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Icelandic Horseback Riding Tour from Reykjavik

By Ishestar Horse Riding Tours
Recommended by 93% of travelers
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Spend time outdoors and explore the spectacular beauty of Iceland on this horseback riding experience from Reykjavik. It’s a great way to cover more ground than a walking tour, and access remote rural sites, such as lava-laden scenery, lakes, moors, and mountains. No need to worry if it’s your first-time horseback riding—the experience is tailored to your ability, and led by an instructor.
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$112.54
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$112.54
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Ages 8-90, max of 30 per group
Duration:2h
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Ticket type:Mobile
German, English

Highlights
  • Access incredible outdoor beauty on this Icelandic horseback riding tour
  • Travel light—all required riding equipment is provided
  • Flexible tour–pick from morning or afternoon start times
  • Stay hydrated—coffee, tea, or hot chocolate is provided

  • Coffee, tea, or hot chocolate
  • Helmets, rubber boots, rain gear and warm overall
What's not included
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Pre-booked pick-up and drop-off from pick up points in Reykjavik, unless specified with tour option


Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • Pick-up needs to be pre-booked. Please be sure that you've chosen a tour with pick up included if you require to be picked up from your accommodation or a designated bus stop close to your accommodation. Please note the weight limit on our tours is 110kg/240lbs and the age limit is 8 years old.
  • Sörlaskeið 26, 220 Hafnarfjörður, Iceland If you are traveling on your own to our stables, please be there at least 30 min. prior to your tour departure.
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Not wheelchair accessible
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 30057P1

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult
  • Age limit is 8 years old
  • Weight limit is 110kg/240lbs
  • Used riding gear is not allowed on the tour or near the horses
  • If you arrive in your own car please be at the stables 30 minutes before your tour starts
  • Due to possible harm to unborn children pregnant women cannot ride on our tours
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • All riders must be able to mount the horse by their own strength.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • In our tours up to two children or youth may travel with each adult, paying full fare
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

What you can expect during your visit
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

How much is Icelandic Horseback Riding Tour from Reykjavik?
Icelandic Horseback Riding Tour from Reykjavik price starts from $110.70. Discover and book Icelandic Horseback Riding Tour from Reykjavik on Tripadvisor
What is the Icelandic Horseback Riding Tour from Reykjavik cancellation policy?
Icelandic Horseback Riding Tour from Reykjavik cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Icelandic Horseback Riding Tour from Reykjavik on Tripadvisor
Which company provides Icelandic Horseback Riding Tour from Reykjavik?
Icelandic Horseback Riding Tour from Reykjavik is hosted by Ishestar Horse Riding Tours. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Ishestar Horse Riding Tours on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Icelandic Horseback Riding Tour from Reykjavik on Tripadvisor
How much time do I need for Icelandic Horseback Riding Tour from Reykjavik?
On average, this experience will take approximately 2h. Discover and book Icelandic Horseback Riding Tour from Reykjavik on Tripadvisor

