Horse Riding Tours

Horseback riding is a popular pastime of Icelanders, as well as much of the rest of the world. Iceland’s Vikings relied on their strong, resilient horses to trek through Iceland’s rough landscape. Today, travelers can have the same experience, but guided by knowledgeable guides through beautiful terrain. Utilizing horses allows travelers to experience a part of Iceland that they’ve never before seen. There are a variety of tours available throughout Iceland, allowing travelers to choose the perfect tour to suit their needs.

The Icelandic Horse

Most horse tours utilize Icelandic horses, which were ridden by Viking settlers in the 9th century. Iceland has ensured that their breed remained pure throughout the years and there are over 80,000 of them in the country. Although they are pure-bred, most do not look alike. They are found in over 40 different colors and 100 variations. They are generally extremely intelligent and good-tempered, making them the perfect, versatile horses for riders of all ages. Trained Icelandic horses will walk, trot, canter, tolt, and pace.

Íslenski Hesturinn is located in Reykjavík and is one of the most popular horse tours in Iceland. They offer year-round tours as well as season-specific tours. Their classic tour, Volcanic Landscape, gives riders a chance to view lava fields, craters, and mountains. They will also experience the Icelandic Horse’s famous tölt during their ride. It lasts about 2.5 hours, which includes about an hour of introduction and preparation.

Eldhestar

Eldhestar, established in 1986, is conveniently located only 30 minutes from the country’s capital of Reykjavík. Its location is unique because it rests peacefully between volcanoes, rivers, and the ocean, giving travelers an all-in-one experience. Travelers enjoy riding through magnificent valleys and meadows, and passing by glorious hot springs.

Eldhestar translates to “volcano horses” and the company boasts having top-of-the-line horses for all riders. Their horses are hand-picked and matched to each rider’s experience, age, and abilities.

Riding tours range from an hour-long ride to several days. They are available to all ages.

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Íshestar

Íshestar, located in the Reykjavík area, has been operating for over 30 years, offering experienced guidance and exciting tours for all travelers. They have a very large range of tours, with the most popular being the Lava Tour and the Viking Tour. The Lava Tour is their bestselling day-tour for riders of all ages and experiences, while the Viking tour is geared towards more experienced riders.

Day tours range from 2 to 7 hours and multi-day tours are operated all over Iceland by local farmers. They offer tours for both beginners and experienced riders.

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Equitours

Equitours is a world-wide company offering three impressive tours in Iceland; The Ultimate Hekla, Hekla-Landmannalaugar Trail, and Fjallabak Tour.

The Ultimate Hekla offers a combination of exploring Iceland by horses and vehicles, creating a unique experience. Travelers enjoy black volcanic beaches, waterfalls, glaciers, and a visit to the Thingvellir National Park. Rides are planned according to the riders’ experience levels and abilities.

The Hekla-Landmannalaugar Trail offers a range of experiences in Iceland’s wilderness. Parts of the terrain are barren and sparse, while other parts are covered in mountains and lakes.

The Fjallabak Tour has an amazing array of sights from volcanoes and mountains to lava fields and hot springs to snow fields. This tour shows travelers the reason Iceland is called the land of fire and ice.

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