Horse Riding Tours
Icelandic horses are a breed renowned for their reliability, intelligence, small stature and friendly character. Horse riding tours are the perfect way to explore Iceland’s rugged terrain. Adventure over lava fields, volcanic landscapes, hills, and explore hot springs in the Icelandic countryside.

4.7

average

1847 reviews

Horse Riding Tours

Icelandic horses are a breed renowned for their reliability, intelligence, small stature and friendly character. Horse riding tours are the perfect way to explore Iceland’s rugged terrain. Adventure over lava fields, volcanic landscapes, hills, and explore hot springs in the Icelandic countryside.
4.7 average category rating
1847 reviews
Low Prices in Iceland
Best price guarantee
Arrival in Iceland
Departure from Iceland
1 Filter applied
Refine results by using the filters
Popularity
  • Popularity
  • Rating
  • Price
  • Price
  • Duration
  • Duration

5 Day Summer Package with Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

Explore the best of Iceland with this 5-day summer package. See all the main attractions of Iceland including Reykjavík, the Golden Circle and the Blue Lagoon. You’ll travel all the way to Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon taking in the wonders of Iceland’s South Coast as you go. Let us take care of the details of planning your perfect trip to Iceland whilst you focus on the adventure. This tour is all-inclusive, making the most of your stay in Iceland. It includes accommodation for 4 nights, all transportation and tours of all the best locations. You can also opt to hike on a glacier with a gorgeous view of the South Coast before you reach Jökulsárlón and the Diamond Beach. A view atop a glacier allows you to witness the full splendour of Iceland’s immaculate nature the best way possible. You'll see the most stunning waterfalls, an otherworldly black sand beach, magnificent glaciers, and awe-inspiring volcanoes. You'll also have the chance to explore Iceland’s capital, Reykjavík, and you can add on extra options during your day on the famous Golden Circle route if sightseeing at some of the most popular places in the nation isn't exciting enough. You can, for example, go horseback riding through a geothermal field near Gullfoss waterfall exploring Iceland’s wondrous terrains. You could also opt for more action and go snowmobiling on top of Langjökull glacier. Or, for some real geological excitement, snorkel in Silfra gorge and float between two continental plates, exploring the mysteries of the deep blue waters that make this location a true natural wonder. You'll make your home in the city center of Reykjavík for 3 nights, as well as spend another night in Vatnajökull National Park so that you can fully embrace Icelandic nature on your trip. This gives you plenty of time to enjoy the hiking trails in the countryside, just as much as the art galleries, museums, and cafés in the capital.  Enjoy the long summer days and explore all the best the country has to offer on this perfect 5-day itinerary! Reserve now to save on costs and choose a date to check for availability. Book your Iceland summer adventure today.
4.9
63 reviews

Duration
5 days
Available
Mar. - Oct.
See more

5 Day Self Drive Tour | Reykjavik, Blue Lagoon, Golden Circle & Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

Book this 5-day self drive tour to visit Iceland's most famous attractions. On your trip, you'll visit some incredible places, including the Blue Lagoon, Golden Circle, Reynisfjara black sand beach, Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and many of Iceland's most famous waterfalls. Self drive tours are perfect for those wanting to take the wheel and have full control over your journey, without having to worry about tour groups and guides. You'll travel in full comfort throughout your trip. All lodgings will have an ensuite bathroom, and breakfast will always be included, so you will be able to rest comfortably between your days of adventure. On the first day, collect your car and head to the capital city, Reykjavik. You'll have the evening to decompress from your flight and settle in. If you like, you can relax at the world-famous Blue Lagoon before you go ahead to the city. Bathing in the tranquil azure waters amid a volcanic landscape can be the perfect start to your trip, and a great introduction to Iceland. You'll begin the proper adventure on the second day, by driving around the world-famous Golden Circle. You're in the driver's seat, so spend the day doing what you'd like. Visit the foundation of Icelandic history, Þingvellir, see the geysers and enjoy the famous Golden Waterfall, Gullfoss. Take your time at each destination to experience the true wonders of the Golden Circle in the best way. Further along on your trip, you will travel alongside the infamous glacier and volcano Eyjafjallajökull, and past the stunning Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls. The highlight of the South Coast is the otherworldly Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, where you can sail among enormous icebergs, and walk along the rugged black sand shores of the Diamond Beach. Often referred to as the crown jewel of Iceland, Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon will leave you amazed by the genuinely awe-inspiring moving icebergs. If you're lucky, you may also spot some seals resting in the lagoon. A boat trip around the glacier lagoon is just one option you can add to your stay. You can also go horse riding, glacier hiking, snowmobiling, and even take a trip inside the ice caves. All these adventures are at your fingertips and promise lasting memories of your arctic holiday. We understand that you are visiting Iceland to experience nature at its best, and to escape the city and its crowds. That is why we have included hidden gems and spectacular attractions not known to many others on this tour. The itinerary we'll provide you with will ensure you don't miss a thing. This will help you uncover some of the more secret natural wonders of Iceland. So don't hesitate to jump on this opportunity to see some of Iceland's best attractions in 5 days! Check availability by choosing a date and book your Iceland adventure.
4.7
31 reviews

