The Icelandic horse is a breed apart, descended from stock brought over by settlers some 1100 years ago. Since then, stringent import controls have restricted other breeds from entering the country, maintaining the lineage of this unique horse as the purest in the world. Extremely sure-footed and strong, Icelandic horses are able to navigate tough terrain and have a unique ‘tolt’ gait. Combined with a gentle, friendly disposition and eagerness to please, this breed is a delight for anyone to ride, no matter what level of experience.
Exploring Iceland’s breathtaking scenery on horseback is an exhilarating way of experiencing the fantastic landscapes and heightens the sense of magnificence. Quite simply, the Icelandic horse is a wonder of the equine world and to ride a ‘Viking’ horse in its native land is more than a privilege.
Our horse riding tours to Iceland are aimed at intermediate and more advanced riders, but for those who prefer to spend only a short time in the saddle, a number of horse riding excursions are available in many places should you wish to have a taste of what these amazing animals can do.
Our collection of dedicated horse riding holidays to Iceland, in association with Icelandic horse specialists Ishestar, is one of the most comprehensive on the UK market. Choose from a short, two hour trek or day trek, right up to an extensive cross-country odyssey of a week or more. One of our team, Addy, is a keen horsewoman – feel free to call her for a chat!