Horse Riding Tours

Best Horse Riding Tours in Iceland

Select starting location

Select dates

Add travelers

Horse Riding Tours

Refine the results by using the filters

The friendly Icelandic horse is one of the most alluring parts of Iceland.

Excellent 2.5 Hour Horse Riding Tour of the Volcanic Raudholar Countryside & Transfer from Reykjavik

Riders on the Reynisfjara beach in early winter, with Reynisdrangar in the background. Vík, South Iceland.

Fantastic 1 Hour Horseback Ride on a Black Sand Beach with Transfer from Vik

From the back of your horse in summer, you'll note the contrasts of the green and purple fields against the lava and volcanoes of the Reykjanes Peninsula.

Best Horseback Riding Tour from Reykjavik

Travel through the idyllic countryside setting of South Iceland on horseback.

Scenic 8-Hour Horse Riding & Whale Watching Day Tour with Transfer from Reykjavik

Icelandic horses are perfectly adapted for the harsh conditions of Iceland's weather and terrain.

Excellent 10 Hour Tour with Horseback Riding & the Golden Circle with Transfer from Reykjavik

Icelandic horses travelling through Reykjadalur Valley.

Excellent 3 Hour Horse Ride & Hot Springs Tour of Gufudalur Valley

Experience the beauty of Iceland's landscapes on horseback with your loved ones.

Family-Friendly 1-Hour Horseback Riding Tour Through the Stunning Countryside

You can try the unique 'tolt' gait of the Icelandic horse on this 5-hour horse riding tour for experienced riders.

Scenic 5-Hour Horse Riding Tour for Experienced Riders with Transfer from Reykjavik

Horse riding under the soft winter sun.

1 Hour Horse Riding Tour over the Mountains & Meadows of South Iceland Departing from Skeidvellir

Scenic 1.5 Hour Winter Horseback Riding in the Countryside of North Iceland

Scenic 1.5 Hour Winter Horseback Riding in the Countryside of North Iceland

Your riders learning how to ride a horse near Vík, southern Iceland, on a black sand.

Family-Friendly 30 Minute Horseback Riding Tour on a Black Sand Beach with Transfer from Vik

Riding the Icelandic horse through the beautiful countryside of southwest Iceland.

Scenic 9-Hour Icelandic Horse Riding Tour Amidst Southern Iceland's Beauty From Reykjavik

Icelandic horses have been used to ford rivers for centuries.

Scenic 5-Hour Horseback Riding & Icelandic Heritage Tour with Transfer from Reykjavik

Leidarendi has a bright red corridor.

Lava Caving and Horseback Riding Day Tour from Reykjavik

Immerse yourself into a magical underwater world.

Silfra Snorkeling & Horseback Riding | Free Underwater Photos

Riding a horse through the Icelandic country side is an experience that will leave memories to last a lifetime.

Classic 11 Hour Golden Circle & Horse Riding Tour with an Audio Guide and Transfer from Reykjavik

Combination 6 Hour Horse Riding & Northern Lights Hunting by Boat with Transfer from Reykjavik

Combination 6 Hour Horse Riding & Northern Lights Hunting by Boat with Transfer from Reykjavik

Meet the Icelandic horse, a unique breed that has been evolutionarily isolated for a millennium.

Charming 1 Hour Horse Riding Tour through the Countryside of Hveragerdi

Riding in the Icelandic nature on a horse is what many dream about.

Exceptional 9 Hour Horseback Riding Tour with Geothermal Pool and Transfer from Reykjavik

The Icelandic horse is a friendly and gentle creature.

Family-Friendly 1 Hour Horse Riding Tour with Lunch & Geothermal Pool Bathing

Rain, snow or hail, nothing can stop the Icelandic horse.

Magical 2 Hour Horseback Riding Tour of Icelandic Elves & Mysteries

Horse riding is an essential tour for those visiting the land of ice and fire.

Exciting 4.5 Hour Horse Riding Tour near Hekla Volcano with Lunch with Transfer from Skeidvellir

Icelandic horses are one of the purest breeds on earth.

Family-Friendly 40 Minute Icelandic Horse Stable Visit with Hot Drinks at Skeidvellir

Icelandic Horses are smaller than horses found elsewhere.

Scenic 2 Hour Horseback Riding Tour in the Icelandic Countryside with Transfer from Skeidvellir

Explore an unequalled wealth of tours and packages

Vacation Packages in Iceland

Self drive tours in iceland, tour calendar, nature tours in iceland, adventure tours in iceland, cheap bus tours in iceland, top tour destinations in iceland, verified customer reviews.

Read first-hand reviews by customers from across the world

André Glaser

André Glaser

It was just great! Amazing scenery and cute islandic horses. Will be again included in next trip

Annie Brown

Annie Brown

Had a wonderful time even in the driving wind and snow. The supplied extra layer of waterproofs were very much appreciated, as was the hot drink on return. The horses were very sure footed, sturdy and friendly and all the staff very helpful and knowledgeable. Everyone on the trip - from first time riders to more experienced ones thoroughly enjoyed it. The scenery was very interesting too. Highly recommend it to all

Robert Newman

Robert Newman

Huge thanks to everybody involved for this wonderful tour. Careful of everybody's skill levels, looked after all participants well, and friendly people and horses! Definitely a highlight of our time in Iceland.

Kevin Pridemore

Kevin Pridemore

It was great fun. Me and my daughter really enjoyed it. The horse's are amazing and the staff were very helpful.

The Icelandic Horse

Initially imported by Norse settlers, the Icelandic horse is one of the oldest, rarest and purest breeds in the world, having existed on the sub-arctic island in isolation for over 1000-years.

The breed is known and revered for its shaggy, stocky appearance, raw strength and gentle temperament. Unlike other breeds, moreover, the Icelandic horse has a fifth gait called "tölt." Before the arrival of the automobile, this gait proved invaluable to Icelanders as it made it relatively easy to travel long distances by guaranteeing a smooth ride on the poorest of roads.

To protect the Icelandic horse against disease, and to preserve the purity of the breed, no foreign horses are allowed to enter the country. In fact, Icelandic horses may not return home once they have left the island. Therefore, when Icelandic equestrians travel internationally for competition, they will often leave their best horses at home to avoid having to abandon them abroad.

Icelandic horses were initially used for transport and farming. Although they are mostly only used for competitions and leisure riding today, many farmers still use them for backcountry travel and sheep herding.

There are over 80,000 horses in Iceland—a significant number when you consider that there are only 350,000 people. This means that where ever you may find yourself while travelling in Iceland, you will have the option of exploring the country on horseback via a horse riding tour , and get to know the beautiful animal that is the Icelandic horse.

Should you love horses, Skagafjörður fjord is a must-visit, as this area is renowned for its horse riding culture and its large horse population.

Frequently asked questions

How long is typical horse riding tour in iceland, do i need any riding experience for my horse riding tour in iceland, what should i wear on a horse riding tour in iceland, how old do you have to be to go on a horse riding tour in iceland, is there a weight limit for horse riding tours in iceland, will my horse riding tour in iceland be cancelled if there is rain, do i need to bring any equipment for a horse riding tour, what gaits will i experience on my horse riding tour in iceland, what do icelandic horses like to eat can i bring them treats for my horse riding tour in iceland, do icelandic horses only exist in iceland does iceland have any other horse breeds, is the icelandic horse a pony.

Link to appstore phone

Download Iceland’s biggest travel marketplace to your phone to manage your entire trip in one place

Scan this QR code with your phone camera and press the link that appears to add Iceland’s biggest travel marketplace into your pocket. Enter your phone number or email address to receive an SMS or email with the download link.

Top things to do in Iceland

Book your complete trip with the best companies only

Visit a Live Volcano

Visit a Live Volcano

Visit the Blue Lagoon

Visit the Blue Lagoon

Go on a Road Trip

Go on a Road Trip

Do the Golden Circle

Do the Golden Circle

See the Glacier Lagoon

See the Glacier Lagoon

South Coast Tours

South Coast Tours

Find the Northern Lights

Find the Northern Lights

Explore an Ice Cave

Explore an Ice Cave

best iceland horse tours

Discover the true essence of riding in Iceland.

Owned by icelandic farmers, íslandshestar is known for providing an extensive choice of multi-day riding tours in iceland, as well as an excellent array of day tours starting from our farms..

best iceland horse tours

Company owned by farmers

Íslandshestar is a leading Icelandic horse riding tour company that offers a variety of riding tours in Iceland. Our tours are organized and run by local Icelandic farmers who own and operate the company. Icelandic horses are a unique and beloved breed, and riding tours are a popular way for riders to experience the stunning Icelandic landscape. Every tour is arranged starting from the farms of our farmers, determined by their locations across the country.

Íslandshestar is known for its multi-day riding tours, which allow riders to explore Iceland’s natural beauty on horseback while staying in comfortable accommodations along the way. These multi-day tours often take riders through diverse landscapes, including lava fields, glaciers, and lush valleys, providing an immersive and unforgettable experience.

In addition to multi-day tours, Íslandshestar also offers day tours that are ideal for travelers with limited time or those looking for a shorter riding experience. These day tours typically start and end at the farms owned by the Icelandic farmers who run Íslandshestar, making it convenient for visitors to access these unique horseback adventures.

Icelandic horses are known for their gentle temperament and unique gaits, making them well-suited for riders of all levels of experience. Riding with Íslandshestar allows tourists to connect with these remarkable animals and explore the breathtaking Icelandic countryside in a memorable and authentic way.

Experiencing the beauty of our stunning country on horseback, guided by knowledgeable local farmers intimately familiar with the terrain, represents the epitome of authentic travel in Iceland. Riding Icelandic horses in their natural habitat enhances the uniqueness of our breathtaking landscapes. Our primary aim is to provide our guests with outstanding service, top-notch horses, and a secure riding experience amidst Iceland’s pristine nature. Many of our tours feature riding alongside a herd of free-running horses, adding an extra layer of wonder to the Icelandic riding experience.

Happy travelers

This riding holiday was superb. The hosts Sophie and Hannes couldn’t have been more friendly. They were extremely knowledgeable about all things Iceland/Icelandic horse related. The accommodation and food were excellent. Pride of place were the Icelandic horses themselves. Such kind, honest, tough characters. Was great to experience the famous tölt – very smooth. Overall a great holiday and would LOVE to get back to do a summer tour… someday maybe… NM.D. Great Britain
Excellent trip in Iceland, the best way to discover the country and its traditions! Fantastic and very professional team! D.C. France.
I really wish I would have done this trip sooner, this is truly a life changing experience and one you can´t describe until you try it your self! The horses, nature, hosts, and helpers were amazing. I 100% recommend all riders to ride with them! L.E. Germany.

From the blog

best iceland horse tours

Horseback riding with Íslandshestar

best iceland horse tours

The Icelandic Horse: A Majestic Breed with a Rich History

best iceland horse tours

Discover the true essence of riding in Iceland!

🐎 The 5 Best Iceland Horseback Riding Tours [2024 Reviews]

Enjoying sightseeing by horse, we look at the top horseback riding tours in iceland.

Iceland is a place of unimaginable beauty – but perhaps not your typical “pretty” vacation spot, like a tropical island would often be considered to be.

However, its varied terrain, volcanic activity, and intense weather, makes for a surreal location that is fascinating to explore. If you want to see the best views that the country has to offer, you will need to take a smaller mode of transportation.

One of the most fun options out there, is by horse! Hop on an Icelandic horse to see areas that most people don’t get the chance to. Let’s not waste any time – without further ado, here are the top horse riding tours in Iceland available!

Be sure to see our reviews of Northern Lights Tours , Whale Watching Tours and ATV Tours .

Best Horseback Riding Tours in Iceland

Quick answer: the 5 best iceland horse riding tours for 2024.

  • Viking Horse Riding and Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik
  • Private Horse riding tour from Reykjavík
  • Horse Riding Tour in Akureyri
  • Red Lava Horse Riding Tour From Reykjavik
  • Family Friendly Horse Riding Tour in Skagafjörður

Iceland Horse Riding Tour Reviews

1. viking horse riding and golden circle tour from reykjavik.

  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Departure:  Vonarstræti 10, 101 Reykjavík
  • Departure Time: 9:30 am
  • Includes: Professional English speaking guide, National Park fees, transportation, necessary gear for riding

If you really want to experience the Icelandic wilderness, you can’t go wrong with this comprehensive, 9-hour tour. The Viking Horse Riding and Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik tour packs a ton of adventure in to one day.

Go back in time, and see all kinds of natural beauties, as well as important pieces of man-made history. First, you’ll be picked up from your Reykjavik hotel, which is ultra-convenient.

You can pretty much roll out of bed and be ready – so long as you remember to bring some boots and clothing appropriate for ice and snow! You’ll head straight to the ranch located on the outskirts of the capital and is no more than 20 minutes away.

Once you arrive, you’ll get acquainted with your horse – an Icelandic horse. These majestic beauties are known for being gentle and able to perform 5 gaits, as opposed to most that can only perform 3 or 4.

The result is a much more comfortable ride, as you won’t be hopping around in the saddle. As you can imagine, this is a pleasant ride for all, but particularly great for beginner riders.

After you take a ride on these beauties, you’ll go on an express tour of 3 of the most popular Icelandic attractions: the Gullfoss Waterfall, the Geysir geysers, Thingvellir, and the Hveragerdi village. The Gullfoss and Geysir hot water springs are impressive, and are 2 different ways of displaying just how powerful water is!

Taking a quick stop at the UNESCO site, Thingvellir, is one of the crowd favorites and is home to the oldest functioning parliament on the planet! The national park holds one of the most special sites, too: the rift valley. Here, continental plates meet, creating a massive rift that really displays just how robust these plates are

Tour Information & Booking

100% refund for cancellations within 24 hours of tour experience, other experiences you may enjoy:, 2. private horse riding tour from reykjavík.

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Departure:  Akrar 2, 271 Mosfellsbær
  • Departure Time: Variety Available
  • Includes:  Light refreshments, local guide, use of helmet and gloves, warm overalls (in winter)

While the other guide is certainly a comprehensive, full-day tour, not everyone wants to commit to an entire day outdoors. If you’re looking for something shorter, to give you a taste of what the Icelandic nature has to offer, then this next tour is for you.

The Private Horse Riding Tour from Reykjavik is just 2 hours long, and will let you hop on and ride a beautiful Icelandic horse to explore rugged trails around a mountain!

The Icelandic horse has essentially been unchanged since the 9 th century, and is known for being so docile. Oh, and did we mention they’re absolutely gorgeous?

They feature unique coat and mane colors and combinations, with icy blue eyes and a fluffy mane that will instantly make you fall in love with them.

Mt. Ulfarsell sits in the countryside right outside the capital, making it remote yet close enough that it’s not inconvenient to travel from Reykjavik.

Once you arrive to the ranch, your guide will give you a safety briefing and make sure that both you and your horse are comfortable with each other. They will teach you how to mount the horse, and the basics of riding.

Not only that, but the guides offer a very interesting history lesson in the Icelandic culture and history. Check out breathtaking vistas over the mountain and the picturesque countryside while you ride, making it the perfect tour to fit into a busy day.

After you’re done riding, you’ll get to enjoy some light refreshments and get back to your hotel!

3. Horse Riding Tour in Akureyri

  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Departure: Skjaldarvík Guest House Road 816, 601, Akureyri
  • Departure Time:  Variety Available
  • Includes:  Coffee, tea and cake, helmet, use of hot tub, professional guide

This next one is yet again another shorter tour, at just 1 hour, with hotel pickup and drop-off offered. The Horse Riding Tour in Akureyri also takes you on the special Icelandic horse, known for their docile, smooth gait.

This is one of the best ways of taking in the best vistas of Akureyri, with horses that know exactly what they’re doing. The groups are typically very small, which is great for safety and exploring more places!

Not only that, but you can feel confident asking your guides any questions you may have. They are very friendly and professional, making sure you’re well-prepared to ride. While giving a safety briefing, they’ll provide you with helmets as well.

You will be matched with a horse, depending on your comfort level and riding abilities. We felt that the staff did a great job here, and the horses seemed to have a good time, too!

As you ride around, the guide will tell you all about the history of your horse breed as well as the history of this area. The countryside is overall very easy to navigate, and is perfect if you’ve never ridden a horse before.

If you feel comfortable, you can absolutely go a bit faster when your guide says it’s okay to. Akureyri is known for its incredible beauty, with notable waterfalls and canyons, as well as important ports.

When you’re finished exploring, they invite you to enjoy some delicious coffee, tea, and dessert back at the guest house. If you’d like, you can even use the hot tub on site, which is great for relaxing the muscles after that horse ride!

4. Red Lava Horse Riding Tour From Reykjavik

  • Departure:  Surtlugata 19
  • Includes:  Coffee and/or tea, winter clothing, rain clothing, helmets

The Red Lava Horse Riding Tour from Reykjavik may sound like a scene from a Hollywood action film, but rest assured, this is a tour perfect for beginners and advanced riders, alike.

This 2-hour tour does include hotel pickup and drop-off options, and will take you through iconic lava hills, around lakes, and more.

Once you arrive to the ranch, you will be matched up with an Icelandic horse, depending on your experience level. The guides have many beginners on these tours, so they know which horses are ideal for newbies.

The route that your group takes will depend on your experience level, as well. If you’re just starting out, you’ll take the smooth, easier route on the Redhills. If you’re more experienced, you’ll head through Rauoarvatn.

The horses are so sweet, and know exactly what to do. Even when to stop for photo ops! They ride very well through thick snow, and will even show you the tolt gait!

Both routes offer incredible views of the Icelandic country, and offer you the opportunity to better your riding skills and hang out with a friendly horse. You will all go to the Heidmork Nature Reserve, where the lava hills are located. You’ll learn all about the 5,000-year-old volcano history, as well.

At Rauoavatn, you’ll breathe in fresh air emitted from the thick forests in this area. The first processes of forestry in Iceland were taken at the start of the 20 th century, which also has quite an extensive history here.

