Horseback Riding in the Lava Fields

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Based on 17 traveller reviews

Come along on a fabulous tour of the Icelandic countryside on the back of a purebred Icelandic horse. This tour is ideal for anyone looking for a personal experience with the Icelandic environment and suits all riders, from beginners to masters.

Before the tour starts, you'll be matched with a mount who is perfect for your skill level, allowing you to just sit back and enjoy the ride. Groups on this tour are kept to 20 people or fewer, as well, to ensure personal attention from your guide and a truly special riding experience in the countryside.

You’ll be picked up from your accommodation in Reykjavik – or you can drive yourself – to the nearby Riding Centre, for a relaxing amble about well-marked riding trails.

Lava fields through which you'll be riding were created when an eruption scrapes the plains clean of plant life, resemble a pebbled, craggy riverbed, filled with huge chunks of rocks. As you ride, look for different shapes and figures in the rock formations, a pleasant pastime for local riders.

Some lava fields are in the process of being reclaimed by plant life, covered in spongy blankets of moss, prickly scrub brush or delicate purple lupine. The environment is just as fantastic as your mount.

The Icelandic horse is a national treasure. Fiercely guarded by the Icelandic people, these shaggy horses are descended from the horses of the first settlers, imported from Norway in the 9th century.

After that, there were attempts to breed them with European stock, which led to the decline of the hardy qualities which make the Icelandic horse so valuable to the harsh lifestyle of historical Iceland.

For this reason, the Icelandic parliament banned the importation of horses into Iceland by the end of the 10th century. Today, the Icelandic horse has been protected for more than 1,000 years.

The Icelandic horse has been preserved in legends and sagas as well. A horse named Skalm was mentioned in the famous Book of Settlements, written in the 12th century. Her owner decided to make his home at the place she chose: when she stopped walking and lay down, he founded his settlement.

What secret messages will your horse reveal on this tour? Reserve your place now to find out! Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Feb. - Dec.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Activities: Horse Riding
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 8 years.
  • Languages: English, German, Icelandic, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish
  • Highlights: South Iceland, West Iceland , Reykjavík, Reykjanes, Bláfjöll, Hafnarfjörður
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 09:00 13:00, 15:00,

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 in your Hotel's reception or contact your tour provider directly.

  • Riding equipment (helmet)

  • Outerwear as needed (rubber boots, rain gear, warm clothing)

  • English-, German- and Scandinavian-speaking guide

What to bring:
  • Clothing and outerwear suited to rainy or chilly weather

  • Sturdy shoes for walking/hiking

Good to know:

Children must be 8 years old and up to ride. The weight limit for all tours is 110 kg (240 lbs).


Average rating 4.9 / Number of reviews 17

Good location and good place for the riding, worderful area in he place, it riding over one hour, and it was much funny

Unbelievable experience! The staff does a very good job at telling you how to work with the horse so you feel like you have a clear understanding before you get on. The ride was extremely unique, especially if you've never ridden a horse like me, my husband, and son. They made sure the saddle fit right and the whole ride was extremely enjoyable! They split up the two groups after a little bit, one with experience and one without, where in the one without, you keep the same steady walking pace, often yearning for a little bit of extra speed, however it may have been a good idea to keep the pace as we were just beginners. My son got to know his horse before we split up very well by testing how it responded to his moves, and you could tell he was a natural. He told them that he felt very comfortable and they obliged with putting him in the more experienced group where they would have occasional "speed-ups" - where they guide would call for a speed up and the group would lead the horses into a brisk trot (which leads to a much more difficult time to balance). The experience overall was a must in Iceland!!!!

A very nice experience! We went a group of 5 and we were all pleased. The guide Margrét was very helpful and knowledgable. Also the group was split up into slow, medium and fast pace so you can choose what level you want to join.

This was a really fun tour! The horses were very easy going and gentle and the guides were more than helpful. I went with the beginner group, so the ride was a gentle walk the entire time. Instruction at the start of the tour was very clear and easy to follow. I hadn't ridden a horse in many years (since I was a kid!), but I guess it's like riding a bike (you never forget how). Once on the saddle, I felt confident and ready to ride.

So fun! It was magical to ride such calm horses in the snow. Make sure to wear warm gloves!

Horseback riding is extremely fun . All guides are very professional and friendly, taking good care of every members, showing beautiful view and stories, highly recommend.

This was an incredible tour. The horses were friendly and easy to ride even for beginners. The lava fields were beautiful, but definitely wear and extra layer because it gets a bit chilly.

This was a great trip through some pretty cool landscape. My horse was a bit slow but we became friends in the end. Can recommend this tour.

I was curious to try a ride on the Icelandic horse and took a tour with Ishestar. It was a great experience and I would highly recommend it. The tour my friend and I took is called Lava tour. we took the tour on a cool windy beautiful winter day, were given overalls by the staff and, after a very good introduction on how to ride the horses, we headed for the stable and met the horses for the ride. The guides choose the right horse according to experience of the rider. My horse was absolutely adorable and the tour was great. After a few minutes riding slowly in the lava with the whole group, we were split into a slow and a fast group, according to our experience and confidence on the horse. My friend and I decided to go with the fast group and absolutely loved it. We even stopped for a picture opportunity and to hear a bit about the Icelandic Horse and the lava surrounding us. The guides were nice, professional and always looking after everyone's needs. It was a great tour I would happily do again and we even got to feed the animals at the end. The guides and the horses seemed to enjoy it too.

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