Iceland is one of the least densely populated countries in the world, with a total population of around 350,000 people. The vast uninhabited highlands are a treasure and the most authentic way to travel the trails of the Vikings is on horseback.
Ishestar offers a great variety of tours for riders of all levels, ranging from one day tours at their Riding Center located just outside Reykjavík, Iceland‘s capital city, up to 10-12 day tours across the highlands. The landscape is at times out of this world; vast fields of soft moss, lava, geothermal hot springs, black sand beaches, mountains, rivers, glaciers and waterfalls.
Travelers can enjoy unique riding holidays including riding under the Northern lights, exploring the hot springs area at Geysir and the glorious waterfall Gullfoss, joining local farmers driving herds of horses or gathering sheep in the highlands and beach rides.
Ishestar is originally a family company and all their Iceland riding vacations are operated by local farmers who know the horses and landscape like the back of their hand. The atmosphere on the tours is friendly and fun with a focus on security, professionalism and sustainability.
Choose from countryside horse tours or highland tours. You will find descriptions of each horseback riding tour and information about the duration, departures, prices and required riding skills on the Ishestar website. Learn more about riding vacation itineraries, dates and rates.
These riding vacations take place in a variety of locations throughout Iceland. You may ride horses to see waterfalls, glaciers, volcanoes, highland trails and beyond. The main riding stables are located just outside the town of Hafnarfjörður, about 10 minute drive from Reykjavík.
The Icelandic horse is a smooth ride– best known for its four-beat gait, the “tölt”, riding an Icelandic horse in its native habitat offers an authentic riding experience and way to view Iceland’s lava terrain. It also makes for more comfortable long days in the saddle.
Iceland’s nature is pure and magical. In a country where some people do believe in elves, there are a lot of interesting culture, myths and legends to explore. In Iceland (and on the Ishestar riding tours) you can find hot spring oasis featuring hot pools and geothermal springs that are perfect for relaxing after a long riding day.
Accommodations on these Iceland riding tours range from sleeping bags in mountain huts to hotel accommodations. Simple and authentic, you’ll travel through Iceland the way the locals do, with home cooked meals and basic comforts amid stunning scenery.
Homemade Icelandic food are prepared with pure ingredients. Menus consist of a large breakfast and traditional Icelandic fish or meat. Vegetarian meals are available if requested in advance. All riders make their own packed lunch from the breakfast table.
Explore Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital city, snowmobile on a glacier, see the Northern Lights and more.
Solo Female Travelers
Gaited Horse Lovers
Short Vacation Time
1 to 5 hour riding tours around Reykjavik available.
2 to 9 multi-day riding vacations, riding under the Northern Lights and farm stays available.
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