Duration
5 days
Available
Apr. - Aug.
See more

Reykjavik Horse Riding Tour

Saddle up and discover the unique volcanic landscape at the outskirts of Reykjavík on the back of a horse. Ride around the countryside and get to know the friendly Icelandic horse on this exciting tour, perfect for those who wish to immerse themselves in the Icelandic nature without leaving the city. The Icelandic horse is very gentle, so this tour is perfect for both beginners and expert riders alike. Children from 12 years old are always welcome, and if you’d prefer a private tour, for either an individual or a group, you can contact the tour provider, and they will set it up. On this tour, you will be picked up in Reykjavík and driven to the stables near Lake Rauðavatn on the edge of the city. Once there, you will get to meet your horse for the day. The expert guides at the stables know their horses well, and they will pair you up with a steed that matches your character and riding skills.  The Icelandic horse arrived here on the Viking ships of the settlers over a thousand years ago. Since then, it has adapted to the harsh environment, resulting in a special breed unique to this country. At the stables, you will learn about this amazing animal; its unique ‘tölt’ gait, small stature, and spirited but friendly temperament. You will be provided with all the necessary riding equipment, such as a helmet, boots, gloves and warm overalls. After that, there is nothing left but to mount your steed and head on out to the wild Icelandic nature. You’ll be riding through the idyllic and dramatic countryside near Rauðavatn Lake, travelling past black lava fields and rolling hills. All the while you’ll be accompanied by a professional, highly trained and multilingual guides who will inform you about the unique landscape and its history. So do not hesitate. Discover the Icelandic countryside the same way the Vikings did; on the back of a horse. Book now to secure your spot on this fun-filled tour. Check availability by choosing a date. 
5.0
16 reviews

Duration
2,5 hours
Available
All year
See more

Horse Riding and Golden Circle Day Tour

Roll two essential Icelandic experiences into one on this incredible day tour; ride one of the nation's charming and sturdy horses, and marvel over the three famous sites of the Golden Circle. You will be picked up from Reykjavík in the morning, and head straight to the farm of Vellir. Here, you will meet your horse-riding guide and your steed for the morning. Icelandic horses are incredibly special animals. You’ll first notice that they are much smaller than most other breeds, but after a few minutes, you’ll see that that is the least interesting thing about them; they are also noticeably friendlier, smarter, and more curious than other horses. Riding them is an absolute delight, even for the novice rider. For up to two hours, you will travel with your group through the beautiful, verdant countryside, with views over mountains and up to the ocean. The pace is nice and slow for beginners. Following an invigorating ride, you will have lunch, before setting out on the Golden Circle. Your first stop on this popular trail is the Geysir Geothermal Area. Here, you can see a geyser named Strokkur erupt every 10 minutes or so, to a height of up to 40 m (131 ft). The now largely inactive Geysir can also be seen, as can many other bubbling hot springs and steaming fumaroles. The next stop will be the ‘golden waterfall’, otherwise known as Gullfoss. Here, the Hvíta river pours down two tiers into an ancient plunging valley. When the ground is not too icy, it is possible to reach a viewing platform right where the water starts to drop, allowing you marvel over its awe-inspiring power. The final site of the Golden Circle is Þingvellir National Park, a place famed for its fascinating history and geology. The only UNESCO World Heritage Site on the Icelandic mainland, Þingvellir was the original site of the world’s longest-running, ongoing representative parliament, formed in 930 AD and now based in Reykjavík. Þingvellir is also located in the rift valley that runs all the way through Iceland, marking the boundaries of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. In no other part of the country are the edges of these continents so obvious, and their presence has led to some incredible geological features. Combined with the verdant forests, creeping moss and crystal clear rivers that cover the park, Þingvellir is home to some spectacular views. Once you have made the most of the beautiful Golden Circle, you will return to Reykjavík in time to enjoy your evening. Don’t miss your chance to ride the incredible Icelandic horse and to see the famous sites of the Golden Circle. Book your tour now. Check availability by choosing a date.
4.7
20 reviews

Duration
10 hours
Available
Jun. - Jan.
See more

Red Lava Horse Riding & Whale Watching Tour

Combine two essential Icelandic experiences with this fantastic day tour where you ride the friendly Icelandic horse in the morning and watch the playful whales in the afternoon. Nature lovers looking to spice up their holiday should not miss this tour. Your adventure begins in the morning when you are picked up and driven to the stables on the outskirts of the city where you will meet your riding guide and your horse. There is no prior experience needed for the tour; your guide will show you the ropes and Icelandic horses are mild-mannered and friendly, making them a perfect companion for both beginner and expert riders alike.  Then it is time to saddle up and head on out to the beautiful Icelandic nature. Where you go depends on the experience of the group. You might ride on the smooth riding path along the Rauðhólar hills which are made of red volcanic rocks, or through a forested area by the scenic lake Rauðavatn. Both routes provide natural riding paths and spectacular scenery. After your ride, you’ll return to the stables to board a vehicle heading to the city’s centre where the next leg of your adventure begins. At Reykjavík’s Old Harbour, you’ll hop aboard a boat that will take you out on Faxaflói Bay which is home to a wealth of marine life.  In the summer, you might encounter minke whales, harbour porpoises and dolphins, and in the winter, you can expect to see larger species such as humpback whales and even orcas. On board the boat you can stay inside the cabin where you’ll find a café, or you can go out on the deck and help spot these magnificent creatures. After the tour, you’ll be dropped off back at your accommodations or bus stop. Do not miss your chance to see Iceland's most magnificent animals. Book now to secure your spot on this fun-filled tour. Check availability by choosing a date.
5.0
1 review

