Day trip

Afternoon Viking Horseback Tour

4.5 / 5

40 reviews

Afternoon Viking Horseback Tour

From US$ 149.67 per person

Experienced riders can test the versatility of the Icelandic horse on this horse riding excursion in Hafnarfjörður. Learn the different gaits of the Icelandic horse and head out on an afternoon riding adventure to explore the Reykjanes preservation area.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Icelandic
Pickup optional
From hotels or designated bus stops only in Reykjavik; please wait outside or in your hotel lobby from 11:30 AM. If you are staying in a private flat, the closest pickup point will be communicated to you by email.
Small group
Limited to 12 participants


  • Spend a day in the beautiful countryside outside the town of Hafnarfjörður
  • Learn the different gaits of the Icelandic horse
  • Be prepared to ride, trot, tölt, or canter to experience the versatility of the Icelandic horse
Full description
The Íshestar Stables is set in the lovely countryside just outside the town of Hafnarfjörður, which is around a 10-minute drive from Reykjavík. The facilities and the surrounding area provide endless opportunities for horse riding, hiking, and other outdoor activities. The Centre welcomes individuals, families, and groups of all kinds who want to enjoy themselves outdoors. The Viking Tour Express horse riding excursion is offered daily at 13:00, throughout the year. This 5-hour trip is only recommended for strong intermediate riders. Riders need to be comfortable and in control at all paces. The amount of actual riding time is around 2.5-3 hours, including stops. The minimum age for participation is 12 years. All guests are provided with warm overalls, raingear, riding boots, and helmets in the appropriate size. The Íshestar staff take pride in finding horses to suit individual needs as well as ensure the safety of all participants. Please note that backpacks, bags, or large cameras cannot be taken with you on the ride, but there are safety boxes at the Riding Centre where you can store valuables. For your safety please note that anyone under the influence of alcohol or intoxicating drugs will not be permitted on the riding tour. Also, due to possible damage to an unborn child in the case of an accident, pregnant women are not permitted on the tour. All guests join the riding tour of their own free will and inform the tour guide of any conditions that might affect their ability to participate in the tour. If a group is divided during the ride parents must stay in the same group as their children. Weight limit for the tour is 110 kilograms or 250 pounds.
  • Transfers to and from the Riding Centre (if option selected)
  • Horse riding as per description
  • Riding helmet
  • Rubber boots, rainwear, or a warm outfit for the ride
  • Guidance in English and Scandinavian languages (some guides also speak German and other languages)
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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    Meeting point

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

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Sunglasses
    • Hat
    • Gloves
    • Weather-appropriate clothing

    Know before you go

    • Riding gear (riding boots, riding trousers, jackets, hats, gloves, etc.) needs to be washed at 40°C, dry cleaned, or disinfected before being brought in Iceland. Used leather gear may not be brought into the country.
    • The tour operator reserves the right to alter routes, itineraries, or timetables without prior notice, should the necessity arise. No liability is accepted for loss or expense due to delays or changes of arrival or departures of flights or other services, injury, sickness, accident, strikes, damage, negligence, weather, wars, or other causes outside the control of the operator. All such losses and expense are the personal liability of the traveler. The estimated duration of tours as indicated by kilometers or timing may change according to road or weather conditions.
    • This 3-hour trip is for strong intermediate riders only (for those who have rode approximately 30 times or more in their lifetime). Riders need to be comfortable and in control with all gaits.
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.5 /5

    based on 40 reviews

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    Absolutely fantastic luck and wonderful horses. Sometimes, however, I got the feeling that it was something they just did. My horse changed gait without doing anything and in special places. Otherwise it was absolutely perfect and I think everyone will be happy. Good level that you were used to riders.

    October 25, 2019


    The perfect tour for experienced riders! You gallop and tolt nearly the whole time, meaning that you really get a feeling for how the horses move. Also, the animals seem really content with being ridden, and the people seem to really love the animals which is always great to see. I would book this again in a heartbeat!

    February 21, 2019

    Great tour! We recommend!

    The optional pick-up at the hotel worked great and after half an hour we were at the courtyard. There you got a helmet etc. and also a jumpsuit that was very warm and waterproof - due to the weather in Iceland you should also wear it. The riding group consisted of four people and someone from the farm who led the group. During the three hour tour there were two breaks for photos and some rest for the horses. Much of the time we trotted, galloped and also oiled. The horses were very motivated and we had to hold them back. But the tour is not suitable for beginners and you should have some riding experience, otherwise it can be difficult in the uneven terrain. In any case, it was a lot of fun and well worth the money!

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    May 27, 2018

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