• 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

Corey K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Probably the best horseback experience so far. The ladies that lead us were experienced and friendly.

Jamie J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

I loved that the stables and staff made all levels feel welcome. I have no experience with horseback riding and I felt completely comfortable. It was an easy ride, with lots of help from the staff, and the landscape was absolutely beautiful. Recommended!

kimberlyconkle88

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Loved this ride
The bus was on time picking us up and after watching a short video we got our gear and met our horses. Mine was the sweetest girl who loved scratching herself on me. After a brief intro they separated us into groups(beginners and more experienced) I chose more experienced and got to do a few quick trots. Then we heard the history of the horses and lave fields while our horses took a quick break. Would highly recommend this place

katieghuntington

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

If you’re looking to ride horses in Iceland, this is a great place to do it. The staff was friendly and informative, and the ride was very pleasant. My horse and I had a great time!!! At one point, they split you into two groups based on how fast you want to go. I was nervous about going in the faster group but it was pretty manageable. We didn’t go super fast, and we would only go on short sprouts at s time. It was a great way to spend the morning!

Missy

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2018

A lovely ride through beautiful Icelandic landscapes, including passing by the largest lava field in Iceland. Upon arriving at Ishetar, we read the safety rules and watched a video, put on rubber boots and ponchos, and headed out to pick up our horses. A service was provided to lock up valuables, as we could not take bags on The guides seemed to know the horses very well and matched them with riders. It was hard to understand the horses' Icelandic names though! The ride was nice and the guides were great. They provided corrections to help control the horses and also took some great photos for us. The european saddle was a challenge, as there is nowhere to really hold on. Upon returning to the stable, my horse decided he wanted to lay down. My initial concern was that he was passing out, but somehow, I was able to get off the horse and away. The guides immediately mobilized to make sure that the horse did not roll on me and that I was safe. They were very concerned that I was ok and immediately completed an incident report. Apparently these horses like to lay down.. When this happened, I was a bit shook up and forgot to retrieve my valuables from their safe keeping. I am not sure why they don't remind riders to pick up their valuables prior to getting back on the bus. However, after a call to Ishetar, they were kind enough to have the shuttle bus driver come drop off my valuables to me. All in all, it was a positive experience and their care and concern for their customers, the horses, and the environment and expertise in handling these horses was evident.

Rob M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

amazing once in a lifetime experience, the girls working there were really friendly and the route we took was stunning, the horses are easy to ride, I was in a group with people who hadn't ridden before so we stayed at a slow pace but with the views you won't mind! side note, If the tour guides are wrapped up and offer you the warm clothes to wear, wear them as if they say they are cold, its going to be VERY cold!

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

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