5. Family Friendly Horse Riding Tour in Skagafjörður

  • Departure: Vegamót, 560 Varmahlið
  • Includes:  English speaking guide, riding helmet, rain jackets/trousers if required, coffee and/or tea

Are you on the hunt for a riding tour in Iceland that’s perfect for the whole family? If so, we’ve got just the one for you! The Family Friendly Horse Riding Tour in Skagafjorour is an hour-long tour – perfect for little ones who may have less patience.

Not only that, but the guides manage to make it fun, even for children! This tour also involves Icelandic horses, with their special trot much smoother than regular horses.

As they also tend to be a bit shorter, this seems to intimidate children less, who’ve never been on one. The guides do a great job at matching the rider with the horse, based on personality and skill.

Once the guide gives a safety briefing and provides everyone with their helmets, you’ll follow them to discover this area’s magnificent landscape! With small group sizes, the experience is very personalized.

You’ll have enough time to ask the guide any questions you may have, and they’ll pay attention to making sure everyone feels comfortable.

There will be moments along the trails where you have the option to go faster. The horses perform well at just about any pace, and adds a bit of fun to the adventure.

There will be various moments along the trails that are great for stopping and taking some photos. With the guide’s professional knowledge about the area, you’ll see the most picturesque locations – from bubbling streams to ridges! They include all necessary gear, and a hot beverage for you, so you stay warm and comfy!

Iceland Tour Guide

There are many reasons the Land of Fire and Ice has seen an explosion in tourism since 2019. Not only can you see the Northern Lights, active volcanoes, glaciers, and puffins, you can also relax in a geothermal spa and even bake bread inside a pot buried underground.

What you decide to do in this fascinating country is your choice, but you should take the time to do some research before you go. This guide is here to inform you where you can go, what you can do, and how you can get there, because we want you to have the best vacation of your life in Iceland.

Airports & Entry

Most visitors to Iceland arrive at Keflavik International Airport (KEF). Although Iceland only has a population of 359 thousand people, in 2018 this busy airport handled 9.8 million passengers. Despite the number of visitors, there is only one terminal. You will find the check-in times minimal, with an average 20-minute waiting time at the security check.

Inside the terminal, you will find everything clearly signposted in English. Charging points for cellphones and laptops are provided in the waiting area along with free Wi-Fi.

Strollers are provided for children, and there is a dedicated kids’ play area. The usual selection of food outlets and shops are found on the upper floor of the main building. Manned information stands are located throughout the airport.

It is 30 miles from the airport to Reykjavik, the capital city. The speed limit is 55 mph, but the drive usually takes 50 minutes due to traffic. Shuttle bus services link KEF to the city, which you can book in advance online or pay for at the airport.

Some hotels offer airport collection, and you should ask about that when you book your room. You can, of course, jump in a taxi at the airport, but it will be extremely expensive compared to the airport bus service. Car rental is available at the airport, but it is advisable to book in advance.

Planning Tips

With so many exciting things to do and see in Iceland, you’re guaranteed to have a great holiday. However, things do not always go to plan, so here are 5 tips to help you make the most of your visit.

Tip #1: If you want to see the Aurora Borealis, go between September and March

It’s easier to view the Northern Lights when the sky is at its darkest. In Iceland, the nights are especially long between September and March, but the sky doesn’t grow dark enough to view this magical phenomenon during the summer months. However, do not plan a visit around a full moon, because its light can dampen the impact of this natural light display. The best days to go are around the time of a new moon.

Tip #2: Check out the SolarHam website

If you are especially interested in the Aurora Borealis and want to earn your Geek Badge, check out the SolarHam website. This techy site provides a 3-day geomagnetic forecast, which is useful for aurora hunters to select the best time to view the Northern Lights. The same site provides a satellite map of where the natural light show is right now, so you can look up if you’re near.

Tip #3: Take your time to enjoy all the attractions of Iceland

There’s so much to see in Iceland, it would be a crime not to explore and experience as much as you are able in the time you have. While you are there, do not miss the opportunity to see so many unforgettable natural phenomena in one place. There is nowhere else on the planet where you can see active volcanoes, glaciers, and ice caves , all in one national park.

Tip #4: Book everything in advance, especially in winter

Tourism is on the rise in Iceland, and hotel rooms, tours, and attractions get fully-booked ahead of time.  Don’t miss out on seeing the Northern Lights from the best vantage point possible because all the tours were booked-up before you arrived. Many tours like the ones detailed above offer a 24-hour-in-advance free cancellation, so you take no financial risk booking. Ask about free cancellation when buying your ticket.

Tip #5: Impress your friends with quintessentially Icelandic souvenirs

The budget chain store Bonus stocks many unique Icelandic products, such as Omnom chocolate, Icelandic specialty teas, herbal sea salt blends, and licorice mixed with chocolate. At Bonus, you can pick up great, inexpensive gifts for your friends! Vinbuoin, the state-run liquor store, sells a fine selection of renowned Icelandic spirits, including Iceland’s signature tipple, Brennivin.

And if you like to sort through other folks’ debris for the hidden treasures, a special weekend market is held at Kolaportio in downtown Reykjavik where Icelanders come to sell off their unwanted goods when moving to a new house. You could find anything!

Restaurants & Eating Out

Because of Iceland’s geographical position and climate, vegetables and grains are rare in traditional foods, and many famous dishes focus on preserved seafood or meat. Also, food was scarce in yesteryears, so every part of an animal or fish was eaten. You’ll find many traditional meals involve fish or meat that is salted, smoked, dried, or fermented. Watch out for such culinary delights as baked sheep’s head and fermented shark.

Seafood restaurants are common throughout Iceland, and all serve “fish of the day”, which is usually salmon, monkfish, haddock, or cod. However, if you wish, you can seek out some of the more exotic options. Humar is a kind of lobster caught off the south coast of Iceland, renowned for its tender and tasty flesh.

It is served fried, baked or grilled, though it can also be found as a pizza topping! Plokkfishkur is a fish stew, made to the chef’s specific recipe but usually combining white fish with onions, potatoes, milk, and flour. Harofiskur is a snack you can buy in any grocery store. It is dried stockfish, eaten with butter or straight out of a bag.

Because it is difficult to grow wheat in Iceland, there are many traditional varieties of rye bread, like flatkaka, baked in thin disks on hot stones. One variety of rye bread you should try is rugbrauo, a sweet-tasting, dark bread.

The reason rugbrauo is so interesting for visitors to Iceland is that a common baking technique is to bury a dough-filled pot near one of the many hot springs, such as Fontana Hot Springs, and use geothermal heat to bake the bread. Rugbrauo baked that way is also called hyerabrauo (hot-spring bread).

Icelanders don’t only eat fish and rye bread. Sheep are the most common livestock in Iceland, so lamb is often on the menu. Sheep wander freely around the countryside, eating seaweed, grass, and berries, which tends to make lamb tender with a mild flavor.

Smoked lamb is called hangikjöt and is often served boiled during the winter holidays. Also watch out for varieties of meat you won’t see in most other countries, like puffin, horse, and whale. Despite international concern over puffins and whales, they are still commonly consumed in Iceland.

A meal on vacation isn’t complete without dessert. Popular local sweets include rugbrauosis (rye bread ice cream), pönnukökur (Icelandic pancakes), and snuour (cinnamon bread covered in caramel or chocolate). A dairy product unique to Iceland is skyr.

It is a kind of sour milk cheese eaten like yogurt and often sweetened and flavored with fruit or vanilla.

Nightlife & Entertainment

With long, cold nights throughout the winter, it’s no surprise Icelanders love their nightlife, and much of it is centered where most of the people live—Reykjavik. Because the capital is so small, most of the clubs and bars are within walking distance of one another. In fact, many are along one street, Laugavegur, the commercial artery of downtown.

Most social venues are informal and entrance fees rare. When Icelanders go out for the night, they tend to begin late, and many clubs and bars don’t get busy until after midnight. This is in part because alcohol in bars is expensive, so locals drink at home before setting out.

Many clubs and bars stay open as late as 5 am. Cocktail bars are a recent addition to Iceland’s nightlife, but with the booming tourist trade, they are rapidly expanding.

And don’t worry too much about safety at night. In 2019, the Institute for Economics and Peace in Sydney ranked Iceland the most peaceful nation on Earth for the 12 th year running. Crime rates in Reykjavik are probably lower than anywhere you have ever lived.

Getting Around

Iceland is a small country covering an area slightly smaller than Kentucky. If you wanted to drive from Reykjavik on the west coast to Faskruosfjorour on the east coast, the 425 miles route would take only 8½ hours.

However, because of its small population outside of the capital, you cannot rely on public transport to go sightseeing around the country or reach the best place to view the northern lights. This leaves you with two options: hiring a car or booking a coach tour, like the Golden Circle tour detailed above.

Within the capital and its immediate area, you do have more options: bus, taxi, bicycle, or walk. The public bus service is inexpensive and efficient, and you can ask for help to find the right bus from your hotel reception. Given that Reykjavik is so small a city, taxis are affordable.

If you want a little exercise, bicycle rentals are available in many hotels, and the city is crisscrossed by dedicated bicycle paths. If you decide to walk, make sure you wrap up well. The weather can deteriorate rapidly in Iceland.

Accommodations

Over the past few years, Iceland has seen a huge expansion in tourism. With a 378% increase since 2010, hotel rooms fill up quickly. Through Christmas and summer, hotels are usually fully booked. Since 228 of Iceland’s 359 thousand citizens live within the capital and its immediate hinterland, settlements throughout the rest of Iceland are small and rooms for visitors limited. Most hotels are in the capital.

You will probably find it most convenient to stay in Reykjavik. You will find a broad range of hotels there, it is near the airport, and many of the attractions along with most of the nightlife are found there or nearby. Many organized tours to other parts of Iceland and major tourist attractions set out from Reykjavik, such as most of the Northern Lights tours detailed above.

Within the downtown and central area of Reykjavik you will find a choice of luxury hotels, like the Hotel Borg downtown and The Icelandair Hotel Marina, overlooking the harbor. If you head a little more out of the center, you’ll find more affordable hostels, such as The Capital Inn and Bus Hostel Reykjavik .

There are some popular hotels outside of the capital near to tourist attractions, such as Hotel Skaftafell in the Vatnajökull National Park, which offers spectacular views of Iceland’s largest mountain, or Skyrhusid Guesthouse near Lake Jökulsarion in the south. Wherever you decide to stay, the important thing is to book in advance. If you don’t, you will miss out on the best rooms.

Iceland is not the place to go if you want year-round sunshine and dry weather. In fact, on 22 nd December there are only 4 hours of daylight, because that is the shortest day. That’s great if you want to see the Aurora Borealis, since it can only be seen during dark nights, but not so good for other sightseeing. In contrast, the longest day boasts 21 hours of daylight, 21 st June.

The “warm” summer period covers June, July, and August, with an average daily high of 55 0 F and a low of 46 0 F. Yes, 55 0 F is their summer high! Summers are short and cloudy. The winter period covers November through March, two months longer than summer, and is cold, wet, windy, and overcast, with frequent snow. The average daily high drops to 35 0 F in January with a low of 27 0 F.

If your main interest is the Northern Lights, you should go anytime September through March, because the sky is dark enough to view those fantastic electromagnetic displays. If the Aurora Borealis does not interest you, you’ll get the warmest weather and longer days from the end of June to mid-August.

Attractions

The Northern Lights are not the only unique and fascinating attraction in Iceland. The Land of Fire and Ice is the best place in the world to see and experience the majesty and power of two extremes in Nature: glaciers and volcanoes. These attractions are all part of what is called the “Golden Circle”. Taking a day tour of the Golden Circle with a guide is a great way to take in all of the best sights.

12 miles from KEF is the world-famous Blue Lagoon geothermal spa. Here you can laze in pools of hot, milky blue water heated by a lava flow. Nearby stands the Svartsengi Geothermal Power Plant, which uses superheated water from the lava flow to generate electricity and also provide heat for a municipal water heating system.

There are geothermal spas like the Blu Lagoon throughout Iceland, so wherever you choose to stay, you can find one near you and experience the power of molten rock.

Perhaps one of the most unique attractions is seeing the continental plates splitting apart at Silfra. Here the North American and Eurasian plates are separating. If you are daring you can take a snorkel tour of Silfra and see it for yourself!

If you are there in the winter, be sure to see the migrating whales. To have the best chance of see them, that a whale watching tour . The boat captains know the best places to go to see them.

If ice and Arctic landscapes interest you, head 140 miles east from Reykjavik to Vatnajökull National Park , which is centered on Vatnajökull glacier and the surrounding beautiful landscape. This park covers 14% of Iceland and is filled with glacial rivers and active volcanoes. To fully see it, take a tour of the glaciers !

Vatnajökull glacier empties into the glacial lake of Jökulsarion in the south, where you can see 100-feet-tall icebergs freshly broken away from the glacier. Jökulsarion served as a setting in several major Hollywood movies. On your drive back to Reykjavik, you can see two beautiful waterfalls around Skogar. The first, Skogafoss, is an impressive waterfall and a popular destination for Icelandic day-trippers.

18 miles west of Skogafoss is picturesque Seljalandsfoss waterfall . A path allows sightseers to pass behind the curtain of water as it falls into the crystal-clear plunge pool.

If it’s man-made cultural and historical attractions you seek, you’ll find plenty to do and see around Reykjavik. The capital’s earliest history stretches back to 874, but it only became a true city in 1785.

Around Reykjavik, you’ll find an interesting assortment of museums and tourist attractions, like the National Museum of Iceland and the Reykjavik Maritime Museum.

A famous landmark visitors flock to see is the Hallgrimskirkja Church, which is the largest church in Iceland. This unique structure was designed by a local architect to resemble the glaciers and mountains of Iceland.

The Viking Horse Riding and Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik is our Editor's Choice for the best horse back riding tour in Iceland

Robert Baker

Related articles, 🐋 the 7 best iceland whale watching tours [2024 reviews], the 7 best iceland northern lights tours [2024 reviews], the 7 best iceland glacier hiking tours [2024 reviews], the 7 best iceland snowmobile tours [2024 reviews].

  • Skip to right header navigation
  • Skip to main content
  • Skip to secondary navigation
  • Skip to primary sidebar

Iceland Trippers Logo

Learn how to easily plan your dream trip to Iceland with helpful guides and tips!

Guy and girl on horseback riding along the beach under a colorful sky

6 Best Horse Riding Tours in Iceland You Will Love

September 7, 2022 //  by  Iceland Trippers //   Leave a Comment

Are you searching for the best horse riding tours in Iceland? Let us help! We have found the best horse farms in Iceland so you can spend your vacation roaming the land of fire and ice on horseback.

If you have started planning a trip to Iceland, then you probably have already seen an Icelandic horse. These small, long-haired horses are one of the few animals that live in Iceland. In fact, their long coats help them to survive the cold, harsh winters of the arctic island.

Icelandic horse tours are a perfect way to experience Iceland as a viking. On the best horse riding tours in Iceland, you can ride your noble steed gallantly across the lupine meadows of the countryside, or catch the wind in your hair riding by the sea.

We have so many great Icelandic horse riding tours to share with you, each one a little different. We’ll review the Icelandic horse riding weight limit, whether or not the Icelandic horses tour is a good idea for beginners, and all the places that you can go for the most memorable ride of your life. And if your dream is to see the highlands of Iceland from horseback, we have some options for multi-day tours too.

So let us get down to it. Here are the best horseback riding in Iceland.

Viking man and woman on horseback riding tour in Iceland on a stormy day along the black sand beach

Can You Ride Icelandic Horses?

Yes, and you should. These small and adorable horses have a long history in Iceland and are part of the Icelandic culture. Their origins date back to 1,000 years ago when the Vikings first came to Iceland. Today, you can see many horse farms in Iceland, especially throughout the countryside.

You can see these friendly horses as you travel Iceland, especially as you travel to see the best sights along the Ring Road, or Route 1 . Feel free to stop and take photos with them, or give their fluffy manes a pet, but do not feed them. Feeding horses can cause them to get sick, so it is best to let their owners stick to regulating their diets.

So don’t miss out on getting to know these incredible horses. A good tip for when you go on a Icelandic horse tour is to bring a rain jacket since the weather can be unpredictable in Iceland! Don’t forget to pack the camera too for awesome Iceland horse riding tour pictures.

Two people on the best horseback riding tours in South Iceland on a snowy Oceanside with towering sea stacks in the distance

How Much Weight Can Icelandic Horses Carry?

While the Icelandic horse looks more like the size of a pony, this incredible breed should not be underestimated.

Horseback riding tours in Iceland have become increasingly popular due to the amazing ability these little horses have. Built short, stocky, and hardy enough to thrive in the arctic climate, the Icelandic horses are extremely capable.

You would think that due to their small frame, the Icelandic horse riding weight limit would be a concern. However, rider weight is generally not a problem for the Icelandic horse as they can carry max 35% of their own weight. In fact, Icelandic horses are the strongest breed of horse in the world, pound for pound.

So then, what are the load limits for these mighty horses? Well, most Icelandic horse tours have a weight limit of 110 kg, or around 242 pounds, in order to accommodate the horses’ carrying capacity. Although, there are a few Icelandic horse riding tours that breed a bit stockier horses than can carry about 10 kg (20 lbs.) more weight.

Close up of Icelandic horses with mane billowing as it strides among tall grass

Are Icelandic Horse Riding Tours Good for Beginners?

Yes, Icelandic horse riding tours are great for beginners! In fact, Icelandic horses are generally easier to ride for beginners than most other types of horses. These docile horses seem to have a willingness to be patient with their riders, even beginners. Also, the warm nature of the horse’s temperament makes Iceland horse tours great for beginners to go on.

Another reason Iceland horse riding tours are great for beginners is their natural stocky build. As silly as that may sound, the build of Icelandic horses helps to stabilize their rider. Even more, the Iceland horse actually has a special gait, or stride, that makes riding them smooth and easy. This special gait is called a tölt. The tölt also helps the horses to easily navigate the rocky and uneven volcanic landscapes with ease.