Duration
8 hours
Available
All year
See more

Horseback Riding in the Lava Fields

Come along on a fabulous tour of the Icelandic countryside on the back of a purebred Icelandic horse. This tour is ideal for anyone looking for a personal experience with the Icelandic environment and suits all riders, from beginners to masters. Before the tour starts, you'll be matched with a mount who is perfect for your skill level, allowing you to just sit back and enjoy the ride. Groups on this tour are kept to 20 people or fewer, as well, to ensure personal attention from your guide and a truly special riding experience in the countryside. You’ll be picked up from your accommodation in Reykjavik – or you can drive yourself – to the nearby Riding Centre, for a relaxing amble about well-marked riding trails. Lava fields through which you'll be riding were created when an eruption scrapes the plains clean of plant life, resemble a pebbled, craggy riverbed, filled with huge chunks of rocks. As you ride, look for different shapes and figures in the rock formations, a pleasant pastime for local riders. Some lava fields are in the process of being reclaimed by plant life, covered in spongy blankets of moss, prickly scrub brush or delicate purple lupine. The environment is just as fantastic as your mount. The Icelandic horse is a national treasure. Fiercely guarded by the Icelandic people, these shaggy horses are descended from the horses of the first settlers, imported from Norway in the 9th century. After that, there were attempts to breed them with European stock, which led to the decline of the hardy qualities which make the Icelandic horse so valuable to the harsh lifestyle of historical Iceland. For this reason, the Icelandic parliament banned the importation of horses into Iceland by the end of the 10th century. Today, the Icelandic horse has been protected for more than 1,000 years. The Icelandic horse has been preserved in legends and sagas as well. A horse named Skalm was mentioned in the famous Book of Settlements, written in the 12th century. Her owner decided to make his home at the place she chose: when she stopped walking and lay down, he founded his settlement. What secret messages will your horse reveal on this tour? Reserve your place now to find out! Check availability by choosing a date.
4.8
51 reviews

Duration
2 hours
Available
All year
See more

Volcanic Landscape Horse Riding Tour

Enjoy the mountain view surrounding Reykjavík while riding the gentle Icelandic horse. Meet these incredible animals and ride through the country’s volcanic landscape on this amazing horse riding tour. It is the perfect tour for all animal lovers who want to add a little twist to their sightseeing.  The Icelandic horse holds a special place in the hearts of the locals. It arrived here, over a thousand years ago, on the very first ships of the settlers. From that day it has remained a loyal servant and friend to the people.   The tour starts when you are picked up in Reykjavík and driven to the outskirts of the city where you will meet your horse. The Icelandic horse is very friendly and easy to handle, so this tour is suitable for beginners and experts alike.   Your tour guide will give you all necessary information about riding as well as tell you a little bit about the magnificent Icelandic horse: its small stature, gentle demeanour and the five unique gaits.  When you are ready, there is nothing left but to mount your horse and head on out to see the beautiful volcanic landscape around Reykjavík. You’ll ride past mountains and a beautiful lake. This tour will take you to the red pseudocraters and black lava fields of this otherworldly area.   Throughout the ages, the Icelandic horse was vital to the people’s survival as it was the best way of transportation. Although with new roads and means of transport, the Icelandic horse is still an important part of people’s daily lives as farmers still use horses for sheep-herding in the highlands.  So, don’t hesitate. Experience the country the authentic way; on the back of the Icelandic horse, and make some amazing holiday memories on this fun-filled tour. Check availability by choosing a date. 
4.9
77 reviews

Duration
2,8 hours
Available
All year
See more

Hot Spring Riding Tour

Take a close look at the hinterlands of southern Iceland to find some of its natural beauty and hidden gems during horseback riding hot spring tour. Join this tour and create memories that you can cherish for a long time. The adventure starts in the morning at the Sólhestar horse rental farm in Ölfus where you will be equipped with the appropriate riding gear and assigned with the right horse for the tour. The right horse will be allocated to the right guest by matching the character and temper, making sure each visitor has the perfect travel companion.  The riding trail is approximately 18 km long, which is means that you will spend between four and five hours in the saddle. Time will be added for gearing up, getting to know your horse and transfer, should you elect to be picked up upon booking.  The ride typically starts by heading to Reykjadalur, a geothermal valley above the town of Hveragerði. Then you ride up through the mountain paths, all the way up to the geothermal area where visitors are able to experience hot springs up close and bathe in a geothermal river surrounded by pure nature. This is the perfect moment to relax and enjoy quality time with family and friends.  After basking in the geothermal baths, you'll ride all the way back, through the town of Hveragerði and its surrounding area, crossing a shallow river, and riding on rocky mountain paths through an Icelandic pine forest to blue lupine meadows.  This hot spring tour has it all and is led by friendly, professional, highly trained and multilingual guides, who have plenty of experience in horse riding and customer service. To guarantee your safety and comfort you'll be provided with warm jumpsuits, water- and windproof riding jackets, boots, gloves and helmets.  Don't miss this opportunity of experiencing Iceland's geothermal nature and getting to know its most beloved animal. Check availability by choosing a date. 

Duration
7 hours
Available
Jun. - Sep.
See more

Meet the Icelandic Horse | 1-Hour Riding Tour

Make your Icelandic adventure a little bit more awesome by meeting the friendly Icelandic horse and taking an exciting ride! This customised 1-hour-long riding tour is suitable for everyone, be it first-time riders to passionate horse enthusiasts. Families with children are more than welcome! The 1-hour tour is specially designed to make riding accessible to everyone, promote the region Ölfus, and to do what your guides love the most: share with you their our passion for the Icelandic Horse.  Your guide will teach you about the origins of the breed and traditions surrounding riding, breeding and keeping horses in Iceland. All the while you will be surrounded by nature in the beautiful south lowlands of Iceland, circled by majestic mountains, rolling hills and extensive grasslands.   Trained horses, appropriate riding equipment and the supervision of your professional guides ensures safety, delivers quality service, and creates an unforgettable experience for everyone involved. Your guides adapt the pace to your riding level and choose the route to best serve the needs, wants and demands of each group. During the ride, visitors are ensured to have the opportunity to try the unique Tölt gait, which is breed-specific to the Icelandic horse.  This tour takes place in the lowlands in the south-west of Iceland known as Ölfus. The rides often run alongside the Ingólfsfjall Mountain, through the rocky and rugged terrain. There is far more to riding a horse than one might expect. The open-air has a bracing effect on the mind as it creates immense enjoyment, strengthens mental fitness, and works as a terrific therapy and an excellent stress reliever.  This is a great opportunity to establish a connection between you, your horse and nature. Experience the beauty of Iceland in this unique way, accompanied by the most loved local of them all: the Icelandic horse. Check availability by choosing a date.
4.5
6 reviews

