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The story of Reynisstaða brothers

The fatal ride It’s the year 1780 – some 240 years ago to be exact. But the story we are about to tell has lived through the generations and will not be forgotten. Icelanders were a small collection of poor people under Norwegian rule at that time, living off the land and the sea. The […]

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She saved Gullfoss – the Golden waterfall

One of the most remarkable sites in the south of Iceland is the Gullfoss waterfall in Hvítá, the White River. On the lower level of the visiting site, you will see this statue of a sharp-eyed woman. There is a noteworthy story behind this monument. Let’s hear it. A plan to make a dam It […]

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Riding with Íshestar

Íshestar riding tours are amongst the oldest horse riding operator in Iceland. Íshestar was established in 1982 by three families one of them being Einar Bollason a great rider and horse enthusiast. For the first years, Íshestar only operated multi-day tours but in 2000 the Íshestar horse center opened up in the outskirt of Hafnarfjörður […]

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COMBO TOURS WITH ÍSHESTAR

  If you want a full day of activities then we know a perfect way for you to spend your day! We do have two great tours that combine horse riding with popular activities in Iceland: Whale watching and caving. These exciting tours are perfect for those who want to get the most out of […]

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Where does the Icelandic horse come from?

Where does the Icelandic horse come from? The Icelandic horse has remained pure for centuries since the Nordic Vikings brought him to the country. The Icelandic horse is therefore amongst the purest breeds in the world. The Icelandic horse is from Norway but originally he comes from the Mongolian horses from Asia. Some of the […]

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Characteristics of the Icelandic horse

The Icelandic horse is known for being a very friendly breed. They are very smart with big personalities. The horses are rather small and strong but please be aware of this: Do not call them ponies because they get really offended by that. 🙂 The horses are curious and lack the spookiness that some other […]

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Horse Riding Center and Café Íshestar

Café ÍshestarÍshestar´s horse center is situated in beautiful nature only 15 minutes from Reykjavik. From there we go on our exciting day tours through lava fields and stunning nature. We have a perfect facility to welcome our guests in our horse center before and after the riding tour is finished. There is a small cafeteria […]

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Winter riding in Iceland

Horseback riding in winter is a completely different experience to riding during the warm summer months. Generally, in Iceland, we keep our horses out in the field from mid-summer until late December. The main reason for this is that Iceland becomes a complete winter wonderland full of snow and ice and the Icelandic people (and […]

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The Icelandic horse and the Icelandic people through the ages

  The Icelandic horse has been with the people of Iceland ever since the first settlers came here in 874 and it has adapted very well to nature and weather on this small island in the North Atlantic Ocean. When the horses came here they were „regular“ size but now they are significantly smaller than […]

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The color of the Icelandic Horse

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