Visit the picturesque stables of Skeiðvellir to meet the iconic Icelandic horses. This is a fantastic tour option for animal lovers looking to learn more about one of Iceland's most iconic and noble creatures.
Skeiðvellir is a family run breeding farm, and riding is not a part of this tour. Instead, you will be taken around the facilities and listen to your experienced guide as they explain the Icelandic horses' place in this country's culture and history.
Icelandic horses are among the purest breeds on earth, having been isolated for around 1000 years. In the past, they were essential for travelling long distances across the country and were considered a symbol of worship by Viking settlers.Over the centuries, Icelandic horses have become adept at withstanding the island's cold conditions. This is despite the fact they are considerably smaller than most horse breeds, and are often incorrectly labelled as ponies. This, and much more, will be explained to you during your tour around the stable.
Your guide will also show you artworks and posters that help to understand all the information. Visitors are encouraged to pet the horses and can freely take photographs. You will also likely meet the other farm animals, including a friendly dog and stable cats.
As an added option, smaller children can take the opportunity to ride a horse. First, the horse will be brushed and prepared for riding. After mounting the horse, the guide will walk the horse for a few circulations of the riding hall.
After your tour is over, you can choose to spend some time at the farm’s cafeteria where you can enjoy a hot drink and share your experience of the stables. Without a doubt, you will be taken with this noble breed, not just because of its intelligence and natural beauty, but also its strength, speed and stamina.
Total duration of this activity: 40-45 min.
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Rides for children can be purchased when booking. The age limit for this activity is from 3 years - 10 years.