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Icelandic Horse Riding Tour in Lava Fields

Product ID: 27386
Head out of Reykjavik to Íshestar Riding Center in the Reykjavík area on a 1.5 to 2-hour horse riding excursion.
About this activity
Duration: 2 - 4 hours
Starting times 10:00 AM, 2:00 PM
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English, German, Icelandic

Pickup optional

Your hotel in Reykjavik. Pickup starts 60 minutes before the tour departure time.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Pass through lava fields and along green hillsides
  • Enjoy beautiful surroundings as you ride
  • Make use of some of the best riding facilities in Iceland
Full description
Treat yourself to a 1.5 to 2-hour Icelandic horse riding excursion. From the Íshestar Stables in Hafnarfjörður you can enjoy the friendly horses on excellent riding paths. Ride through lava fields and along beautiful green hillsides. Look for different rock formations in the lava while experiencing the special gait of these horses, known as tölt.

The Íshestar Stables is unique in Iceland with facilities as good as they get. It’s set in beautiful surroundings just outside the town of Hafnarfjörður, about 10 minutes drive from Reykjavík. The facilities and the fascinating area provide endless opportunities of riding, hiking, and other outdoor activities.

The locker room of the Stables is well equipped. All customers are provided with warm overalls, rain gear, riding boots, and helmets in their sizes. The Íshestar staff take pride in finding horses to suit individual needs, as well as secure the safety of everybody.

Departure/Days of week: Every day at 10:00 AM, 02:00 PM and 04:00 PM (July-August only)
Season: All year
Duration: 4 hours (with transfer)
Riding: 1.5-2 hours, with stops.
Transfer starts from: 09:00 AM, 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM
Age limit: 8 years. Children 8 - 15 years receive a 50% discount.

Please note that you cannot take any backpacks or bags with you on the ride but there are safety boxes at the Riding Centre where you can store your valuables.
  • Horse riding as per itinerary
  • Riding helmets
  • Rubber boots
  • Rainwear or a warm outfit during the ride
  • English and Scandinavian-speaking guidance
What’s Not Included
  • Transfer (optional)

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Sörlaskeið 26, 220 Hafnafjörður, Iceland. Please be at the meeting point 30 minutes before the tour departure time.

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Important information
Know before you go
Riding gear (riding boots, riding trousers, jackets, hats, gloves, etc.) needs to be washed (40°C), dry cleaned, or disinfected before arriving in Iceland. Used leather gear may not be brought into the country.

Please note there is a weight limit of 110 kg/240 lbs for this tour.

This tour is ideal for beginners as well as more experienced riders. However if you prefer a more fast-paced tour and are experienced, it is recommended to book the "From Reykjavik: Full-Day Viking Horseback Riding Tour".

Please remember that pick-up (if option selected) is possible only from hotels or main guesthouses. If you are staying in a private flat, the closest pick-up point will be communicated to you by email.

Cafeteria with light snacks, sandwiches and drinks all freshly made on premises at reasonable prices. Or alternatively you can have lunch, it's served from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM buffet style for only 2000 ISK depending on availability unless you pre-book.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 450 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.6 / 5
  • Organization
    4.6 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.2 / 5
  • Safety
    4.7 / 5
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My husband and I took this tour the last day we were in Iceland and it was the perfect ending to our trip. We drove to the site and had no trouble parking and joining our group. We have only ridden horses a few times--and not for many years--and the guides were very helpful and understanding for us as beginners. In addition, our horses were wonderful--gentle and easy to manage! We really enjoyed interacting with the horses and guides, getting to see the beautiful countryside and lava fields, experiencing the different gaits and taking some wonderful pictures! I really appreciated that on the way back we were able to split into groups to go at different paces based on our comfort. Overall it was a really wonderful experience and one of the highlights of our trip!

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March 22, 2020

Everyone was friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful. The staff paired horses with riders based on experience, comfort level, and size which was great. The ride was fun and adventurous but the staff also made our family feel safe the entire time. I really liked that the group was split about 1/3 of the way in so that people who wanted to could go faster / trot while riders who did not feel as comfortable still had the option to walk.

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January 10, 2020

Really great experience for a first time rider. the staff was excellent and very accommodating. the landscape was beautiful and the ride was peaceful. the bus picked us up near our hotel accommodations and took us directly to the facilities. facilities were clear and staff provided us with everything we needed to enjoy the experience.

January 7, 2020

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Product ID: 27386