Get back on the saddle with this picturesque horse riding tour and experience the incredible wealth of Iceland's beauty from on top your own Icelandic horse!
Your 90-minute tour will begin with a hotel pickup from Reykjavík capital area in the morning, or, if you prefer sleeping in, in the afternoon. You'll be taken to the village of Hveragerði, more specifically, to the Eldhestar farm. At the stable, you will gear up and be introduced to the basic principles of horse riding. One of your friendly and experienced guides will choose a horse to fit your skill level.
For this tour, you will need to bring a pair of sturdy shoes, sneakers or hiking boots. It is also recommended to bring a comfortable pair of pants (riding pants are not necessary), a pair of gloves and a thin hat to wear beneath your helmet. If you would like to bring small items such as a camera, it is advised to wear a waist bag. Backpacks are not allowed on horseback.
Soon, you will be riding through some truly gorgeous countryside; dried lava plateaus, farmlands and rivers, all surrounded by a stunning vista of volcanic mountains. You will experience the famous 'tölt', a special gait unique to Icelandic horses, and will quickly realise the intelligence, loyalty and playfulness of the breed. Passing by a number of farmsteads, you will also have the opportunity to see firsthand how agriculture has developed across the region.
At the end of your tour, you can sit back and relax with a hot cup of coffee and some delicious home baked cake before it is time to return to the city after a refreshing riding tour.
So don't delay! Book this brilliant and accessible horse riding tour and you too can make some fantastic holiday memories with some of Iceland's most famous four-legged residents! Check the booking availability by choosing a date.
Hveragerdi is a town and municipality in the southwest of Iceland, around 45 km from the capital Reykjavik. The river Varma runs through it. The town is well known for its greenhouses and strong geothermal activity, in particular the nearby Reykjadalur valley.
In the scenic Reykjadalur ('Steam Valley') you have the hot water stream falling down the slopes of the valley. The mountain range is ideal for relaxing and the valley offers a rich variety of hot pools and geothermal springs. It is also possible to have a dip in the river.
There are nice botanical areas and parks in the town, many recreational activities are available, excellent hiking trails as well as nice hotels and a camping ground. A number of museums can be found, such as the Arnesingar art museum. The town hosts an annual culture and family festival in August.
Starting time : 08:00, 13:00
1.5-2 hours on horseback, coffee, home-baked cake, helmet, rain gear or warm overall
sturdy shoes, gloves
This tour is suited both for beginners and experienced riders, horses are selected according to riding experience. Guiding in other languages on request.
Morning pick-up times are between 08.00-08.30. For afternoon tours, pick-up is from 13.00-13.20. Pick-up is also available from Hafnarfjörður, Mosfellsbær and Kópavogur, with a departure time of 07.45. Return to Reykjavík is at approx 13.00 or 17.15, depending on whether you partook in the morning or afternoon tour.
We had an amazing time! I have ridden for years but most on this tour were first timers and everyone had a great time. The staff takes time with each person going to make sure they are doing ok, then comes back through as the tour goes on checking to make sure things are going smoothly. We couldn't have asked for a better afternoon in Iceland!
Most stuff is very nice and kind, I am very grateful to those who helped me a lot.
Very friendly guide and patient horses! My friends and I have almost no experience on horse riding, but it was not a problem at all. It was challenging in the beginning but we enjoyed the nice scenery of country side, and some times tolt. If you are not sure about horse riding, there is tour that is shorter. Horse riding in Iceland is definitely something you wanna try out!
It's a good experience for me. It's the first time for me to ride the horse that's why I was a little nervous. The staffs in the racecourse are very nice. Even though we were late to be the racecourse, they were still patient to us.