Horse-riding near Husavik | Family-friendly Excursion

Horse-riding near Husavik | Family-friendly Excursion
The Icelandic horse is especially suited for children to ride, because of their friendly nature and short stature.
The horse-farm Hraunkot near Húsavík in North Iceland is home to numerous Icelandic horses eager to go for a ride.
The beautiful landscapes of North Iceland are thoroughly experienced from the back of an Icelandic horse.
The birch forests and mountains around Húsavík make for an excellent backdrop for an Icelandic horse riding adventure.
When riding an Icelandic horse through the local nature you are experiencing it in the same way as the first settlers of the country.
Many farm animals roam free during the Icelandic summer, as you might see on your horse riding adventure in North Iceland.
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Ride a beautiful Icelandic horse through lava landscapes and birch forests on this excellent riding tour. No experience is needed to take this exciting and immersive trip, making it a perfect adventure for children and adults alike.

You will meet the horses and your guide at the farm Hraunkot, near the town Húsavík in North Iceland. You’ll be paired with a steed that fits your size and experience most; there are eighteen on the site so you can be assured of a good match. 

Once you have put on your gear and listened to a quick briefing, you will mount up, and spend about ten minutes getting comfortable in the paddock. As soon as you and your horse are acquainted, your guide will lead you off the farm, and into the beautiful nature of North Iceland.

As you start your ride, it will become apparent why Icelanders love their horses so much. While initially, the only difference between them and other breeds seems to be their diminutive size, you will soon take note of their strikingly curious and social behaviour. Having been isolated for a thousand years on this island, they have evolved into a unique and special creature, markedly intelligent and perfectly adapted to their conditions.

Your ride will take you through a variety of the beautiful landscapes for which Iceland is renowned. You will trot through woodlands of native birch, cross stretches of haunting lava from historic eruptions, and walk in the shadows of some beautiful mountain peaks.

Feel free to ask your guide any questions as you travel. They are more than happy to talk about the country, the folklore, and of course, the history and character of the Icelandic horse.

After an hour’s ride, you will return to the farm. The beauty of the nature and the charm of your steed will no doubt make this a tour to remember, and you can head on with your vacation knowing that you’ve enjoyed an essential Icelandic experience. 

Mount up and join this excellent horse-riding tour, fit for the whole family. Check availability by choosing a date. 

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Apr. - Oct.
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Activities: Horse Riding, Sightseeing
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 5 years.
  • Languages: English, German, Icelandic, Norwegian
  • Attractions: North Iceland, Húsavík
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : 17:00.

Hraunkot 1, 641 Húsavík
Please be at the tour start location in good time before departure. If you need assistance finding it, seek guidance in your Hotel's reception or contact your tour provider directly.
  • English guide

  • Riding equipment

  • Meals

What to bring:
  • Warm clothes

  • Good shoes

  • Gloves

Good to know:

Icelandic horses are protected as a breed and therefore not vaccinated. Therefore, any riding gear from abroad is forbidden to use when riding an Icelandic horse.


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This was one of my favorite experiences of Iceland. My girlfriend and I were the only ones on the tour. Our guide was exceptional. She gave us a background on each horse, her farm, and even brought her farm dog on the tour. We talked to the guide about our desire to see the northern lights and she even emailed us later that night that the lights were out and where to watch them! Overall awesome experience!
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