Nature Horseback Riding Tour for Beginners | From Reykjavik

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Reykjavík
Duration
3 hours
Difficulty
Easy
Languages
English, German, Icelandic, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish
Available
All year
Minimum age:
8 years old

Join this tour for an afternoon of easy riding and fun for the whole family. This tour is for any level of rider, and is a wonderful experience for animal lovers, families or groups or anyone who loves the Icelandic countryside. Tours are kept to 20 people or fewer, in order to ensure that all riders get personal attention and all the relaxation they could want.

You'll be picked up in Reykjavik and brought to the spacious Riding Centre just outside the city. The grounds feature a large paddock and barn, along with dogs, cats and bunnies for guests to pet.

To start the tour, you’ll learn about the history of the Icelandic horse, a hardy breed brought to Iceland by the first settlers. Then, you’ll be matched with a horse that suits your experience level and mount up.

The tour will go slowly so that all riders feel comfortable and safe. Your guide will lead you through well-kept trails in the fields around the riding center. You’ll see the craggy lava fields, filled with creeping moss, thorny bushes and rock formations that make a perfect backdrop for a keepsake photo. The beautiful Bláfjöll mountains loom in the distance.

The Icelandic horse is a gentle, friendly breed known for its bushy hair and thick, wiry winter coat. These sturdy animals are built to survive through the Nordic winters. What you may not know by looking at them is that the horse has a silky-smooth gait, known as the tölt.

The tölt is designed for the speed and comfort of the rider crossing long distances, a helpful trick for the Viking who needs to cross a fjord in a single day.

Don't miss your chance to take a relaxing saunter through the countryside on an Icelandic horse. Check availability by choosing a date.

Included

Pick-up and drop-off
1 hour guided tour on horseback
Riding equipment (helmet)
Outerwear if needed (rubber boots, rain gear, warm outer clothing)
English-, German- and Scandinavian-speaking guide

Activities

Horse Riding
Sightseeing

Attractions

West Iceland
Reykjavík
Reykjanes
Bláfjöll
Hafnarfjörður
South Coast

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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