Golden Circle

This tour was nominated by CNNgo as one of the greatest horse treks in the world! There is no better way to visit the hot springs area of Geysir and the Golden Waterfall – Gullfoss – than by riding through the lovely countryside of South Iceland.

Horse riding in Golden Circle Iceland

This tour was nominated by CNNgo as one of the 15 greatest horse treks in the world!

What better or more unique way to do the popular Golden Circle Tour than by riding the Icelandic horse through the lovely countryside of South Iceland. The three key attractions on this classic tour are the hot spring area of Geysir, Gullfoss or the Golden Waterfall and Thingvellir National Park. Each one guaranteed to take your breath away. Thingvellir National Park is now on the UNESCO World Heritage List based on its historical, geological and cultural importance.

This tour is perfect for families and those not having the required riding experience for our highland tours. Keep in mind that riding days can be long so you should be in good physical shape and have the basic horsemanship skills.

On the first riding day you get acquainted with the unique Icelandic Horse and its special extra gait as we take an easy trek along the banks of the majestic Thjórsá River. We continue towards Gullfoss Waterfall with its thundering waters and the hot spring area of Geysir. After a relaxed day´s riding in that locality we next explore some of more remote places, well off the beaten track. On our way to our accommodation, we visit the charming Secret Lagoon for a well-deserved bath. We cross the highland moor of Hrunaheiði and enjoy good riding tracks when trekking past iconic basalt columns at Hrepphólar on our way back to Kálfhóll Farm.

Part of this tour can be booked as a 5-day tour/4 riding days – see our tour Geysir Gullfoss Special and as a 2-day tour / 2 riding days- see our tour From Geysers To Mountains.

  • Duration

    5 nights - 6 riding days
  • Riding skills

    Intermediate riders: comfortable during long hours in the saddle.
  • Departures

    Dates 2017: Monday – Saturday June 5 – 10 • June 12 – 17 • June 26 – July 1 • July 3 – July 8 • July 10 – 15 • July 17 – 22• July 24 – 29 • July 31 – Aug 5 • Aug 7 – 12 • Aug 14 – 19 • Aug 21 – 26 • Aug 28 – Sep 2 • Sep 4 – 9
  • Accommodation

    Made up beds in shared rooms during the ride. Accommodation before and after the ride are to be arranged individually.
  • Note

  • Reservation code


What is included

  • Bus transfer from Reykjavík to the farm.
  • During the ride full board is provided. Our menu consists of a large breakfast and traditional Icelandic meals (fish or lamb). Vegetarian meals are available if requested when booking. All riders make their own packed lunch from the breakfast table.
  • 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 Keflavik Airport upon arrival.
  • Rain wear, water bottle, saddle bag, riding helmet.


  • Individual travel insurance is not included in the tour price. We encourage clients to obtain relevant travel insurance before visiting Iceland.
  • Flight to and from Iceland is not included
  • Bring bags rather than hard cover suitcases
  • Pack light because transport space is limited.

  • Day by day itinerary
  • Useful information
  • Accommodation

Monday: Reykjavík – Thingvellir – Kálfhóll – Réttarholt Guesthouse
Pick up between 09:00 – 10:00 at your accommodation in the morning. Transfer from Reykjavík to Kálfholl Farm. Welcome meeting and introduction to the Icelandic horse and its special gaits we start our ride along the pleasant trail at Thjórsá glacier fed river. We leave the horses at Sandlækjarmýri field and drive to Réttarholt Guesthouse. This day is the perfect start to get to know your horse and the Icelandic way of trail riding in a relaxed atmosphere. Enjoy the outdoor hot tub at Réttarholt Guesthouse before a hearty dinner. (approximately 15 km)

Tuesday: Réttarholt – Hvítárdalur
We leave Réttarholt and drive back to the horses. From there we head off to the fertile farmlands of neighbouring community Hrunamannahreppur. We drive spare horses along in a free running herd, enabling us to change our mount regularly and traveling at a brisk space. We cross the well know Salmon River Stóra-Laxá and stop for our picnic lunch at Hrunaréttir, a corral used for the annual sheep round-up in autumn. We ride to Hvítárdalur Farm where we spend the night. (approximately 30 km)

Wednesday: Hvítárdalur – Gullfoss – Myrkholt/Hvítárdalur
We continue our ride on soft trails ideal for tölting towards the majestic canyon Brúarhlöð where milky green water passes through bizarre rock formations. Alongside Hvítá River we follow the ever deepening canyon on to the impressive Golden Waterfall Gullfoss and continue to the famous Geysirhot spring area. (approximately 20 km)

