Viking Horseback Tour | Heidmork

Viking Horseback Tour | Heidmork
Ride an Icelandic horse through a winder wonderland.
Ride an Icelandic horse like a viking through snow covered terrain.
Horseback ride though Iceland's beautiful trails.
Fields of lupins add to the beauty of horseback riding in Iceland.
Your horseback riding guides are very experienced, and there are options to be led by German or Scandinavian language speakers.
Horseback riding is an incredible way to expose yourself to the beauty of Iceland's nature.
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Jump on this opportunity to test the strength of the Icelandic horse as you make your way through lava fields, rivers and around mountains. This tour is for experienced riders who would like to take advantage of their sure-footed mount by going off-road. You should be experienced enough to remain in control at all paces, firm seat, comfortable in the saddle for up to 7 hours.

Each tour is limited to 20 or fewer people in order to ensure comfort for all and personal attention from your guide. This way, you can really enjoy the experience of putting the Icelandic horse through its paces.

First crossing lava fields covered with softly creeping moss, you’ll ford Kaldá river, a popular spot for salmon and char fishing in Iceland.

Up next is a longer trek around Heiðmörk Nature Park, a huge conservation area in Iceland. More than 4 million trees have been planted since 1950, and it is home to many species of migratory birds and colorful wildflowers.

The choice of routes and trails depends on the season and weather, so no two riding tours are the same.

The tour kicks off with an introductory ride in the morning. After lunch at the Riding Centre, you’ll head out again and try the different gaits of the Icelandic horse. Be prepared to ride at a trot, tölt or a canter and really experience the versatility of the Icelandic horse. For this half of the tour, you'll join up with the Viking Express Horseback Tour who will ride in the afternoon, to meet more fellow equestrians.

Take this opportunity to see what the Icelandic horse can do! Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: All year
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 12 years.
  • Languages: English, German, Icelandic, Danish, Norwegian
  • Attractions: Reykjavík, Heiðmörk, Reykjanes, Helgafell, South Coast, East Fjords
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.

  • 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)

  • Lunch at the Riding Centre

  • English-, German- and Scandinavian-speaking guide

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 arriving by car, please be at the Riding Centre 30 minutes before the start of the tour. Please note that it is not allowed to ride with backpacks or bags but Íshestar provides complimentary safety boxes at the stables for valuables.

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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This was an exceptional experience, they really take care of you the entire day. You start the day with a nice introduction to horse riding with a large-ish group (20-25 people) which splits into either a slow group or a fast group for people who have ridden before. Lunch is provided, and on the day I went it was fish and chips with salads and bread to choose from. The afternoon ride is longer, with a smaller group of people and you really get to experience the strength and stamina of the Icelandic horse. When heading uphill you get to ride the horse at a full gallop, with the whole group of horses pushing each other to go faster - it was amazing fun. You can really tell these horses are well-cared for and love to get out and go for a good ride. I also felt incredibly safe the whole time, staff were very helpful and knowledgeable of the area and of course about anything relating to the horses themselves. Would definitely recommend for anyone who loves riding.
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I was really looking forward to this day of our trip, and was not disappointed. My husband and I are both experienced riders, and we were given horses that really stepped out and needed no encouragement. We did the all day Viking tour, with lunch. The hot lunch was very good, and a welcome warm-up as the day was chilly and windy. In the afternoon we rode a different horse, equally as good! The horses look to be in good health, with lots of energy. The terrain looks other-worldly, with the mountains all around. We didn't ride off-road at all, as mentioned in the tour description. (we rode very early in the season, however, so maybe that's a summer-only thing) Be prepared to trot or canter for 3+ hours....this is NOT a beginnner ride! The horses seem to love it, and after I got accustomed to sitting the quick trot it was a lot of fun. A few comments for the stable: Our first guide was very sweet and nice, but also very quiet. There was no indication of when we would be changing gaits, so often you were forced to catch up or stop abruptly. The guides need to be more vocal and use hand signals when they will be stopping, for the comfort and safety of the guests. Also, in the afternoon my husband rode in a very worn, hard saddle that was cracked at the seams in several places. That may work for a walking, 1 hour ride, but not for a fast 3 hour ride! He was sore and uncomfortale by the time we finished. My saddle was great, both morning and afternoon. Maybe sort through the saddles and take care to use the better ones for the riders that will be going longer. Overall, a very fun day.
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I spent an AMAZING day with Ishestar. The Viking tour was a wonderful experience. It outshined my expectations : the driver was very nice, our guides were really kind and funny, the landscapes we rode through were amazing, the food was delicious and last but not least the Icelandic horses were incredibly lovely. I really thank Ishestar for this dreamy day. It was definitely my favorite experience in Iceland.
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