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Icelandic Horse & Stable Experience from Reykjavik

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Reykjavik, Iceland

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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 2 more
Good for avoiding crowds


This tour in Hafnarfjörður offers more than the typical horse-riding excursions. You first spend time with the horses at the stables, helping to groom them and learning about the unique breed from staff. Afterward, you can take a ride around the paddock while taking in the dramatic landscape. A maximum group size of 15 ensures personal attention and you can upgrade to include round-trip transportation from your Reykjavik hotel.
  • Get hands-on experience caring for Icelandic horses before taking a ride on one
  • A small group size ensures an intimate experience
  • Learn about the unique breed from the staff
  • Hassle-free roundtrip transportation from your Reykjavik hotel, if option selected
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Coffee, tea, or hot chocolate
Helmets, rubber boots, rain gear, and warm overalls
Professional guide
Hotel pickup (if selected - please provide hotel information to tour operator directly via email)
Food and drinks, unless specified

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Departure Time

10:00 AM
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult
  • Weight limit is 240lbs/110kg
  • Used riding gear is not allowed on the tour or near the horses
  • The group size is usually 1-15 guests
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infant seats available
  • Hotel pickup selected, please provide hotel info to tour operator via email
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Participant considers themselves physically able to take part in this tour. Including getting on and off the horse by their own strength
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Ishestar

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on sanitization during Icelandic Horse & Stable Experience from Reykjavik?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Icelandic Horse & Stable Experience from Reykjavik?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Icelandic Horse & Stable Experience from Reykjavik?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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  • "A must for horse people and non horsey people as well." See review
  • "It will probably be dark outside when you do this tour." See review
  • "They have other ride packages that take you out for several hours and match to your skill level." See review


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A great experience, highly recommend
, Mar 2020
It’s worth knowing that equipment for this trip is supplied as you are not allowed to bring any of your own boots etc that have been in contact with other horses. The set up is nice and this tour involves meeting the horses and information about the breed etc. We were able to hang out with the horses and take lots of photos. They are really friendly which is particularly good if you aren’t used to horses. We were then able to ride them in a small paddock for a short while. As we were all competent riders our guide instructed us on how to achieve the extra gaits, the pace and tolt that is specific to this breed. Throughly enjoyed it!
What a great experience
, Feb 2020
What a great unique experience this was! So much fun meeting the horse’s, seeing how well cared for and loved they are, and the icing on the cake was riding them. Such sweet, kind, loving animals. A must for horse people and non horsey people as well. Icelanders are committed to keeping the breed pure.
, Feb 2020
Did the stable expereance it was lovely meeting all the horses in the stables and then out in paddock had little ride on one and groomed them lady was very nice and gave lots of information. Pick up at hotel was good but driver could have been more chatty!! Recommed this if you love animals.
Amazing experience
, Jan 2020
My partner had a sprained ankle and was still recovering so unfortunately we couldn’t do the horse riding, but we did do the horse experience at the stable where we were able to visit with the most beautiful island I’ve horses. We were first introduced to three groups of horses then allowed to pet and brush them. Then later we let them out into the snowy field and took beautiful pictures as we interacted, fed, and pet them. We then were given the opportunity to do a short ride each in a contained enclosed field area and test out all of the Icelandic gates. This was truly an AMAZING experience and I would do it again. If you want to experience the beauty of the Icelandic horses up close, this is the best way! Our instructor was also amazing and very friendly and informative!
Meet the horses tour
, Oct 2019
We loved this experience. The IsHestar Riding Centre is a short drive from Reykjavik (or they can pick you up). We were there on a day that wasn't busy, so after meeting the beautiful Icelandic horses, we were treated to a 15 min. ride. They have other ride packages that take you out for several hours and match to your skill level. We were able to spend time with the horses, feed them, take loads of photos and then have a hot chocolate. The guide was so sweet and friendly, and was very knowledgeable. I highly recommend this experience and this horse centre. Great for all ages.
An excellent way to meet the Icelandic horse
, Oct 2019
An excellent morning getting to know these beautiful creatures. We were able to get up close to these beauties whilst grooming and feeding them - hearing their stories & meeting them all! We also got the option to ride one without pressure. The tour was incredibly passionate and a heart felt introduction. A great alternative to the horse riding tours <3
a great expereince
, Aug 2019
My daughter is allergic to horses but this is a great experience for her to meet up close and riding horses for a short period and feeding the horses. We enjoy it thoroughly. The staff is very friendly and everyone had fun.
This was amazing!
Lisa J
, Aug 2019
My kids didn't want to do a full ride but wanted to get to see the horses up close and personal. This was the BEST! Rosie was our guide and she was so great to the kids and we had so much fun. It was up close and personal!
Good intro
, Jul 2019
Perfect introduction if no previous experience with horses. Only complaint is that we had to arrive in time to view instruction film with riders going out for several hour ride, and then just sat and waited for at least 30 minutes to allow them to mount up and depart before we could start our visit.
Great first time horseback riding tour
, Jul 2019
As the title states, it was my first time riding a horse. So happy it got to be an Icelandic horse. You will first meet your horse which is selected for you based on experience and other factors. The guides were very helpful and constantly checking in with us on our comfort with the horse and giving useful tips. It is a lovely ride out to a lava field where you dismount the horse and have pictures taken with your horse. All of the gear is included. At the end of the tour, you will help take off the saddle and bridal. You really get to bond with your horse, mine was Utta!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2019
Thank you for your comment and kind words :) We are glad you liked the tour!

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