Horseback Riding in the Lava Fields

Horseback Riding in the Lava Fields
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Horseback ride against the summery backdrop of the Bláfjall Mountain Range from Reykjavík.
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The stunning icy landscapes of south-west Iceland in winter will not slow your horse.
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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: All year
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Activities: Horse Riding
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 8 years.
  • Languages: English, German, Icelandic, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish
  • Highlights: West Iceland , Reykjavík, Reykjanes, Bláfjöll, Hafnarfjörður, South Coast
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 09:00. 13:00,

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).

If you are traveling on your own to Íshestar Horse Riding Center, please be there at least 30 minutes before tour departure.

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The pickup was simple and punctual, and the shuttle was comfy. The horseback riding guides were knowledgeable, charming, talkative and helpful. I learned some things about Iceland and the culture from talking with one of the guides as we rode along. It was so interesting!
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The tour is wonderful and the horses is very cute. Also, tour guides are very helpful that made our tour more easy. Thank you.
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Good tour. I would have appreciated more explication about the places that we visited.
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This wonderful tour made me incredibly happy :). The employees (including the very friendly driver who picked us up from our apartment and drove back) were wonderful, very knowledgeable and helpful. And the horses are amazing, beautiful and with great temperaments. I'm sure the horse assigned to me was the best of them all :). We rode through beautiful countryside and I enjoyed it all very, very much.
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Fantastic! Pick-up was on time, the instructors were kind and helpful, and the horses were lovely. There were also complimentary hot drinks available when we came in from the snow. Our group was quite large, but they split us up after a short while, allowing more experienced riders to go off on the 'fast ride' while us beginners continued on the 'slow ride'. One of the instructors even went down the line taking pictures of us all atop our horses. All in all, a great trip! :)
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A wonderful time and I highly recommend while visiting Iceland!! Pick up was on time and we are beginning riders just a few times on horses. The staff is very helpful, also have a safety and introduction to Icelandic horse lesson prior to riding. Dress in layers to stay warm on these winter days but they have clothing available if needed. We were paired with the perfect horses so gentle and well behaved, easy to ride. All the staff were super nice and answered many questions about the horses like their unique gates! The scenery was just spectacular everywhere you looked. During a rest period for the horses the staff helped with pictures and told us all a bit about the history of the Icelandic horse. After the ride there were hot drinks, we watched many the horses play around the pasture as they seem so happy and very well cared for.
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Fantastic, what’s a lovely Icelandic horse, top recommended to everyone.
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This was fantastic! They offer you warm clothing if you need it, and fit you with a helmet. They pair you with a horse who is good for your specific level of riding and help you get acquainted and seated. They split up the group that we went with into more experienced riders and those who wanted to stay going slow, which was nice. During the tour they take time to explain the scenery and tell you a bit about the horses. The views were beautiful and the horses were lovely. Overall, an amazing experience!
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Unbelievably fun!!! It was an really amazing and unique tour that you can not find else where . I will defoly join this tour again next time I travel to Iceland.
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