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Icelandic Horseback Riding Tour from Reykjavik

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    What to Expect
    On arrival, meet your instructor to adivse of your ability level — beginner, intermediate, or experienced.

    Get up-close to the Icelandic horses, learning about this gentle breed. Descendants of Viking horses brought here in the 10th century, these sturdy, good-nature steeds are known for their tölt, a four-beat gait that makes riding on rugged terrain smooth and comfortable.

    Next, watch a short instructional video, don your provided riding gear, and hop into the saddle. Learn to ease your horse into the tölt, and set out behind your instructor. Soon afterwards, having watched you riding, your instructor will split you into three groups – beginners, intermediates and experienced.

    Enjoy your 1.5- to 2-hour ride. Beginners ride slowly over easy terrain, with intermediate and experienced riders tackling more challenging routes at different paces. Just advise your instructor if you want to go slower or faster.

    As you ride, soak in the beautiful scenery. Weave through lava fields and moorland, passing volcanic mountains and lakes.

    After your trek, savor coffee, tea, or hot chocolate at the stables.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Sörlaskeið 26, 220 Hafnarfjörður, Iceland

    Traveler pickup is offered
    Pick-up needs to be pre-booked. Please be sure that you've chosen a tour with pick up included if you require to be picked up from your accommodation.
    Duration
    2h
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    Inclusions
    • Coffee, tea, or hot chocolate
    • Helmets, rubber boots, rain gear and warm overall
    Exclusions
    • Food and drinks, unless specified
    • Pre-booked pick-up and drop-off from pick up points in Reykjavik, unless specified with tour option
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult
    • In our tours up to two children or youth may travel with each adult, paying full fare
    • Weight limit is 110kg/240lbs
    • Used riding gear is not allowed on the tour or near the horses
    • If you arrive in your own car please be at the stables 30 minutes before your tour starts
    • Due to possible damage to unborn children pregnant women cannot ride on our tours
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    We did this in December which really isn't a great idea. Keep this activity for the summer. While we are experienced riders that enjoyed a tolt on these cuties, it was very cold. The view was gorgeous-when we could see it. There are very large groups at this stable and the
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    I ended up having some free time in the afternoon so I booked an hour long ride, if I had more time I would have booked a longer ride! It was very convenient to be picked up from the bus stop in Reykjavik by my hotel and it was a short drive to the farm. We had the option to
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    I have ridden some before, but I would still consider myself to be a beginner. The guides were informed, kind, and so helpful. I learned a lot about Icelandic horses and had a wonderful time. My group was 5 people and 2 guides, so it felt small and personal. Any question I had
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    My fiancé and I have only rode one time before this so we are beginners. After some safety instruction we headed outside and got paired with a horse. My horse was amor and he was THE BEST, easy to work with and focused. My fiancé’s horse was Vikingor, who he also loved. We all
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    Response from MargretIshestar, Stables Manager at Icelandic Horseback Riding Tour from Reykjavik
    Responded 1 Jan 2020
    Thank you for taking the time to recommend us. We really appreciate it. I'm glad to hear you were both happy with your horses and enjoyed this experience. As always when dealing with live animals unexpected things can happen, even though they rarely do, but our staff has years of experience dealing with these lovely horses and I'm really glad you felt safe and in good hands with our guides. I hope to see you again some day if you ever come back to visit Iceland and the horses.
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    It is hard to say what the best part was, between being able to ride these awesome horses, experiencing the tölt, the beautiful scenery or learning about the history of Icelandic horses. I was part of the ‘advanced group’ so there was only about 10 of us so we were able to ride
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    Response from MargretIshestar, Stables Manager at Icelandic Horseback Riding Tour from Reykjavik
    Responded 26 Dec 2019
    Thank you for your lovely feedback. I'm very glad to hear that you were happy with the whole experience and managed to master the famous Tölt. I hope to see you again some day if you ever come back to visit Iceland and the horses.
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    By: Ishestar Horse Riding Tours
    stockt
    10754
    Excellent for a beginner!
    This trip was not initially part of my plans however I decided to give it a go as my planned tour was cancelled
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    LeighAnn L
    Madison, New Jersey
    20
    Quality time with horses before and after the ride
    This was a last minute trip but well worth it! We would recommend this adventure to beginners to experts. The
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    followingnyheart
    Markham, Canada
    4618
    Best way to see nature in Iceland ...
    ... is on the back of an Icelandic horse. I have had the amazing pleasure of visiting Íshestar a total of 8 times
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    KimbKo
    163
    Icelandic Ponies are Adorable!
    We did this in December which really isn't a great idea. Keep this activity for the summer. While we are
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    Steph E
    Massachusetts
    52
    Loved riding with them!
    I ended up having some free time in the afternoon so I booked an hour long ride, if I had more time I would have
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    bau
    410
    Amazing!
    What a fantastic experience!!! We have opted for the “Meet the horses” trip as we have no experience in riding
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    Cas
    10
    Most amazing experience
    I have ridden some before, but I would still consider myself to be a beginner. The guides were informed, kind, and
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    Jen M
    21
    Memorable
    My fiancé and I have only rode one time before this so we are beginners. After some safety instruction we headed
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    devon_con
    Boston, Massachusetts
    165
    Great Experience!
    I loved Ishetar! I did the Lava Tour on my first day in Iceland, and it was such a great introduction to the
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    wendyhoyt
    Salt Lake City, Utah
    33
    We love Íshestar!
    We first rode with Íshestar on 12/21/19, doing the Viking tour. We are experienced riders and were matched with
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