We love horse riding tours in Iceland for this reason. It is the smoothest horseback ride you will ever go on.

Herd of Icelandic horses roaming a flower-filled field with large mountains in the distance

Best Horse Riding Tours in Iceland

So then, what are the best horseback riding tours in Iceland? Horse riding tours in Iceland are usually chosen according to rider experience, or the time you want to commit to the tour.

There are many to choose from and we will help you choose the right one for your Iceland itinerary. We will show you options for horseback riding near Vik, some Icelandic horse tours near Reykjavik, as well as some multi-day tours through the Iceland highlands.

Whether you are looking for a half-day tour so you can leave more time to explore the local area, or you are an advanced rider looking for the experience of a lifetime, we will help you find your best tour.

Solhestar Horse Rental

Solhestar Horse Rental is one of the great Icelandic horse tours near Reykjavik. In fact, Solhestar Horse Rental makes it easy for you and offers free pickup from Reykjavik hotels. And if you are traveling to Iceland with kids , you’ll love to know that this is a family-friendly Iceland horse riding tour.

Solhestar Horse Rental is a great horseback riding tour for those of varying levels of experience, and they can adapt the tour to the rider. Beginner riders will get the chance to ride along the smooth-riding path of the Redhills of South Iceland, whereas more advanced riders can choose between routes within the area.

From start to stop, the Solhestar horse tour will last 2.5 hours. This Iceland horse tour offers between 1.5- 2 hours of riding through beautiful Icelandic scenery. This tour won’t take the whole day either, allowing plenty of time to check out all the things to do in Reykjavik Iceland , including relaxing in one of the Reykjavik hot springs .

To Book, Click here: Solhestar Horse Rental

Horse riding tours in Iceland crossing a farm

Gray Line Iceland

Gray Line Iceland gives one of the best Iceland horse riding tours as it comes with an exploration of the Golden Circle. Get the most out of booking an Iceland horse tour by getting to visit Iceland’s incredible sightseeing too.

Spend a day playing amongst the idyllic Icelandic countryside. To begin the day, you’ll set off on an hour-long Icelandic horse riding tour in Laxnes, which lies just outside of Reykjavik. Next, the tour takes you to Iceland’s gorgeous Thingvellir National Park. Then, you’ll witness one of Iceland’s best waterfalls , Gullfoss glacial falls. Finishing the tour with a bang, you’ll get to see the spouting geysers of Strokkur.

This all day tour lasts a total of 9 hours and is perfect for those who are staying in Reykjavik. We also highly recommend this tour for anyone who does not intend to rent a car in Iceland, as this tour offers pickup from Reykjavik hotels.

Click here to Book: Gray Line Iceland

Two brown colored horses eating grass among the meadow

Polar Hestar’s Akureyri Horseback Riding Tours

For North Iceland tours, the best Akureyri horseback riding is Polar Hestar is tours. With impressive mountains and the clear waters of the Atlantic at your side, this is bound to be one of the most beautiful tours in Iceland.

This tour is a lush paradise for riders. With towering green moss-covered mountains and lupine-filled meadows, the Akureyri horseback riding tours will make you feel the magic of Iceland. Experience the legendary elves found amongst the Northern fjords on this tour. Your tour guide will even take you to their homes on the hills, telling stories of their magic along the way.

While there are one-hour tour options, you can also choose to experience a long Akureyri horseback riding on a multi-day tour through the charming hills and rivers of Akureyri. With a multi-day tour, you’ll see some of the best parts of North Iceland , including lake Myvatn, Godafoss, and the Laufas turf houses. Some of Polar Hestar’s long horse riding tours in Iceland even include a whale watching tour on Eyjafjordur!

Gorgeous golden hour where horses graze among an open field beside tall mountains as fog quickly covers the land at one of the Icelandic horse farms

Vik Horse Adventure

If you are looking for horse riding near Vik, Iceland, book a tour with Vik Horse adventure. They offer one of the most scenic and romantic Iceland horse riding tours of all time along the beaches of Vik.

Experience from horseback, the gleaming black sand beaches of Vik with the sea stacks of Reynisdragnar on the horizon, and the sound of roaring waves from the Atlantic at your side. This one-hour-long horseback riding tour in Vik Iceland is one you won’t want to miss. After all, this horse riding tour is literally at one of the best photography locations in Iceland .

If you plan to do an epic road trip along Ring Road, then check our other blog post for other awesome things to do near Vik . We can also help with campgrounds for anyone camping in Iceland too.

Moody scene of the horseback riding tours in Vik traveling along the Oceanside near towering sea stacks

Nups Hestar Riding Tours

Another one of the best horse riding tours in Iceland has to be Nups Hestar Riding Tours. Although you will have to veer off the Ring Road, this tour will be sure to allow you to experience real countryside from the saddle.

Nups Hester Riding Tours are tucked away in Selfoss and because most people stick to convenience, this high-quality tour has the advantage of being less touristy. This means smaller groups and more intimate experiences. Another thing Nups Hester Riding Tours has that other tours don’t offer is the option for custom rides.

Short rides are offered between 1-3 hours. You can also choose to do a 6-hour day tour if you wish. If you are looking for an even bigger experience, you can also choose one of their multi-day horse tours like the 5-day ride through to geothermal areas of Landmannalaugar.

If you are traveling to Iceland in September, you can even book a one-of-a-kind Iceland horseback riding tour with Nups Hester. They invite you to participate in the annual lamb round-up traditions of Rettir to close out the summer, as the real Icelandic Vikings do, returning the roaming lambs to their homes before the incoming winter.

Horse riding tour in Iceland in the highlands along a purple lupine filled meadow

Mr. Iceland Horseback Riding Tours

Mr. Iceland hands down has one of the best horseback riding tours in South Iceland. With awesome hosts leading the way, you’ll experience these horse riding tours in Iceland the same way as the Vikings did.

Following a 1,000-year-old path of Vikings from millennials past, you’ll ride past idyllic Icelandic waterfalls and black sand beaches. In fact, Mr. Iceland’s horse tours trace a path that his ancestors rode, traced all the way back to 37 generations! This is truly my favorite activity in Iceland!

We love that with Mr.Iceland’s Icelandic horse riding tours, you actually have time to get to know the friendly horses before you ride. The Icelandic horses at Mr. Iceland’s farm are kind and gentle, taking easily to instruction. And, because Mr. Iceland’s horses are some of the strongest in all of Iceland, they can handle a heavier horseback riding weight limit than other horse farms in Iceland. Some of his horses can actually handle up to 128 kg (282 lbs).

One of my favorite parts of Mr. Iceland’s tour is the closing of the tour because the tour goes out with a delicious finale. At the end of the ride, you get the chance to have a wonderfully tasty and locally sourced meal prepared for you back on the homestead, one of the oldest horse farms in Iceland.

Mr. Iceland’s horseback riding tours in South Iceland are unique, well-planned, and remarkably authentic. We highly recommend giving them a try if you seek to experience horseback riding near Vik, Iceland.

You can also book them for one of the most romantic honeymoon getaways. Mr. Iceland’s horse farms have gorgeous overnight lodging accommodations, yoga, morning breakfast, and access to their onsite natural hot spring.

To Book: Mr. Iceland’s Horseback Riding Tours

Viking girl and guy on horseback riding tour in Iceland under a glowing sky along the beach

Reader Interactions

Leave a reply cancel reply.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.

  • Horseback private tours
  • Horseback special tour to the Black Sand Beach
  • Horseback ride and dinner with a Viking
  • Overnight stay at the Viking farm
  • Mr Iceland Exclusive
  • Black Beach
  • Hvolsvöllur
  • Jökulsárlón
  • Seljalandsfoss
  • Vestmannaeyjar
  • Mr Iceland The best horse riding adventure in Iceland
  • About us Where horse and you become one
  • Welfare How we treat our horses
  • Ecosystem The farm regenerating Iceland
  • Blog Experience the magic of Icelandic horses
  • Contact We look forward to hearing from you

Be part of the legendary adventure

Horse riding tours with a Viking

Visit our farm and have dinner with us

Logo Vanity Fair

Small groups only for real horse riding experience

Riding a horse in Iceland is a cultural experience

We have been riding the Icelandic horse since the settlement of Iceland. The Icelandic sagas are full of descriptions of the Vikings riding their Icelandic horses not only for battles but also for social gatherings, where they would ride the Icelandic horse together from farm to farm and visit political allies, friends or family.

Want an experience of a lifetime?

Mr Iceland - take care and communicate with our horses

Overnight stay in our new cabins

Sleeping with the horses

Riding a horse is only a part of the experience of visiting the Mr Iceland farm.

We practice spiritual and physical connection with the horse and with that in mind we designed the “sleeping with the horses” cabins.

The cabins are placed in the middle of the field, surrounded with an amazing view of horses , glaciers and volcanos .

Farm accomodation Polaroid collage

1100 years of tradition, education and culture

Have dinner with a real Viking

After the ride we sit down at the long table and feast! We tell stories of our ancestors – the Vikings, stories of good and evil but we also love to hear stories from other countries and cultures that you want to share. The dinner consists of local food , lamb and local vegetables . The dinner is a place where we sit down and share our experiences , dreams and tell stories.

There are only 8 seats available at the table. We are looking forward to having you at our table – welcome my friend!

Dinner and new friends at Mr Iceland’s farm

« The world is not in your books and maps... it's out there. »

Gandalf, The Lord of the Rings

Special horse private tour with Mr Iceland

A non-profit and regenerating farm

Committed to eco-friendly farming practices

Our mission is that every guest that comes to our farm helps us make the farm and its surroundings a better place than it is today.

We are not satisfied with only sustaining our farm but want to make our area better than it is today for soil , plants , animals and humans .

Mr Iceland private horse riding tour collage photos

Private horse riding tour

For you, that would like to make a private riding tour and experience our farm (4000 acres) and its surroundings, we offer a one-hour private adventure.

Each tour is designed for your riding level , both in terms of speed of the ride and the level of horses.

What they say about us

Words from our dear guests

We are proud of the fact that our guests have voted us for being the best experience of all experiences in Iceland. Feel free to look at our reviews.

5.0 368 reviews

Avatar

Horses are our passion – the foundation upon which we design all of our tours. But we also believe that the power of the Icelandic Sagas multiplies when paired with horse riding, natural beauty, and camaraderie that nourish the heart, body, and soul. That’s why each of our luxury horse riding experiences combines mindfulness, history, great food… and so much more.

  • Stable Visits
  • Private Riding Experience

Longer Trail Rides

  • Private Rides
  • Reiðnámskeið fyrir fullorðna
  • Reiðklúbbur
  • Reiðskóli Íshesta og Sörla
  • Fyrirtækjaferðir
  • Barnaafmæli hjá Íshestum

de_DE

Riding tours all over Iceland

For riders of all levels, shorter rides, for beginners to experienced riders.

best iceland horse tours

Paddock Ride & Stable Visit

best iceland horse tours

Visit Our Stables

Short Rides

Visit our stables close to Reykjavik; meet and bond with our horses. Perfect for those seeking the magic of the Icelandic horse. Enjoy the horses before taking a ride in our paddocks accompanied by our staff.

best iceland horse tours

Horses and Waffles

Family friendly, daily departures.

This tour is ideal for beginners as well as more advanced riders, families and groups. We calmly ride through beautiful lava fields surrounded by mountains and pristine nature.

best iceland horse tours

Two daily departures

Embark on an unforgettable horse riding adventure surrounded by beautiful nature. Our friendly horses and trained guides will take you through excellent riding paths.

LONGER TRAIL RIDES

We offer multi-day riding tours all over iceland for intermediate to advanced riders.

best iceland horse tours

Hekla in Lupins

5 riding days.

On this exciting 5-day tour in June, we see unique lava formations while riding on Hekla’s vast ashy veil, exposed to the elements, covered with lush grass or vibrant lupins.

best iceland horse tours

Wild Mountains

7 riding days.

This Multi-Day Tour is designed for seasoned adventurers seeking immersion in the wilds of Iceland. Discover untouched landscapes, rhyolite mountains and ash-covered terrain.

best iceland horse tours

Family-Friendly Hekla Tour

Few available.

Join us on a thrilling tour near one of Iceland's most feared volcanoes, Hekla, as we ride through lava fields, formed by eruptions over the past centuries. Experience the beauty of the lush grasslands that have been fertilized by the volcanic ash.

We care for our horses!

best iceland horse tours

OUR REVIEWS

Ishestar was awesome. The experience was so pleasant, everyone was nice and accommodating, the horses were beautiful and the facility was very comfortable. Our leader, Patti, was super nice and took us at different speeds as comfortable.

best iceland horse tours

Trip Advisor

Absolutely loved this excursion! I’ve had a horse in America for almost 20 years. These horses were a brand new experience for me. They are beautiful and have such unique gates. I went with my friend who was a beginner rider and she loved it as well. The staff are so nice and helpful and the horses are very responsive. The landscape is gorgeous and on a clear day you can see all the way to the mountains and the active volcano. 10/10 would do again!

best iceland horse tours

10/10 Everything in the smallest detail exceeded my expectations. First of all, from the very beginning you can feel that the horses are loved and cared for in this stable. The staff - both reception and guides - are very friendly, calm but also professional. It was my first time and I was taught the basics well and felt safe on horseback with the guides. The trail is amazing, you go through lava fields and there are mountains all around. It was great and after this experience I am even thinking of starting a new hobby!

best iceland horse tours

mateuszp948

Our location.

Join our mailing list

Submit your email for our monthly newsletter and special offers.

best iceland horse tours

Sörlaskeið 26 220 Hafnarfjörður Iceland

+354 555 7000 [email protected]

best iceland horse tours

www.ishestar.is

Íshestar | allur réttur áskilinn | 2021, privacy overview.

Iceland is open for travel: check volcano updates here

  • Language/Currency EN Language EN English FR French DE German CN Chinese $ USD ISK ISK $ USD € EUR CA$ CAD £ GBP

best iceland horse tours

Horseback Riding Tours in Iceland

Explore icelandic nature astride the friendly icelandic horse.

Horseback Riding Tours

WHAT TO EXPECT ON AN ICELANDIC HORSE RIDING TOUR

A horseback riding tour is the best way to experience the Icelandic horse. You’ll meet the other visitors in your small tour group on location and be given the right equipment for the activity. Then you’ll be matched to your horse for the remainder of the day, selected to match your height so that you can ride comfortably. Naturally, novices may be given easier horses to ride, and more confident equestrians paired with horses with more personality or strength.

After you’ve been shown how to correctly mount and control the Icelandic horse under you, it’s time to ride! The group may be split into groups depending on the confidence of the riders, with a slower walk-only group or a more exhilarating chance to try out the unique 5 gates of the horses. Then the ride begins, and you can relax and enjoy the rolling landscape before you! If you’re ever struggling to control the horse’s direction or speed, you’ll have plenty of friendly guides around you to ask or help out.

You’ll usually get a break after a stretch of the ride (mainly for the horses, not the humans). This is ideal for taking pictures, both of the scenery and of you on the majestic horses, while they have a snack. Our guides are happy to get shots of all the tour groups while visitors can say hello to the other Icelandic horses in the group.

best iceland horse tours

WHAT TO WEAR ON A HORSEBACK RIDING TOUR

If you aren’t an avid equestrian, you might be unsure of what to wear on your Icelandic horseback riding tour. First and foremost, wear comfortable clothes. While you won’t exert yourself too much, you will be out on the horses for over an hour, so it’s important to be comfy . 

Long pants will save your legs from chafing against the saddle. The clothes should be quite close to your skin so they won’t get tangled in the equipment. Try to avoid long scarves for the same reason. The weather in Iceland is very unpredictable, so it’s a good idea to dress in layers. If it gets too cold or too hot, you can easily adjust your outfit just by adding or removing a layer or two.

Warm, waterproof, closed-toe shoes with a small heel will keep your feet comfortable and in the stirrups.

Which Horse Riding Tour Is Right for Me?

We offer a range of horse riding tours where you’ll not only get to meet these charming, four-legged Icelanders but also explore unique Icelandic landscapes! All of our horseback riding tours are in small groups and led by experienced tour guides. Choose from a horse riding day tour or combine your riding experience with another adventure such as snorkeling, rafting, or a hike to hot spring pools. We offer tours from Reykjavík and from other locations, so pick a spot most convenient for you and join us for your ultimate horseback riding tour in Iceland!

Ride through the rolling Icelandic countryside on a Viking steed just outside Reykjavík! This tour is perfect for you if you’re looking for a relaxing ride. Spend an hour gently trotting on a trail between the Bláfjöll Mountains on one side and moss-covered lava fields on the other.

For a longer ride, choose our 5-hour horse riding lava tour from Reykjavík . This tour will take you through lava fields and across beautiful hillsides with the peaks of the Bláfjöll Mountains on the horizon.

Explore the South Coast on horseback on our black beach tour . Ride through dramatic, volcanically scarred scenery and explore the black sand at Víkurfjara Beach. We offer a family tour option on this trip so everyone can enjoy remarkable Icelandic horse riding!

Travel in true Icelandic spirit through wild meadows and rough lava fields in south Iceland. This tour will take you past several farms and the guide will tell you about the development of agriculture in the country. To wrap up the heritage tour , you are warmly invited for a traditional home-baked treat and a hot drink.

best iceland horse tours

Combo Tours

If you’re looking for an add-on to your horse riding afternoon, combine your excursion with other activities.

Explore lava fields from above and below, on our combo horse riding and lava cave tour ! Walk, climb , and crawl inside the Leiðarendi Cave to discover the marvels that volcanoes created more than 2,000 years ago. Once you’re above the ground, jump on your steed and immerse yourself in a horseback riding adventure through stunning Icelandic nature.

