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Whales and Horses

27.765 ISK

Children (12-15 yrs): 17.855 ISK

Tour not available for children under 8

5-6 hours

Ride with the wind in your hair!

Visit some of Iceland’s most popular animals both on land and at sea – the renowned Icelandic horse and some of the largest mammals on earth! You will get a chance to ride the Icelandic horse through the lava landscape and observe the beautiful nature that Iceland has to offer. After your horse-riding tour, enjoy the fresh ocean air while you search for whales with the city skyline and mountains in the background.

Tour description

Begin with your horseback riding tour with Íshestar. If you would like to select the optional hotel pick-up, Íshestar will pick you up starting at 9:00. If you are self-driving we kindly ask that you arrive to the stables at least 30 minutes before your departure time at 10:00. Íshestar’s stables are roughly a 20 minute drive from the city center. Learn about the friendly Icelandic horses with your experienced guide before heading out to ride through the beautiful Icelandic nature, from lava fields to rolling hillsides.
After the horseback riding tour is finished you will head back to the heart of Reykjavík for your Whale Watching tour, sailing at 13:00. Drop-off to the Special Tours ticket office is included if you have selected hotel transfers, otherwise there is plenty of parking around the Old Harbour area. Your Classic Whale Watching tour sails out to beautiful Faxaflói Bay, where you will search for cetaceans with your expert guide. The four most common species we encounter are minke whales, humpback whales, white-beaked dolphins, and harbour porpoises. Learn all about the wildlife and surroundings during your 3-3.5 hour cruise. Finish back in the Old Harbour, just a few steps away from the lively city center. Drop-off to your hotel is available to book in our ticket office for an additional cost if needed. This is a day full of stunning nature, wildlife, fun & fresh air!
 **You can also join our whale watching express tour at 14:00 (seasonal) if you want to have lunch and relax at the harbour first – please check for availability at

Special Tours Iceland app with 5 languages (English, German, French, Spanish and simplified Chinese) available for Android and Apple. It is available for all clients to download during their tour, with both text and audio information. The app is as close to an audio guided wildlife adventure as possible

What's included

Horseback Riding

  • Riding helmet, rubber boots, and rainwear/warm clothing during the tour
  • Trained guides who speak multiple languages (English, German, and Scandinavian languages)
  • 1.5-2 hours of horseback riding
  • Coffee, tea, and hot chocolate after the tour

Whale Watching

  • Guided boat tour (3-3.5 hours)
  • Experienced guide (English year-round, German available during the summer months or on request)
  • Warm Overalls on board (overalls also available in children’s sizes!)
  • Café, souvenir shop & restrooms on board
  • FREE Wifi
  • FREE ticket to try again if nothing is seen on your tour!

Tour details


5-6 hours


English year-round, German available during the summer months


Availability: year-round

Additional information

You can also join our whale watching express tour at 14:00 if you want to have lunch and relax at the harbour first (seasonal) – please check for availability at

We recommend warm clothes, sturdy shoes, and even some sunscreen in the summer months! Please read through our terms & conditions.

Please note that you will be asked to show a valid form of ID upon arrival for check-in at Special Tours.

Important information

The horse riding tours are operated by Íshestar.

Please note:

  • The age limit to ride on this tour is 8 years old. Children 14 years or older need written parental permission to ride alone.
  • The weight limit for the horseback riding tour is 110 kg/240 lbs.

For last minute bookings please contact to check for availability as the places on the horse riding tours are limited. We kindly ask you to keep in mind that because of limited spots for the horse back riding tour there is a strict 24h cancellation policy.

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