Horseback Riding in Iceland

Here on the edge of the Arctic Circle man has not been able to tamper with nature much. The land is still unspoiled and little changed since the arrival of the first humans. There are over 200 volcanoes, geysers, glaciers, snow-covered mountains, green valleys and roaring waterfalls.

Horseback riding in Iceland is an integral part of the traditional Icelandic scene and the naturally gentle Icelandic horse provides excellent riding opportunities — especially through the wild and otherwise inaccessible areas of Iceland. A purebred descendant of its Viking ancestors, the Icelandic horse is a product of isolation and a thousand years of breeding for good riding qualities, resulting in a gentle, friendly disposition and calm manner that make them a delight for anyone to ride. Their two unique gaits, the tölt and the pace, provide a remarkably smooth way to travel over rugged terrain, making long hours in the saddle more comfortable. The tölt is what makes riding Icelandics such a pleasure, with its flowing 4-beat gait providing the sensation of floating while being seated firmly in the saddle.

These are hard trips with very basic accommodations; a true adventure.

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Fjallabak Tour- ride Icelandic horses on this equestrian holiday in Iceland

Fjallabak Tour

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Nowhere on earth are the forces of nature more evident than here in the “land of fire and ice.”  Wild volcanic landscapes next to snow-capped mountains, vast lava deserts amid multicolored hills, and immense... Read more

Hekla-Landmannalaugar Trail- ride Icelandic horses on this equestrian holiday in Iceland

Hekla-Landmannalaugar Trail

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The Hekla-Landmannalaugar horseback riding tour in Iceland is located in the vast interior, which comprises one of Europe’s greatest wilderness areas. While some areas are extremely barren and sparse — described as similar to... Read more

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"What made the trip for us was the family, who were FABULOUS. They made the ride very special and personal, and got us away from the crowds whenever they could by leading us on shepherds' trails. We saw one or two other groups riding with outfitters along the... Read More"

Deborah Gage

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