If you have a need for speed, mix your horseback tour with an off-road ATV mountain ride. This adrenaline rush is available just outside of Reykjavík, all year round. Ride an Icelandic horse and then compare one horsepower to that of our Can-Am Outlander Max Quad bikes !

Ice adventure seekers will love the combination of horse riding and a glacier hike . Use ice crampons and an ice axe to walk on the ice and hike on top of Sólheimajökull Glacier . The icecap is carved with dramatic ice formations including rugged ridges, crevasses, and sinkholes. Once you descend, make your way to the village of Vik, where you’ll find the horses waiting to take you through the unique Víkurfjara black sand beach.

Visit one of the Golden Circle highlights, Thingvellir National Park, on a horseback riding and snorkeling tour. Take the plunge into the underwater world in Silfra Fissure, which is one of the best places in the world for snorkeling and diving. Crystal-clear water reveals exceptional sights of plants and fish swimming in between two tectonic plates. There’s no rightful word to describe the true beauty of this place — you’ll just have to ride here and see for yourselves.

Watersports enthusiasts will be excited to learn that we also offer river rafting and horse riding combo tours! These are available from May to September so don’t miss a chance to spend an adventure-packed day in nature, riding sturdy Icelandic horses and paddling down the mighty Hvitá River.

FAQS ABOUT OUR HORSEBACK RIDING TOURS

Do i need any previous experience with horses.

No, you don’t need to have any experience with horses of any kind. Our tours are designed to cater to people of all abilities, which means those with more experience will find it just as enjoyable as novice equestrians. Our friendly guides will teach you all you need to know about the equipment and riding the horses themselves.

WHEN IS THE BEST TIME OF YEAR TO GO HORSEBACK RIDING IN ICELAND?

It’s actually possible year-round to ride Icelandic horses in Iceland. However, the summer months when the weather is fairest make for the best time to embark on one of our incredible horse riding tours.

HOW LONG WILL MY TOUR BE?

The duration of your tour will depend on the type of tour you choose. However, horseback riding tours in Iceland typically last between 1 and 2 hours, so that you can enjoy the experience without over-working these gentle creatures.

best iceland horse tours

IS RIDING ICELANDIC HORSES SAFE?

The answer to this is a resounding ‘yes’. Icelandic horses are well-known for their intelligence and gentle nature. They are also very obedient, and will typically follow the other horses in the group. It’s always important to pay attention to safety and behavior instructions from your guides so that the tour can be as comfortable as possible for you and the animals.

CAN I TAKE PHOTOS DURING MY HORSE RIDING TOUR?

While riding your Icelandic horse, you may want to capture the experience with a photograph. It’s important to keep a tight hold of your phone while moving so it doesn't get lost or trampled, but you are otherwise welcome to take pictures. The tour will usually make a halfway stop, where your guides will be more than happy to take some pictures on your devices of you and these magnificent creatures.

Thingvellir National Park

Horseback riding tours in iceland.

best iceland horse tours

Can`t decide? Our travel expert will be happy to help

Leave a request and get a consultation, and a selection of the most thrilling tours from one of our experts for free!

About Iceland

Having the opportunity to visit Iceland is something you can’t pass up. The island is jampacked with otherworldly geographical features that are guaranteed to take your breath away. Simply traveling to the country is enough for an unforgettable experience, but if you want to really ramp up your trip, there’s no better way than signing up for horseback riding tours in Iceland.

Horseback riding in Iceland?

That’s right! Throughout the entire year, Icelandic horse trekking tours bring visitors to the country’s most incredible destinations that would otherwise be inaccessible. For multiple nights and dozens of kilometers, you’ll be far away from the hustle and bustle of daily life and submerged in the vast, peaceful wilderness.

What Makes Iceland So Special?

When it comes to choosing a destination for horseback riding, the options are limitless. So why should you choose Iceland? Well, it’s no secret that major films and TV shows have shot some of the most visually stunning scenes on the island–ever heard of Game of Thrones? The landscape is riddled with fiery volcanoes, icy waterfalls, and massive glaciers. When the snow melts in the spring, Iceland comes alive and erupts with colors. If nature is your calling, it doesn’t get much more special than what this country has to offer.

The other big draw is that Iceland is easy to get to. Whether you’re coming from the United States, Canada, or the United Kingdom, the total flight time is far less than what you’d expect. Hop on a plane in New York, and you’ll be touching down in no more than 5.5 hours–not bad, right?

Meet the Incredible Icelandic Horses

Horses might not be the first thing you think of when someone mentions Iceland, but they have actually been a crucial resource for the island’s inhabitants for more than a thousand years. Horses were first introduced around the 10th century, coming from Norway, and today there are more than 80,000 of them roaming the land.

But Icelandic horses aren’t your typical breed–no, no, no! These are some of the oldest purebred horses in the world. Different breeds were mixed on the island only until the 11th century when the importation of horses stopped. Icelandic law now prohibits other breeds from being brought into the country.

The horses on the island are known for their elegant gaits, smaller size, variety of colors, sturdiness, and all-around beauty. They make for an incredibly comfortable riding experience and have wonderful personalities. The most difficult part about Icelandic horse trekking tours is saying goodbye to your steed after the trip.

Horse Riding Holidays in Iceland

No matter if this is your first riding experience or if you’re a long-time veteran, our horseback riding tours in Iceland are unlike anything you’ve experienced before. Each tour will take you on a multiday trip to unique and fascinating parts of the country. The experiences we offer range from three-day to eight-day trips, and you’ll be accompanied by a trusted guide and sleep soundly in comfortable beds or cozy sleeping bags.

The most popular time to ride through Iceland is, undoubtedly, the summer, and it’s a great choice. But if you want to try something a bit different, there are a few winter programs to choose from and experiences that will put you face-to-face with the northern lights.

Whichever time of the year you decide to go, Iceland’s landscape, thermal pools, and homey sleeping arrangements won’t be something you soon forget. So, let’s take a look at some of the destination you may see on your horse riding holidays in Iceland.

Experience Remarkable Destinations

Iceland horseback riding vacations give you options. Whether you want to see volcanoes, glaciers, or hot springs, there’s a tour that will meet your desires. Here are some of the top places to look forward to, but keep in mind that the possible destinations go far beyond this list–have a look at our catalog to get an idea of all the options.

Thingvellir National Park is considered to be one of the top destinations in Iceland, and it is home to the only UNESCO site on the mainland. Although the park is a major destination for tourists, your guide will take you to some of the most remote areas, in addition to places outside the park, where it will be just you and the stunning wilderness.

Borgarfjörður District

Down in southwestern Iceland, riding through the Borgarfjörður district will bring you to lush, green valleys, raging rivers, endless hot springs, and gorgeous glaciers. Choosing a horseback riding tour in this district gives you an incredible experience outdoors while also staying at a comfortable community center throughout the trip. At the end of each day, you’ll have the chance to take a refreshing dip at one of the many excellent swimming pools.

Seljalandsfoss Waterfall

Waterfall lovers will want to check out tours that go through the   Stakkholtsgjá Canyon and stop at Seljalandsfoss, one of the country’s most impressive waterfalls. The water flows in front of a large cave, and walking behind the waterfall makes for an epic photo, so have your camera ready!

Thórsmörk Valley

The valley of Thórsmörk was named after none other than the Norse god Thor, so you can expect to witness some serious scenery. Some of the best horse riding Iceland offers can be found here. There are volcanic mountains, glacial rivers, and gorgeous forests. Check out the tour that combines Thórsmörk with a riding experience along an Icelandic beach.

Book Your Horseback Riding Tours in Iceland

These trips are once-in-a-lifetime adventures that will introduce you to pieces of nature you never knew could exist. Scroll through our multi day horse riding Iceland tours and find the experience that’s perfect for you. Horse Tours Club is here to make sure you link up with the best programs in the country at no additional cost. Each one of the organizers we work with has been verified and is able to match the needs of riders of all skill levels, from beginners to experts. Don’t wait to book your tour to avoid missing out on the opportunity!

best iceland horse tours

Read articles

Horse-Powered Journeys: The Best Locations in Iceland for Horseback Riding

24 May, 2024

Horseback Riding Tours Along the Coasts of Europe: Where to Enjoy Beautiful Beaches and Seascapes on Horseback

18 October, 2023

Exploring the World on Horseback: 20 Amazing Locations for Horse Riding Adventures

18 July, 2023

Top Horse Riding Tour Destinations Around the World

17 July, 2023

best iceland horse tours

Useful articles about horseback riding tours

We tell beginners and experienced travelers about the best places in the world for horseback riding and trekking

white horse

Let us find a perfect tour for you

Just leave your number and we’ll offer you the best tour options tailored to your preference in messenger.

Discover the ultimate horseback riding experiences with us!

We are the premier marketplace for searching and booking remarkable horseback holidays from the best providers around the world.

  • Tour Collections

Eldhestar

Eldhestar has offered the largest variety of horse-riding tours in Iceland since 1986, the tours have always been operated by Eldhestar. From half-day, day and combo tours to multi-day tours ranging from 2-8 days with accommodation and meals at our cozy countryside hotel.

We are located just 30 minutes´ drive from the Reykjavík Capital area and we have tour guides from around the world who all speak English. All of our guides have been trained before we entrust them with guiding tours, so you can be sure you are in good hands. Scandinavian and German-speaking guides, as well as some other languages, might be available on request. We try our best to find a guide that speaks your language. We also have 350 amazing horses, so we promise that we will find a horse that suits your riding skills and makes you happy!

This formula is how we maintain a high level of service for all aspects of our tours and operations.

ELDHESTAR RIDING TOURS

Experience the unique Icelandic horse on a half-day tour. Regardless of experience, time or budget, there’s a perfect ride available.

Tour 1A – Countryside Charm  / 1 hour riding Tour 2A – The Heritage Tour  / 1,5 – 2 hours riding Tour 2B – The Siggi Tour  / 1,5 – 2 hours riding Tour 2C – Speciality of the Season  / 1,5 – 2 hours riding Tour 2D – Midwinter Warmth  / 1 hour riding & 1 hours in the pool Tour 2E – The Elf Tour  / 1,5 – 2 hours riding Tour 2G – Icelandic Diversity  / 1,5 – 2 hours riding Tour 3A – Meadows and Mountains  / 2,5 – 3 hours riding Tour 3B – Soft River banks  / 2,5 – 3 hours riding Tour 3C – Horses and Hot Springs  / 2,5 – 3 hours riding

Eldhestar offers a variety of day tours for riders of all experience levels. Our day tours usually range from 4 – 6 hours. We ride through stunning landscapes and enjoy the serenity of the Icelandic Nature.

Tour 5A – The Hot Springs Tour  / 5 – 6 hours incl. riding, breaks and bathing Tour 5B – Below the mountains  / 5 – 6 hours riding with breaks Tour 5C – Riding and Relaxation  / 2,5 – 3 hours riding & 2 – 2,5 hours in the pool Tour 5D – Riding and Hiking in Reykjadalur Valley  / 1,5 – 2 hours riding & 2 – 2,5 hours hiking Tour 6A – The Beach Ride  / 4,5 – 5,5 hours riding Tour 6C – The Valley of Horses – Maradalur  / 5 – 6 hours incl. transportation, riding and breaks

Our combo tours are a great way to combine horse riding with other activities. We partner with verified tour companies to create action-packed tours for those who want to make the most of their stay in Iceland.

Tour 4B – The Sea Horse / 1,5 – 2 hours riding & 3 hours whale watching Tour 4C – Riding and rafting / 1,5 – 2 hours riding & 1 – 1,5 hours rafting Tour 4D – Riding and Golden Circle / 1,5 – 2 hours riding & 4.5 hours Golden Circle Tour 4F – Horses and Puffins / 1,5 – 2 hours riding & 1 hour puffin watching

Eldhestar specialises in adventurous multi-day riding tours. The multi-day tours are perfect for those who are looking for an authentic riding experience.

  • Winter tours

Tour 7 – Volcano Contrasts / 3 days – 2 nights – 2 days on horseback. Tour 8A/B – Nature’s Treasures and Rider’s Pleasures / 8A: 4 days – 3 nights and 3 days on horseback / 8B: 5 days – 4 nights and 4 days on horseback Tour 8C – The Best of Eldhestar / 5 days – 4 nights and 4 days on horseback Tour 8F – Eldhestar Exclusive / 5 days – 4 nights and 4 days on horseback Tour 9 – Around the Volcano / 4 days – 3 nights and 3 days on horseback Tour 9A – Around the Volcano & Beach Ride / 5 days – 4 nights and 4 days on horseback Tour 10 – Thórsmörk / 5 days – 4 nights and 4 days on horseback Tour 10A – Thórsmörk & Beach Ride  / 6 days – 5 nights and 5 riding day on horse back. Tour 11 – Krýsuvík and the Blue Lagoon / 5 days – 4 nights and 4 days on horse back. Tour 12 – Thingvellir and around Lake Thingvallavatn / 6 days – 5 nights and 5 days on horseback

Tour 13 – The Golden Highlights of the South / 8 days – 7 nights and 7 days on horseback Tour 14 – Snæfellsnes peninsula / 7 days – 6 nights and 6 days on horseback Tour 15 – The Volcano Hekla / 6 days – 5 nights and 5 days on horseback Tour 16 – Treasures of Borgarfjörður / 7 days – 6 nights and 6 days on horseback Tour 17 – Landmannalaugar / 7 days – 6 nights and 6 days on horseback Tour 19 – Sprengisandur / 7 days – 6 nights and 6 days on horseback Tour 20 – Kjölur / 7 days – 6 nights and 6 days on horseback

Tour 7 – Volcano Contrasts Winter Program / 3 days – 2 nights and 2 days on horseback Tour 8A/B – Nature’s Treasures and Rider’s Pleasures – Winter / 8A: 4 days – 3 nights and 3 days riding & activities / 8B: 5 days – 4 nights and 4 days riding & activities Tour 8D – Northern Lights tour / 4 days – 3 nights and 3 days riding & activities Tour 8E – Northern Lights Grand Tour / 6 days – 5 nights and 5 days riding & activities Tour 30 – Winter Riding Course / 30A: 4 days – 3 nights and 3 days riding lessons & activities / 30B: 6 days – 5 nights and 5 days riding lessons & activities Tour 31 – Breeding and Riding / 4 days and 4 nights Tour 32 – Culture and Riding / 4 nights – 3 days of riding & activities Tour 33 – Family Vacation /33A: 4 days – 3 nights and 3 days riding & activities / 33B: 6 days – 5 nights and 5 days riding & activities

ELDHESTAR lodging

You are welcome to download our riding tour brochure! Now available in 4 languages. Choose yours: English Deutsch Dansk Svenska 

Hotel Eldhestar offers single, twin, double, triple and one large family room, all with private bathroom facilities. The hot tub and on-site restaurant are perfect to relax after a day of horse riding or other activities.  

Guesthouse Eldhestar offers 19 beds in twin, triple or quad rooms and is ideally positioned on the property to provide convenience, as well as quality service to meet your needs. The guesthouse is cosy and offers an eating area and shared bathroom facilities.

best iceland horse tours

A dream I didn't know I had

Absolutely wonderful 2-hour short ride. My mother and I are both advanced riders and were lucky enough to have a private ride (the others who booked on didn’t turn up!) with Eva, our guide. She was wonderful and our ponies were even better. Can’t recommend this experience enough!

Absolute highlight!

We did this tour at the end of our 5-day-trip in Iceland and it turned out to be the highlight of our trip. The tour guides were very caring, committed, professional and friendly (the friendliest people we talked to in a week!). The scenery was amazing, the horses were funny and warm-hearted. Loved it!

During our 5 night stay this was the best activity we had during this stay. Even though the weather was the worst, rain and wind up to 20m/s, both the guides and the horses did amazing. Extra thanks to Elise, you’re the best.

Best horse ride I've had

As an experienced rider, I had a great time on a lively and fun pony. My friend, a beginner, also had a great ride on a steady safe pony. A really nice place and the ponies look well cared for and are obviously very fit as they were still raring to go after 3 hours. A must do for anyone who enjoys horse riding.

[email protected]

+354 480 4800

Vellir, 816 Ölfus

Email Address

@hoteleldhestar

TripAdvisor

You are using an outdated browser. Please, upgrade to a different browser or install Google Chrome Frame to experience this site.

  • Horses For Sale
  • Riding Tours

best iceland horse tours

Horseback riding

The icelandic horse, horse training.

We have great training facilities, a indoor arena, a round pen, a 17×34 m outside riding pen, a pace track and of course the most beautiful and diverse riding paths in Iceland! We are mostly training our own horses but are also happy to take horses in training from others.

Located at the foot of Europe’s largest glacier!

“we are so happy to have waited to go horse riding in iceland until we found glacier horses in our last day of the trip. it was totally worth the wait” – a happy glacier horses customer 🙂, recent news, we are open again, glaciers, horses & volcanos, the horse rental & iceland as a travel destination, i look forward to seeing you.

Contact me!

The World Was Here First

The Best Horseback Riding in Iceland: Tours & What to Expect

Last Updated on February 5, 2024

by Maggie Turansky

Disclaimer: This article contains affiliate links. That means if you click a link and make a purchase, we may make a small commission. As an Amazon Associate we earn from qualifying purchases. For more information, see our privacy policy.

best iceland horse tours

Besides the incredible scenery and stunning natural sites, one of the top things to do when visiting this Nordic nation is to go horseback riding in Iceland. Icelandic horses are unique and beautiful and going on for a ride is one of the best ways to see the country from a different perspective.

Drive even a small way outside of Reykjavik and you’ll see these gentle, sturdy and stalky little horses grazing in pastures and meadows all over the Icelandic countryside. And they’re some of the most distinctive (and adorable!) horses in the world!

There are many characteristics of the Icelandic horse that sets them apart from other breeds and riding them is an excellent way to see the parts of the country away from the Ring Road while also experiencing a bit of local culture and tradition.

Looking for the best horse riding tour? Check out this 2-hour riding tour or this 1.5-hour tour!

