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Icelandic Horse Riding and Whale Watching Tour from Reykjavik

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Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
Icelandic Horse Riding and Whale Watching Tour from Reykjavik

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icon5 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
iconOffered in: English

Overview

Enjoy unforgettable adventure in Iceland’s great outdoors on this 5.5-hour horse-riding and whale-watching tour from Reykjavik. Follow your guide through Iceland’s lava fields on horseback and gain insight into the country’s native horse breeds. Explore trails through the wild moorland and enjoy panoramic views over the rugged terrain. Afterward, hop aboard your whale watching boat and cruise out onto the waves. Watch the water for sightings of whales, porpoises and dolphins, and keep your eyes on the skies for birdlife. With your camera to hand, capture Iceland’s wildlife through your lens.
  • Icelandic horseback riding and whale watching tour from Reykjavik
  • Enjoy a 1.5-2 hours ride on a hardy Icelandic horse
  • Ride through wild moors, hills and remote lava fields
  • Take a 3-3.5 hours whale watching cruise from Reykjavik Old Harbor
  • Speed across the waves to the whale watching sites in just 20 minutes
  • Watch for minke and humpback whales, white-beaked dolphins, porpoises and more
  • Learn about Iceland’s whales and other sea life from the onboard commentary

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

See some of Iceland's most popular wildlife on land and at sea while enjoying beautiful natural surroundings.
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Professional guide on both tours
Use of riding helmet, rubber boots, and rainwear/warm clothing during the ride
Use of warm overalls during the boat tour
Coffee, tea, and hot chocolate after your horse riding tour
Onboard Wi-Fi
Free ticket to try again if nothing is seen on your whale watching tour!
Food and drinks (unless otherwise stated)
Gratuities
Hotel transfers (available for an additional fee - please contact supplier directly).

Departure Point

Sörlaskeið 26, 220 Hafnarfjörður, Iceland

If you would like the optional hotel pick-up for an additional fee (2.500 ISK per person), Íshestar will pick you up starting at 9:00. If you are self-driving we kindly ask that you arrive to the stables no later than 9:30. The stables are a 20 minute drive from the city center.

Departure Time

10:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in a variety weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Please note that sightings of wildlife cannot be guaranteed - if there are no sightings on your tour you will receive a complimentary ticket to try again on the next available day!
  • Hotel pick up: please contact supplier directly to confirm pick-up details if you would like to purchase hotel transfers.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 5 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Special Tours Iceland
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Icelandic Horse Riding and Whale Watching Tour from Reykjavik?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Icelandic Horse Riding and Whale Watching Tour from Reykjavik.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Icelandic Horse Riding and Whale Watching Tour from Reykjavik?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Icelandic Horse Riding and Whale Watching Tour from Reykjavik.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Icelandic Horse Riding and Whale Watching Tour from Reykjavik?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Icelandic Horse Riding and Whale Watching Tour from Reykjavik.

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  • "Dress very warm even if hot when getting on boat, though they do provide warm suits." See review

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star-4
Fab thing to do
Charlotte_H
, Nov 2021
Lovely group of girls at this riding centre. The Icelandic horses are gorgeous and we had a really fun couple of hours riding. Well organised, friendly and fun. Can highly recommend
star-5
The while thing was...
Susan_F
, Oct 2021
The while thing was completely amazing! We had so much fun and we would absolutely recommend it to anyone.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thank you so much for your review! We're glad that you enjoyed both the horse riding with our partners, and our whale watching tour. We will pass the kind words along :) Thank you for sailing with Special Tours, and we hope that you enjoyed the rest of your stay in Iceland. Kind regards, Special Tours Crew
star-5
Great ride and wonderful horses.
Layne_S
, Oct 2021
The horseback riding was wonderful. The horses are a delight and the guides were very good. Scenery was spectacular. Unfortunately the whale watching was cancelled. Hopefully the partial refund process will go smoothly.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thank you for your review! We're glad that you enjoyed the horse riding tour with our partner, but are sorry to hear that the whale watching tour was cancelled due to weather. You should have already received your refund, but if not please let us know and we will be happy to look into this for you. Have a great day, Kind regards, Special Tours Crew
star-5
Enjoyed this combination
Diane_F
, Sep 2021
We actually saw 2 Humpback whales breach - so that was awesome. Riding the Icelandic Horses was a unique experience and I’m glad we went.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Thank you for your review! We're glad that you enjoyed your Horse Riding & Whale Watching combo tour. We will let our partners at the riding company know that you enjoyed their part of the tour as well. Humpback whales are one of the most common species we see in the bay, and this has been a great summer/autumn season for humpback sightings. Thank you for sailing with Special Tours, and we hope that you enjoyed the rest of your stay in Iceland! Kind regards, Special Tours Crew
star-5
Outstanding 2-for-1
Sam
, Jul 2021
An outstanding experience for both beginner and experienced riders. The horses are absolutely beautiful (and yes, if I could take one home I would). The guides combine professionalism and knowledge with friendliness making the ride wonderful. I vould have ridden all day, especially since the weather was so cooperative. Easy and convenient transport from city hotel back to Old Harbour for whale watching tour. Complimentary drinks after ride and and small gift shop to remeber experience along with photos. The whale watching is about a 3 - 3 1/2 hour crusie on multi-level ship with very good viewing access. The guide was very knowledgeable (and funny). While the weather was not so cooperative (fog) we did sort of see the minke whale and some dolphins and puffins. Because the view was not the best, ticket holders are given opportunity to return to try again as long as company, Special Tours, in business. Even with poor weather, the cruise was nice. Dress very warm even if hot when getting on boat, though they do provide warm suits. Also, can get warm in the enclosed ship's cafe which serves hot, soft and alcoholic drinks along with snacks. Don't pass-up the waffle dressed the Icelandic way with rhubarb sauce and chantilly. Also, in the cafe is a souvenir shop. Highly recommend this 2-for-1 tour.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thank you so much for your review! We're glad that you enjoyed your horse riding tour with our partners - we love to go horseback riding with them whenever we can, it's an amazing tour! We're sorry to hear that the weather didn't entirely cooperate during your whale watching tour but are glad that you were still able to see some wildlife and enjoyed the experience. The offer to come back again never expires so just send us a message the next time you'd like to try whale watching! Thank you for sailing with us, and we hope that you enjoyed the rest of your stay in Iceland. Kind regards, Special Tours Crew
star-5
Horseback riding .
lawrence_m
, Jun 2021
Sarah, the tour guide for the horseback riding made it a very fun and relaxing experience. This was a great intro into Iceland and horseback riding for beginners! Me and my brother absolutely loved this event .
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Thank you so much for your review! We're glad that you enjoyed your tour with our partners at Íshestar and will pass along the kind words. We hope you also enjoyed your Whale Watching tour with us :) Thank you for sailing with Special Tours, and we hope that you enjoyed the rest of your stay in Iceland! Kind regards, Special Tours Crew
star-5
Great fun
Martin_W
, Jul 2020
Great fun. We had only little riding experience. Two adults and a mature 11-year old. The nicest riding guides that speak Danish. Whale watching was beautiful. Both places gives you access to photos of your tour.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2020
Thank you for your review! We're glad that you and your family enjoyed both our whale watching tour, and the horse riding tour with our partner. Thank you for choosing Special Tours, and we hope that you enjoyed the rest of your time in Iceland!

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