10 Things to Do in Hella That You Shouldn't Miss

August 6, 2017 Leida Jutras

Discover the best top things to do in Hella, Iceland including Icelandic HorseWorld, MudShark Tours, Southcoast Adventure, Hella Horse Rental, Hestheimar - Riding tours, Hekluhestar, Keldur, Local Travel South Iceland, The Visitor Centre Sagnagardur, Alfasteinn Guesthouse- Day Tours.
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1. Icelandic HorseWorld

Skeiovellir, Hella 851, Iceland +354 899 5619
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Icelandic HorseWorld

If you want to get to know the Icelandic horse while traveling in Iceland you have come to the right place. We at Icelandic Horse World offer a unique chance for you to get to know our remarkable horses. A visit to our stable is perfect for families, groups and individuals. We also offer a wide range of exclusive riding tours in small groups to guarantee you a unique adventure. The tours are from 1 hour up to a day trip and we have suitable horses for both beginners and advanced riders. Explore the beautiful landscape on horseback and collect some unforgettable moments in Iceland.

Reviewed By Nancy S

My husband and I are not experienced riders. We are not young either. But we thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon at the farm. Our guide, Katie was wonderful. She was so knowledgeable about the horses and we found that we were so comfortable around these beautiful animals. We road around he property and it was so peaceful and serene. After our outdoor ride, we came inside to their cafe to enjoy a hot chocolate while watching some videos. A truly memorable outing!!

2. MudShark Tours

Freyvangi 22, Hella 850, Iceland
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5 based on 81 reviews

MudShark Tours

MudShark is a small adventure and outdoors company that operates from Hella in South Iceland. We offer private guided tours in South Iceland either tailor-made or prepackaged. Super Jeep tours to Landmannalaugar or Thorsmork on our Land Rover Defender are our most popular tours. Our speciality though, not offered by anyone else, is a private guided shark-surf-fishing tour at Thykkvibaer beach in south Iceland (summer). We also organize short fishing trips to highland lakes close to Landmannalaugar. Another tour that is only offered by MudShark tours is an educational eco tour on the state of ecosystems of Iceland, degradation and ecological restoration with a PhD botanist (all year). In winter, we can take you on a Northern lights hunting tour into the Mountains. Lastly we offer a relaxed 2 hr. walk-about in Hella village, the hometown of MudShark's owner (all year). In our tours, experienced guides pick you up at hotels in the Hella-Hvolsvollur region and take you touring.

Reviewed By PGoyert - Vancouver, Canada

We had booked two consecutive days with MudShark Tours. The first day was at Landmannalauger with our guide Steini. He has lots of local knowledge and quite handy with his 4x4. He even accompanied us on our hike. The second day was with Magnus who took us to Thorsmork. Magnus has an in depth
knowledge of the local flora, fauna and Icelandic lore. A real entertainer with great sense of humour. His knowledge of Icelandic 'elf-ology' was amazing. Thanks Magnus.

3. Southcoast Adventure

Hella, Iceland
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5 based on 136 reviews

Southcoast Adventure

Glacier and volcano tours, focused on year-round individual, group and tailored tours to popular and off-the-beaten track locations.

Reviewed By Cookieno11 - Hvolsvollur, Iceland

Southcoast Adventure has done it again!! I went on their newest adventure to the Ice Cave in Myrdalsjokull .....one word for it ....WOW!
We set off in pretty windy and snowy weather, but Hilmar our guide did a seriously fantastic job basically of keeping us safe as we drove to Vik. 2 other guests joined us there – it is very convenient to be able to just join the South Coast trip that is offered just to go to the ice cave – something to remember if you don´t have time for a full days trip. We left Vik and turned inland towards the glacier. Driving over icefields and thick drifts of snow you get a real sense of going to a very special place that is hidden from the world. We arrived at the glacier and Hilmar showed all of us how to strap on our ice-crampons and fitted helmets correctly. There were 2 older ladies in their 70´s who were game for everything and he was especially concientious about making sure they were ok. Off we set for a short walk to the edge of the actual glacier. Wow...wow...wow...it is like a scene out of Game of Thrones – towering blue wall of ice showing the clear layers of volcanic ash. Totally amazing. We walked into the first part of the cave and it has a tunnel open up to the glacier and the light filtered inbetween softly falling snow – so pretty. Hilmar then let us look in awe at the first part whilst he fastened ice-screws into the wall of the glacier and attached ropes. He then helped everybody climb up a short rise to the next part of the cave. (I had been a little bit concerned as I had knee surgery a month ago but it was a very easy climb) If I was blown away before then the inner part of the cave rendered me speechless. It was simply breath-taking. The hues of the ice shimmered almost obsidian black in places and there was a real sense of other wordly-ness – the silence was perfect as we all just stood in awe. The only noise was of the clicking of cameras as we tried to capture just how fantastic it was. Simply beautiful. There was no feeling of having to rush our enjoyment of it – it is a testamony as to how spectacular it is when the guide is taking as many photos as the guests!!
We dropped the 2 guests back again in Vik a few hours later and drove back to the hotel in even worse weather but once again we we had a very comfortable ride and felt very safe.
Loved my trip to the new ice cave – photos don´t do it justice at all – you will just have to go and see for yourself!