Table of Contents

About Icelandic Horses

It’s a horse, not a pony.

Let’s talk a little bit about the Icelandic horse itself. This hearty equine is a breed unique to all others and really an iconic part of the country of Iceland itself.

Though the Icelandic horse only stands at about 13 – 14 hands (132 – 142 cm) tall — a height that would generally classify an equine as a pony — don’t be fooled; the Icelandic horse is a horse through and through.

While short in stature, these little horses are sturdy, stalky, and tough as nails. Throughout thousands of years, natural selection has played its part in allowing the horse to withstand and persevere through the harsh Icelandic climate.

Their sturdy builds, spirited temperaments, and ability to carry immense amounts of weight all are reason enough to classify these equines as horses. So pay the Icelandic horse a bit of respect and remember that it’s not a pony!

Sturdy Icelandic horse

Icelandic Horse Gait

Another idiosyncrasy that makes the Icelandic horse unique among other breeds is their distinctive gaits.

In general, horses and ponies share four basic gaits: the walk, trot, canter, and gallop. All four of these are at various increasing speeds and beats. While Icelandic horses do share the walk, trot, and canter with most other horse breeds in the world, there are two other gaits that make the Icelandic horse distinctive from all other horse and pony breeds that you might be familiar with.

The first unique gait of the Icelandic horse is called a  tölt . The  tölt  is similar to a trot and is the most natural gait for an Icelandic horse.

At a speed that lands somewhere between a trot and a canter, it is also incredibly smooth so it eliminates the need to post while riding and there is little chance that you’ll be bounced out of the saddle – perfect for beginner riders!

unique and beautiful Icelandic horses

The other gait that sets the Icelandic horse apart is called  flugskeið , or flying pace. The flying pace is the fastest gait in the Icelandic horse’s repertoire at one step above a canter but just below a gallop.

In this gait, the horses are able to reach speeds of nearly 48 km/hour and, because of the breed’s incredible heartiness and sure-footedness, they are able to sustain it for long periods of time.

Fun Facts about the Icelandic Horse

The Icelandic horse is descended from the Faroe pony and the Norwegian fjord horse and was brought to Iceland by the Vikings. There are also genetic links between the Icelandic horse and the similar Mongolian horse.

According to Norse mythology, the god Odin is said to have ridden an eight-footed Icelandic steed called Sleipnir. In the early 20th century, Icelandic horses were exported to Britain and were used as pit ponies during the mining boom.

There are about 80,000 Icelandic horses in the country, meaning that there is one horse for approximately every four people. Icelandic horses have passports, but once one leaves Iceland, they are not permitted to return.

Sturdy Icelandic Horses

The Best Horseback Riding Tours in Iceland

With approximately 80,000 Icelandic horses throughout the small island nation, Iceland horseback riding is an unmissable thing to do.

If you’re visiting this beautiful Nordic nation and are looking for the best places to ride horses in Iceland and the best horse riding tours in Iceland, check out these suggestions:

Red Lava Horse Riding

If you’re looking to ride horses from a base in Reykjavik rather than having to travel too far outside the capital, then a good option for you is to book a day tour with Red Lava Horse Riding.

This two-hour horseback riding tour will pick you up from Reykjavik an hour before your scheduled tour time and also provides essential gear such as gloves, waterproof clothing, and helmets. The tour guide will take you all around some beautiful, scenic South Iceland landscapes that are difficult to see on foot and it is suitable for absolute beginners and more experienced riders alike.

After the tour, they will bring you back to Reykjavik. You also have the option to drive to their stables yourself if you have your own transport in Iceland.

Getting ready to go horse riding in Iceland

Icelandic Horseback Riding Tour from Reykjavik

This 2-hour tour from Reykjavik is another great option if you’re looking for a tour from Reykjavik. The stables aren’t located too far outside of the city centre and the 1 to 1.5-hour trail ride will take you through some beautiful mountain and volcanic scenery all while not venturing too far from Reykjavik itself.

Riders can choose from a beginner, intermediate or advanced trail ride depending on their skill level, meaning this is one of the best horse riding tours for those who don’t have much (or any!) riding experience. Also, everyone has the opportunity to warm up with a steaming mug of coffee or hot chocolate after the ride.

Like the Red Lava tours listed above, the cost of transport to and from Reykjavik is also included, as is any riding gear that you may need (gloves, helmets, boots, rain gear, etc.).

Afternoon Viking Horseback Tour

If you’re an intermediate to advanced rider looking to go ride Icelandic horses without having to venture too far from Reykjavik, then this 3-hour afternoon tour is a great option.

Located only 10 minutes outside of the capital, this 3-hour horseback riding tour will allow you to explore the Reykjanes preservation area on the back of a beautiful Icelandic horse.

You should be prepared to trot, tolt and canter for the majority of the time and the stable does recommend that riders have ridden horses at least 30 times before embarking on this tour. Basically, they want to ensure that you know how to handle and control a horse while in several different gaits so you don’t hold back a group of experienced riders.

Perfect for riders aged 12 or older, all gear is also provided so you don’t need to worry about bringing your helmet or boots along with everything else you’re likely packing for your Iceland trip.

There is also an option to include a transfer to and from the riding centre if you haven’t rented a car. All in, you can expect this tour to last about five hours, with three hours of active riding time.

Vik Horse Adventure

If you’re looking for a great place to ride horses outside of the capital, then another fantastic option is to go on the black sand beach tour with Vik Horse Adventure.

This tour, leaving from the town of Vik in the south of Iceland, lasts about one hour and goes along the stunning black sand beach nearby. This is an excellent way to experience some of the most distinctive landscapes in the country, if not the entire world.

The ride, again, is suitable for all experience levels and they do provide some essentials such as helmets, gloves, and rain gear.

Black sand beaches near Vik

Horseback Riding + Golden Circle Tours

If you’re short on time and want to get the most out of your stay in Iceland, there are a number of tours that combine a stint of Icelandic horseback riding with a full tour of the incredible Golden Circle.

For example, this tour that leaves from Reykjavik will take you on a trail ride in the countryside around the Icelandic capital before taking you to the beautiful Þingvellir National Park, Gullfoss waterfall (fed from the meltwater from the Langjökull glacier) and the Geysir hot spring. All in, the tour lasts about nine hours so it’s a full, active day.

Alternatively, this 11-hour tour will pick you up from your hotel before taking you to all of the highlights of the Golden Circle. To end the day, you will go on a 1-hour horseback ride through the lava fields and experience the beauty of Iceland on the back of a spirited Icelandic horse before being dropped off back at your hotel.

a man smiling with Icelandic horses

Horse riding in Iceland was one of the highlights of our adventures around this amazing and beautiful country. There is something magical about experiencing the awe-inspiring scenery atop one of these fascinating animals. If you’re planning a trip to Iceland, make sure to spend some time on horseback while you  tölt through the pristine countryside.

Do you want to ride horses in Iceland? Have any questions? Let us know in the comments!

best iceland horse tours

Related Posts:

Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

Iceland Packing List: What to Bring in Winter or Summer

City of Reykjavik

The Perfect 2 to 3 Days in Reykjavik Itinerary

Blue Lagoon in Iceland

The Best Hotels Near Keflavik Airport and Blue Lagoon, Iceland

Avatar photo

About Maggie Turansky

Maggie is a co-founder and writer for The World Was Here First. Originally from the US, she has lived in five different countries and has travelled to dozens more, both solo and with her partner, Michael. She particularly loves exploring Spain and spending time in the Caucasus and the Baltics. Read more about Maggie

What an amazing and fascinating place to visit. I really didn’t know much about this but after reading this post I will surely visit one day and will do the horse riding. Thanks for sharing such an amazing post.

Hi Rob, thanks for your comment! It is definitely a wonderful experience to see Iceland on horseback. I hope you’re able to visit someday soon!

Leave a Comment Cancel reply

best iceland horse tours

Adventurous riding tours in Iceland

Multi-day riding tours

Dream tour 2025-2028.

We now present the project Landvættir/ Guardians of Iceland 2025 – 2028! This new adventure will be ongoing the next 4 years, visiting each quarter of Iceland every year.

Landvættir

  • 39 days in 5 different parts
  • From 2190 EUR

best iceland horse tours

Dream Tour 2024

After the Dreamtour 2023 was sold out quickly, we have decided to follow the exact same tourplan for the Dreamtour project 2024.

  • 35 days in 4 different parts
  • From 2590 EUR

Diamond Circle

Voted as one of top ten trails in the world by the Sunday Times! This tour introduces you to the wonders of the north. Following great riding trails through various landscapes of the northern countryside and highlands!

best iceland horse tours

  • 5 riding days

best iceland horse tours

Saltvík Comfort

Combine horseriding and sightseeing in the north just as you like. Go riding over the black beach and on the cliffs and/or visit Goðafoss waterfall, Ásbyrgi canyon and go whale watching!

  • 3 riding days

Diamond Comfort tour

Hestar

  • 5 days/4 nights/5 ridingdays

best iceland horse tours

Towards the Midnight Sun

This ride takes us along the shore, visiting isolated areas “enjoying the edge of the Arctic”  where the midnight sun hovers at the horizon all night long!

  • 6 riding days

Autumn Colours

Enjoy the autumn colours and the thrill of experiencing wild horses coming home from the mountains in a herd of 500 horses!

best iceland horse tours

  • 4-5 riding days
  • From 2090 EUR

best iceland horse tours

“the hidden valley” - Flateyjardalur

Flateyjardalur has become one of our most beloved destinations through the years.  The valley is sheltered by high mountains on both sides but opens up when getting closer to the shore of the arctic ocean.

  • 4 riding days

Northern Lights Tour

In the late autumn and end of winter there is a very good chance of seeing the northern lights in the north of Iceland as the days are short and the nights dark and often cold. 

best iceland horse tours

Horses on Ice – Winterride & Northern Lights Special Edition

A special edition of our popular winterride tour. During this tour we‘ll ride on the ice of lake Mývatn and watch the annual competition at the lake.

  • 5 days/4 riding days

Winter riding & knitting

This is a special edition of our winter tour for those who love Icelandic woolen sweaters. We will spend our days riding and knitting!

best iceland horse tours

  • 3 nights/3 riding days

Chasing Waterfalls

Waterfalls, mountains, caves, lava fields, lupins and lush green grass: There is nothing you don’t see on this tour into the southern highlands.

Horses Chasing Waterfalls (3)

Landmannalaugar adventure

Ride into the southern highlands through ash and sand dunes, rivers and multi-colored landscapes to reach the fascinating area of Landmannalaugar.

Homepage-Landmannalaugar Horses

Hekla adventure

On this exciting 5 day tour, you traverse trails through lava fields and lush lands and ride together with a herd of horses – always with Hekla in sight!

best iceland horse tours

We offer day tours from Saltvík farm for riders of all experience levels. These daytours vary from 1 to 5 hours and are suitable for those who have never ridden a horse before, as well as for very experienced riders. 

Trails follow the coastline of Skjálfandi Bay, with beautiful views over the ocean.  If you’re in the north of Iceland for a short visit and would like to take a short riding tour, please check out Saltvík website.

Suprise yourself

Our tour selection for 2022 includes new and exciting challenges aside from our solid bestsellers! Although our priority is riding, we might reserve some time to visit interesting sites in case they are reachable from our camp like geysirs, waterfalls or hot water pools.

The Experience

Riding Iceland tours are designed to follow the ancient riding trails that have served people to travel across the country ever since the first settlement of Iceland. We will come across perfect riding tracks that allow you to enjoy your horse tölting at full speed – a cheering and overwhelming feeling on its own.

Your new friends

It is almost impossible to participate in a Riding Iceland tour without knitting very close and lasting friendships both with men and horses. Together you will face the different challenges of the day and together you will solve them.

best iceland horse tours

Email address

[email protected]

Phone number

+354 892 4645

Saltvík, 641 Húsavík

Sign up for our newsletter

Saltvík ehf. Kt: 5006050220

[email protected] +354 892 4645 Saltvík, 641 Húsavík

best iceland horse tours

THE 10 BEST Iceland Horseback Riding Tours

Horseback riding tours in iceland.

  • Nature & Wildlife Tours
  • 4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours
  • Hiking & Camping Tours
  • Horseback Riding Tours
  • 5.0 of 5 bubbles
  • 4.0 of 5 bubbles & up
  • Good for Couples
  • Good for Kids
  • Good for Big Groups
  • Good for Adrenaline Seekers
  • Honeymoon spot
  • Hidden Gems
  • Adventurous
  • Budget-friendly
  • Good for a Rainy Day
  • Things to do ranked using Tripadvisor data including reviews, ratings, photos, and popularity.

best iceland horse tours

1. Lýtingsstadir Riding Tours

X9784ULdenisek

2. Ishestar Horse Riding Tours

cutebluekitty

3. Langhús Farm

830rileyc

4. Icelandic HorseWorld

caylorf2022

5. Vík Horse Adventure

Auhornet

6. Polar Hestar

playhaven

7. Nupshestar

ajay000222

8. Solhestar

edwinj948

9. Bakkahestar

mariosa637

10. Dalahestar

S986JIsophiel

11. Hella Horse Rental

marcodN143DZ

12. Skjaldarvik Tours

belangerl2019

13. Saltvik

travellerEugene

14. Glacier Horses

lputma254671

15. Tvistur Horse Rental

37irisb

16. Stori Kambur Horse Rental

413verityj

17. Reykjavik Riding Center

RottnestQuokka

18. Safari Horse Rental

SHB_DCRW

19. Lyngfell Stables

nancybG515QF

20. Islenski Reidhesturinn - The Icelandic Horse

U2865YEchrisb

21. Hekluhestar

2023Farina

22. Viking Horses

more_gelato

23. Skalakot

678arianeb

24. Galsi Horse Rental

GC253

25. The Icelandic Horse Park Fákasel

Obisbo1960

26. Laxnes Horse Farm

jaimesD7894KY

27. Mr. Iceland

flyingpiggiessmile

28. Arctic Horses

harrieta637

29. Eyjardalsa

Kaushiks_MA

30. Hella Horses

msw12345

What travellers are saying

Denise K

best iceland horse tours

BEST HORSE RIDING TOUR IN ICELAND

Tour highlights.

  • Meet, learn about and ride the beautiful Icelandic horses
  • Experience scenic lava landscapes, pseudo craters and mountain views
  • Enjoy complimentary coffee, tea and hot chocolate after the tour
  • Trained guides who speak multiple languages (English, Scandinavian and German).
  • The stables/meeting location is a short 20-minute drive from Reykjavik’s city center. Possible to add pick up and drop off

Tour Details

  • Duration : 1,5-2 hours on horseback. With transfer, introduction, preparation total time is 4 hours.
  • Availability : Daily at 10:00 and 14:00
  • Pick up : From hotels within Reykjavik. Pick up arrives 60 minutes before tour departure, see more info in FAQ below!
  • Riding skill : Easy. This tour is perfect for both beginners as well as more experienced riders.
  • Age limit : 8 years age limit. Children 14 years or older need written parental permission to ride alone.

Tour description

Are you ready to make new furry friends? Meet the beautiful Icelandic horses and enjoy a scenic horseback riding tour in the breathtaking Icelandic nature. The best part? It’s located only 20 minutes away from downtown Reykjavik!

Triplogo

We took the lava field trail ride with pick up in Reykjavik. Pick up was easy (as it was for all tours we did- Reykjavik and the tour companies have it down to a science!). Helmets were provided. Winter gear was available if you weren't dressed warmly enough. We were divided into 'beginner' and 'advanced' to put us on the right level of (cooperative) pony. The ponies were very easy to handle and we were given a choice whether we wanted to go fast (tolt pace) or slow (we went fast). Icelandic ponies and saddles are a heck of a lot more comfortable than US Western or English riding and horses! Beautiful scenery and a nice opportunity to experience the Icelandic pony!

Wake Up Reykjavik Tour Review by Lewis S

Only me and my partner attended, we had a lovely chat with the guide, both our horses Ást and Stármur were incredible friendly, while Stármur liked to veer left a bit he was very cooperative at getting back in line, it was incredibly cold but we were well wrapped up and we’re offered more layers, the walk was nice and long and the staff were kind enough to let us say bye to the horses during their feeding time after we finished

Wake Up Reykjavik Tour Review by The Venue at Chilleens

Highly recommend ! No matter the time of year! We went in the winter so it was cold but we wore heated vests and snow suits and we were fine! Molly was our guide on this amazing horse back riding adventure! She was knowledgeable and taught us all the things we needed to know to have a fun ride! Our horses were well mannered and sweet. We loved everything about it!

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What do I need to bring with me on this tour? We recommend that you bring warm gloves and a thin hat that can fit under the riding helmet. Included in the price is that you can borrow a helmet, warm overall or rain coat and rain pants as well as rubber boots.
  • What's included in this horse riding tour? *Riding helmets, rubber boots, and rain-wear/warm outfit during the ride. *Trained guides who speak multiple languages (English, Scandinavian and German). *1.5-2 hour horse riding tour *Possible to arrive in your own car or add transfers to your booking
  • I'm arriving by my own transport. When/where should I go? Please be at the Íshestar stables at least 30 minutes before tour departure if you are arriving by your own transport. Sörlaskeið 26, 220 Hafnarfjörður GPS coordinates: 64°02'35.8"N 21°54'51.2"W (ISN93: 357665.7101, 396626.1977) Íshestar 26 Sörlaskeið, Hafnarfjörður, Iceland If you have any trouble call +354 555 7000.
  • When does my pick up arrive? Pick up for departure at 10:00 is at 09:00, Pick up for departure 14:00 is at 13:00, Pick up for departure 16:00 is at 15:00. Pick up from all pick up points in Reykjavik.
  • Duration of tour 1,5-2 hours on horseback. With transfer, introduction, preparation total time is 4 hours. Tours can take shorter or longer time depending on group size and how much preparations is needed, for example it can take slightly more time to prepare in the winter time than summer etc.
  • Weather We ride in sun, rain, snow and other regular weathers here in Iceland. We cancel rarely, but when we do it’s usually because of high winds, which can be unsafe for riding. In case of weather cancellation on our behalf, we would let you know as early as possible (sometimes it can be in the last minute, as the weather can be unpredictable here in Iceland) and we would try to find a solution for a reschedule or refund.
  • Weight limit The weight limit for one person is about 110 kg (approx. 240 lbs).
  • Age limit 8 years age limit. Children 14 years or older need written parental permission to ride alone.
  • Clothes and shoes We have overalls and rain clothes if that should be necessary. We also have some gloves and boots which can be borrowed. But over all, visitors should dress according to weather. Most of our visitors have sneakers or boots on, and that’s in most cases just all right, but especially in the wintertime it can in some cases be good to have something more appropriate on.

