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Icelandic Horseback Riding Tour from Reykjavik

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  • 2 hours (approx.)
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Get close to nature in the way of old Icelanders on this 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 ride is matched to your ability and led by an instructor. Hot drinks, riding equipment, and guidance is included.
  • Icelandic horseback riding experience from Reykjavik
  • 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

What's Included

  • Coffee, tea, or hot chocolate
  • Helmets, rubber boots, rain gear and warm overall
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Pre-booked pick-up and drop-off from pick up points in Reykjavik, unless specified with tour option

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Sörlaskeið 26
    Sörlaskeið 26, 220 Hafnarfjörður, Iceland

    If you are traveling on your own to our stables, please be there at least 30 min. prior to your tour departure.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

Pickup details

Pick-up needs to be pre-booked. Please be sure that you've chosen a tour with pick up included if you require to be picked up from your accommodation or a designated bus stop close to your accommodation. Please note the weight limit on our tours is 110kg/240lbs and the age limit is 8 years old.

What To Expect

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 afterward, having watched you riding, your instructor splits you into three groups—beginners, intermediates, and experienced.

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.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult
  • Age limit is 8 years old
  • Weight limit is 110kg/240lbs
  • Used riding gear is not allowed on the tour or near the horses
  • If you arrive in your own car please be at the stables 30 minutes before your tour starts
  • Due to possible harm to unborn children pregnant women cannot ride on our tours
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • All riders must be able to mount the horse by their own strength.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • In our tours up to two children or youth may travel with each adult, paying full fare
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Icelandic Horseback Riding Tour from Reykjavik?

A:The policies on sanitization are:
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Q:What is the social distancing policy during Icelandic Horseback Riding Tour from Reykjavik?

A:The policy on social distancing is:
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Icelandic Horseback Riding Tour from Reykjavik?

A:The policies on staff health & safety are:
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms

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They offer warm overalls, boots and a helmet-bring gloves though and warm socks!
The guides in this tour are very good, They will make you comfortable with the horses and help you along the way, This was a great ride,
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Horse Lover’s Must Do
Melissa_G, Oct 2022
The staff were incredibly knowledgeable and affection with the horses. The horses were so clam and well behaved for all stages of riders. The riding grounds were beautiful.
Highlight of our Iceland stop!
Courtney_B, Sep 2022
This tour was so much fun! We had someone over 70 in our group, all the way down to 9 and everyone had a blast. My girls are both experienced riders and we’re worried that it would be “easy or boring” but it wasn’t at all. Thanks for such a fun time!
Great experience!
Laure_T, Sep 2022
It was a gorgeous sunny afternoon in Reykjavik! The women guides were fantastic! The horses were so happy to be out and eating Lupine! Once my horse Popi broke into a canter and it was heaven - like floating on horseback!! Just for a few seconds but amazing!! I had had surgery and the guides were great with helping me mount - an altogether terrific experience!! Thank you!!!
Horse ride
Arturs_A, Sep 2022
The horse ride was amazing. The tour gides where very helpful with everything. Great tour if you have never riden a horse. I enjoyed the ride and my horse was very friendly and active.
Amazing Experience!
Ryan_H, Sep 2022
What an incredible experience! Such beautiful horses and riding through the Icelandic countryside was awesome. All the tour guides were AMAZING and super friendly. I’ll always remember this experience and my ride on Isaac! 😃
1 traveler found this review helpful
Beautiful Ride
Barbara_H, Aug 2022
A lovely few hours riding gentle horses in the countryside. The stables and surroundings are excellent. The young ladies in charge were lovely and obviously cared about the horses. Felt very safe on my horse.
Absolutely fantastic
Jon_S, Sep 2022
Absolutely a fantastic ride with great staff . I highly recommend this adventure. The staff was very helpful and took the time to help the ones who haven’t ridden gain confidence.
Immediately upon meeting...
Vespa_C, Aug 2022
Immediately upon meeting the horse I was going to ride, she gently put her whole forehead against my chest. It felt very loving and I immediately bonded with her. All the horses are obviously well taken care of and the staff knows the personalities of the horses well.
Icelandic ponies are the best!!!
Peggyk_P, Aug 2022
Ponies were gentle, responsive, staff was professional and compassionate to those who were beginners, yet they challenged those that were not!
Great adventure.
Judy_H, Sep 2022
The pickup was uneventful, on time. We truly enjoyed the horses, the people and ride. The guides were very helpful and patient. Would consider going again.
Horseback Riding, and so much more!
Jennifer_A, Aug 2022
The Icelandic horses are so personable and easy to ride, even for a beginner. The staff/guides were amazing and the ride was the perfect duration/location. I've ridden horses in many places, and this was definitely on the top of my list. Great for adults, children, novices and experts. Educational as well!
1 traveler found this review helpful
mi Amore!!
Alexandra_T, Sep 2022
My first time riding a horse so I was nervous. The guides chose the horse for me based on my riding experience and level of comfort. They chose Armore as my guide horse. He was super chill. The group was led by 4 female riders. It was a nice relaxing experience. Very well organized and professional yet comfortable and familiar at the same time. Would love to try horse riding again in the future. Cheers!
Great trip and very good staffs
Megan_F, Aug 2022
Great trip and riding Icelandic horse. Great staffs who are very helpful and supportive. They helps everyone getting on horse and set up.
ishetar horseback riding tour
Jo_A, Sep 2022
this tour was very well organized. we thoroughly enjoyed our experience, the horses were awesome and the guides very helpful and informative.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Super fun experience
Lisa_D, Sep 2022
Very well run facility. Knowledgeable and friendly staff, beautiful views, and happy and healthy horses. It was a wonderful experience. *It would be nice to have some grooming tools available for a quick brush before or after the ride.
Can’t miss for horse lovers
Kimberly_M, Aug 2022
ISHestur provided me with a wonderful experience. I learned so much about the breed and had a blast! Everyone who works there is so nice and they take great care of their horses. They also have a gift shop that had hand-knit sweaters and other horse-themed items.
Icelandic Horseback Ride
Nancy_B, Aug 2022
We added this to our itinerary at the last minute, and I’m so glad we did! It is an amazing experience! You hop on your horses and off you go on a trail ride through dried up lava fields. The ride was longer than I expected, which was a nice surprise. They have an option for more experienced riders to branch off on their own while the beginners stick to their nice slow pace. Highly recommend!
Bucket list experience
Brittany_R, Sep 2022
The horses and guides were great, the scenery was beautiful, and the facility was well run. A necessity if you're visiting Iceland
Fantastic
julie_k, Aug 2022
The staff were fantastic and the horses are beautifully cared for. Your ride was based on experience, which allowed for everyone to have their own group and guide to support. Really beautiful ride
Highly recommend!
Dontreye_N, Sep 2022
Our guides were very knowledgeable and super friendly! The horses all had their own personalities and knew exactly how to follow each other in line. Great experience!
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