Duration
1 hour
Available
All year
See more

Horse Riding in Reykjadalur Valley | Hot Springs Day Tour

Step right up to meet the famously friendly Icelandic horse, take a ride through a geothermal valley and relax away your troubles in a natural hot river in the valley of Reykjadalur. Icelandic horses are descended from those brought to Iceland by the very first settlers, and so they are a fiercely protected breed not often seen outside of Iceland. They are also renowned for their easy gait and ability to cover large distances while keeping their rider in comfort – a handy thing in pre-modern Iceland, when the horse was the main method of transportation. You'll spend about 6 hours riding today, covering about 19 km (almost 12 miles)! You’ll start out a short distance in the countryside with a ride through the mountainous Hengill area. This volcano is still active, causing heated water to bubble up in a variety of fumaroles and hot springs here. In fact, Hengill provides much of the hydrothermal energy for the southern part of the country. A series of picturesque trails will take us into the rocky valley of Reykjadalur, where you will cross another steamy geothermal area. The horses will rest as you relax in one of the warm rivers here, surrounded by waving green grasses and foreboding mountains in the distance. Don’t forget your bathing suit and towel. Please note that there are no changing rooms in the valley near the river and no toilet facilities. After you’ve dried off, you’ll mount up again for a ride past Hveragerði village and the surrounding farmland all the way to the land’s end. On a clear day, you might be able to view the Westman Islands off the coast. Your ride will continue through the colourful geothermal Guðudalur valley, an area which expanded dramatically during an earthquake in 2008. The path then takes you through a green forest, along the slopes of Reykjafjall mountain and back to the farm, where you’ll enjoy some coffee and homemade cake. Take advantage of two of the most favourite activities in Iceland: riding through the countryside and relaxing in a hot spring! Check availability by choosing a date.
4.9
7 reviews

Duration
9 hours
Available
Jun. - Sep.
See more

1-Hour Riding Tour in Reykjavik | The Red Lava Hills, Raudholar

Discover the lunar-like landscapes on the outskirt of Reykjavík city with a riding tour through the Rauðhólar, red lava Hills. Spend an hour in the saddle, ride on through this beautiful area, and get to know the friendly Icelandic horse. Those wanting to immerse themselves in the wild Icelandic nature without leaving the city should book this tour now.  You’ll meet your guides at the stables near Lake Rauðavatn, located a short drive from the city centre. Once there, your guide will provide you with warm overalls, helmets and footwear, so you will be fully equipped to saddle up and ride out. You don’t have to worry if you’ve never ridden before, your guides will show you how. They also know their horses pretty well, so they can pair you up with a horse which matches your personality and riding experience.  Icelandic horses are friendly, gentle and very intelligent, so this tour is perfect for both beginners and expert riders alike. The route you’ll take will also depend on the experience of the group, so even if you are a novice rider, you won’t have to worry about a thing. After getting to know both your guides and your horse, you’ll mount your steed and head out into the Heiðmörk conservation area. You will ride on a path through a dark lava field and head in the directions of the red hills of Rauðhólar. Rauðhólar is the remnants of a cluster of pseudocraters in the Elliðaárhraun lava field. Craters like these are rarely seen outside of Iceland, but they have also been found on the planet of Mars, so riding through this otherworldly area on a horse will surely be an experience you will never forget. Experience the best of Iceland without leaving the city with this fun-filled horse riding tour. Check availability by choosing a date.
5.0
4 reviews

Duration
1 hour
Available
All year
See more

2-Hour Horse Riding | Heritage Tour

Hop on the saddle with this picturesque horse riding tour and experience the incredible wealth of Iceland's beauty from on top your own Icelandic horse! Your 90-minute tour will begin with a hotel pickup from Reykjavík capital area in the morning, or, if you prefer sleeping in, in the afternoon. You'll be taken to the village of Hveragerði, more specifically, to the Eldhestar farm. At the stable, you will gear up and be introduced to the basic principles of horse riding. One of your friendly and experienced guides will choose a horse to fit your skill level. For this tour, you will need to bring a pair of sturdy shoes, sneakers or hiking boots. It is also recommended to bring a comfortable pair of pants (riding pants are not necessary), a pair of gloves and a thin hat to wear beneath your helmet. If you would like to bring small items such as a camera, it is advised to wear a waist bag. Backpacks are not allowed on horseback. Soon, you will be riding through some truly gorgeous countryside; dried lava plateaus, farmlands and rivers, all surrounded by a stunning vista of volcanic mountains. You will experience the famous 'tölt', a special gait unique to Icelandic horses, and will quickly realise the intelligence, loyalty and playfulness of the breed. Passing by a number of farmsteads, you will also have the opportunity to see firsthand how agriculture has developed across the region. At the end of your tour, you can sit back and relax with a hot cup of coffee and some delicious home baked cake before it is time to return to the city.  So don't delay! Book this brilliant and accessible horse riding tour and you too can make some fantastic holiday memories with some of Iceland's most famous four-legged residents. Check the booking availability by choosing a date.
4.5
12 reviews

