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Olivia O United States of ...
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.
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 ...
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 ...
Some of the most amazing reviews and relaxing scenery
Great experience and well organized.
Turaya Richards United Kingdom
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!
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.
Fantastic experience, even in the snow. Staff are very good horses very well behaved
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.
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