4. Hella Horse Rental

Gaddstadaflatir, Hella 850, Iceland +354 864 5950
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Hella Horse Rental

Reviewed By EllenChr - Oslo, Norway

Stayed at Stracta hotel and really felt an urge to go riding - and so happy that I did. We were seven people with different riding skills, and our nice english guide found suitable horses for everyone. Some had never tried before - and some were quite experienced. We all had a great time.
The hour went by very fast and the ride was beautiful. Fantastic weather. We all tried the tølt (a pace only of icelandic horses) - and some of us also got the possibility to go for a fantastic gallop.
I hadn't any suitable shoes with me and they even managed to lend me a pair. I am so greatful for that.

5. Hestheimar - Riding tours

Ásahreppur, Hella 851, Iceland
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Hestheimar - Riding tours

Hestheimar is a family run Guesthouse and horse farm, which is open all year. Excellent location, between the towns: Selfoss and Hella, only 3 km from the ring road and 1 hour´s drive from Reykjavik. Hestheimar offers a great variety of good horses and wonderful riding tracks. All Hestheimar´s riding tours are private and we go with 1-30 riders at a time. Departure times depend upon our guests´ wishes, we are very flexible. Hestheimar riding tours provide warm overalls, riding trousers and jackets, helmets and gloves. After each riding tour, guests are offered, free of charge, warm cocoa, tea or coffee, served with home baked pastry. Plenty of toilettes are on the premises. In the stables we have our stable cat, called, Tia, which often has kittens. Hestheimar offers riding tours all year. Hestheimar offers Stable visits for small and big groups all year. In Iceland it is always best to dress warmly and in layers.

Reviewed By LoveTravelV - London, United Kingdom

I booked a two hour ride at Hestheimar and it was such a nice experience! The guide was really good in giving instructions and I felt I got a horse which suited my experience. The landscape was so nice! It was great to ride in the river and over hills. After the tour the guide offered me coffee and I spoke with the owner, who was very welcoming. I would always recommend this to anyone, who is going to Iceland! Perfect way to start your day!

6. Hekluhestar

Austvadsholt 1b, Hella 851, Iceland +(354)3544876598
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Hekluhestar

Reviewed By Janken70 - Bergen, Norway

Having tried the more Commercial riding in Iceland before (and been pretty disapointed) I this time went to Hella, to Hekluhestar and Anita to try out a more Authentic experience. Anita made this experience the best ever. The landscape is awesome, the private riding tour the best I have ever had and Anita (the owner and guide) made us feel secure and tailored Our trip perfectly to Our skills and needs. This is really Authentic Iceland riding, and you are absolutely getting value for the Money.

7. Keldur

Keldur, Hella, Iceland
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Keldur

Reviewed By Alessandro R - Greater London, United Kingdom

We found this place accidentally on our way back from the south coast of Iceland. It requires a 20 min diversion from the ring road and it is not the most comfortable journey by car. However once you arrive you'll find a quaint little village in a beautiful scenery. If you are in the area it is worth a visit.

8. Local Travel South Iceland

Stori Klofi | Holta-og Landsveit, Hella 851, Iceland
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Local Travel South Iceland

Local travel specialise in private and custom made day tours and event services. Our location is at the entrance to the southern Icelandic highlands with the queen of our countryside, volcano Hekla in the front and Landmannalaugar hot spring as the crown jewel. Our day tour focus is private or small groups(1-6) giving our guests personal service and a unique experience by sharing our passion.

Reviewed By andreibareli - San Francisco, California

Addi, who is the tour operator guide at Local Travel, provides all assistance, information, cultural, historical and contemporary heritage interpretation.
The way to go, Addi !!! You are very kind man!!!
Will visit Iceland with my family again, and definitely will contact localtravel, and ask Addi to be a guide

9. The Visitor Centre Sagnagardur

Sagnagardur, Hella 851 Hella, Iceland +354 488 3060
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The Visitor Centre Sagnagardur

Reviewed By theconsultants - Machynlleth

The visitor centre at the Soil Conservation Service in Sagnagardur, provides an excellent and easy to understand exhibition about the land of Iceland - its formation, history and restoration. The visitor centre is also only a few kilometres from the Old Farmhouse Laufás so you truly get a feeling for the country in two short visits.

10. Alfasteinn Guesthouse- Day Tours

Rangarthing ytra | Þjóðólfshagi 25, Hella 851, Iceland
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Alfasteinn Guesthouse- Day Tours

Reviewed By Blunt_Traveler - Augusta, Georgia

Your host, Agust Runarsson, will make your entire group feel as if they have known him for years. None of us had met him previously when he picked up our group at Keflavik airport. Within 10 minutes, it felt as if we had been working one-on-one for weeks. By the end of the morning, it was as if he had been a part of our group for years.
Agusta selected destinations and activities that matched us perfectly. He was a great host - understanding our needs/expectaions while exposing us to something new without us feeling pushed.
I plan to bring my family back for an adventure soon.
Highly recommended.

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