Duration
5 hours
Available
Mar. - Dec.
See more

Horse Riding Tour on a Beach

Mount up and ride the Icelandic horse along a soft black sand beach in South Iceland.  The adventure starts in the morning where you will be picked up in Reykjavík and driven to base camp in the municipality of Ölfus. Once there, you will be equipped with the necessary riding gear and matched with the right horse.  If you are travelling along the South Coast, you can meet your guides on location, just remember to show up approximately 20 minutes before.  The 25-kilometre long ride typically starts at the beach by the Þorlákshöfn village. After riding for about 3 kilometres along the coastline, you'll continue through the area of Hraun where a short break will take place so that you can feast on your complimentary lunch pack. After strengthening up, the tour moves on and heads to Ölfusengjar pastures. Along the way, you'll cross a couple of wild rivers (Varmá and Gljúfurá) several times. You will also travel through meadows which are covered with blue lupine flowers and are the home of a variety of wild birds. This experience allows you to get in touch with Iceland's majestic and dramatic nature—both its flora and fauna.  The ride continues to Arnabæli farm where you have the opportunity to take pictures of the breathtaking scenery of central Ölfus: the beautiful grassy fields and mountain. After the short break, the ride continues until you reach base camp again.  The tour's long distance ensures that you will experience 4 out of the 5 gaits of the Icelandic horse: walk, trot, the famous tölt and gallop. Therefore, medium or expert levels of horse riding skills are required. At the horse farm, after the tour, you can enjoy free coffee and snacks as well as warm traditional homemade soup. Don't let this chance of befriending the Icelandic horse fly away. Check availability by choosing a date.

Duration
7 hours
Available
Jun. - Sep.
See more

Red Lava Horse Riding & Glacier Ice Cave in Reykjavik

Get the best of the Icelandic nature, without leaving the city. On this horse riding and ice cave tour, you’ll ride through the red lava field of Heiðmörk recreation area before heading to Perlan landmark building where you will find a man-made Ice Cave inside. Those looking to infuse beautiful nature with adventure and state-of-the-art technology should book this tour now. The excursion starts with a riding lesson in a beautiful area on the outskirt of Reykjavík city. You can either meet your friendly guides at the stables or have them pick you up from your accommodations or designated pick up area in the morning.  It doesn’t matter if you’ve never ridden a horse before, your friendly guides will show you the ropes before getting you into the saddle, and they will take a route depending on the group’s riding experience. Aside from that, Icelandic horses are considered very friendly, gentle and intelligent, making this tour perfect for the whole family. You will either ride on a beautiful and smooth riding path along the Rauðhólar (Red Hills) or by the stunning Rauðavatn (Red Lake). On both routes, you will enjoy natural riding paths and a beautiful setting where you will get to know the friendly Icelandic horse.  After the ride, you will be driven to the landmark building Perlan which sits on top of Öskjuhlíð hill. There, you will find The Glaciers and Ice Cave Exhibition inside one of Perlan’s hot water tanks. You’ll walk through a man-made ice cave, and you are encouraged to not only look at the ice but to touch it and feel the cold as well.  After you’ve emerged from the ice cave, an interactive exhibition will greet you. There, you’ll learn all about glaciers, from the microorganism that can be found in them to the dangers they face due to global warming. Note that transport from Perlan to your accommodation is not included with this tour, but you could utilise the bus service, take a taxi or just walk, Perlan is not that far from the city centre.   Book now and take a ride on an Icelandic horse before exploring an ice cave in Reykjavík city. Check availability by choosing a date.
4.5
2 reviews

Duration
4 hours
Available
All year
See more

3-Hour Horse Riding & Hot Springs Tour

Grab the reins with both hands for this incredible 3-hour horse riding tour through the steaming geothermal landscapes of Iceland. This tour is suitable for both beginner and experienced riders, as well as all those looking to explore Iceland from a truly unique perspective. You will be picked up in the morning and driven a short distance east of Reykjavík. At the stables, you will begin your tour with an easy introduction to horse riding, ranging from how to correctly use the reins to how to slow and speed up your steed. Your knowledgeable, friendly and experienced horse riding guide will also be quick to share with you their first-hand knowledge of this unique horse breed, as well as provide a little background colour on the surroundings in which you will explore. Horse riding in Iceland is unique not only because of the country’s fantastic natural scenery but because of the horse itself. Icelandic horses are a particularly special breed, capable of five gaits and able to withstand outside temperatures at which much larger horses would cower. On the tour, you will ride gorgeous trails along the picturesque slopes of Mt. Reykjafjall, as well as through a dense green forest (a rarity in Iceland). Following that, you will trot past numerous steaming hot-springs in the geothermal area of Gufudalur Valley, located just above the town of Hveragerði. Along these hilly, volcanic paths, riders will observe sweeping panoramas of green plateaus and even the mighty volcano, Hengill. During the winter season, given the length of this tour, you will be taking a break at local stables to learn more about the area and indulge in some light refreshments and snacks. When everybody is ready, you will make a pleasant return journey back to where you started, before boarding a bus heading to Reykjavík. So don't wait! Gallop your way onto this tour, and you too can experience Iceland’s hot springs, geothermal valleys, forests and plateaus, all from atop your own Icelandic horse. Check availability by choosing a date. 
4.6
34 reviews

