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Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
Icelandic Horseback Riding Tour from Reykjavik
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icon2 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 1 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
This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
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.

This activity will end right where it started.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.
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
  • 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
  • OPERATED BY Ishestar
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.

Learn more about cancellations.

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

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  • "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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star-5
Fun, safe, and (for me) educational lava ride.
Margaret_M
, Aug 2022
Traveling with experienced rider grandkid and not so experienced rider. Self with no experience. They accommodated us all with appropriate instruction and animals with the right temperament. This was a trail ride, not lessons, so instruction was appropriately relatively brief. The guides for the ride were knowledgeable and friendly, and the scenery for the ride was gorgeous. We had a great time.
star-5
The horseback riding...
Karen_J
, Aug 2022
The horseback riding itself was great; however, there was very little information where to meet the bus nor signage. We first went to the wrong bus and then we had to “happen” on the bus stop. Please improve instructions for all tours.
star-4
So worth it
Megan_E
, Aug 2022
This was by far my favorite experience in Iceland. I love riding wherever I go and seeing the different kinds of horses all over the world. Icelandic Horses are small and so sweet. I loved having the ability to split up the group as I am I more experienced rider….However, there needs to be a form beforehand to determine who is experienced enough to go in this group. One man put the entire group at risk when he lost control of his horse while galloping; he was screaming that he didn’t know how to stop and scared multiple horses and caused mine to want to race when being passed. He was a risk to himself, his horse and everyone around him and should not have been allowed to ride in the experienced group.
star-5
Typical Island Pony Trek
Bernine_P
, Aug 2022
Wonderful 2 hour trek with Island Ponies. Mines was a darling, quiet and well behaved, a few were a bit more lively. The group was quite large which was a shame.
star-5
Favorite tour in Iceland
Courtney_B
, Aug 2022
This was my last tour of my week+ in Iceland - and definitely my favorite of the bunch. The tour was well operated with a sufficient number of guides who were all very helpful with the families/children on the tour. And, Icelandic horses really are the sweetest. I loved my horse Bjorn and chose to go with the easy group for a relaxed ride. It was beautiful and perfect - the perfect note to end my trip on.
star-5
A fun easy excision from Reykjavik.
Lucas_D
, Aug 2022
A lot of fun and the guides were super easy going and helpful. The horses were all very friendly as well. I think mine wanted to come home with me. I recommend the fast ride as we got to get the horses up into a full gallop.
star-5
A Must Do Icelandic Experience!
James_P
, Aug 2022
The guides were great! Very helpful and friendly. We had a nice two hour ride through some very beautiful country side. This was our second time riding the Icelandic horses. It a must do experience when visiting Reykjavik. Highly recommend for anyone.
star-5
A great experience
Luke_H
, Aug 2022
The ride was perfect for our younger girls, and the guides stayed with our youngest. Everyone was kind and friendly. The horses were well cared for, and appropriately matched. The ride was beautiful.
star-5
Beautiful horses and knowledgeable guides!
Christine_C
, Aug 2022
Beautiful scenery, nice horses, knowledgeable and caring guides. Recommended for people of all ages. Nice way to experience Iceland culture.
star-5
The tour is well...
Ekaterina_K
, Aug 2022
The tour is well organized. Girls/instructors are friendly and helpful. We had a great time. Thank you. 🙂👍
star-5
Easy Ride
Jonathon_H
, Aug 2022
It was a lot of fun riding for the first time. It was very easy to just stay on the horse and it did the rest.
star-5
Beautiful tour with calm, friendly horses
Carina_R
, Aug 2022
The horses were very friendly and the landscape of the tour was beautiful. The guides were helpful and allowed you to choose a pace that you were comfortable with. Beautiful tour with prompt pick-up and drop-off.
star-5
Great family experience
Heather_J
, Jul 2022
Perfect for our family of 4 and all our experience levels. We enjoyed the scenery, the staff was very knowledgeable and the horses all had their own personalities.
star-5
Great tour
imraan_A
, Jul 2022
Great tour. The guides were very helpful and it was a ton of fun. Great for beginners and experts. Would highly recommend
star-5
Carmen's horse riding experience
Kenneth_L
, Jul 2022
The horse, the ride, the staff - all excellent. Very efficient and organised. Horses in excellent condition
star-5
Fast group
Harriet_m
, Jul 2022
They split the group based on riding experience . I was in the fast group and it was so much fun!! We trotted and tolted alot. I was very 😊
star-5
Made our trip to Iceland perfect
Jacob_G
, Jul 2022
Intuitive, kind, and knowledgeable guides. My first time on an horse and they made everything so smooth. Quick, very helpful training followed by time to connect with your horse. Splits into a slow group and a fast group, and if you feel confident, I totally encourage joining the fast one. Not fast the whole time, just during an handful of moments that feel liberating. Oh, and the scenery is UNBELIEVABLE. Gorgeous lava fields and a volcano in the background. There’s a midway break and the guides take photos. Bus pickup and drop off was seamless. Highly, highly recommend.
star-5
Great staff and horses
Juli_W
, Jul 2022
All of the staff were very kind and helpful. They were very knowledgeable. The horses were very nice. Having different tour levels helped our whole group have an enjoyable experience, even those who had not ridden horses a lot. The trail guides were fun and it made for a great horseback tour of Iceland
star-5
Wonderful trip
Tuula_M
, Jul 2022
Great tour, really sympathetic and kind horses. Guide spoke Finnish which was perfect for my kid. I would recommend this experience to anyone who likes horses and Icelandic nature.
star-5
Fun and friendly!
Chris_K
, Jul 2022
Very friendly, and customized our rides for those wanting to go faster vs a leisurely pace. Loved the scenery and rest stops to watch the horses in their natural feeding states. Great excursion at a reasonable price!

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