Midnight Sun Horse Riding Tour from Reykjavik

Midnight Sun Horse Riding Tour from Reykjavik
The pseudocraters of Rauðhólar in the Heiðmörk Nature Reserve.
Ride the Icelandic horse through the countryside within the greater Reykjavík area.
The Icelandic horse is known for his friendly nature and his unique gait of tölt
The best and most authentic way to experience the Icelandic countryside is from the back of a horse
A happy rider on the back of an Icelandic horse in the Heiðmörk Nature Reserve.
The stables of Heiðmörk on a sunny day in the Icelandic summer.
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Make the most of the long days of the Icelandic summer and join us on an evening riding tour through the stunning crimson landscapes of Heiðmörk Nature Reserve. This tour should not be missed by any animal lovers looking for an authentic midnight sun experience in Iceland.

The tour starts with a pickup in Reykjavík early in the evening. You will then be brought to the stables to meet your local guide and your animal companion for the night, the friendly and good-tempered Icelandic horse.

Icelandic horses are known throughout the world for their unique gait called ‘tölt’ that is renowned for its combination of excellent speed and supreme comfort. You will learn all about this amazing quality of the breed, as well as anything else you might want to know about this magnificent animal.

Then, it is time for a golden riding tour of the red hills of Rauðhólar within the Heiðmörk Nature Reserve, conveniently located within the greater capital area. The landscapes at hand are characterised by remnants of a cluster of pseudocraters over 5000 years-old from the lava fields of Elliðaárhraun.

Before, much of the red gravel that made up the craters got mined for road building, but today, this unique landscape is protected as a part of the nature reserve that is Heiðmörk.

During the heights of the Icelandic summer, the sun doesn’t set but instead keeps shining through the night, meaning you can fully enjoy the scenery even though the tour takes place during the evening hours.

The ride will last a couple of hours, after which you will be dropped off again close to your accommodation in Reykjavík City, leaving you ample time to explore the streets of the capital come nightfall.

Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to witness stunning Icelandic landscapes in the midnight sun from the back of an Icelandic horse. Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Jun. - Jul.
  • Duration: 2,8 hours
  • Activities: Horse Riding, Sightseeing
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 12 years.
  • Languages: English, Icelandic, Danish, Faroese, French, Norwegian, Swedish
  • Attractions: Reykjavík, Heiðmörk, Rauðhólar, South Coast
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 19:15.

Pick up is between 19:15 - 19:45 for the evening tour. Please be at your pickup location in time for your departure. Should your pickup location be at a bus stop and you need assistance finding it, seek guidance at your Hotel's reception or contact your tour provider directly. 

  • Pickup and drop-off

  • Helmet (obligatory)

  • Gloves, Boots, Overalls, Rain Clothes (if requested)

  • Dinner

What to bring:
  • Warm clothes

Good to know:

Please note: Icelandic horses are not vaccinated and therefore susceptible to infectious agents from abroad. That means that used riding gear such as leather boots, gloves and alike, which have been in touch with horses abroad, are not accepted on tours.

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Though Iceland offers too many natural attractions to count, this was our favorite tour in our short stay there, simply because it was so well formed. Begga was brilliant: kind, very funny, and highly informative. There was no question that she loved her horses, loved Iceland, and loved sharing Iceland and Icelandic horses with others. I've been on a few tourist-oriented riding trips in other countries in the past, and I've always come away feeling like I didn't really grow in my knowledge of how to communicate with horses. It usually feels like you get on the horse, and the horse just follows the guide, without you ever really learning what you are doing or why you ought to be doing it. Not so with Begga. She dedicated a good length of time to making sure we understood not just how to tell a horse what we wanted, but how to know if the horse was responding positively to our communication. It was clearly important to her that we have a chance to connect with our horse. She not only made sure each of us was matched with a horse that was suitable to our skill level, she also made sure we had time to talk to and get to know our horse before mounting up, and she had two other guides ride with us so that there was always someone to give us tips if we were struggling. As we rode, Begga continued to give us interesting information about the landscape we were seeing and the breed of horses we were riding. She took photos for us so that we didn't have to fumble with our phones while also trying to ride, and she shared them with us privately so that we could decide whether to let anyone else see them. I came home teeming with information to pass on to all my friends and family, and feeling like a better rider. I absolutely recommend Islenski Hesturinn to anyone even remotely interested in Icelandic Horses. Even if you think you aren't interested, Begga will make sure you learn something and have a hilariously good time doing.
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Amazing. I loved the small company Guide to Iceland used called islenskihesturinn. They were personal, it was a small tour, the guide was hilarious and informative and I really enjoyed the experience. It may have been my favorite experience in Iceland!
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