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Geysir Gullfoss special

This tour is a short version of the popular Golden Circle Tour taking place in the hot spring area of Geysir and Gullfoss Waterfall. We also visit Thingvellir National Park on our transfer day. Enjoy accommodation at a cosy holiday farm with a hot outdoor tub and a hotel with private facilities during this tour.

Riding in Icelandic countryside and visit the most famous places in Iceland

Perfect tour for families and riders who want to see Iceland´s most famous attractions on horseback. You get to know the Icelandic horse and the Icelandic way of trail riding in a relaxed atmosphere. 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 awaits you when you reach the top of Haukadalsheiði.

Participants on this tour join the longer Golden Circle Tour for four days but return to Reykjavik on the fifth day while those on the longer ride continue.

For 2018 we have added the first night and welcome dinner at Kálfhóll farm.

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  • Duration

    5 nights - 4 riding days
  • Riding skills

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

    Dates 2019: June: 8 – 13 • 15 - 20 July: 6 – 11 • 13 – 18 • 20 – 25 Aug: 10 – 15 • 17 – 22 • 24 – 29
  • Accommodation

    2 – 4 bed units with shared facilities. Accommodation after the ride to be arranged individually.
  • Note

    The tour arrives back in Reykjavík at 11:30 on Thursday morning.
  • 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

  • Day by day itinerary
  • Useful information
  • Accommodation

Saturday:  Reykjavik – Réttarholt Guesthouse
Pick up at BSÍ Bus station in Reykjavik or at Reykjavik official bus stops near your accommodation (see: www.busstop.is) between 18:00-19:00, where our Íshesta bus will transfer you and your fellow riders to Réttarholt Guesthouse, where horses and staff are waiting for us. After a lovely introductory meal where we get to know each other we relax and rest so we are well prepared for the adventure ahead of us.

Sunday: Réttarholt –  Kálfhóll – Réttarholt Guesthouse
After an 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)

Monday:  Réttarholt – Hvítárdalur
We leave Réttarholt and drive back to the horses.  From there we head off to the fertile farmlands of neighboring 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)

Tuesday:  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 Geysir hot spring area. (approximately 20 km)

Wednesday:  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 takes 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

Thursday: Geysir  – Thingvellir –  Reykjavík
Today we leave our riding companions in the morning after breakfast and drive back to Reykjavík. Approx. arrival in Reykjavík at 11: 30.

– 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 request 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 traveller. 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 ishestar@ishestar.is

  • Réttarholt Guesthouse

    Is located on the edge of the highlands in the small village Árnes. There are nice cabins to sleep in.


      • Number of rooms:  5
      • Number of beds:  24
      • Outdoor jacuzzi:  No
      • Number of showers:  3 in separate building
      • GSM connection:  Yes
      • WiFi: No
      • Made up beds: No
      • Number of WC: 4


  • Hvítárdalur

    Is a nice farm motel near the river Hvítá. It is on two floors with good view over the farm and our horse herd that spent the night aswell.

    o    Number of rooms:  1

    o    Number of beds:  24

    o    Outdoor jacuzzi:  No

    o    Number of showers:  2

    o    GSM connection:  Yes

    o    WiFi: Yes

    o    Made up beds: Yes

    o    Number of WC:  2

  • Myrkholt

    Myrkholt is located just between Gullfoss waterfall and the hot spring Geysir. Very nice farm and guesthouse.

    o    Number of rooms:  8

    o    Number of beds:  32

    o    Outdoor jacuzzi:  No

    o    Number of showers:  8

    o    GSM connection:  Yes

    o    WiFi: Yes

    o    Made up beds: Yes

    o    Number of WC:  4

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