Is your question not listed above?

Book your tour

Price: 16,900 ISK

  • Best Price Guarantee
  • Small Group Experience
  • Flexible Cancellation

Check availability

  • Klapparstígur 25, 101 Reykjavík
  • [email protected]
  • +354 45 40 222
  • Our Awesome Blog
  • Privacy Policy

Most popular

  • Reykjavík Food Tour
  • Northern Lights Tour
  • South Coast Adventure Tour
  • Golden Circle and Hot Springs
  • Golden Circle and Snowmobiling Tour

We're socially active

Viking Horses

Small Groups - Big Adventures

Volcano morning tour, mjölnir afternoon tour, sleipnir evening tour, private tours, riding club, combo tours, small groups – big adventures.

Viking Horses is a family-run company offering unique horse riding adventures in small and private groups. Mountains, beautiful green nature and the spectacular volcanic landscape of Rauðhólar surround our stables just 15 minutes from Reykjavik. Enjoy a warm, personal and professional service, well trained, happy horses and high-quality riding equipment – for an unforgettable horse riding experience in Iceland!

SMALL GROUPS - BIG ADVENTURES!

We prefer small groups. Riding in smaller groups means we are able to guide and instruct each rider on a personal level.

WE CARE FOR OUR HORSES

Our horses are the stars of our team. We will make sure they are healthy and happy. All our horses are well-trained and therefore easy to ride.

HIGH-QUALITY EQUIPMENT

We want to ensure your safety and make sure you have an unforgettable experience with our horses. This is why we use high-quality riding equipment on our tours.

EXCELLENT REVIEWS

Our customers are happy customers. We have excellent reviews on TripAdvisor where hundreds of our guests have rated us as Excellent.

Small Groups - Big Adventures!

How are we different? We enjoy travelling and horse riding in smaller groups. We think it´s more personal and more fun – you spend less time to wait for a big group and more time enjoying the Icelandic horse and the unspoiled Icelandic nature. In our opinion, the optimal group size is between 2-10 people. Our horses mean everything to us and we are very proud of our four-legged team. They are well trained and cared for, easy to ride and with good “Tölt” so you can enjoy the Icelandic way of riding to the fullest. We provide you with high-quality riding equipment and personal service. After every ride, we invite you for  coffee, tea, hot chocolate and snack in our stables . We speak English, German, French, Icelandic and Swedish.

Useful information

All of our horseback riding tours include a light meal, tea and coffee. We provide rain gear, riding gloves and certified safety helmets. Please dress according to weather. Sneakers are usually fine if it’s dry and warm but should bring more appropriate shoe wear if it’s wet or cold. Our staff takes pride in choosing the right horse for every rider, beginners, as well as more experienced riders, are welcome. IMPORTANT : It is not allowed to bring used riding gear to Iceland! There is a high risk of infecting our horses if you bring riding gear such as boots, chaps, gloves.You can bring clothes that have been washed with a disinfectant

Disinfection instructions from the Icelandic Food and Veterinary Authority

The age minimum on our regular tours is 8 years. Children between 8 and 16 have to be accompanied by an adult. If you have younger children with you and you want to come for a ride we recommend our very popular private family tours. Pregnant women should not go on our tours because of possible health risks to mother and/or baby. People under the influence of alcohol or other drugs are not allowed on the tour. Please inform us before the tour of any underlying health problems that could affect your ability to participate in riding tours. The weight limit is 110 kg. But most important is that you are in a good physical shape for the riding. Guests cannot carry suitcases, backpacks or big cameras on tours. Valuables can be stored in a safe place at our facilities.

Guest can book tours through the booking calendar on the website, through email  Viking Horses or by phone (+354) 5379590 and (+354) 660 9590. For further information please use the contact area below. We will answer all emails in less than 24 hours. We accept cash, Master Card, Maestro, Visa, Visa Electron, JCB or China UnionPay. Cancellation fee may be charged when tours are cancelled, please read our terms and conditions. We are open in the summer season from 1st of May to 30th of September.

Viking Horses has great reviews!

Videos and photos of our tours get posted on Facebook and Instagram!

We know how important it is to catch these very special moments and make them unforgettable! Therefore we take photos of you with your horses during the ride.

PRIZED POSSESIONS

Swords were considered the “heroes weapon” and thought to be very valuable, they were passed down from father to son and were sometimes given names like “Leg-Biter” and “Kings gift”.

ULLR, GOD OF SKIING

To conform to their culture’s beauty ideals, brunette Vikings—usually men—would use a strong soap with a high lye content to bleach their hair. In some regions, beards were lightened as well.

Unbearable Scandinavian winters and frost-bound fjords didn’t stop the Vikings from tucking into their favourite food – fish! During warmer months they would hang up and dry fish to eat later.

MEET OUR TEAM

Svava Viggósdóttir

Svava Viggósdóttir

Verena Wellenhofer

Verena Wellenhofer

Viggó Sigurðsson

Viggó Sigurðsson

Anna Zielińska

Anna Zielińska

Get in touch.

Send us a message if you have any questions in regards to our tours or if you’d like to make changes to your booking.

Email Address

[email protected]

+354 537 9590 / +354 660 9590

Almannadalur (Almannadalsgata), Reykjavik

best iceland horse tours

Tel: +354 5379590 / +354 6609590

We accept all major credit cards

best iceland horse tours

We have great reviews on Trip Advisor

best iceland horse tours

We are licenced!

best iceland horse tours

Vík Horse Adventure

Welcome to vík horse adventure.

We offer scenic riding tours on the beautiful black sand beach of Vík, South Iceland. Our Black Beach Riding Tour is approximately one-hour duration and we welcome riders of all abilities who are looking for a gentle ride in our stunning surroundings!

The tours are mostly walking speed with the opportunity to try some tölt, the special gait of the Icelandic horse. We will be happy to welcome you to our stable and give you an opportunity to meet the Icelandic horse!

Our Riding tours

Book your riding tour today.

best iceland horse tours

Black Beach Riding Tour

An easygoing one-hour ride, suitable for beginners and people that don’t go riding often, from ten years and up. This is a scenic ride in the beautiful environment of Vík and the famous black sand beach Víkurfjara.

best iceland horse tours

Black Beach Family Tour

A gentle 30-minute ride, suitable for families with children from the age of six. Children are on lead reins, and the guides can give extra support for anyone particularly nervous. Keep your eyes open for trolls and birds!

Small groups - Max 12 riders per group

An international team of knowledgeable guides, the chance to experience the black sand beach from horseback, horses that are well taken care of, not coming to iceland but know someone who is, watch our video, frequently asked questions, do you offer gift vouchers.

Please click here for more details .

Do I need to wear a helmet?

We take safety very seriously and therefore require everyone to wear a helmet for the entire duration of the tour.

Do I need to make a booking, or can I just show up?

It’s always best to book if you are planning to ride with us. We get busy in the summer season so there may not be spots for walk-ins. Even in the quieter times of the year, it is better to have a booking because then we can have suitable horses ready for you – we might otherwise be out training horses for example.

If you want to keep your plans flexible and just drop in when you’re passing, it’s best if come at least 1 hour before a scheduled ride is due to depart. This means that if there is space for you to join the ride, we have time to prepare a horse for you.

Do you offer pick up?

Unfortunately, we do not offer a pick-up service. We are around 3 hours drive from Reykjavík, most people come in a rental car.

What time do we need to be at the stable?

Please be at the stable, dressed and ready to ride, 15 minutes before your departure time (e.g. 08:45 for the 09:00 ride). This allows time for you to be signed in, get a helmet fitted, and a run-through of a quick demo/safety briefing so that everyone is on the horses and ready to leave on time. Please be aware that if you come late (e.g. 09:00 for the 09:00 am ride), we may not be able to hold the group for you.

We’re running late - can we still join the tour we booked?

We aim to be on the horses and heading out the door at the time of your tour. Therefore, if you come at 9.00 for the 9.00 tour, it’s unfortunately not possible to hold the tour for you. Before you get on the horse, we have to sign you in and fit a helmet, and run through a 5-minute safety/instructional demo - so if the rest of the group is mounted and ready to go, it’s not fair to make them wait.

We have a busy daily schedule with several tours departing, as well as stable chores, feeding, and breaks for our horses and staff - so to keep things running smoothly, we ask that you are at the stable and dressed ready to ride 15 minutes before departure.

The weather is bad! Is the tour still running?

Icelandic horses are used to rain and wind, so unless the conditions are very stormy and unsafe, we normally do still operate tours in the rain. Please come dressed appropriately!

If you are unsure whether the tour is still running because of bad weather, please get in touch with us via phone or e-mail. The weather can change very quickly, so sometimes it’s not possible to say whether the tour will run or not until very close to the departure time. If you are making a special trip just to visit us (e.g. from Reykjavík) then please get in touch in good time to see what your options are. It is also a good idea to check safetravel.is and road.is before you start a journey in Iceland.

What should I wear?

Practical clothing similar to what you might wear on a hike, according to the weather on the day. Hiking boots or trainers are ideal footwear. You can wear a hat or headband under the helmet if it is cold, but bulky hats with big bobbles or pompoms may not fit (a tube scarf/neckwarmer like a Buff is ideal). It rains a lot in Iceland so it is good to be prepared with raingear, but please avoid ponchos or big, flappy coats that may scare the horses!

Is there a weight limit?

With the welfare and longevity of our horses in mind, we have a weight limit of 100 kg (220 lbs). This is the absolute limit for our largest and strongest horses; the majority of our horses can comfortably carry 70-90kg. There is only one breed of horse in Iceland and they are a bit smaller than other horses, so unfortunately we cannot accommodate riders larger than this.

Am I physically capable of joining the tours?

Our tour is an easygoing one-hour ride, but we require all participants to be physically fit enough to mount independently, sit up and balance while riding along, hold the reins, and follow the guides’ instructions to control their horses. We get on the horses from the ground as this is how they are trained in Iceland (not to stand with a stool/mounting block).

Horseback riding mainly causes pressure on hips and knees. If you have medical conditions in these areas, or for example have had a recent knee/hip replacement, mounting will be difficult and riding may feel uncomfortable. If you need special assistance such as somebody leading you on your horse, please get in touch before booking. On our 30-minute family tour we are able to provide extra assistance more easily.

Please note that horseback riding during pregnancy is very risky and that we, therefore, reserve the right to exclude riders from our tours in case of pregnancy or severe physical impairment.

Is the Family Tour also on the beach or just round the stable?

This tour also goes to the black sand beach; our stable is only 100m from the beach so even on the shorter tour we can still go there! It is just a shorter route, and children are on lead reins so that guides can give extra support. Of course, just like with our 1-hour tour there is sometimes a chance with weather/tides we cannot get on the beach, but we will be in touch with anyone who has pre-booked about this if necessary. 

What is your policy for rescheduling bookings?

We are happy to try and reschedule you until 48 hours before your original departure time, subject to availability and to our  Terms and Conditions .

Can I choose which horse I ride?

Just like people, all horses are different. We know our horses well and whether they are suitable for beginner or experienced riders, so it is best for the guides to choose a horse for you. It’s great if when booking you can let us know the experience levels of everyone in your group so that we can prepare suitable horses.

Can I bring my Backpack / GoPro / Drone / Camera on the ride?

We advise against bringing too much with you on the ride. Backpacks can get uncomfortable or affect your balance, as can large DSLR-type cameras. It´s fine to bring a GoPro if you have a suitable mount (helmet or chest) but as you need both hands on the reins, we advise against the stick type mounts. Drones are also not allowed, as they can scare the horses, and also you need full attention on your horse rather than flying your drone!

It's a good idea though to bring a small camera or phone in a zipped pocket, as we make sure to stop on the beach for the guides to take some photos of you. We have some lockers at the stable where you can leave your bags and cameras if you do not have a car to lock them in.

My child is under your age limit. Can they still join the tour?

Please be aware that we never let children/babies ride on the same horse as an adult.

We may sometimes allow 9-year-olds to join the 1-hour tour if they have a good level of riding experience (e.g. regular riding lessons, not just a few trail rides) and are confident riding in a group. Please  email us  before booking to discuss this.

From experience, we find that children under 10 can be a bit more easily distracted or less focused, and more easily overwhelmed by a new activity. Even for children who have a lot of riding experience, being on a new horse in a new environment - and with instructions in a language they maybe do not understand - can be a lot of pressure. 

For the 1 hour Black Beach Riding Tour, we ride in groups of up to 10 people and everyone is in control of their own horse (no lead reins and guides are also mounted). We ride on an open public beach and need to ensure the safety and enjoyment of the group as a whole. For groups with children younger than 10 years, in the summer months, we offer a 30-minute Family Tour daily at 16:00 - on this ride, guides are walking with the children on a lead rein to be able to provide closer assistance for our youngest guests. 

Do you do tours for longer than one hour?

At the moment, we only offer the regular 50-60 minute tour and the 30-minute family tour.

Can you take bigger groups?

If you have a larger group and the booking calendar does not have enough spaces, please get in touch with your requirements and we will try to accommodate you. It is best if you can let us know well in advance so that we can make sure we have enough horses and guides ready for you.

Can we do a private tour?

Yes! Private tours enable you to have a tour tailored to your wishes and abilities and are ideal for more experienced riders. We will ride according to the abilities of the least experienced rider of the private group. Please note though that even if riders are experienced we can't guarantee canter/gallop on the beach, as the beach conditions change daily, and it is often too soft or too rocky to go fast. We do have a slightly different route to the normal tour that we can possibly use to try more tölt, it is still 1 hour long though. Please get in touch with the weight/riding experience of everyone in your group to arrange a time for a private tour and find out prices.

I am an experienced rider. Will I get to go fast?

Experienced riders are very welcome to join our tours. However, please note that our groups are normally mixed ability and we adjust to the speed of the least experienced rider for safety reasons - this means the speed is normally walking for the majority of the tour. We always do our best to make sure that everyone can try some tölt on the tour and to accommodate more experienced riders, but this will be at the discretion of your guides on the day. Please note that the 30-minute family tour is only ever walking.

I would like to gallop on the beach! Can I do this on your tour?

It is very unlikely that you will be able to gallop on a tour with us. The beach conditions change with the tides and storms, but it is normally very rocky and soft so unsuitable for going fast. Our guides are experienced at assessing riding ability and the potential risks of speeding up. They are best qualified to make this decision on our tours, with the safety and enjoyment of the group as a whole and the welfare of our horses in mind. Please respect our guides’ instructions during the tour and accept that it is unlikely they will offer you a chance to go faster than trot/tölt.

Can we visit the plane wreck?

The plane wreck on Sólheimasandur is around 30 km away on a different beach, so we do not visit it on our tours. It is around a 30-minute drive from Vik, and then a 4 km walk each way from the car park.

Can we see the basalt columns and the Hálsanefshellir cave on Reynisfjara?

We operate our tours from Víkurfjara, the black sand beach located directly in Vík. Reynisfjara, the basalt columns and Hálsanefshellir cave are on the other side of Mt. Reynisfjall, so we cannot reach them on the tour. Reynisfjara is just a 10 minutes’ drive from Vík, which makes it the perfect destination to visit before or after your ride.

Can children/minors join a ride without an adult?

Children or teenagers are welcome to join the rides without an adult (subject to our minimum age restrictions) as long as they are confident controlling a horse independently and are able to understand our instructions in English. Our guides speak a variety of languages but we cannot guarantee which guides are working on which tour.

best iceland horse tours

How to get there

The meeting point is directly at our stable on Smiðjuvegur 6 in Vík. Please be careful with SatNavs! The location of our stable on Google Maps is in the correct place (Vík Horse Adventure, 63.416699, -18.996465), but some SatNavs try to lead you down a steep gravel bank from the nearby roundabout where you will get stuck. Access is through the Orkan petrol station, opposite Hotel Kría - turn into the petrol station and then turn right and you will find us.

best iceland horse tours

[email protected]

+354 787 9605, smiðjuvegur 6, vík 870, get in touch.

Please take a moment to see if your question is answered in our FAQ - otherwise, feel free to ask us!

Email Address

Phone Number

best iceland horse tours

Horse Riding Tours in Iceland

Horseback rides on icelandic horses - through lava fields and beautiful nature.

Horse Riding Tours

HORSE RIDING COMBO TOURS

Horse riding day tours, some history, a protected pure animal, horses, not “ponies”, the different colors, the five gaits.

Glacier Walk & Horseback Riding Tour

Glacier Walk & Horseback Riding Tour

Golden Circle & Horseback Riding

Golden Circle & Horseback Riding

The Black Lava Tour - Horses and Caving

The Black Lava Tour - Horses and Caving

South Coast & Horse Riding Tour

South Coast & Horse Riding Tour

Silfra Snorkeling and Horseback Riding

Silfra Snorkeling and Horseback Riding

Horse Riding in Iceland - Lava Tour

Horse Riding in Iceland - Lava Tour

Black Beach Horse Riding Tour

Black Beach Horse Riding Tour

Viking Ride - Horse Riding in North Iceland

Viking Ride - Horse Riding in North Iceland

Horse Riding in East Iceland

Horse Riding in East Iceland

The icelandic horse.

