Meet the Icelandic Horse | Hafnarfjordur Horse Farm Visit

Meet the Icelandic Horse | Hafnarfjordur Horse Farm Visit
A white Icelandic horse being fed treats by a friendly traveller to Iceland.
An Icelandic horse enjoying the dirt on a sunny summer's day in Hafnarfjörður.
A close-up of a beautiful specimen of the Icelandic horse breed.
Icelandic horses with their manes in front of their eyes, giving them an incredibly cuddly appearance.
The Icelandic horse is perfect for beginners to horse riding, as they are not only friendly and well trained, but short in stature.
Two Icelandic horses on a summer's day just outside of Iceland's capital city of Reykjavík.
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Meet the friendly Icelandic horse on this short and affordable tour to a local horse farm, where you can attend to these beautiful creatures and be led around the stables without holding the reins yourself. This adventure is ideal for those who want the chance of a close encounter with this incredible breed without embarking on an actual riding tour. 

Your excursion begins in the town of Hafnarfjörður within the Capital Region of Reykjavík. There, the stables are located, and you’ll arrive in the morning to take part in the daily routine of grooming and attending to the Icelandic horses that call the farm their home. 

The Icelandic horse is truly a unique breed, known throughout the world for its friendly temperament and vibrant personality. These animals arrived at the island with the very first settlers. Having adapted to their environment with no natural predators around, they are not easily spooked. 

If you always wanted to meet and greet these beautiful animals, but aren’t sure how you feel about riding them, here is your chance of easing in. After plenty of time interacting with the horses and taking pictures to your heart’s content, you can opt for giving riding a try within the paddock. 

All riding gear will be provided for you, including a safety helmet, riding boots and rainwear. Once you have been led around the stables, you will enjoy a briefing on the fascinating history of these amazing creatures, as told by your certified local guide. 

Then, you can enjoy some coffee or tea, before saying your goodbyes and heading back to Reykjavík City. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity in meeting the Icelandic horse, and trying out riding fit for absolute beginners. Check availability by choosing a date. 

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: All year
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Activities: Horse Riding, Sightseeing, Cultural Activity
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Reykjavík, Hafnarfjörður, Capital Region, South Coast
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 09:00.

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.

  • English guide

  • Horse riding in the paddock

  • Riding gear: helmet, rubber boots, rainwear or warm outfit in the winter

  • Pickup (can be added through booking)

What to bring:
  • Warm clothes

  • Hat and gloves

  • Camera

Good to know:

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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I absolutely loved it!!! Amazing offer that is often overlooked by fellow travellers, who books the riding tour straight away without experience or physical fitness - it's such a lovely oportunity to actually spend time with horses, pet and hug them unlimited, hear interesting facts and history, and have your first very smooth and stressless ride within the farm. Horses are adorable, i didn't want to leave. Thank you very much!!
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The tour was great it was a quick but informative stop to meet the horses! I had done many tours while I was in Iceland and on my last day I didnt want to do a full day tour and this one was perfect since I hadnt had a chance to see the horses up close! The weather was a bit chilly so we had to dress warm and make sure you wear hiking boots since the stables are mucky! The horses themselves were very playful and had a great temperment I would recommend for any age but especially little ones and people who may not be super comfortable around horses! Our guide Iyla was great and had so much info to give and you could really tell she truly cared about our experience and the horses as well! It was also perfect that there was free coffee and tea throughout the tour seeing as it was chilly that day and no other tour offered that so it was a definite plus
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My husband and I enjoyed this so much our guide was so helpful and friendly answered all our questions. Horses were beautiful. Would highly recommend this.
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I enjoyed this experience very much. While everyone was given an opportunity to ride, no one was pushed. Met many beautiful, gentle Icelandic horses. Fairly well organized starting in a beautiful facility (with coffee). A lot going on, so some overlap with a riding tour. Our guide was effervescent, very informative, and supportive of those who chose to ride. Great tour!
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This was an amazing experience as a beginner with these beautiful animals. Our fantastic host Ylfa helped us discover the beautiful creatures that are Icelandic horses. She was very friendly and patient, and facilitated great interactions with so many horses and helped me overcome my unease around the animals to the point that I ended up enjoying my first fantastic horse ride! Highly recommended!
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