Viking Tour

For experienced riders, it is hard to find a better way to experience the Icelandic horse in its natural surroundings. Cross Kaldá river, explore Heiðmörk nature park or Mt. Helgafell while trying the unique tölt riding style all within one day. Riding time is 4 1/2 – 5 hours.

A riding tour in Reykjavik for experienced riders!

Are you an experienced rider who wants to see the capabilities of the Icelandic horse? Then the exciting Viking Tour day-trip is for you. From our stables, we ride on excellent riding paths through lava fields in Heiðmörk Nature Park.

The tour starts with a shorter introductory ride in the morning (Lava tour) before we make a stop for lunch. Upon completing lunch, we continue exploring the different gaits of the Icelandic horse – be prepared to ride trot, the unique tölt or short canter in beautiful scenery.

In the afternoon your group will be joined by fellow travelers on the Viking Express tour as we continue exploring both the Icelandic horse and dramatic landscape our surroundings have to offer. Please note that this tour is for strong intermediate riders that are comfortable and in control of the horse at all paces. The final choice of route is dependent on both season and weather and is subject to change to ensure a fun and adventurous experience for everyone.

At Íshestar we take pride in our personal service and limit group sizes to be 20 or below per riding group to ensure a safe and enjoyable tour for all of our guests. We look forward to showing you the Icelandic horse in its natural surroundings! Our stables are located a short 20-minute drive outside of Reykjavik’s city center.

Please note that the riding time is 4 ½ – 5 hours

  • Duration

    4,5 hour Riding tour
  • Riding skills

  • Departures

    Daily at 10:00
  • Accommodation

  • Note

    Pick up is at 09:00. Pick up from all pick up points in Reykjavik.
  • Reservation code

  • Attention
  • Whats included
  • FAQ


  • The age limit to ride on this tour is 12 years old. Children 14 years or older need written parental permission to ride alone.
  • The weight limit for all our tours is 110 kg/240 lbs.
  • If you are arriving by own car, please be at our stable 30 minutes before departure.
  • Please note that the riding tour is 4,5-5 hours and with a transfer, it is a total of 7 hours.

Riding gear (riding trousers, jackets, hats, etc.) needs to be washed (40°C), dry cleaned or disinfected before arriving in Iceland. Used leather gear, gloves, and riding boots may not be brought into the country. Disinfecting of riding equipment 

What is included

  • Riding helmets, rubber boots, and rainwear/warm outfit during the ride.
  • Trained guides who speak multiple languages (English, Scandinavian and German).
  • Please note that it is not allowed to ride with backpacks or bags but Íshestar provides complimentary safety boxes at the stables for valuables.
  • What do I need to bring with me on the tour?

    We reccomend that you bring warm gloves and a thin hat that can fit under the riding helmet. Included in the price is that you can borrow; A helmet, a warm overall or rain coat and rain pants also we have rubber boots.

  • What is the maximum weight on a rider?

    Maximum weight for a rider is 110kg/242lb.

  • Can I wear my own riding clothes?

    Riding clothes. Riding gear (riding trousers, jackets, etc.) needs to be washed (40°C) or dry cleaned. Items which can not be washed or dry cleaned (riding boots, riding hats) need to cleaned and disinfected at least five days prior to arriving in Iceland. The Icelandic Veterinary Authority recommends the broad-spectrum disinfectant Virkon S for disinfection. Used riding gloves, whips, saddles, bridles, chaps and other used leather gear may not be brought into the country.

    Please understand that these precautions are necessary because there are no contagious animal diseases in Iceland. Horses are not vaccinated and are therefore susceptible to infectious agents from abroad. Please help us to protect Iceland's fragile nature! For further information please take a look at:

  • How do I book?

    You can book online on our website or by contacting Ishestar by email or by telephone +354 555 7000

  • When am I going to be picked up?

    Pick up starts at a certain time for each tour (see information box above) the driver has to pick up other guests as well but please be ready at your location at the given pick up time and if you have any trouble call us +354 555 7000.

    Please note that riding tours at Hraðastaðir, Efri-Úlfsstaðir, and Myrkholt do not include transfer as they are Meet on location only tours.

  • My pick up location is not on the list?

    Please contact us at info@ishestar and we will try to find a pick-up location near you.

    Please note that riding tours at Hraðastaðir, Efri-Úlfsstaðir, and Myrkholt do not include transfer as they are Meet on location only tours.

  • How far in advance do I need to book?

    We recommend booking a couple of days in advance just to make sure that we have free spaces on the day you wish to arrive.

  • When will I be back at my hotel?

    Usually, you will be back at your hotel around an hour after the tour ends.

    Please note that riding tours at Hraðastaðir, Efri-Úlfsstaðir, and Myrkholt do not include transfer as they are Meet on location only tours.

  • What is included in your day tours?

    Included in all day tours.
    Transfers, riding helmets, rubber boots, rainwear or a warm outfit during the ride.
    Meals are included on some of the tours, but optional on others, see tour program for details.
    Our tour guides are English and Scandinavian speaking, some speak German.
    See tour programs for details on what is included in combination tours.

    Please note that riding tours at Hraðastaðir, Efri-Úlfsstaðir, and Myrkholt do not include transfer as they are Meet on location only tours.

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Testimonials from happy riders

If you have some riding experience and are looking for a good Icelandic ride, the Viking tour was incredible! It was well above expectations. We got to do hours of some great riding and incredible views. Our two tour guides were friendly, fun, and funny and great to talk to. Would absolutely do it again!