The famous Icelandic horse is known to be extremely versatile, good-tempered and intelligent. These small horses (not “ponies”) are particularly successful in endurance racing and therapeutic riding. They can also do well in carriage pulling, polo and barrel racing as they are reputed to be sure-footed and able to cross rough terrain. Today, the most common use for the Icelandic horse is  recreational horse riding . Icelandic farmers ride their faithful companions to round up the sheep around Iceland every year in September.

The Icelandic horse has become really popular on the international scene for being easy-going and  one  of the friendliest horses in the world . In Iceland, they are usually treated as a member of the family and have plenty of space in huge fields. The horses can live up to 40 years, but the oldest reported horse reached the age of 59.

Over the years, the Icelandic horse developed into two main strains: the Svaðastaðir and the Hornafjörður strain. Horses which are descendents of Svaðastaðir are known to have a more attractive gait while the others are larger and have great endurance.

It is possible to meet Icelandic horses all around Iceland, along the Ring Road or other famous routes such as the  Golden Circle . Although taking pictures is authorized, it is forbidden to feed them or pet them if you don’t have the permission from their owners. Also be mindful not to stop in the middle of the road or on the side if there is nowhere to stop safely. It is a great experience to approach these wonderful creatures, but it has to be done  properly . Also, do not cross over the fence to go on the field which is a private property.

best iceland horse tours

Over the years, the Icelandic horse developed into two main strains: the Svaðastaðir and the Hornafjörður strain. Horses which are descendents of Svaðastaðir are known to have a more attractive gait while the others are larger and have great endurance.  

It is possible to meet Icelandic horses all around Iceland, along the Ring Road or other famous routes such as the  Golden Circle . Although taking pictures is authorized, it is forbidden to feed them or pet them if you don’t have the permission from their owners. Also be mindful not to stop in the middle of the road or on the side if there is nowhere to stop safely. It is a great experience to approach these wonderful creatures, but it has to be done  properly . Also, do not cross over the fence to go on the field which is a private property.  

The History of the Icelandic horse dates back to the settlement of the island  between 860 and 935 AD . As the first Viking settlers came to Iceland from Norway, they could only bring a small number of livestock on the boats, so they probably took their best animals. This means that the Icelandic horses have their origin in a herd of preselected and high quality individuals who managed to survive a rough trip across the Atlantic Ocean. Other sources believe that the Vikings brought their smallest horses to have more space on the boats. Once on the island, they served as the most indispensable servant for the first Icelanders in this wild unknown country.  

Since then, no more horses from foreign countries have been allowed in Iceland, resulting in a  pure breed for over a thousand years . That is the reason why nowadays in Iceland there is only one breed of horse: the Icelandic Horse. The horses originally imported were mostly from Germanic descent and are the ancestors of Shetland, Highland and Connemara ponies. They also show some genetic similarities to the Mongolian horse, which arrived in Scandinavia through Russia.  

best iceland horse tours

In History, quality Icelandic horses were highly demanded for practical purposes but also as a status symbol. The horses were present in the very early History. Indeed, they are mentioned in the  Book of Settlements , for example when the chieftain Sela-Þórir established his settlement where his horse decided to rest. Horses were really important for warriors, who treated them with great respect. Vikings used to bury their dead with their personal belongings, the useful things that they would need to make their journey to the other world. People with the highest rank in society could bring more valuable goods. Some powerful Vikings such as chieftains were allowed to have their faithful horse buried with them.  

Icelandic horses were also well known in the  Norse mythology . Many Gods owned horses that played important roles in the Sagas during battles. For instance, Óðinn had a eight-legged horse, capable of flying, named Sleipnir. According to the first Icelandic book of laws, stealing a horse from someone was punishable by banishment. Convicted thieves were outlawed and during the Viking age, all outlaws could be legally killed on sight.  

The Icelandic horse was always part of the culture. It has also been an integral part of the workforce in the last century, mainly used for transport. For the last decades, the horses were mostly used for breeding and leisure riding, as well as traveling and competition purpose. The horse are not anymore essential for warriors but for farmers to round up the sheep annually in the Highlands. Nowadays, there are about  80,000 horses  in Iceland, a country with only 330,000 people.  

The Icelandic horse is one of the purest horse breed in the world. Studies revealed that the Icelandic horse is descendent from an ancient breed of horses that is now  c ompletely extinct outside of Iceland , where it has been preserved thanks to isolation. For over 1,000 years, there has not been any genetic input from other breeds.

In  982 AD , following a disappointing attempt to crossbreed the Icelandic horse with oriental breeds, the Viking Parliament forbade every horse imports to Iceland to prevent the degeneration and the loss of the livestock. Since that day, no horse can enter the country at all.

On the other hand, once a horse leaves Iceland, for competitions for instance,  it can never return . Icelanders who are going to international competitions never take their best horse as they will have to sell the horse used for the competition afterwards. The best horses are kept in Iceland for breeding and national competitions.

best iceland horse tours

The total population of Icelandic horses in the world is estimated to be  over 250,000 . A substantial population is growing abroad, especially in Europe and North America. The tiny horses have incredible adaptation skills and are comfortable in the glacial climates of Greenland and Alaska, as well as down South in Australia and New Zealand. There is an International Federation of Icelandic horses, counting with 18 countries around the world.

Due to the geographical isolation of the country, there are very few horse diseases in Iceland, which means no vaccination needed. The regulations about importation of horse riding gear are  very strict . When coming to Iceland, it is forbidden for the travelers to bring along used leather riding equipment such as gloves or boots. If one wants to bring his own equipment like helmet, it is mandatory to disinfect all gear.

best iceland horse tours

They may be short, but still, they are not ponies. If one calls the Icelandic horses “ponies”, he/she will not make local friends. Icelanders are really proud of their   small but strong  horses, just like their country. The horses are squat and muscular. During the winter time, they have a long shaggy fur.

Icelandic horses tend to be around  132 to 142 cm tall  (52 to 56 inches) to the withers and weigh from 330 to 380 kg (730 and 840 lb). According to the international rules, most horse breeds shorter the 148 cm (58 inches) are categorized as ponies. However, there are other characteristics that make a horse a pony and the Icelandic horse is right on the limit. Icelandic people will always argue about that. According to them, the horses have the genetic makeup, intelligence and strength of a horse and not a pony.

The closest relative to the Icelandic horse is the Shetland pony. The Icelandic got taller due to better feeding and selective breeding.

best iceland horse tours

The Icelandic horse is  the  most colorful breed in the world , coming  in over 40 different colors, with more than 100 variations. Most of the known horse colors can be found within the breed. All the colors are allowed in the studbook and variety is even encouraged. The official breeding goal is to preserve all natural colors of the breed.

The most common colors are red (or chestnut) and black (brown), while the rarest one is the color-changing roan. In fact, Icelandic roans are also called  color-changers  because they show their real color with the summer coat and the full winter coat, but in spring and autumn, the middle layer of their coat is white. The red base color is possible when both parents give the red gene. If both parents are red, then the foal can only be red. Black horses can be either fully black, or heterozygote, which means that they have both red and black genes.

Some Icelandic people used to think that the color of a horse reflects its personality. Some horses are named after their color, such as Bleikur (pink), Gráni (grey) or Kolfaxi (black-maned). However, there is a  naming committee  for horses, which means that they can’t be named however the owners want to.

In addition to the base colors, there are many variations such as skewbald, dun, palomino, grey, silver dapple, splash-skewbald and roan. The variations are often combined, so a horse can have  several genes . Different add-ons can also be noticed such as a blaze, snip, white leg or other marks, which makes each horse unique.

best iceland horse tours

The small Icelandic horse is famous for its  genuine and welcoming personality . They are among the friendliest and most adventurous horses in the world. They are smart and really quick to learn, with a great will to work. Usually, it is very easy to handle them for example during a horse ride or on the ground. The horses never had any predators on the Icelandic land, that is maybe the reason why they are so approachable and curious.

Icelandic horses adapt quickly to every given task. The same horse can be used for competition and for recreational horse riding, even for the most inexperienced ones. The versatility of the horses is a priority for breeding.

best iceland horse tours

Traditionally, Icelanders favored strong horses able to  walk   long distances on hard terrain . Icelandic horses can give their all in full speed when required, but they also can stand still for hours to shelter their humans from snow storms. Horses saved their owners many times, for example by knowing where to go when the rider was lost. The tiny horses have been indispensable servants since the settlement of Iceland. As there were no roads, the horses were used for carrying goods, transporting people, providing meat, horse hair and milk.

The Icelandic horse is a unique breed as most of the horses in Iceland master  five gaits  (ways of walking), while other breeds usually can handle 3 or 4. In addition to the original walk, trot and gallop or canter, Icelandic horses have the  tölt   and the  skeið .

best iceland horse tours

The breed is known worldwide for its four-beat lateral gait called the tölt, also known as the 5th gear. It is a very comfortable walk for the rider, done in such an elegant way. In fact, the horse’s hind legs have to move well under the body, carrying more weight on the hind end. The front has to rise up high and be free and loose as the horse walks. Icelandic horses manage this gait naturally, with a variation of speed. It can go from a slow gracious tölt to a very fast and extended one. The particularity of this gait is its  smoothness . Tölt is an Icelandic word, and the only word for this gait, as only Icelandic horses can do it. The tölt is more or less a speed up version of walking, but more beautiful as only one foot of the horse has to touch the ground at a time. This gait can be really useful to ride on uneven grounds as it provides a steady ride.

Skeið, also known as  flying pace , is used in pacing races. It is best described as a very rhythmic gallop. This gait is fast and smooth, some horses can even reach up to 50 km/h (30 mph). It consists of a two-beat lateral movement with suspension between footfalls. It really makes the rider feel like flying. Skeið is used for racing and only for short distances, usually for about 100-200 meters. Not every Icelandic horse can perform this pace. The horses that can manage all the five gaits are considered as the best of the breed.

Get exclusive deals and a taste of Iceland, Canada, Scandinavia & Baltic States straight to your inbox

Cute horses posing for the camera

We were a small team of horse loving humans living in the southern part of Iceland, in the town of Hella.

Want to meet and ride out horses ?

Horseback riding tour

Horseback riding tour

Experience the majesty of Icelandic nature like never before! This tour is geared toward those who wish to have an easy and pleasant riding experience while taking in stunning Icelandic scenery.

We have been living there for many years and our passion is to share our love for horses with others. We invite everyone who wants to learn more about these majestic animals to come join us on one of our horse rides around the spectacular caves and waterfalls that surround us.

We offer horseback riding tours for all levels of riders, from beginner to experienced. Our beautiful horses are well-trained and very friendly, making our tours a fun and enjoyable experience for everyone.

Laxnes Horse Farm Riding tours in Iceland

Laxnes horse farm, riding tours in iceland.

Friendly family run farm and lovely scenery

Our Day Tours are extremely popular among experienced riders, but also among absolute beginners. So, join us on our horse farm and get up close and personal with the wonderful beast that is the Icelandic horse.

Laxnes special, private tour, combo tours, you can combine our regular day tour with other activities. here you can plan an entire day in iceland with just one click. please note some combo tours are seasonal., laxnes & wonders, laxnes & puffins, laxnes & whale watching, laxnes & golden circle, must see in iceland.

Laxnes and Must see in Iceland have handpicked the best tours in Iceland so you don't have to.

Iceland Travel Guide logo

  • Tour Packages
  • Tours From Reykjavik
  • Self Driving Activities
  • Family Friendly
  • Shore Excursions
  • Private Tours
  • Northern Lights Tours
  • Volcano Tours
  • Itinerary Planner
  • Custom Itinerary
  • Travel Guides
  • Things To Do in Iceland
  • Locations in Iceland
  • Hot Spring Map

[email protected]

Horseback Riding Tours in Iceland

Get to know the horses in Iceland on a Horseback Riding Tour. The Icelandic horse is unique in many ways. The Icelandic horse is small, at times pony-sized, long-lived and hardy. Horses are not allowed to be imported into Iceland and therefor the horses in Iceland are 100% Icelandic. The Icelandic horses are five-gaited, known for its sure-footedness and ability to cross rough terrain. Horses usually have three gaits; walk, trot and gallop, but in addition to those gaits, the Icelandic horse has a smooth and desirable gait Tölt, and the Flying pace. 

Find Horseback Riding Tours in Iceland here below and book an experience to remember.  Use the Filters on the left side of the screen to find a tour that will fit to your trip. The map will also help you find horseback riding tours in the area where you will be traveling.  

Time of year

Minimum age.

two Icelandinc horses during midnight sun sunset in Iceland

1 Hour Horseback Riding Tour South Iceland

Travel style, starts from.

Ölfus - South Iceland

From 11,000 ISK

Iceland Hot Springs, hot springs in Iceland, man sitting in Reykjadalur hot spring on the Reykjadalur hot spring and hike

Reykjadalur Horse Riding & Hot Spring Bathing

Pick up, Self Drive

South Iceland

From 29,950 ISK

Black Beach Riding Tour in South Iceland

Black Beach Horse Riding in South Iceland

From 30,800 isk.

family horse riding tour in south Iceland

2 Hour Horseback Riding Tour

From 16,000 isk.

The Icelandic Horse making a funny face

Reykjavik Horseback Riding

From 15,000 isk.

Horse Riding in the sunset in Iceland

Horses & Elves

From 16,500 isk.

Woman sitting on the Icelandic horse and Horse Riding in Iceland

Horse Riding & Whale Watching

From 29,700 isk.

flowers and puffins in Iceland

Horse Riding, Puffins & Elves in Iceland

From 23,300 isk.

Snaefellsnes Horseback Riding in Iceland

Horseback Riding in Snaefellsnes

Snaefellsnes

From 10,000 ISK

Dettifoss the most powerful waterfall in Europe during summer

6 Day Iceland Ring Road Tour – Summer

From 324,000 isk.

Svínafellsjokull glacier tounge - Vatnajokull glacier - Skaftafell Nature Reserve

8 Day Iceland Tour – Summer

From 399,897 isk.

Glacier Lagoons Iceland, Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon South Iceland Tour Packages

6 Day Iceland Ring Road Tour – Winter

Horse Riding in the sunset in Iceland

Golden Circle & Horse Riding Tour

From 23,490 isk.

Vík Black Beach Horse Riding Tour, Vik Horseback Riding Tour, Black sand beach in Vik

Black Beach Horse Riding in Vík

From 13,000 isk.

South Coast & Black Beach Horse Riding Tour

South Coast & Black Beach Horse Riding

From 24,990 isk.

HIDDEN ICELAND

HIDDEN ICELAND

Come & Find the Best of Iceland

ÍRÁRFOSS WATERFALL HORSEBACK RIDING TOUR

From 9,500 isk, riding an icelandic horse to írárfoss waterfall is a great way to complete your trip. with waterfalls and horses in one experience, it really does not get any more icelandic. this introductory horse riding tour departs from skálakot manor hotel & farm, which is also one of the finest hotels in south iceland. imagine waking up surrounded by beautiful landscape and heading straight to the stables after a wonderful breakfast. it’s hard to think of a better start to the day, the 1 hour horseback riding tour to írárfoss is a fun filled adventure in which you get to you explore the countryside and get to know the icelandic horse while you’re at it. whether you are an experienced rider or an absolute beginner, this short tour will definitely leave you smiling. after the tour you can marvel at the activities of the farm and enjoy the company of the horses a bit longer. the atmosphere of skálakot  will leave you relaxed and ready for continuing your exploration of the south coast., skálakot  manor hotel & farm first started back in 1985, when owners jóhanna and guðmundur bought the land from the grandparents of guðmundur. starting out as a humble farm in the eyjafjöll area, skálakot has grown into a dedicated tour operator, luxury accommodation, while still remaining as a fully functioning horse and sheep farm. pretty impressive.

Horse Riding | Waterfall | Írárfoss | Hidden Iceland | Photo Skálakot

Departs: Every hour between 9:00 – 17:00, all year round Trip Difficulty: Easy Duration: 1 hour Price: 9,500 ISK per person for group tour Optional add on: 20,000 ISK surcharge to make your tour private to just your group Inclusions: All horse riding gear and waterproofs if needed Start Location: Skálakot Manor, 861 Hvolsvöllur

Cancellations due to weather sometimes this tour is cancelled due to winds in the main area. in such an event you are offered two choices: you can re-book your tour at a later date without any additional costs. or you can take a full refund. stay in contact with skálakot regarding this., you will be provided with rain gear if needed and all horseback riding safety equipment., as this tour does run all through the year it’s important to dress appropriately for the season. bring warm outdoor clothing, such as a wool or fleece sweater, some warm headgear and gloves. sturdy shoes are recommended..

This tour is operated by our friends at Skálakot .

Skálakot

Discover more from HIDDEN ICELAND

Subscribe now to keep reading and get access to the full archive.

Type your email…

Continue reading

best iceland horse tours

Book These 10 Best Iceland Tours To Uncover The Wonders Of The Land Of Fire And Ice

I celand is a magical destination that can be life-changing. From the incredible colors of the Northern Lights illuminating the night sky milky blue waters of the Blue Lagoon, there is no shortage of memorable experiences to enjoy here. The Land of Fire and Ice is full of natural wonders that can be discovered as part of a guided tour. Whether travelers are driving the Icelandic Ring Road or basing themselves in cozy hostels in Reykjavík for day trips, these are some of the top sights and tours to experience.

South Coast Full Day Tour

Go beyond the capital city of Iceland with this full-day tour of Iceland’s south coast from the capital, Reykjavík . Top attractions that the tour visits include the famous waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, Reynisfjara black sand beach, and Sólheimajökull glacier. Travelers can also spot puffins and glimpse Eyjafjallajökull Volcano during the excursion. Transportation is included, but travelers should bring cash for buying lunch and snacks throughout the day since meals are not part of the ticket price for this tour.

  • Tour: South Coast Full Day Tour by Minibus from Reykjavik
  • Cost: From $112.00
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • What’s Included: Wi-Fi on the bus, hotel pick up and drop off, and an Icelandic treat.

