• Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Duration: 2 to 4 hrs
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Get close to nature in the way of old Icelanders on your 2 or 4-hour horseback riding experience from Reykjavik, dependent on transfer option. Hop on a small, sturdy, Icelandic horse, a breed originally brought here by the Vikings, and enjoy a relaxing ride through lava-laden scenery past mountains, lakes, and moors. Your 1.5- to 2-hour ride will be matched to your ability and led by an instructor. Hot drinks, riding equipment and round-trip hotel transfers included.

Highlights

  • 4-hour Icelandic horseback riding experience from Reykjavik
  • 1.5-hour to 2-hour ride on a gentle Icelandic horse
  • Ride through lava fields and moors past mountains and lakes
  • Choose a beginner, intermediate or advanced ride
  • Refuel with coffee, tea or hot chocolate after your ride
  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
  • Riding equipment and hotel pickup and drop-off included

What You Can Expect

Icelandic Horseback Riding Tour from Reykjavik

Lava tour

On arrival, meet your instructor to adivse of your ability level — beginner, intermediate, or experienced.

Get up-close to the Icelandic horses, learning about this gentle breed. Descendants of Viking horses brought here in the 10th century, these sturdy, good-nature steeds are known for their tölt, a four-beat gait that makes riding on rugged terrain smooth and comfortable.

Next, watch a short instructional video, don your provided riding gear, and hop into the saddle. Learn to ease your horse into the tölt, and set out behind your instructor. Soon afterwards, having watched you riding, your instructor will split you into three groups – beginners, intermediates and experienced.

Enjoy your 1.5- to 2-hour ride. Beginners ride slowly over easy terrain, with intermediate and experienced riders tackling more challenging routes at different paces. Just advise your instructor if you want to go slower or faster.

As you ride, soak in the beautiful scenery. Weave through lava fields and moorland, passing volcanic mountains and lakes.

After your trek, savor coffee, tea, or hot chocolate at the stables.

Customer Reviews

Olivia O United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

This was a unique experience because it was snowing through the journey. it was slightly magical because of it but also cold !! make sure to wear MANY paris of socks and take them up on the offer to wear their overalls and equipment because they will probably be more warm than your own clothes. bring a scarf or protector for face and under your helmet.

alexandraf627

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

This was such a fun ride on a beautiful day. I went with 3 others, all of varying riding experience. We were able to split up into groups, depending on preference of slow or fast. I went with the fast group, which involved a lot of trotting through lava fields, forests, and various trails around the farm, which was so much fun. It was incredible to learn to ride these horses because it's so different than the normal movement/pace of horses that I'm used to, even after years of riding horses. The Icelandic is such a special amazing animal. The guides were great and willing to help those that struggled with the horses. At the end of the ride we went back to where we left from for coffee, tea or hot chocolate. My travel buddies are not normal riders but they said they had an incredible time/experience. Highly recommend this.

Kari S United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

it started with a short video telling you about the Icelandic horse and proper riding technique. They offered warm coats and pants, as well as boots which was nice so we didn't smell like horse when we boarded our plane later that day!! They then divided us into groups based on experience 30 rides was considered experienced. We then proceeded out for a wonderful ride where the guide told about the history of the land and the horses. We stopped about 2/3 of the way in to rest the horses and let them graze, and the guide took our pictures on the horse. The land was stunning and the air was crystal clear and crisp. When we got back to stables, we brought back our tack and had coffee and hot chocolate in the lodge. My daughter particularly enjoyed when she got off her horse, it promptly laid down in the middle of all the other horses, and rolled around and stretched on the ground.

Jeannine C United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Some of the most amazing reviews and relaxing scenery

Vinita N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Great experience and well organized.

Turaya Richards United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

An amazing experience! As a first time rider I was worried about how it was going to be but all of the staff were lovely and patient and the horses were so well trained that you didn't really have to do much just keep your balance! Beautiful scenery, lovely horses and friendly guides, if you're thinking about it then do it!

Jessica S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

I am giving this tour 5 starts but not Viator. The horseback riding was very fun, well organized and had very friendly, helpful staff. Viator, however, claimed that they didn't know where to pick us up and therefore had to reschedule our tour.

bbpullen

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Fantastic experience, even in the snow. Staff are very good horses very well behaved

wkkindler9

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Great overall horseback riding experience. The weather was cold and there was snow on the ground when I was picked up at my hotel. I had my doubts if the weather was suitable for riding that morning. When the van arrived at the Hestar riding stables, I was pleasantly surprised how attractive their facilities were and how well the staff was organized. Our group only had seven riders that morning. Prior to selecting my horse, we viewed a brief safety film and were then outfitted with boots and all-weather coveralls. Each rider was asked to select a horse based on their previous riding experience. I own and ride a horse in Kentucky and was provided a gentle and attractive horse named Bright. Our group began our ride over snow covered fields and gentle hills. Halfway into our ride we experienced a brief snow shower - but the Icelandic horses took it all in stride. The ride lasted over 1 1/2 hours and toward the end the experienced riders were allowed to gallop a bit. The smooth gait of my Icelandic horse made it a great riding experience over the snow covered terrain. After our ride ended we were provided a choice a hot drinks to enjoy in their attractive lounge area prior to returning to my hotel. I can highly recommend this excursion to all visitors looking for a unique Icelandic horseback riding experience.

revans

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

This tour was amazing! I ride horses a lot and these ones were so impressive! It was so interesting learning about the extra paces that these horses have, and they are incredibly smooth to ride. The scenery was also beautiful and they give you lots of opportunity for photos with the adorable horses. It was a freezing day when we went on this tour, but they provide overalls that keep you toasty warm. Would highly recommend this whether you ride horses or not!

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