nice and helpful guides, you feel in good hands and welcome despite the large number of riding guests, very well cared for and balanced horses, high quality equipment to rent such as overalls, riding caps etc., enough time before and after the ride for hot chocolate or coffee , clear instructions and announcements, for all levels. Of course it takes a while until so many people (over twenty) are on the horse. When splitting the group, I chose the faster one, which is still a relaxed ride with nice tölt phases. I have done this tour several times, and as an experienced rider I find the Viking tour even more recommended, but again I had a great time.

We really enjoyed the tour through the beautiful lava fields! It was also great that the group split up over the course of the tour so that both beginners and advanced riders got their money's worth! We were very lucky with the weather - sunny but super cold - and the pull-on overalls you can borrow came in really handy! It was also exciting to get information about Icelandic horses! A great half-day trip for animal and horse lovers!

Reliable pick-up, delicious cocoa in advance, cozy atmosphere, friendly and helpful guides who spoke German and English, lots of good information, groups are separated according to experience, practical overalls and matching riding caps to borrow, my horse was very reliable and sociable and is usually well killed , there was also a photo stop with information and I always felt well looked after and cared for

Great horses, great guides, lovely tour with the option to choose a "fast" and a slower group. Equipment is provided. Great additional information. Horses are well looked after and are happy. Recommended!

We had the chance to split off into groups by experience so everyone’s abilities could be met. The scenery was beautiful, the guides were kind and the horses were absolutely adorable! Highly recommend.