Horse riding holidays in Iceland: Riding on the black beach Reynisfjara, south coast of Iceland.

Horse riding holidays to Iceland 2024

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About our horse riding holidays 

Get on an Icelandic horse and explore places that only the locals know. For many, it is the best way to connect with nature. Enjoy mountains, volcanoes, waterfalls, mossy lava fields and rivers from horseback. You will experience an intense sense of awe while relaxing in nature. Riding an Icelandic horse is something you have to experience to know what it is.

Whether you have never ridden or are an experienced and confident rider, we have a riding trip for you. On a horse, you get closer to genuine Iceland and its rivers, volcanoes, hot springs and lava fields. It is no wonder why riding holidays in Iceland have become so popular. 

Read more about our riding holiday packages to Iceland and choose the one that suits you! Few holiday experiences can beat a horse riding holiday in Iceland. Remember, you can be a newbie to enjoy it. We have tours for all types of riders. The routes vary in difficulty and duration, from a few hours to a full day, weekend or even a week.

Horseriding in Iceland.

The Icelandic horse

The Icelandic horse is a unique breed that came to Iceland 1,100 years ago with the first settlers from Norway. It is one of the oldest and purest species in the world. The authorities do not allow other breeds to enter the country. It has been like that for 1000 years! Today, there are around 80,000 horses in the country, which means almost one horse for every fourth person.

Icelandic horses are friendly, helpful, strong and versatile. They have five types of gait: walking, trotting, galloping, Tölt and Flying pass. Tölt is a four-beat gait between a trot and a gallop. It might feel a little strange, but it's very comfortable. Some say it's like sitting on a couch. So even beginners can ride through Iceland's challenging terrain without problems. The flying pass can reach a speed of 50 kilometres per hour. It is harder to master and is more suitable for experienced riders.

An Icelandic horse during sunset, Iceland.

6 Benefits of a horse riding holiday 

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A riding holiday allows you to relax and get a break from all the stresses of your daily life.

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Health and Strength
Come home more toned, flexible and stronger than ever! While riding, you relax and get physical benefits without realising it.

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A riding holiday will release endorphins that make you happy.

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Mentally stimulating
Riding requires a lot of concentration. So, a riding holiday will give you a sense of achievement by doing it.

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Everyone can enjoy a riding holiday, both children and adults.

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A horse riding holiday in Iceland creates lasting memories.