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About Horse Riding Tours in Iceland

Horse riding tours are a popular choice all across Iceland, attracting both locals and foreign visitors. You will have the chance to meet and befriend the unique Icelandic horse, a breed well-known for its unique gait, intelligence and friendly character. Both beginner and expert riders are welcome to join and you can choose from multiple tours tailored to your skill level.

1. How long is the actual riding time?

It depends on the tour you choose, but you can expect to ride between one and three hours. Please look at your tour's description for further information.

2. Do I need any riding experience?

For certain tours, yes, but you can also find numerous tours which will accommodate inexperienced riders.

3. What should I wear on a horse riding tour?

Warm and waterproof layers, sturdy shoes (such as riding boots or hiking shoes), gloves and a thin hat to wear under your helmet.

4. How old do you have to be to go on a horse riding tour?

It depends on the tour. For shorter tours the age limit is usually between seven and eight years.

5. Is there a weight limit for horse riding tours?

The Icelandic horse can carry an adult without difficulty. However, the maximum weight will depend on the particular tour you choose.

6. Is the tour cancelled in case of rain?

Tours are usually not cancelled due to rain but if you are worried about cancellation, you can check with your tour provider on the day of your tour.

7. Do I need to bring any equipment for a horse riding tour?

Only warm clothes and sturdy shoes. Helmets and overalls will be provided on site.

8. What gaits will I experience?

This depends on the tour. At the very least, you will experience the walk, the trot and the Icelandic horse’s unique tolt.

9. What do Icelandic horses like to eat? Can I bring them treats?

You should not feed the horses without asking the owners or tour guides, since the horses are well fed and should not have their diet interrupted. If you wish to bond with your horse by feeding it, simply pick up some grass or hay from the ground and see if they feel like having a snack.

10. Do Icelandic horses only exist in Iceland? Does Iceland have any other horse breeds?

The Icelandic horse is an isolated and protected breed and no other species of horse are allowed into Iceland. The Icelandic horse may be exported, but the animals that leave can never return.

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3-Hour Horse Riding & Hot Springs Tour

4.7 average rating | 20 reviews

3-Hour Horse Riding & Hot Springs Tour

Everything is as advertised above. It is a nice choice for beginner and quite worthwhile .

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Great tour, highly recommended. Our guide, Lena, was so friendly and helpful. We rode for an hour around the area, got to experience the unique gait 'tolt' and got some great photos. After the ride, we were dropped off at the geothermal pool for an hour which was a great experience. Our tour had run a little late so we were given the option to get a packed lunch to make sure we had enough time in the pool - great lunch, thank you! Overall a great tour.

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Family Horseback Riding Tour | From Reykjavik

4.3 average rating | 3 reviews

Family Horseback Riding Tour | From Reykjavik

We enjoyed the family horseback riding tour very much! The guides and staff were very friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable! I was quite nervous, as this was my first time riding a horse. Our guide made me feel safe and reassured throughout the tour. They helped me to mount and dismount, and helped me during the ride (my horse did not like staying in line with the others!). We also had plenty of time before the tour to pick our helmets and outerwear, enjoy some coffee, and relax! The only part of the tour that I would have changed was that we did not get to pet the dogs, cats, and bunnies at the barn like the tour description said. This was one of the reasons we chose this tour over all the other ones. Other than that, we are very happy with this tour and would recommend it!

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The horseriding was something really special. I couldn't stop smiling the whole time! Would really highly recommend this tour, totally loved it!

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Volcanic Landscape Horse Riding Tour

5 average rating | 28 reviews

Volcanic Landscape Horse Riding Tour

It was a good Icelandic horse riding with owner Begga. Like the gait "Tölt" this most!

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Volcanic Landscape Horse Riding Tour

5 average rating | 28 reviews

Volcanic Landscape Horse Riding Tour

Was well organized from pick-up to drop off. Horses were matched to riding ability and the landscape scenery was beautiful. Orsi was knowledgeable and kept an eye on everyone and offered tips and assistance if needed. Would highly recommend this tour

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Horseback Riding in the Lava Fields

4.9 average rating | 19 reviews

Horseback Riding in the Lava Fields

A very nice experience! We went a group of 5 and we were all pleased. The guide Margrét was very helpful and knowledgable. Also the group was split up into slow, medium and fast pace so you can choose what level you want to join.

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Horseback Riding in the Lava Fields

4.9 average rating | 19 reviews

Horseback Riding in the Lava Fields

Horseback riding is extremely fun . All guides are very professional and friendly, taking good care of every members, showing beautiful view and stories, highly recommend.

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Horseback Riding & Geothermal Pool | Day Tour

4.5 average rating | 6 reviews

Horseback Riding & Geothermal Pool | Day Tour

My family booked this tour which pick up starts at 8am, so we were at the bus stop 7:50 but the driver misunderstood my name and said my name is not on the pick up list. Basically you couldnt take the bus even though we were there and paid 318euro for nothing. We were connected to Eldhester company and they refused to give me refund and now they are starting to ignore my emails. We had plenty of tour but only this company caused a problem. It was really disappointing experience

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Viking Horseback Tour | Helgafell or Heidmork

5 average rating | 3 reviews

Viking Horseback Tour | Helgafell or Heidmork

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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2-Hour Horse Riding | Heritage Tour

4.6 average rating | 9 reviews

2-Hour Horse Riding | Heritage Tour

The horse farm is really big and filled with cute Icelandic horses! they are just too cute to mention. the overall experience is amazing. The guide is very nice and helpful, she take cares of everybody. The horse riding route is easy for beginners, all of us can handle it very well. The Icelandic horses are very calm and easy to control. no matter what age are you, you should be able to handle this tour without hardness. It's a very nice experience after all. We had a great afternoon time.

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Love the Laxnes Horse Farm; such an amazing experience. Even my husband, who has ridden twice in his life and isn't a big fan of the sport, LOVE the ride. Like other reviewers said, the Laxnes Horse Farm team was easy going - not too strict - which made the ride more enjoyable.

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Volcanic Landscape Horse Riding Tour

5 average rating | 28 reviews

Volcanic Landscape Horse Riding Tour

Icelandic horses are gentle and lovely, our guide is reliable and knowledgable. We had a good time. Safe for beginner because the guide have a briefing of horse riding, and walking through the vocano landscape is so amazing.

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1 Hour Horse Riding Tour | Countryside Charm

5 average rating | 3 reviews

1 Hour Horse Riding Tour | Countryside Charm

非常棒的體驗,馬兒非常乖順,除了偶爾幾次自顧自地低頭吃草,大部分時間都很聽從主人的指揮以及指導者的指揮,馬兒小跑步的時候跟其他馬非常不一樣,很好玩,整整繞了一圈對初學者來說,非常值得。如果能有簡單的控制馬匹的教學在上馬之前會更棒!

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Horse Riding & Hiking in a Geothermal Valley | Day Tour

4.3 average rating | 3 reviews

Horse Riding & Hiking in a Geothermal Valley | Day Tour

This was an amazing tour of Iceland. The horses were beautiful and easy to ride and the guides were extremely helpful and knowledgeable. The guided hiking had such spectacular views that ended with an amazing swim in a geothermal river. I highly recommend.

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