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 30057P1

About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

Erwin62494
Erwin62494
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Great people, great experience
My wife and I had an incredible time with this experience! We got to spend some time with the horses before our ri
carolinelB6426BI
carolinelB6426BI
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Biggest recommendation for Ishestar !
We went on the Southern Highland tour arranged by Ishestar from the 18th of August to the 23th of August 2022. Th
IVK44
IVK44
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Amazing Experience & Customer Service
Undoubtedly the best horse riding center to visit in Iceland! Customer service was honestly outstanding, the people
AnneEF
AnneEF
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Breath taking Ride
Picked up from accommodation, there were only three of us plus guide, had a quick briefing and off we went. Very q
Tim M
Tim M
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Been around the world and I, I, I...
I have tried many horse-riding experiences around the word, (my wife is horse crazy and just books them up!). I can
Travelonceinabit
Travelonceinabit
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A company that clearly doesn't want people to go back.
I'd like to begin that I am at fault for misreading the instructions for pick-up, it was the last day in Iceland an
Alin8731
Alin8731
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wonderful experience🤩
It was the first time i had such an experience,i can say that it was wonderful.i rode a horse named Piano a 15 year
Harlan12345
Harlan12345
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Great experience friendly people!
Did the Nature Comfort ride and for my first time on a horse it was great! The guides took their time and explaine
Jolagol
Jolagol
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Good Relax with Horses
We had very exciting trip called "Lava Tours" from ISHESTAR with English-Polish speaking trainer Alicja. We ( 60+y
budgettraveller1987
budgettraveller1987
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Perfect Mount and a Perfect Ride
We had a few hours before we needed to catch our flight back to the States, so my husband found this as an activity
Lucinda T
Lucinda T
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Love the Unique Iceland Horses
Loved the Icelandic horses I have seen, so this was something that I wanted to do on this trip (even in December!!!
Ioana T
Ioana T
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Fluffy horses!
The horses are super friendly and the overall experience was great. They could do with being a bit more organized.
dedecker1
dedecker1
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Lava field tour
The cold weather did not detract from this wonderful experience. The safety video was clear and the helmets provi
stockt
stockt
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Excellent for a beginner!
This trip was not initially part of my plans however I decided to give it a go as my planned tour was cancelled due
420leighannl
420leighannl
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Quality time with horses before and after the ride
This was a last minute trip but well worth it! We would recommend this adventure to beginners to experts. The guide
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Jay W
Alsager, UK1 contribution
An amazing day out with extremely friendly staff and Icelandic ponies.
I’d highly recommend people experience this, my fiancé is an avid rider who has years of experience. I was a first time rider. Both of us had an equally great experience. They make two groups the slower and faster group. The faster group was about trotting and introducing tolt which my fiancé managed to do (with amazing help from the guides).

I went with the slower group, you’re asked when choosing your horse how much experience you’ve had, if you’re nervous and if you’re up for an adventure. I was lead to a horse called Fleygur who I didn’t realise at the time has had some reviews wrote about him on here. I personally think his free spirited nature and personality made my experience better than it would have been on a different horse. He wanted to be at the front so he could work, I was told he sometimes works as a guide horse so his nature is to guide. He would always test to see if I was paying attention by going for food when he could.

Some have mentioned his habit of rolling, now when we got to the break point one of the guides (unfortunately can’t remember but she’s relatively new and from Denmark) asked if I could dismount my horse. Which I did after having photos etc. sure enough he tried to roll which everyone found quite amusing. I think the company have realised he will want to do this and now ensure they have more control of the situation to prevent any potential incidents in the future.

All in all, it’s really opened my eyes to a new potential interest of mine. That I’d never really considered before. The guides were extremely friendly, happy to talk (as I chewed their ear off with multiple questions) not just about horses but the local wildlife, how the lava fields formed, and other interesting pieces about Iceland and themselves.

