The Heart of Iceland | Family Friendly Horse Riding in North Iceland

The Heart of Iceland | Family Friendly Horse Riding in North Iceland
Two travellers enjoying a day out in the company of their horses.
Letting the horses loose to gallop on the riding paths of Skagafjörður, north Iceland.
The Heart of Iceland | Family Friendly Horse Riding in North Iceland
A stop for a drink after an evening ride.
The Heart of Iceland | Family Friendly Horse Riding in North Iceland
Riding out on a chilly day, heading to the paths from the stables.

Come with us on a family-friendly tour where you will get to know nature in the company of the Icelandic horse. This tour is suitable for everyone, even people who have never ridden a horse before or are a bit nervous. This adventure is especially recommended for families with younger children.

The Icelandic horse is a true symbol of the country. These animals have been an integral part of the lives of Icelanders through the centuries since the age of the settlement. Riding one of these majestic creatures is one of the things everyone has to experience at least once in their lives.

On this one-hour riding adventure you can get to know these horses first hand while enjoying the unique natural surroundings of Skagafjörður - North Iceland. The tour starts with a short introduction from one of our skilled tour guides. You will be given a quick lesson on how to mount and control your horse during the trip.

During the ride, you will get to experience the amazing personalities of our horses while travelling in complete harmony with nature. Our skilled tour guides will also tell you everything you need to know about your horses, their history and their role in Icelandic society. If you are more adventurous, you can also try the tölt, one of the special gaits of the Icelandic horses. It allows you to travel at speed and in complete comfort. You also have a chance to cross a river on horseback! 

Are you a more experienced rider looking for a short ride through the Icelandic countryside? We can also tailor this tour to satisfy your cravings for an adrenaline-filled trip, making sure it's the perfect adventure for each group that visits. Join us for a unique adventure and meet the horse of the Vikings. Check availability by choosing a date. 


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Jun. - Oct.
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Activities: Horse Riding
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 6 years.
  • Languages: English, German
  • Highlights: Skagafjörður
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : 10:00, 11:30, 12:00, 14:00, 16:00.

Hestasport, Varmahlíð, Iceland

Please meet us at our office 15 minutes before the agreed time of departure. We're located in Varmahlíð, on Route 1. 

Included:
  • Riding helmet (mandatory)

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers or snow suit if needed

  • Gloves

  • Riding boots


What to bring:
  • Warm wind- and waterproof clothing

  • Good outdoor shoes


Good to know:

Be prepared for all kinds of weather and wear lots of layers! We recommend thermal underwear, sweater(s) and a windproof jacket as well as gloves, a scarf and warm socks. Wear comfortable pants and strong shoes (hiking boots are fine). We will provide you with a helmet and rain gear or a snow suit. Please note that we require you to wear a helmet when riding with us, so if you'd like to wear a woollen hat or headband, make sure it's a thin one and fits comfortably under a helmet.

In case you bring your own riding clothes and boots, they must be disinfected before you arrive. It is prohibited by Icelandic law to bring used riding gear including saddles, bridles, etc. into the country, as well as used leather riding boots, other leather riding wear or riding gloves. Riding clothes, rubber riding boots and any other gear should be machine-washed (min. 40°) or dry-cleaned (chemically cleaned), and disinfected with VirkonS®.

We reserve the right to alter any itinerary in the guests' best interest and for reasons of safety. This will not reduce the quality of our tours! 



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