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Icelandic Horseback Riding Tour from Reykjavik

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icon2 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 4 more
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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
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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

Departure Point

Sörlaskeið 26, 220 Hafnarfjörður, Iceland

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult
  • In our tours up to two children or youth may travel with each adult, paying full fare
  • 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 damage 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
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Ishestar

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • 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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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?
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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
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What is the social distancing policy during Icelandic Horseback Riding Tour from Reykjavik?
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The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Icelandic Horseback Riding Tour from Reykjavik.
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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
See all safety measures taken by Icelandic Horseback Riding Tour from Reykjavik.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Icelandic Horseback Riding Tour from Reykjavik?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Icelandic Horseback Riding Tour from Reykjavik.

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Traveler Tips


  • "They offer warm overalls, boots and a helmet-bring gloves though and warm socks!" See review
  • "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," See review

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J_T
, Jul 2021
The guides were extremely helpful for beginning riders like myself! We ended up having a great time and were able to go along pretty fast, and the guides made sure we felt comfortable the entire time. Great experience, and it was only a short 25 min drive from where we were staying in Reykjavik.
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Great experience
Ash
, Jul 2021
Great first experience with horses. Really recommend it. They pick you up and leave you at your hotel as well which worked out great.
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Iceland vacation highlight!
Kateri_L
, Jul 2021
We have two children under the age of 10. This horseback experience was one of the main highlights of our vacation to Iceland! The guided tour was amazing, educational and absolutely worth every penny! We would highly recommend anyone interested in learning about and going horseback riding in Iceland!
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A day of bests
Kendra_M
, Jul 2021
The guides were kind, patient, friendly and very knowledgeable. This was one of the best experiences I had!
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Excellent experience
Ayako
, Jul 2021
Well organized, right lengths of activity, and above all people were so nice and helpful. We were picked up and drop off at the central Reykjavik so we didn’t need to rent a car or try public transportation. A guy in the office was so kind and always careful not to let anyone miss the return chauffeur. We were absolute beginners of horse riding, but guides were amazing and horses were quite sweet so we didn’t have any trouble. One good thing we didn’t expect was that the riding lasted more than 1 hour. We had plenty opportunity of trying different ways of running as well as shooting the photos. Different weather might have made our experience difficult but luckily we were blessed with nice weather. It would’ve been perfect Di we can see more scenic views other than lupines and lava, but I believe it does not write the whole experience off. If you are looking for 3-4 hour long activity around Reykjavik, I’d definitely recommend Ishestar.
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Riding in the lupins
TexasGirls
, Jun 2021
Fantastic experience with a very beautiful ride through fields of lupins. The horses were lovely and easy to ride and so well cared for. Highly recommend to anyone who loves horses
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You've never been horseback riding like this!
Daniel_K
, Jun 2021
We ended up having a wonderful & small tour. There were just three of us with our guides. You can tell they treat the horses well. They're happy & friendly. The horses are very different than ones you're used to. Icelandic horses are smaller (don't call them ponies!), very friendly and come in so many different combinations of colors. This ranch was huge and we had a nice trot through beautiful landscapes. They make good hot chocolate, too!
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Great for riders of any experience
Christopher_B
, Jun 2021
My wife and I are not experienced riders at all. That being said, Patricia was great! We asked to be picked up in town which was easy and on time. There were only four of us on the tour, me and my wife as well as another couple. The other couple was older and even less experienced. She was patient and helpful throughout the ride. They put us with horses based on our ability, which was great. We saw beautiful scenery and even the volcano erupting in the distance. The horses were awesome. Very docile and tame. They would walk right up to you and loved attention. I had a horse named Piano. He had just got back from "vacation" and was ready for a good ride. We would absolutely do it again.
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Icelandic horse riding
BarryHenley
, Jun 2021
Excellent arrangements and lovely countryside with friendly staff and gentle horses which are well cared for.
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Great!
Kait
, Jun 2021
Awesome experience, the scenery was beautiful and our tour guides were very nice. We got hot drinks after the ride which was great to warm up.
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