On this active yet easy tour, trek a glacier and ride a pure-bred Icelandic horse all in one day! Set foot on the majestic Sólheimajökull Glacier and freeze in awe at the vast, icy wilderness in front of you. Then go for a gentle horseback ride on the black sand beach outside Vik. Join our expert guides and have fun every step of the way!
Duration: 6 hours
Pick-up: Sólheimajökull Parking Lot
Departure time: 10:00 AM
Available: All Year
Age limit: 10
- Sólheimajökull Glacier
- Glacier Hike
- Víkurfjara Black Sand Beach
- Horseback Ride
Meet us at Sólheimajökull Parking Lot for the glacier hiking part at 10:00 a.m. The meeting point for the horse riding portion of the tour is at Vik, by the Vík Horse Adventure Stables, at 2:30 p.m. More detailed directions can be found on our Meet On Location Information Page.
- Glacier hike
- Certified glacier guide
- Horseback ride with guide
- All the necessary gear
Lunch. But you’ll have enough time between the two activities to grab refreshments. We recommend having a lunch break in Vik.
Bring with you:
Warm outdoor clothing, sturdy hiking shoes, sunglasses, camera.
The Sólheimajökull Glacier hike is easy and suitable for all levels of expertise. However, you need to be in relatively good health.
The weight limit for the horse riding tour is 110kg/242lb.
Sólheimajökull Glacier Walk
Meet us at our base camp by Sólheimajökull Glacier and get your first glimpses of the white giant in the distance. Your guide will help you prepare and give a safety briefing before getting out on the ice. We’ll provide all the necessary glacier-walk gear; that includes crampons, helmets, harness, and ice axes (these are used for additional support if needed).
Get off to a fantastic start and hear the ice softly crush beneath your feet as you step on to the glacier. Your expert glacier guide will lead you up to see all the amazing glacial features. Marvel at crevasses carved into the ancient aquamarine ice. Just when you think you’ve seen it all, come across bluish-white ice sculptures and jagged, narrow ridges.
Sólheimajökull is an icy outrunner of Mýrdalsjökull, the fourth-largest glacier in Iceland. The frozen titan reveals vivid colors of white, blue, and black. Your guide will share fascinating insights into the nature of the glacier and surrounding landscapes.
Black Beach Horse Riding
For a change of scenery, meet us at the stables in Vik, the southernmost village of Iceland. Once there, we’ll prepare for the long-awaited horse riding adventure in Iceland! Your guide will match you with a horse that suits your character and experience. After a safety briefing, enjoy an easygoing ride along the exotic Víkurfjara Black Sand Beach.
Víkurfjara possesses a dramatic yet graceful beauty. A ride on the beach reveals black volcanic sands, lava formations, and arresting cliffs. Ignore the green vegetation on rocks and it’s easy to imagine yourself riding on the surface of a distant planet.
As you ride along the beach, hear the sound of the ocean waves crash into the shore. For more scenic treats, witness the famous Reynisdrangar Basalt Sea Stacks in the distance. According to the local lore, these volcanic formations are trolls caught out at sunrise and turned to stone.
The pace is relaxing for beginners, but more experienced riders will have the chance to try the famous ambling gait known as the tölt.
About the Icelandic Horse
There’s nothing quite like exploring Iceland's exotic nature from a saddle. And nothing’s better than sitting atop a small and tough Icelandic Horse. These lovely creatures are even-tempered and friendly, so fear not, your ride will be smooth.
The most striking feature of the Icelandic Horse is its unique fifth gait, called the tölt. The tölt is a running walk that allows riders to move softly across rough terrain. Some say the tölt is so smooth you can drink a pint while on horseback without spilling a drop.
Interestingly, Icelandic horses haven't changed since Viking times. No horses have been imported to the island since the tenth century — so every horse you’ll encounter is purebred.
This tour is operated by a trusted partner in Reykjavik.