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Viking Ride - Horse Riding in North Iceland - HS02

Suitable for everyone – small groups – personal service

Our reliable and strong horses will carry you directly into nature´s tranquility and won’t mind frozen ground or scrunching snow. During wintertime, it‘s frozen and full of icicles. You will never forget the unique experience of exploring your surroundings on horseback – just like the Vikings did.

On this exceptional "off-season" trip, you‘ll enjoy the diversity of the Icelandic landscape without the haste of the summertime.


Duration: ~1.5 hours

Departure time: 11:00 / 13:30

Available: Oct - Apr

Age limit: 6 years

Difficulty: Easy

Map (click here)

Tour Highlights:
  • Easy horse riding tour
  • Icelandic horses
  • Waterfall Reykjafoss
  • Small groups

Departures: Two daily departures, at 11:00 and 13:30.
Please show up at least 30 minutes before departure.

Meeting location: Meet us at our farm near Varmahlid village in North Iceland.
It’s the white and blue painted building just about the cross road between road number one, and road 752. Labelled Hestasport.
Click here for a map.
GPS: 65.545758, -19.438930

Included: Guided horse riding tour, including all necessary riding gear.

Bring with you: Warm and waterproof clothes, sturdy hiking boots/shoes.

from:
10 000 per adult

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Tour Description

horse riding winter iceland

Horse riding during winter is a magnificent experience

Meet us at our farm near Varmahlíð by ring road number one, some 100 km west of Akureyri. It’s the white and blue painted building just about the cross road between road number one, and road 752.

On this exceptional "off-season" trip, you‘ll enjoy the diversity of the Icelandic landscape without the haste of the summertime. Our reliable and strong horses will carry you directly into nature´s tranquility and won’t mind frozen ground or scrunching snow. We ride along farmers' trails and head for the impressive waterfall "Reykjafoss". During wintertime, it‘s frozen and full of icicles. You will never forget the unique experience of exploring your surroundings on horseback – just like the Vikings did.

horseback riding north iceland

Beautiful landscapes in North Iceland

Temperatures in the summer can range from freezing to 20° C, so be prepared for all kinds of weather. We recommend a sweater and a windproof jacket as well as gloves. Wear comfortable pants and strong shoes (hiking boots are fine). We will provide you with a helmet and rain gear, if necessary. In winter, we also provide a snow suit. Please note that we require you to wear a helmet when riding with us, so if you'd like to wear a woolen hat or head band, make sure it's a thin one and fits comfortably under a helmet. Your riding clothes and boots must be disinfected before you arrive. It is prohibited by Icelandic law to bring used riding gear including saddles, bridles, etc. into the country, as well as used leather riding boots, other leather riding wear or riding gloves. Riding clothes, rubber riding boots and any other gear should be machine-washed (min. 40°) or dry-cleaned (chemically cleaned), and disinfected.

sunset north iceland

Sunset in North Iceland, nothing like it!

The horse has played a key role in the life of Icelanders from the beginning. In heathen times the horse was highly regarded and renowned in Norse mythology. And for centuries the horse was the only means of transportation in Iceland as well as being the most important working animal in the days before machinery. Therefore the horse was called "the most useful servant".

When the first automobile arrived in Iceland in 1913 the horse rapidly became redundant. Today, there are close to 80,000 horses in Iceland.

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Longer tour: Horse Riding along the Black River

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