I would happily go again, I felt very safe, very informed on what to do to control my horse and above all had an amazing day out.
Written November 30, 2022
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Kat W
8 contributions
This was a lovely little trip out for us we had originally had something else booked for the day but it got cancelled the day before so this was a late night booking for the next day. We decided to go with the 2pm ride which actually worked out well for us that day with the weather because the morning was really rainy and windy but luckily it was nice and clear by the time we got out. Picked up just after 1pm this isn't to far from reykjavik so was a fairly quick drive, greeted by the staff at reception and shown were the toilets and complimentary drinks where, and told we were just waiting on some one else before our saftey briefing, we were then shown the video and asked if we had any questions, asked our abilities or if we had any past experience with horses it's totally fine I you've never been. My boyfriend was put at ease with this as he had never ridden and it had been many years since I had been. Gear is provided if you need extra layers, waterproofs ect a buff if you want it and off course a helmet is provided. Your then Taken out to meet the horse and one by one paired up. I had Greta she's lovely 💞 staff help you to get on your horses and adjust styrups ect we all rode together for the first half and then stopped to let the horses have a break and get photos. For the second half we were asked if we wished to go faster or stick with how we were going previously we stayed behind and kept on the slower pace. Both the girls that came out with us were lovely and chatted with us as we rode I can't remember your names but thank you so much as it was really lovely and made to feel welcome. When we went back we put the horse away and were allowed a bit of time to pet them and get any ladt photos then went back returned the equipment, and while waiting for our bus were given more hot chocolate and coffee. Great experience with the icelandic horses highly recommend this experience.
Written December 3, 2021
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Vanessa M
10 contributions
Aug 2022
This was a fantastic venture and I'm so glad we did it. It was a big barn, lots of horses and lots of people, but they were incredibly professional and they had the staff to make it work. I grew up owning and riding horses and can say that they seemed to be very well cared-for and "bomb proof." :) Pick up at our hotel (bus stop #13) was smooth and timely. We lucked out with beautiful weather! Some things to consider: they will split you into 2 groups, a faster group and a slower group. We were told that experts, intermediate and advanced beginner riders, and even total beginners but who were adventurous could go in the faster group. I did not realize when I chose the "slower" group, that this group would only walk -- no trotting was allowed. I wish I had maybe chosen the other group because my daughter was very upset with me that we did not get to experience the famous Icelandic horse trot (can't remember the name for it). That's really the only reason why I gave it a 4. I wish they had spelled it out that the slower group would only walk. Oh, and they do have boots, overalls, etc. available, but you will need to request it perhaps when you get there. Most people wore hiking boots, and I even saw some sneakers, though I would not recommend that. The guides were lovely and we felt very safe. Definitely recommend!
Written August 17, 2022
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Lmfmedia
Newburyport, MA7 contributions
Had a fantastic private ride with one of the managers, Patty who was super friendly and fun to talk with during our ride. She paired me with a well mannered gelding that had a great work ethic. This was my first time experiencing the special gait unique to Icelandic horses called the Tolt, and he happily picked up a Tolt when asked and motored along so smoothly. What a comfortable, smooth ride and awesome way to experience the beauty of the lava fields and glacier valley in the park right next to their stable.
This was a quick 15 minutes from downtown Reykjavik, I’d highly recommend this business and ask for Patty, she was wonderful!
Written September 9, 2022
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Thank you for your kind words and what lovely pictures of you and Vindheimur. I'm glad you enjoyed the ride with us and had such a good time with Patty! We hope to see you again some time if you ever come back to visit Iceland and the horses.
Written September 10, 2022
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mtrodgers99
12177779369 contributions
Aug 2022
I understand that there is an inherent risk when taking a horseback ride. Despite being trained, they can be plain unpredictable or they can be spooked into doing something dangerous for the rider. However, I think it is fair to expect that a stable would not use an animal that has any habitual dangerous behaviour.

This was not my first horseback ride, but I have only novice skill at this. In my experience at the Is Hestar stable (on August 15 in the afternoon in case management wishes to discuss this with the guides) our ride started normal enough. When the group split to accomodate the guests that wished to have more than a walking experience, I stayed in the group that preferred to have only the walking experience. When the horses reached a grassy clearing, the guides advised us to let the horses eat; the horse were now on their regulation rest period. My horse (his name sounds like Fraygurr if you wish to avoid him) wandered a bit and then started nibbling the grass. After a couple of minutes, I felt him start to go towards the ground. I was at a loss what to do, when I heard someone yell "he's going to roll over!" The horse continued his downward action. Somehow I jumped off and had the presence of mind to roll away so that the horse couldn't hurt me. Sure enough, the horse was on his back squirming around like he had an itch.

The horse stood up. A guide came over to check on me. What she said shocked me. She said something like "I was watching him. I couldn't reach him so I shouted the warning to you. He often does that in this clearing. We normally manage to stop him."

