Experience Horse Riding Tours in Iceland Amidst Picturesque Landscapes

Discover the enchanting beauty of Iceland from the saddle and embark on an unforgettable horseback riding adventure through stunning landscapes

Immerse yourself in Iceland with our horse riding tours, journeying through landscapes like no other

Embark on a horseback riding tour in Iceland on our exceptional Icelandic horses, and you’ll experience the perfect blend of adventure and comfort while exploring the country’s breathtaking landscapes.

Icelandic horses are a special breed known for their unique qualities. They are small, sturdy, and sure-footed, making them ideal for navigating Iceland’s rugged terrain. It is a comfortable ride for riders of all levels.

The Icelandic horse stands as the sole breed in the world capable of executing five distinct gaits.These horses also possess a special fifth gait called the tölt, providing a smooth and 

Experience Iceland’s Horseback Riding Tours in Iceland

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Visiting Icelandic horses is a special experience, even if you don’t go horseback riding.

These beautiful horses are very friendly and calm. Being near them helps you feel close to nature and learn about Iceland’s outdoors. Icelandic horses are smart and kind, making your visit peaceful and interesting. You will see how they live in Iceland’s nature, which helps you understand the country better. Meeting these horses is a great way to experience Iceland’s beauty and culture in a simple and memorable way.

Fridheimar within the Golden Circle, renowned for its tomato produce and horse stable, offers visitors a chance to see Icelandic horses in action and enjoy close encounters with these gentle creatures. As you travel along the iconic Ring Road on multi-day tours, you’ll have the opportunity to observe Icelandic horses in their natural environment, whether they’re grazing or simply relaxing—a truly distinctive experience. During summer, our day tour starting at Isafjords includes a visit to a farm where you can meet Icelandic horses up close, adding a memorable aspect to your journey. This experience allows you to connect with Iceland’s nature and culture through the beauty and tranquility of its native horses.

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Embrace the Heart of Iceland and Meet Iceland’s Friendly Horses

All About Icelandic Horses and Horseback Riding Tours in Iceland

When embarking on a journey to the captivating land of Iceland, one of the most enchanting experiences awaiting you is the chance to encounter Icelandic horses. These unique and charming creatures, known for their small stature yet remarkable strength and gentle temperament, hold a special place in the heart of Icelandic culture. 

The adorable Icelandic horses

The Unique Icelandic Horse

Icelandic horses are special and unique. They are small but strong and friendly. These horses are famous for their smooth and comfortable gaits, which make them a joy to ride. 

They have a long history in Iceland and are well-suited to the country’s rugged terrain. Icelandic horses are also known for their friendly and calm nature, making them great companions for riders of all levels. 

Meeting and riding these lovely horses is a wonderful experience for anyone visiting Iceland, and it’s a great way to connect with the country’s culture and nature.

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A beautiful Icelandic horse gazing in the wintery landscape of Iceland.

Why Icelandic Horse is Special

The Icelandic horse is a true testament to the artistry of horse breeding, with a history that stretches back over a millennium. These remarkable creatures, standing around 14 hands tall, are not only known for their long lived life but also for their unique gaits. 

Apart from the typical walk, trot, and canter gallop, what truly sets them apart are the extraordinary gaits of the Icelandic horses: the smooth and comfortable tolt, the flying pace where at least one foot touches the ground at all times, and the rhythmic four-beat lateral ambling gait. These gaits allow for an exceptionally smooth riding experience, making them beloved companions for riders in Iceland to cross rough terrains. Whether you’re exploring the pristine beauty of a national park in North Iceland or traversing the country’s challenging landscapes, the Icelandic horse is a trusted and cherished companion, a symbol of resilience, and an integral part of Icelandic culture, often celebrated in the native Icelandic language.

Icelandic horse and a visitor
Getting close to an Icelandic horse while traveling in Iceland.

The History of Icelandic Horse

The history of the Icelandic horse is a fascinating journey that spans over a thousand years. These remarkable horses were brought to Iceland by the Viking and norse settlers around the 9th and 10th centuries, and since then, they have been an integral part of Icelandic life and culture.

One of the most remarkable aspects of Icelandic horses is their isolation on the island. For centuries, Iceland has maintained strict importation laws to protect its purebred horse population. This isolation has resulted in a breed that is both hardy and unique, adapted to the challenging Icelandic climate and terrain.

Icelandic horses have played a vital role in the island’s development, serving as essential transportation and working animals for farming and travel. Their friendly and cooperative nature has made them beloved companions for generations of Icelanders.

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Hop on an Icelandic horse and start your horseback riding adventure!

Why Choose BusTravel Iceland for Horseback Riding Tours

As a leading tour operator based in Reykjavik, BusTravel Iceland has been organizing tours for the past 60 years, guiding passengers to Iceland’s finest destinations.

When it comes to Iceland horse tours, BusTravel collaborates with the most reputable operators in the industry, curating the most popular activities to ensure an exceptional experience for you. Especially with combo tours, which include sightseeing or two-adventure packages, you have the opportunity to witness awe-inspiring sights and immerse yourself in the mesmerizing landscapes that Iceland has to offer.

As you explore the stunning landscapes and vibrant culture of this Nordic island, your encounter with these friendly horses will undoubtedly become a cherished and unforgettable part of your Icelandic adventure.