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…
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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.…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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.

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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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Icelandic horse

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…
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