It didn't sink into my conciousness until later that they put me on a horse with a known bad behaviour that could have seriously injured or even killed me.
Written September 7, 2022
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Hello and thank you for taking the time to review us. We are sorry you did not have a pleasant experience with our lovely horse Fleygur. He is a gentle giant but also a free spirit. As always there are certain elements that we can not 100% control when dealing with living animals. It is a very normal behavior for horses though to drop and roll in the paddocks after the ride once the saddles have been taken off and the horses know that they should wait until after their tack has been removed to do so. It seems that Fleygur wanted to do some rolling on the nice soft grass and took the chance to do so, we will have a discussion about the incident so I thank you for bringing this to my attention. I can assure you that you were never in any danger, although it's rare that a horse lays down with a rider, a rider has never been rolled over as our horses are very gentle around people. We hope to see you again some day if you ever come back to visit Iceland and the horses.
Written September 10, 2022
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M.B.
8 contributions
Mar 2022
We had such an amazing experience riding horses via Ishestar. From the pick-up service from every possible bus stop in the city center to making you feel super comfortable with the horses, everything was great. We did pick a very cold day to go on this tour, but the staff gave us extra winter-suits to keep us nice and warm during the ride.

The horses are super friendly but spirited and after the trip you get some time to cuddle and feed them (with "horse candy" as they call it). It's just such a special breed of horses and riding them through the thick layers of snow was amazing. Would def do this again if we find ourselves back in Iceland.
Written March 19, 2022
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Annika N
2 contributions
Sep 2022 • Friends
Pick up outside the hotel and driven to the beautiful stables! The horses and staff were amazing. There were about 15 people riding but after approximately 5 minutes the group was divided into a “faster” vs “slower” group. We chose the faster one since we had some experience with horses but I think you would be able to go in the faster group without experience too. Beautiful scenery along the whole ride and the staff was very helpful and talkative! Go here!
Written September 15, 2022
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RuthB9999
Bedford, UK10 contributions
Jun 2022
I did the Afternoon Viking Horseback tour, and this was on of my highlights in Iceland. Booking and admin were really easy, and very people answered my phone and email queries very effectively in the days before. On the day, pickup was exactly as planned.

The actual riding experience was amazing! A wonderful horse with a really knowledgeable and friendly guide. We did loads of tolt, and cantered and walked; all across lava fields and through glorious scenery. It was so beautiful, and a real way to get closer to the Icelandic landscape.

The horses are gorgeous, and they look after them really well.
Written June 13, 2022
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Elisa W
Albany, NY26 contributions
Aug 2022
I am no horse person, so why not give these sweet little horses a try? It was no more than a 2-hour walk, just walking, no trotting, or anything else fancy, in beautiful late August weather. The staff were terrific and all women, which was great! Everyone gets a helmet, and there are waterproof pants to borrow, if you like. The waiting area inside is like being in a small and beautiful ski lodge, and there was hot chocolate available after our ride. I had held off buying any souvenirs in Reykjavik because, well, it was just so touristy! But this place had lovely items and I bought gorgeous wool mittens made by a person known by the staff, three delicate lacy metal ornaments (at least I think they’re ornaments, but their not going on any holiday tree in my house, because I want to see them all the time), and a little book in a little bag called “Iceland Small World” which I’m already treasuring. And the horses… well, just adorable, and not big and scary at all. Very gentle. Obviously know what the heck they’re doing even when the rider does not. Looking forward to going on a longer ride next time I’m in Iceland. Soon, I hope!
Written August 29, 2022
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Hello and thank you for your kind words. We are happy to hear you had such a nice time with us and found some treasures in our shop to remember your day by. :) We hope to see you again some day next time you visit Iceland.
Written September 10, 2022
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Gregory D
Brantford, Canada8 contributions
Aug 2021
Our three guides were friendly, helpful and professional with the horses, and very knowledgeable about the lava fields. Although our day was rainy, windy, and grey; although our rain gear didn't keep our lower halves dry we still had a wonderful time riding through the fields on those beautiful horses. One of our guides even stated that we now could say we experienced horse riding in "proper Icelandic weather", and that's something to be proud of. Rain, shine, or grey sky this is an experience you shouldn't skip.
Written September 2, 2021
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