Viking Express Horseback Tour | Helgafell or Heidmork

Viking Express Horseback Tour | Helgafell or Heidmork
Icelandic horses are comfortable in snow.
Ride an Icelandic horse through snow covered landscapes.
Enjoy a horseback ride through the Icelandic sites of Helgafell and Heiðmörk
Enjoy the unique gait of the Icelandic horse, the 'tölt', as you travel down the dusty roads.
Ford rivers, pass lava fields, and travel through forests on an Icelandic horse.
An Icelandic horse in need of a haircut in south-west Iceland.
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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.

You'll first cross the Kaldá river, one of the many glacial rivers in Iceland, which is popular among fishing enthusiasts. Next, your guide will choose a route which is easiest (and prettiest) for the weather and season. This is why no two horseback riding tours are the same.

One route will let you explore Helgafell, the so-called 'holy mountain' outside of Hafnarfjörður, a town built directly on top of lava fields.

On your way around this peak, 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.

Alternatively, you may journey 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.

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: Reykjavik, 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.

Included:
  • 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).



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