Duration
5 hours
Available
Mar. - Dec.
See more

Nature Horseback Riding Tour for Beginners | From Reykjavik

Join this tour for an afternoon of easy riding and fun for the whole family. This tour is for any level of rider, and is a wonderful experience for animal lovers, families or groups or anyone who loves the Icelandic countryside. Tours are kept to 20 people or fewer, in order to ensure that all riders get personal attention and all the relaxation they could want. You'll be picked up in Reykjavik and brought to the spacious Riding Centre just outside the city. The grounds feature a large paddock and barn, along with dogs, cats and bunnies for guests to pet. To start the tour, you’ll learn about the history of the Icelandic horse, a hardy breed brought to Iceland by the first settlers. Then, you’ll be matched with a horse that suits your experience level and mount up. The tour will go slowly so that all riders feel comfortable and safe. Your guide will lead you through well-kept trails in the fields around the riding center. You’ll see the craggy lava fields, filled with creeping moss, thorny bushes and rock formations that make a perfect backdrop for a keepsake photo. The beautiful Bláfjöll mountains loom in the distance. The Icelandic horse is a gentle, friendly breed known for its bushy hair and thick, wiry winter coat. These sturdy animals are built to survive through the Nordic winters. What you may not know by looking at them is that the horse has a silky-smooth gait, known as the tölt. The tölt is designed for the speed and comfort of the rider crossing long distances, a helpful trick for the Viking who needs to cross a fjord in a single day. Don't miss your chance to take a relaxing saunter through the countryside on an Icelandic horse. Check availability by choosing a date.
4.7
6 reviews

Duration
3 hours
Available
All year
See more

Horse Riding Day Tour in South Iceland

Join this extensive tour where you’ll get to discover the unspoilt Icelandic countryside on the back of a horse. Ride past mountains, forests, and geothermal areas on this immersive day tour, suited for experienced riders visiting Iceland. The tour starts bright and early in the morning. You will be picked up in Reykjavík and driven south, to the municipality of Ölfus, where you will find the stables. Once there, you will meet both the tour guide and the horses, as well as be given all riding gear for your journey. On this immersive tour, you will be spending about 4 to 5 hours in the saddle, so the professional guides will do their best to match you up with a horse that suits your character and experience.  One of the Icelandic horse's most notable attributes is its five gaits, and due to the long distance of this tour, you’ll be able to experience four of them: walk, trot, the unique tölt, and gallop. Because of this, a medium or expert level of horse riding skill is required for this tour. Once you’ve mounted your steed, your journey begins. You will ride along the rocky and rugged terrain of Ingólfsfjall mountain, through a pine forest and blue lupine meadows until you reach Reykjamóri, a natural mud spring area, where you will take a short break. You’ll get to wander around the area, take some amazing photos and get some knowledge of the Icelandic horse and its history from your guides. You’ll then saddle up again and continue your adventure. You’ll get to cross the wild river Gljúfurá on your steed en route to Arnabæli farm where you’ll take another break. There you can snap some more photos, this time of the breathtaking scenery of central Ölfus. You will then head on back to the stable where you will be offered coffee, Get the full Icelandic experience on this exciting tour. Ride around the wild countryside on the majestic Icelandic horse and create memories that will last you a lifetime. Check availability by choosing a date. 

Duration
4 hours
Available
All year
See more

Meet the Icelandic Horse | Hafnarfjordur Horse Farm Visit

Meet the friendly Icelandic horse on this short and affordable tour to a local horse farm, where you can attend to these beautiful creatures and be led around the stables without holding the reins yourself. This adventure is ideal for those who want the chance of a close encounter with this incredible breed without embarking on an actual riding tour.  Your excursion begins in the town of Hafnarfjörður within the Capital Region of Reykjavík. There, the stables are located, and you’ll arrive in the morning to take part in the daily routine of grooming and attending to the Icelandic horses that call the farm their home.  The Icelandic horse is truly a unique breed, known throughout the world for its friendly temperament and vibrant personality. These animals arrived at the island with the very first settlers. Having adapted to their environment with no natural predators around, they are not easily spooked.  If you always wanted to meet and greet these beautiful animals, but aren’t sure how you feel about riding them, here is your chance of easing in. After plenty of time interacting with the horses and taking pictures to your heart’s content, you can opt for giving riding a try within the paddock.  All riding gear will be provided for you, including a safety helmet, riding boots and rainwear. Once you have been led around the stables, you will enjoy a briefing on the fascinating history of these amazing creatures, as told by your certified local guide.  Then, you can enjoy some coffee or tea, before saying your goodbyes and heading back to Reykjavík City. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity in meeting the Icelandic horse, and trying out riding fit for absolute beginners. Check availability by choosing a date. 
5.0
11 reviews

Duration
4 hours
Available
All year
See more

Horse Riding Family Tour in South Iceland

Join an authentic Icelandic horse riding excursion and spend quality time with your family and friends. Discover Iceland's southern region and experience equestrian tourism.  This tour, which lasts between 1.5 and 2 hours, is a great option for the entire family. No matter whether you are an absolute beginner or an experienced rider, you'll discover the very best the Icelandic countryside has to offer on horseback. The tour is typically between 7 to 10 km long, depending on the riding experience of those participating, but your guides will simply adapt the riding pace and the route so everyone can enjoy the trip to the fullest.  The riding tour either takes place alongside Mt. Ingólfsfjall, through a rocky and rugged terrain, or along the Gljúfurá river, where you will experience the excitement of river crossing on horseback. In addition, during the ride, you have the opportunity to try the famous 'tölt', a gait unique to the Icelandic horse breed. You will be accompanied by friendly, professional, highly trained and multilingual guides who have plenty of experience in horse riding and service. To guarantee the maximum safety and comfort, all guests are provided with warm jumpsuits, water- and windproof riding jackets, boots, gloves and helmets. The right horse will also always be allocated to the rider by matching character, temper and riding experience.  To maximise the comfort of those participating, free pickups are offered from hotels, hostels, guesthouses and the BSI Bus Terminal in central Reykjavik—you can, of course, also meet your guides onsite at the horse farm in Ölfus. Don't miss your chance of immersing yourself in Icelandic nature on horseback. Check availability by choosing a date. 
4.4
5 reviews

