The Ultimate Hekla – Riding and Exploring in Iceland

  • Trip Duration
  • 5
  • 4
  • Riding Time
  • 3
    days riding
  • 1-5
    hrs per day riding
  • Group Size
  • 4 - 9
    Guests per group

The Ultimate Hekla – Riding and Exploring in Iceland

Ride Overview

The Ultimate Hekla is a combination of riding the famous Icelandic horses and exploring some of Iceland’s most unusual natural landscapes by vehicle. These sites include the black volcanic beaches around Iceland’s southern-most village of Vik, thundering waterfalls and impressive glaciers near Thorsmork, as well as a visit to the Thingvellir National Park to see the fissure zone of the mid-Atlantic ridge.

The rides are planned according to the ride level of the guests, from beginners and novices through advanced riders. Exploration rides from Austvadsholt farm into the surrounding countryside will include sites such as the Hekla volcano, the Ranga River, a historic lava sheep-fold and the largest hand-made cave in Iceland.

This riding and exploration adventure consists of about half sightseeing by car and half on horseback and is well suited for families and riders who would like to experience the incredible Icelandic horses and see the countryside but aren’t up for the faster paced, progressive Hekla-Landmannalaugar trek.


The lodging and food are very simple by American standards, but accommodations are clean and the food is wholesome. During the ride you will stay in dormitory type lodging at the farmhouse home of your hosts. The guesthouse has indoor plumbing, electricity and showers.

Meals & Drink

A typical menu will consist of the following:
Breakfast: Milk, yogurt, cereals, several kinds of bread, cheeses, jams, coffee and tea.
Lunch: Picnic with varied sandwiches, fruit, cold and warm drinks.
Dinner: A hot meal with meat or fish, vegetables, milk products and fruit.
Please note that meals consist of many dairy products. Riders who are lactose intolerant or vegetarians need to notify Equitours in advance. Also, this is a “dry” tour with alcohol only available to purchase in Landmannalaugar.

Ride & Horse Details

  • Overview:
    Icelandic horses are short (about 13.2 hands average) but stout and strong, weighing 800 to 1000 pounds and are quite capable of carrying large and heavy people over rough distances at a brisk rate. The horses are usually in snaffle bits - loose rings with snap-on, one-piece reins. English-type saddles are used with the Icelandic style of saddle seen as somewhat of a cross between a dressage and an endurance saddle. The saddle is set further back on the horse.
  • Horse Breeds:
  • Trip Pace:
    To suit
  • Tack:
  • Weight limit:
    225 lbs

Activities for Non - Riders

In addition to riding, driving tours, hiking, and swimming are also all part of the itinerary.

Meeting Point

10AM on the first day of the ride at the Reykjavik BSI (central bus station)

With first-hand knowledge of the exciting tours we offer, the ride consultants at Equitours look forward to answering any questions you might have about this ride. We want to help make sure that you select the trip of your dreams. Please call or email and get ready to pack your bags for a wonderful adventure!

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