Thursday: Geysir – Haukadalur – Haukadalsheiði – Myrkholt/Hvítárdalur
Our ride takes us through Haukadalur valley with its beautiful birch forest. Cross clear little streams on the way and enjoy the rich vegetation of wild mountain flowers that bloom during high summer. While you ascend to a highland plateau you will notice the changes in nature as you reach higher ground. A breathtaking view of the mountain ranges and glaciers of the highland around awaits you when you reach the top of Haukadalsheiði. Rest of the day is spent at the Geysir area. You have plenty of time to explore this highly interesting area with its countless bubbling hot springs. (approximately 15 km)

Optional (available at an extra charge): Snowmobile drive on Langjökull glacier
Enjoy the white ice field of Langjökull glacier up-close. A 4×4 vehicle take us to a base camp where we change into warm gear. After safety instructions we drive into the white world of ice and snow. Two people share a snowmobile during the 1 hr. drive and both get to drive the vehicle (a valid driver´s license is necessary to drive a snowmobile, younger participants and children can sit in the back). Price per person ISK 26.200

Friday: Geysir – Tungufellsdalur – Kaldbakur – Réttarholt Guesthouse
We leave the Geysir area and ride along green pastures back to the bridge at Brúarhlöð canyon where we cross mighty Hvítá River. Now we head towards the interior and follow beautiful Tungufellsdalur valley onto Hrunaheiðar heath plateau and we experience riding along the edge of civilization. Our horses spend the night at Kaldbakur Farm, we drive to the Secret Lagoon for relaxing bath in the geothermal pool and then drive to Réttarholt Guesthouse and spend the night. (approximately 30 km)

Saturday: Réttarholt Guesthouse – Kaldbakur – Hrepphólar – Kálfhóll – Reykjavík
Our last day of riding includes yet again terrific scenery. Today we follow good riding tracks past Mt. Galtafell and see the amazing basalt columns at Hrepphólar. We cross River Laxá before we reach Sandlækjarmýri. We turn towards the banks of Thjórsá River and follow them to Kálfhóll Farm. (approximately 40 km) Here we say goodbye to our guides, staff and horses and return to Reykjavík, drop off at your accommodation. Approx, arrival at 19:00.
– We reserve the right to alter the itinerary if necessary –

Here you can book your Flybus ticket to and from Reykjavík. The Flybus departs from Keflavík airport 35-40 minutes after each arrival. Busses are located right outside the terminal building. Book my ticket

Terms & conditions:
Íshestar requests a confirmation payment upon booking of minimum 30% of the tour price. When the confirmation payment is received the seat is secure. The remaining balance is due 6 weeks before the tour departs. If you book the tour through the website the full amount is requested.

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

Íshestar reserves the right to alter routes, itineraries or timetables without prior notice, should the necessity arise. No liability is accepted for loss or expenses due to delays or changes of arrival or departures of flights or other services, injury, sickness, accident, strikes, damage, negligence, weather, wars or other causes outside the control of Íshestar. All such losses and expenses are the personal liability of the traveler. The estimated duration of tours as indicated by km or timing can change according to road or weather conditions.

For more information please see also our Frequent Asked Questions and/or contact us at

  • Áfangi

    Located just off the Kjolur route, about 38 km north of Hveravellir, Áfangi Mountain Hut offers clean and comfortable accommodation surrounded by beautiful highland scenery.

    • Number of rooms:  8
    • Number of beds:  32
    • Outdoor jacuzzi:  No
    • Number of showers:  4
    • GSM connection:  Yes
    • WiFi: No
    • Made up beds: No
    • Number of WC: 4


  • Fremstaver

    Fremstaver is a cozy hut on the south slopes of the mountain Bláfell. The cabin is situated in beautiful surroundings that offer many sight-seeing possibilities. Climbing the mountain Bláfell is a long but rewarding walk. The top offers views wide and far on a good day.

    • Number of rooms:  1
    • Number of beds:  25
    • Outdoor jacuzzi:  no
    • Number of showers: 0
    • GSM connection: yes
    • WiFi: no
    • Made up beds:
    • Number of WC: 2
  • Heiðarbær

    Heiðarbær is situated in Reykjahverfi in the northeast Iceland close to all the main attraction in the north like Ábyrgi and Mývatn.