Book this tour

Golden Circle Day Trip From Reykjavík

The Golden Circle is a must-do day trip from Reykjavík when visiting Iceland. The tour encompasses three natural wonders of Iceland which are the Gullfoss Waterfall, Strokkur at Geysir, and Thingvellir National Park. The full-day tour includes bus transportation from a hotel in Reykjavík and allows travelers time at each stop to appreciate the incredible scenery, take photos, and ask the tour guide questions. Meals are not included in this full-day tour, so budget cash accordingly for lunch and snacks at stops along the way.

  • Tour: Golden Circle Classic Day Trip from Reykjavik
  • Cost: From $79.30
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • What’s Included: Professional tour guide, bus transfer, Wi-Fi on board

Related: Midnight Sun And Hot Springs: 10 Best Places To Relax In Iceland

Snorkeling Between Continents

Iceland offers the unique opportunity to swim between two continents at the Silfra Fissure. This waterway occurs where the North American and European tectonic plates meet and is located inside beautiful Thingvellir National Park. Travelers can show up ready for an adventure with no prep work on their part. All necessary gear is provided to stay warm and dry while swimming and snorkeling in this cold waterway. The views of the clear blue water from below are exceptional and are captured through GoPro photos during the tour. There is no additional fee to receive these photos.

  • Tour: Snorkeling Between Continents in Silfra with Photos Included
  • Cost: From $168.79
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • What’s Included: Professional English-speaking Guide, snorkeling tour in Silfra Fissure, GoPro photos from the tour, help from a Certified PADI dive / Dive-master, drysuit, snorkeling equipment, hot drinks, and cookies

Local Foodie Adventure

Enjoying the local cuisine is one of the best ways to learn about a destination, so why not take a food tour while in Reykjavík? This tour allows travelers to sample food from a variety of eateries and food trucks in the city, tasting an array of traditional Icelandic foods. Guests will try Icelandic street food, homemade ice cream, and the famous Icelandic hot dogs. The small group tour is limited to 12 people to ensure a personalized experience that allows travelers to ask questions.

  • Tour: Reykjavik Food Walk - Local Foodie Adventure in Iceland
  • Cost: $119.00
  • What’s Included: Tour guide, 4–5 stops, 8+ dishes to try

Related: Discovering The Unusual: Top 10 Weird Foods To Eat In Iceland

Blue Lagoon Ticket And Transport

The Blue Lagoon is a staple for travelers visiting Iceland. The hot, inviting mineral water is an otherworldly shade of blue, and the in-water bar is a fun feature of the experience. Relaxing here for a full day is worthwhile, especially for the tour price. Book in advance to avoid disappointment since this attraction is so popular among tourists. The package allows travelers to book the Comfort or Premium ticket for the Blue Lagoon and add a bus transfer if necessary. The Comfort ticket includes a towel, one beverage, and a silica face mask, while the Premium ticket also includes a bathrobe and algae face mask.

  • Tour: Blue Lagoon Ticket with Optional Transportation
  • Cost: From $169.43
  • What’s Included: Bus transfer, Premium or Comfort Entrance Ticket

Lake Myvatn, Hot-Springs & Godafoss Waterfall Tour

Travelers who find themselves in northern Iceland in Akureyri have a whole new set of attractions to explore in this part of the country. The half-day tour includes a chance to soak in the Myvatn hot springs and view the incredible cascades of Godafoss waterfall. The tour also stops at the craters of Skútustaðir and the lave fields of Dimmuborgir. The tour ticket price also includes a packed lunch. This is a great opportunity to explore the northern highlights of Iceland in a single day.

  • Tour: Lake Myvatn, Hot-Springs & Godafoss Waterfall Tour from Akureyri
  • Cost: From $154.00
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • What’s Included: Transportation and Wi-Fi on the bus

Whale Watching Tour From Reykjavík

Whale watching is a top thing to do in Iceland, so travelers can embark on this exciting adventure to look for majestic creatures off the coast of Reykjavík. The peak season for whale watching is from June to August. While companies can never guarantee that travelers will spot whales while on the tour, the success rates for this tour is extremely high, with 95% success during the summer months and 80% success in the winter. Guests are provided with the necessary gear to remain warm and comfortable on board the ship in every season.

  • Tour: The Original Classic Whale Watching from Reykjavik
  • Cost: From $87.00
  • What’s Included: Live guide, overalls, raincoats, blankets, admission to Wildlife Exhibition, free Wi-Fi on board

Related: 10 Best Iceland Hotels That Showcase The Charms Of The Land Of Fire And Ice

Icelandic Horse Back Riding Tour

The Icelandic Horse is a unique creature that is the only horse breed in Iceland. Among their many interesting and unique traits is the ability to perform one or two additional gaits: Tolt and, sometimes, pace. Riding through the Icelandic countryside on horseback is a magical experience that will stay with travelers for a lifetime. Before getting on the horse, guests of the tour are fitted with helmets for safety and briefed on how to ride. The tour is suitable for all levels of experience.

  • Tour : Icelandic Horseback Riding Tour from Reykjavik
  • Cost: From $118.94
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • What’s Included: Helmet, boots, rain gear, tea or coffee

Hike Inside A Volcano

See the inside of Iceland’s dormant Thrihnukagigur volcano on this small group tour that is limited to a maximum of 18 guests. The tour is led by an expert travel guide and takes guests to the Blue Mountains of Iceland where they will journey inside the volcano to see the geological remnants of an eruption that took place 4,000 years ago. Hotel pick-up and drop-off is included as part of the package price.

  • Tour: Inside the Volcano: Small Group Thrihnukagigur Hike and Tour from Reykjavik
  • Cost: From $367.02
  • Duration: 5 to 6 hours
  • What’s Included: Hotel pickup and drop-off, a professional guide, helmet, harness, and safety equipment, light refreshments

Northern Lights Sightseeing Tour

Seeing the Northern Lights in Iceland is a bucket-list activity and travelers can do their best to have this experience by booking a guided tour. There is never a guarantee of seeing the lights, but they are best seen from November to March when skies are dark and days are short. The tour takes travelers outside the city, away from light pollution, to improve the chances of spotting the phenomena. Guests also enjoy delicious homemade hot chocolate made from real Icelandic chocolate to help keep warm.

  • Tour: #1 Northern Lights tour in Iceland from Reykjavik with PRO photos
  • Cost: From $141.60
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • What’s Included: Professional local driver and guide, hotel pickup and drop-off, Wi-Fi on board, cinnamon buns, wool blanket, professional photos

Book These 10 Best Iceland Tours To Uncover The Wonders Of The Land Of Fire And Ice

Top 10 must-do activities in Iceland

May 29, 2024

By: Ayush Mehrotra

Explore Reykjavik

Start your journey in the capital city, Reykjavik. Visit Hallgrímskirkja church, Harpa Concert Hall, and take a stroll around the colourful streets filled with art, cafes, and shops.

Credit: iStock

Golden Circle Tour

Take a day trip to explore the Golden Circle, which includes three primary attractions: Thingvellir National Park, Geysir Geothermal Area, and Gullfoss waterfall.

Blue Lagoon

Relax in the famous Blue Lagoon geothermal spa. Soak in the mineral-rich waters surrounded by lava fields for a truly rejuvenating experience.

South Coast Adventure

Drive along Iceland's south coast to see stunning waterfalls like Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, the black sand beach at Reynisfjara, and the picturesque village of Vík.

Glacier Hiking

Experience the otherworldly landscapes of glaciers up close by joining a guided glacier hiking tour. Sólheimajökull and Vatnajökull are popular glacier hiking destinations.

Northern Lights

If you're visiting during the winter months, try to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights. Head away from city lights for the best viewing opportunities, or join a guided tour for expert advice.

Explore Ice Caves

Venture into the crystal blue ice caves that form during the winter months beneath Iceland's glaciers. Tours are available to safely explore these natural wonders.

Whale Watching

Go on a whale-watching tour from Reykjavik or Husavik to see majestic creatures such as humpback whales, minke whales, and orcas in their natural habitat.

Visit Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

Marvel at the stunning glacier lagoon dotted with icebergs, where you can take a boat tour among the floating ice or simply enjoy the views from the shore.

Horseback Riding

Experience the unique Icelandic horse breed on a guided horseback riding tour through Iceland's beautiful countryside.

Pocket-friendly international getaways for Indian adventurers

IMAGES

  1. 20 Best Tours In Iceland You Shouldn't Miss

    best iceland horse tours

  2. 🐎 The 5 Best Iceland Horseback Riding Tours [2024 Reviews]

    best iceland horse tours

  3. Horseback Riding Tours in Iceland

    best iceland horse tours

  4. Horseback Riding Tour Írárfoss

    best iceland horse tours

  5. 3 Hour Horse Riding Wilderness Tour in the East Iceland C

    best iceland horse tours

  6. Meet the beautiful Icelandic horses (ponies) and enjoy a scenic horse

    best iceland horse tours

VIDEO

  1. Icelandic Horses at Bork Viking Harbour Denmark

  2. Icelandic Horseback Riding

  3. Icelandic Horses on the run

  4. Can we go to the Highlands again soon? 🥹🏔️ #iceland #icelandtravel #icelandvlog #horseriding

  5. Happy May 1st! 🥳 The International Day of the Icelandic Horse 🐴🇮🇸

  6. Training Our Icelandic Horse ! 🇮🇸 🐴 #iceland #horses

COMMENTS

  1. Best Horse Riding Tours in Iceland

    Scenic 2 Hour Horseback Riding Tour in the Icelandic Countryside with Transfer from Skeidvellir. Top reviewed horse riding tours in Iceland. Go horseback riding in Iceland on an Icelandic horse. Trips available from Reykjavik & South Iceland.

  2. THE 10 BEST Iceland Horseback Riding Tours (Updated 2024)

    The paddock and pasture are in great shape and the horses are well cared for. 2023. 9. Bakkahestar. 146. Horseback Riding Tours. By mariosa637. The scenic trail on the beach, well-trained horses and Jessica's guidance created a perfect outing. 10.

  3. Horseback riding tours in Iceland

    Geysir Gullfoss Special. This tour is a short version of the popular Golden Circle Tour taking place in the hot spring area of Geysir and Gullfoss Waterfall. We…. From 1.755 EUR. View more tours. Multi-day horseback riding tours all over Iceland. Join us on a life changing riding tour in breathtaking nature with experienced farmers!

  4. The 5 Best Iceland Horseback Riding Tours [2024 Reviews]

    Best Horseback Riding Tours in Iceland. Viking Horse Riding and Golden Circle Tour from Reykjavik Private Horse riding tour from Reykjavík Horse Riding Tour in Akureyri; Departure: Vonarstræti 10, 101 Reykjavík: Akrar 2, 271 Mosfellsbær: Skjaldarvík Guest House Road 816, 601, Akureyri: Start: 9:30 am: Variety Available:

  5. 6 Best Horse Riding Tours in Iceland You Will Love

    Gray Line Iceland. Gray Line Iceland gives one of the best Iceland horse riding tours as it comes with an exploration of the Golden Circle. Get the most out of booking an Iceland horse tour by getting to visit Iceland's incredible sightseeing too. Spend a day playing amongst the idyllic Icelandic countryside.

  6. The best Iceland horse riding experience. Book with Mr Iceland!

    Riding a horse is only a part of the experience of visiting the Mr Iceland farm. We practice spiritual and physical connection with the horse and with that in mind we designed the "sleeping with the horses" cabins. The cabins are placed in the middle of the field, surrounded with an amazing view of horses, glaciers and volcanos.

  7. Experience the thrill of horseback riding in Iceland with Ishestar

    2.590 €. Join us on a thrilling tour near one of Iceland's most feared volcanoes, Hekla, as we ride through lava fields, formed by eruptions over the past centuries. Experience the beauty of the lush grasslands that have been fertilized by the volcanic ash. Further Information. VIEW ALL MULTI-DAY TOURS.

  8. Horseback Riding Tours in Iceland

    For a longer ride, choose our 5-hour horse riding lava tour from Reykjavík. This tour will take you through lava fields and across beautiful hillsides with the peaks of the Bláfjöll Mountains on the horizon. Explore the South Coast on horseback on our black beach tour. Ride through dramatic, volcanically scarred scenery and explore the black ...

  9. Horse Riding in Iceland: Adventure Holidays

    Explore Iceland with Horse Tours Club in guided groups. Choose your adventure and discover the picturesque landscapes of Iceland on horseback. ... Horse-Powered Journeys: The Best Locations in Iceland for Horseback Riding. Useful tips. 18 October, 2023. Horseback Riding Tours Along the Coasts of Europe: Where to Enjoy Beautiful Beaches and ...

  10. Eldhestar Home

    Welcome. to. Eldhestar. Eldhestar has offered the largest variety of horse-riding tours in Iceland since 1986, the tours have always been operated by Eldhestar. From half-day, day and combo tours to multi-day tours ranging from 2-8 days with accommodation and meals at our cozy countryside hotel. We are located just 30 minutes´ drive from the ...

  11. THE 10 BEST Horseback Riding Tours in Reykjavik, Iceland

    125. Horseback Riding Tours. By RottnestQuokka. I don't ride horses I just wanted to learn about them. I was able to visit the stables and interact with the horses... 2023. 3. Islenski Reidhesturinn - The Icelandic Horse. 1,608.

  12. Glacier Horses

    Enjoy the Icelandic horse in the beautiful realm of Öræfajökull glacier and Hvannadalshnjúkur, the highest peak in Iceland. We offer short riding tours in Sel, only 6,4 km east of Skaftafell National park. The tours suit beginners and experienced riders. The Icelandic Horse. The Icelandic horse is known for its good temper.

  13. The Best Horseback Riding in Iceland: Tours & What to Expect

    The Best Horseback Riding Tours in Iceland. With approximately 80,000 Icelandic horses throughout the small island nation, Iceland horseback riding is an unmissable thing to do. If you're visiting this beautiful Nordic nation and are looking for the best places to ride horses in Iceland and the best horse riding tours in Iceland, check out ...

  14. Riding Iceland

    Riding Iceland offers horse riding tours with experienced guides and excellent horses. Care for each guest is our commitment and pride. ... Another Best Of The Bucket List To Accompish. You ride Icelandic horses each day for 5-6 days and enjoy incredible scenery, wonderful cuisine and learn about the land of fire and ice from the super nice ...

  15. THE 10 BEST Iceland Horseback Riding Tours

    Horseback Riding Tours. By W8865QTmicheler. The Bakkahestar team took great care of us and our Icelandic horses Lotta and Stafn were perfect for beginners. 2. Nupshestar. 221. Horseback Riding Tours. By ajay000222. Amazing experience, good value, two very friendly and approachable guides, beautiful horses and great views.

  16. Best Horseback Riding Tour in Iceland

    Duration: 1,5-2 hours on horseback. With transfer, introduction, preparation total time is 4 hours. Availability: Daily at 10:00 and 14:00. Pick up: From hotels within Reykjavik. Pick up arrives 60 minutes before tour departure, see more info in FAQ below!

  17. Viking Horses

    Guest can book tours through the booking calendar on the website, through email Viking Horses or by phone (+354) 5379590 and (+354) 660 9590. For further information please use the contact area below. We will answer all emails in less than 24 hours. We accept cash, Master Card, Maestro, Visa, Visa Electron, JCB or China UnionPay.

  18. Vík Horse Adventure

    Welcome to Vík Horse Adventure. We offer scenic riding tours on the beautiful black sand beach of Vík, South Iceland. Our Black Beach Riding Tour is approximately one-hour duration and we welcome riders of all abilities who are looking for a gentle ride in our stunning surroundings! The tours are mostly walking speed with the opportunity to ...

  19. Iceland Horse Tours

    The Icelandic horse is one of the purest horse breed in the world. Studies revealed that the Icelandic horse is descendent from an ancient breed of horses that is now c ompletely extinct outside of Iceland, where it has been preserved thanks to isolation. For over 1,000 years, there has not been any genetic input from other breeds.

  20. Hella Horses

    ISK 8,000. Experience the majesty of Icelandic nature like never before! This tour is geared toward those who wish to have an easy and pleasant riding experience while taking in stunning Icelandic scenery. Details. We have been living there for many years and our passion is to share our love for horses with others. We invite everyone who wants ...

  21. Laxnes Horse Farm

    Laxnes & Golden Circle. 9 hours. 25.900 ISK person. 10% Online Discount. Riding tours in Iceland. Friendly family run farm and lovely scenery.

  22. Best Horseback Riding Tours in Iceland

    Get to know the horses in Iceland on a Horseback Riding Tour. The Icelandic horse is unique in many ways. The Icelandic horse is small, at times pony-sized, long-lived and hardy. Horses are not allowed to be imported into Iceland and therefor the horses in Iceland are 100% Icelandic.

  23. Írárfoss Horse Riding Tour Iceland

    Hidden Iceland January 7, 2019. FROM 9,500 ISK. Riding an Icelandic horse to Írárfoss waterfall is a great way to complete your trip. With waterfalls and horses in one experience, it really does not get any more Icelandic. This introductory horse riding tour departs from Skálakot Manor Hotel & Farm, which is also one of the finest hotels in ...

  24. Book These 10 Best Iceland Tours To Uncover The Wonders Of The ...

    Guests will try Icelandic street food, homemade ice cream, and the famous Icelandic hot dogs. The small group tour is limited to 12 people to ensure a personalized experience that allows travelers ...

  25. Top 10 must-do activities in Iceland

    Whale Watching. Go on a whale-watching tour from Reykjavik or Husavik to see majestic creatures such as humpback whales, minke whales, and orcas in their natural habitat. Credit: iStock.

  26. 2024 PDC Pro Tour

    The 2024 PDC Pro Tour is the current series of non-televised darts tournaments and European Tour events organised by the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC). Players Championships and European Tour events are the events that make up the Pro Tour. There will be thirty Players Championship events and thirteen PDC European Tour events, as well as 24 events for the Challenge and Development Tours ...