Duration
3 hours
Available
All year
See more

8 Days / 7 Nights Self Drive Tour | The Ring Road & Golden Circle

Book now and secure yourself an 8-day adventure to Iceland. Explore the stunning attractions of Iceland’s South Coast, Eastfjords, North and West as you travel the full Ring Road. This road trip is for anyone who likes to discover new places at their own pace, rather than having tour guides in control.   Using the Ring Road as your guide, you'll see the most spectacular of the country's natural wonders and capital in eight days. This will include the capital city of Reykjavík, the world-famous Golden Circle sightseeing route, and Akureyri, 'the Capital of the North'. You'll also visit Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, the beautiful Lake Mývatn, the most stunning waterfalls, volcanoes, quaint rural towns and countless other attractions.  During the booking process, you can also add some exciting activities to your trip. For instance, you can go snowmobiling on Langjökull glacier, hike on a glacier or snorkel between two continents in Þingvellir National Park. Nature enthusiasts can join the famous Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon boat tour, go whale watching from Húsavík town, ride an Icelandic horse through the rugged countryside, explore the darkest places of the Earth on a lava caving tour, or venture inside the glistening white halls of a glacier. Each addition will leave you with incredible lifelong experiences from the land of fire and ice. There is even the chance to descend into the vividly coloured magma chamber of a sleeping volcano. And if you want to relax, you can book a trip to the world-famous Blue Lagoon, so you can bask in its soothing azure waters in the midst of a dramatic volcanic landscape. We’ll make sure to provide you with your personalised itinerary which you'll receive upon booking. There you'll find many spots where you can be virtually alone, at incredible locations most visitors have never heard of. You'll also find in the itinerary information of your full comfort accommodation selections which will include an ensuite bathroom and breakfast. So don't hesitate, grab the wheel and grasp this unique opportunity for the perfect stay in Iceland. Explore the top attractions of the Ring Road as well its many hidden gems at your own pace. Check availability by choosing a date and book your adventure to Iceland today.
4.8
92 reviews

Duration
8 days
Available
May. - Aug.
See more

10 Day Self Drive Tour | Top Ring Road Attractions & Snaefellsnes Peninsula

Make the most of your time in Iceland with this extensive 10-day self-drive tour. Throughout your adventure, you will discover all the famous natural wonders Iceland has to offer, and many sights you may not even know exist. Travel around Iceland on your own schedule and enjoy a complete adventure. This self-drive package helps you save money without sacrificing any of the experiences. You will drive around the entire Ring Road, taking you around the whole country, including the Snæfellsnes Peninsula and the famous Golden Circle. Better yet, it offers full comfort - your accommodation will always have an ensuite bathroom and breakfast is included. Best of all, you have total freedom to choose where to drive and when to leave. There are no bus schedules or impatient tour guides to worry about. You're free to spend as much time in each spot as you'd like, taking in Iceland at your own pace. At Guide to Iceland, we want you to experience the best of the natural beauty this country has to offer. We hope you'll leave feeling revitalised and exhilarated by the beauty of the Icelandic landscape. To help with this, we've handpicked hidden locations across the land where you can be almost entirely alone, far from noisy people or busy streets. These are included in our travel plan, which you'll receive after you book.  Customise your vacation during booking so that it's precisely what you've been dreaming of. On your way around the Golden Circle, snorkel in the space between two continental plates, go snowmobiling on Langjökull glacier or explore the inside of a volcanic magma chamber (if you're here between May and November). You can also take a tour to an ice cave in Mýrdalsjökull glacier and visit the world-famous Blue Lagoon Spa. Furthermore, you could hike atop a glacier or board a ship to see the giants of the deep in the whale watching capital of Europe. You can also get the lay of the land with a horse riding trek, journey into dark lava caves, or even walk inside man-made channels within Langjökull glacier. Check out how many stunning sights and activities you can see and do in Iceland on this fantastic trip! Check availability by choosing a date.
4.7
100 reviews

Duration
10 days
Available
Apr. - Aug.
See more

Midnight Sun Horse Riding Tour through Red Lava Landscapes

Join this horse riding tour where the bright midnight sun will provide the perfect setting for an evening ride through the volcanic environment just outside of Reykjavík city. Those wanting to add an exciting twist to their Icelandic holiday should grab this opportunity now.  You’ll be picked up in the evening and driven to the rural area of the Reykjavík where you’ll find the stables. Once there, you’ll meet your guide who will give you a quick safety briefing, show you how to ride, and then finally introduce you to your horse.  This tour requires no prior experience, and Icelandic horses are renowned for their gentle manner, making them a great companion for novice riders. The horses are also friendly and curious, so they’ll be happy to meet you. In a small group, you’ll head on out to the beautiful countryside on the outskirts of Reykjavík in an area known as Heiðmörk. There, you’ll find a vast expanse of both lush vegetation and lava formations. You’ll ride through Heiðmörk’s most popular area, Rauðhólar, or ‘Red Hills’, which are remnants of a cluster of pseudocraters. Rauðhólar are comprised of red volcanic rocks and are located in the Elliðahraun lava field. The bright red colour of the hills is in stark contrast to the black lava and green moss of the surrounding area.  The days are long during the summer in Iceland. You can expect to see the sun shining in the evening as early as May and as late as August. The midnight sun’s rays will light your path on this riding tour, providing great visibility late into the evening.  Saddle up and ride into the sunset on this exciting evening tour. Check availability by choosing a date.