    Number of rooms: 1 large sleeping bag area
    Outdoor jacuzzi: Yes and a swimming pool nearby
    GSM connection: Yes
    WiFi: Yes
    Made up beds: Sleeping bag accommodation
    Number of WC: 1

  • Traðir Guesthouse

    Traðir Guesthouse in Snæfellsnes is located on the beautiful shore line of Löngufjörur. Traðir Guesthouse is a cosy guesthouse with a sleeping bag accommodation and an excellent facilities for your riding equipments.

    • Number of beds: 6
    • Outdoor jacuzzi: No
    • Number of showers: 3
    • GSM connection: Yes
    • Wifi: Yes


  • Galtará Mountain hut

    Galtará Mountain Hut is located not far from the lake Blöndulón. This convenient cabin even provides hot water and showers.

    • Number of rooms:  5
    • Number of beds:  20
    • Outdoor jacuzzi:  No
    • Number of showers:  2
    • GSM connection:  Yes but weak
    • WiFi: No
    • Made up beds: No
    • Number of WC:  3
    • Website:  No
  • Dæli farm

    Dæli (Holiday farm since 1988) offers a variety of accommodation and activities for both groups and the individual traveller.

    “Kaffi Sveitó” Restaurant and Bar
    Kaffi Sveitó restaurant and bar offers a variety of delicious food and refreshing drinks. Check out our menu for further information.

    Hot tub and sauna
    Our guests have access to a small hot tub and a sauna for a moderate prize. For further information please ask at the reception.

    Mini Golf
    Our mini golf is open for everyone free of charge. Clubs and balls can be rented at the reception for a moderate price


  • Hvammur farm

    Hvammur farm is situated in the beautiful Vatnsdalur Valley which is so full of the old Sagas and has the famous salmon fishing river Vatnsdalsá running down the middle. The farmhouse was renevated 4 years ago and has a hot tub in the garden with a view over the river.

    • Number of rooms: 6 rooms
      Number of beds: 2 – 4 beds in each room, altogether max 19
      Outdoor jacuzzi: Yes
      Number of showers: 2
      GSM connection : Yes
      WiFi: Yes
      Made up beds: Yes
      Number of WC: 2
  • Arctic Comfort Vík

    Arctic Comfort Hotel Vík ist ein kleines, komfortables drei-Sterne-Hotel in Reykjavík. Das Einkaufszentrum Kringlan kann zu Fuss erreicht werden, ebenso das Naherholungsgebiet der Stadt, Laugardalur, mit Sporteinrichtungen und einem Ausstellungskomplex, einem grossen Schwimmbad mit warmen Sitzbadebecken, dem Botanischen Garten der Stadt, dem Familienpark, dem Haustierzoo und einer Eissporthalle. Verschiedene Läden und Restaurants befinden sich ebenso in der Nähe. Bis zum Stadtzentrum sind es ca. 2,5 km (25-35 Min. zu Fuss oder 5 Min. mit dem Bus/Auto).

    Adress:  Arctic Comfort hotel Vík  – Síðumúlí 19 – 108 Reykjavik.  Tel: (+354) 588-5582


    • Number of rooms: 35
    • Outdoor jacuzzi:  No but swimmingpool in walking distance
    • Private facilities:  Yes
    • WiFi: Yes
    • Reception: 24 hours
    • Bar:  Yes
    • Resturant: No
  • Rjúpnavellir

    Rjúpnavellir in Landsveit is a small and comfortable resort in south of Iceland. It is located near the famous active volcano – Hekla

    • Number of rooms:  1
    • Number of beds:  24
    • Outdoor jacuzzi:  No
    • Number of showers:  1
    • GSM connection:  Yes
    • WiFi: No
    • Made up beds: No
    • Number of WC:  2


  • Landmannahellir Mountain Cabin

    Landmannahellir is located in a peaceful area in Fjallabak and  has for many years been one of the main dwelling place for sheep gatherers when they round up the sheep each autumn that have been grassing in this area during the summer.

    • Number of rooms:  1
    • Number of beds:  24
    • Outdoor jacuzzi:  No
    • Number of showers:  2 in separate building
    • GSM connection:  No
    • WiFi: No
    • Made up beds: No
    • Number of WC:  2 (in the building)


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Unique riding on dependable horses with knowledgeable and trusted guides to view Iceland’s Golden circle that will create a special unforgettable memory DJC., USA