Where are the best places to go horse back riding?


Horses crossing river

Many visiting Iceland on a private tour with Glacial Experience want to try riding an Icelandic horse. The Icelandic horse is a breed of its own, the same as the Norwegians brought to the island in the 9th century. Therefore the icelandic breed is sensitive to infections due to the isolation in more than 1000 years. Riding and competing with icelandic horses is a popular sport in Germany, Holland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway and even in the United States. Horses from Iceland competing in one of the tournaments can not return to Iceland.



There are various horse riding companies in Iceland, a few close to Reykjavík or within an hours drive. You can choose 1 hours ride, 3 hours, half day, one day or evern 5-6 days riding in the highlands, far away everything, the stress, the crowd, the noice... My favorite horse tour company is Eldhestar Horse Farm, next to the town of Hveragerði. Disclaimer: I´m myself from Hveragerði, my dad was a principle in the public school and my mom a teacher. Eldhestar Horse Farm was founded by my childhood friends and their fathers were teachers in my father's school!


Horses and people in Thorsmörk


Eldhestar Horse farm is the biggest and most successful horse riding company in Iceland. If you want to do a one hour, 4 hours or a day tour they´ll pick you up from your accommodation in Reykjavík and drop you off after the tour.

A horse riding tour with Eldhestar is easy to combine with a Golden Circle day, a nice and easy itinerary is to start the day at the Hellisheiði geothermal power plant and continue from there to The Eldhestar Horse farm for a couple of hours horse back riding.



Kjartan Valgardsson