Duration
2 hours
Available
Jul. - Aug.
See more

6 Day Summer Package with Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

See the best of Iceland with this 6-day summer package. Explore the quirky city of Reykjavík, the spectacular Golden Circle, and the renowned South Coast of Iceland to discover the most incredible attractions. This relaxing holiday package is the perfect opportunity for those looking to visit the country's most stunning spots in summer. By booking this package, you'll get to see waves crashing to shore on the famous Reynisfjara black sand beach and watch powerful geysers spout high into the air at the Geysir geothermal area. You will also have the chance to unwind in the warm and tranquil azure waters of the Blue Lagoon, discover the vibrant, diverse hidden gems of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, and explore the vibrant city of Reykjavík. If you are looking to add some extra excitement to your trip, you can spice up the days with incredible adventures. These additional activities include snowmobiling on some of Iceland's vast white expanses, snorkelling in the glacial water of Silfra in between two continents at Þingvellir National Park, and riding an Icelandic horse through Iceland's wild countryside. You also have the opportunity to hike up one of Iceland's most spectacular glaciers or, if you're planning on visiting from May onwards, you could even sail between the magnificent and awe-inspiring icebergs of Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. Before your arrival, all transportation, accommodations and activities will be taken care of so all that's left for you to do is to relax, enjoy the scenic nature and have fun. Let us take care of the details while you focus on fantastic experiences. What's more, you'll get to take advantage of the longer days under the stunning midnight sun, giving you extra time to explore. Come along on an adventure of a lifetime with this 6-day summer package. Experience the best of the land of fire and ice under the midnight sun. Check availability by choosing a date and book your Iceland adventure.
4.7
43 reviews

Duration
6 days
Available
Apr. - Oct.
See more

Golden Circle & Horse Riding Day Tour | Classic Icelandic Experiences

Mount up to experience the joy of riding the friendly Icelandic horse before you boarding a bus and sightseeing the famous Golden Circle. This tour combines two of the most popular activities in Iceland for maximum enjoyment of nature: horseback riding in the morning and sightseeing the Golden Circle in the afternoon. You'll start today’s adventure by being picked up in Reykjavík, and delivered to a horse farm at Vellir, where you will be matched with the ideal mount for your experience level and ride for 1.5-2 hours on excellent riding trails in the charming countryside, enjoying the view of volcanoes and wide meadows.  After the riding tour, you'll have lunch at Hotel Eldhestar and then you will be picked up for a spin around the Golden Circle, visiting the Geysir geothermal area, Gullfoss waterfall, and Þingvellir National Park. At Geysir geothermal area, the unbelievable pressure exerted on the earth is visible in the steaming vents, sulphurous fumaroles, scalding mud pools and, of course, the geysers. Though Geysir is shy these days, its neighbour Strokkur loves to have an audience for eruptions every 10 minutes. Next, you'll visit the mighty Gullfoss, the Golden Waterfall, powered by glacial runoff which pours down the river and tumbles over the two-tiered falls. You can view its blistering force from afar, or take the walking path directly down to the falls to feel it rumble beneath your feet. Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is your final stop of the day. This is where the longest ongoing parliament in the world was founded in the 10th century. You can still see the ruins of old booths and meeting areas built there in past centuries as thousands gathered in the valley to settle disagreements and form alliances. The site is also a rift valley, a geological feature resulting from the ocean floor spreading, dragging the crust of the earth apart with its devastating force. But don’t worry – it is only drifting at a rate of 2 mm per year. That’s slow enough to take an easy stroll between the two tectonic plates before you explore the rest of the area. If you are a nature and animal lover, book this best value tour and make the most out of one day in the land of ice and fire. Check availability by choosing a date.
4.5
4 reviews

Duration
9,5 hours
Available
Jun. - Dec.
See more
Showing 24 out of 152

We Offer So Much More

Explore an unequalled wealth of tours and packages

Guide to Iceland

Gets you there

Frequently Asked Questions

About Horse Riding Tours in Iceland

Horse riding tours are a popular choice all across Iceland, attracting both local and foreign travellers. 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 on the horse for between one and three hours. Please check the individual tour descriptions for further information.

2. Do I need any riding experience?

For certain tours, yes, but you can find numerous tours which accommodate inexperienced or beginner riders. Please check the individual tour descriptions for full clarity on any prior horse riding experience required.

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

Warm and waterproof layers of clothing, sturdy shoes (such as riding boots or hiking shoes), gloves and a thin hat to wear under your helmet. All other equipment will be provided to you by the tour provider at the start of your tour.

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 either seven or eight years old.

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. If you have any concerns regarding this, please contact us at info@guidetoiceland.is

6. Will the tour be cancelled if there is 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 by the tour provider.

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. No other breeds of horse are allowed into Iceland. The Icelandic horse may be exported, but the animals that leave can never return.

Customer reviews

Read reviews by travellers from across the world

of

The Icelandic Horse

Initially imported by Norse settlers, the Icelandic horse is one of the oldest, rarest and purest breeds in the world, having existed on the sub-arctic island in isolation for over 1000-years.

The breed is known and revered for its shaggy, stocky appearance, raw strength and gentle temperament. Unlike other breeds, moreover, the Icelandic horse has a fifth gait called "tölt." Before the arrival of the automobile, this gait proved invaluable to Icelanders as it made it relatively easy to travel long distances by guaranteeing a smooth ride on the poorest of roads.

To protect the Icelandic horse against disease, and to preserve the purity of the breed, no foreign horses are allowed to enter the country. In fact, Icelandic horses may not return home once they have left the island. Therefore, when Icelandic equestrians travel internationally for competition, they will often leave their best horses at home to avoid having to abandon them abroad.

Icelandic horses were initially used for transport and farming. Although they are mostly only used for competitions and leisure riding today, many farmers still use them for backcountry travel and sheep herding.

There are over 80,000 horses in Iceland—a significant number when you consider that there are only 350,000 people. This means that where ever you may find yourself while travelling in Iceland, you will have the option of exploring the country on horseback via a horse riding tour, and get to know the beautiful animal that is the Icelandic horse.

Should you love horses, Skagafjörður fjord is a must-visit, as this area is renowned for its horse riding culture and its large horse population.

Drop us a line

Contact us by using the form below