Viking Express Horseback Tour | Heidmork

Viking Express Horseback Tour | Heidmork
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Jump in the saddle for a long afternoon ride with the Icelandic horse. This tour is recommended for strong, experienced riders who are comfortable on horseback and able to be in control at all paces.

This tour is limited to 20 or fewer people to ensure that every person gets sufficient attention from your guide and is able to enjoy the surroundings as much as possible.

After being picked up at your accommodation in Reykjavik, you’ll join your tour group at the Riding Centre in the nearby countryside. If you like, you can start the afternoon with lunch at the stable. After learning a bit about the history of the Icelandic horses, you’ll be matched with a horse and will be ready to go.

We will ride toward Heiðmörk, a gorgeous nature park where millions of trees have been planted in a community effort to restore Iceland’s woodlands. The most common tree here is the spruce, but wildflowers bloom in abundance, and many birds flock to the pools of water and lush vegetation.

Ask your guide to point out the night trolls, three rock formations on top of a distant mountain. Supposedly, these three trolls journeyed to a nearby beach to fetch the meat of a whale who had washed ashore. After arguing all night with other trolls who had come to eat whale, these trolls were caught by the light of the morning sun and turned immediately to stone.

Don't miss this chance to canter, trot, and tölt through the beautiful countryside on the back of an Icelandic horse. Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: All year
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 12 years.
  • Languages: English, German, Icelandic, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish
  • Highlights: Reykjavík, Heiðmörk, Reykjanes, Bláfjöll, Helgafell, Hafnarfjörður
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 11:30.

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.

  • Pick-up at your accommodation in Reykjavik

  • Drop-off

  • Guided tour on horseback

  • Riding equipment (helmet)

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

  • English-, German- and Scandinavian-speaking guide

  • Lunch at the Riding Centre (optional)

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

  • Sturdy shoes for walking/hiking

Good to know:

Children must be 12 years old and up to ride, with good experience riding in open terrain.

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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I was on the Viking express tour for experienced riders. My experience was very positive. The horses are beautiful and well trained, the people of the staff knows how to treat them and match you with what they think will be your best fit. I would truly recommend to take advantage of the jumpsuits/boots as it is a very messy road. I think that was my only regret as my clothes/shoes got very messy. And also just wished there would had been more gallop... but it was fun and beautiful overall.
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So, though we booked this tour, we actually went on another tour through this provider which was AMAZING. Unfortunately, we booked this tour not realizing that it was for advanced riders. The provider quickly realized that my friends and I were out of our depths and they were accommodating enough to put us on another tour. The facility is amazing. The horses are wonderful and they offer raincoats/boots to visitors which came in especially handy given that it poured during our trip. We still had an amazing time. I would absolutely recommend this tour to anyone going to Iceland. Pick up and drop off were a breeze even with the change in our tour. These people are absolute professionals and a must see in Iceland!
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This was definitely the best horseback riding tour I've been on! It was the first time on the icelandic horse for me, and I loved it! A lot of tölting and cantering, which made the ride very exciting. The horses are very nice, strong and active, good temperament. And the scenery of course was amazing. I definitely recommend this tour!
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I've been on a few horseback riding tours in Iceland and this was the best one! The weather agreed with us and it was nice and sunny, although it gets a little windy on the way so be sure to wear some warm layers. You can also get rain gear from Íshestar if it looks like it will rain. We rode into Heiðmörk, a beautiful area right by the city limits and since this tour is only for those with a bit of experience then we spent quite a long time galloping and cantering. Some slow walking as well since the trail both goes along a road with some car traffic and in parts it's small and crooked (the rollercoaster trail). The perfect amount of time for those with a bit more experience than a beginner's level, but still don't ride frequently. I would go back on this tour in a heartbeat!
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