The color of the Icelandic Horse
One of the features of the Icelandic horse which makes it so unique is the variety of colors. Colors are not as important for breeders as they are in many other countries. And that is because you do not ride…Read More
Last day of winter at Íshestar
What a wonderful feeling it is to know the summer is right around the corner! We at Íshestar are really looking forward to a great summer and we celebrate that by throwing an annual party for our partners in the…Read More
Horseback riding during the Easter holiday with Íshestar!
Are you coming to Iceland during the Easter holidays? If you are then you should definitely join us for Easter horseback riding! Our tours will be operated all days during the Easter as same as normal and we do offer…Read More
What horseback riding holiday should I go on?
We know it can be hard to choose a multi-day tour from all the variety of riding tours we offer so we made a guide to help you. We offer about 26 riding multi-day tours and when choosing a tour its good to…Read More
Christmas horseback riding tour with Íshestar
Are you in Iceland during the Christmas season? Then you should definitely go horseback riding! Our 1-5 hour day tours are operated every day during the holidays and we offer a cozy Christmas atmosphere in our Horse Center in Hafnarfjörður.…Read More
Winter horseback riding with Ishestar
Winter riding tours with Íshestar Íshestar offers 1-5 hour day tours all year long and the winter is no exception to that. Winter horseback riding is so much fun and very different from summer riding. We operate our day tours…Read More
Autumn riding with Íshestar
What does the autumn and the Icelandic horse have in common? Íshestar´s Horse Center is situated in a beautiful nature only 15 minutes from Reykjavik. The nature surrounding the center consists of Lava fields, trees, rocks, lakes, mountains and excellent…Read More
What to do in Reykjavik – Combo tours with Íshestar
What to do in Reykjavik? What to do in Reykjavik? People are often surprised that such a small city like Reykjavik is, offers so many activities. Even though there are many activities inside the city there are even more activities…Read More
Certificate of Excellence 2017 and Anniversary Celebration
This year we are celebrating our 35th anniversary! It was back in 1982 that Einar Bollason, his wife, and two other families founded Íshestar. We have been a leading tour operator ever since. For all those years we have emphasized quality service and…Read More
Attractions you see on our Golden Circle riding tour!
Horse riding in Iceland - The Golden Circle Why not see Iceland's most famous attraction while horse riding in Iceland. It is the most authentic way to travel and much more fun than driving a car. Our Golden Circle tour…Read More
Attractions you will see on our Northern Exposure tour
There is no better way to explore Iceland than on a horse! On our tours, we travel to lots of places that is hard to get by car and takes forever to walk to. Our Northern Exposure tour is no…Read More
How to ride with a herd of horses?
Riding with a herd of free-running horses is an exceptional experience! On our tours, we take the flock of horses along to either train them to go long distances or to give them a rest during the tour. Usually, our riders…Read More
A Magical Encounter With a Horse in Iceland
Parisian photographer Mahkeo got really lucky while on a trip to Iceland. While driving, it seems they came upon a horse in the middle of the road and took the following, quite amazing photograph.
Horseback riding – Iceland
Horseback riding - Iceland This summer we are celebrating our 35th anniversary of horseback riding with guests in Iceland! Wich means that we have been giving our guests the opportunity to go horseback riding in Iceland and to experience the Icelandic…Read More
How to take care of saddles and bridles?
Here in Iceland we usually ride on sandy riding paths or mud paths so the saddles can get really dirty after only one use. The best way to take care of your saddles and bridles is to wipe them clean after…Read More
How to saddle the Icelandic horse?
Saddling the Icelandic horse can be a bit different than saddling other breeds. The Icelandic Horse has the special gait tölt so we need to consider that when we saddle the horses. We use noseband to prevent the bit from…Read More
Riding the Icelandic Horse: What to wear?
Like in other sports the outfit for horseback riding is subject to fashion trends. It is, of course, okay to wear whatever you think is comfortable and Íshestar emphasizes to our guests to do so. But it is good to consider few things…Read More
This is how we shoe the Icelandic Horse
To shoe, the Icelandic horse can be a bit different than in other countries in Europe. The ground in Iceland does not contain the same bacteria as in the mainlands, therefore it is not necessary to heat the shoe in fire…Read More
How to put the Icelandic horse on Tolt
Other Gaits Walk The walk is a four-beat gait where there is at least two - three foots down at the same time. In the beginning of the riding tour, it is good to let the horse walk to warm…Read More
More about the Icelandic Horse
The Icelandic horses were brought to Iceland by the first Viking settlers during the years 874 - 930. Their boats were small, and only a few horses, the very best, were brought along. At an early stage, import of farm animals…Read More
Horseback Riding Tours in Iceland
Since 1982 we have cooperated with farmers all over Iceland on our multi-day tours; the real connoisseurs of the local terrain and history. That way we make sure that each trip has its own charm and is organized by a…Read More
Day tours in Reykjavik area
Our Day tours are operated from íshestar Stables in Reykjavik area. Even though our Stables are close to Reykjavik we are situated in beautiful landscape where there is no sign of the capital or the nearest town Hafnarfjörður. The Stables are…Read More
HISTORY The history of the Icelandic Horse can be traced right back to the settlement of the country in the late 9th century. Viking settlers brought with them their best horses, from various origins, though mostly of Germanic descent. The…Read More