June-Aug. 2024
Price from:
£ 1,595
4 nights-4 riding days
without flight

Riding tour through unspoilt landscapes

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From the narrow valley of Vatnsdalur in the north-west of Iceland, you ride through unspoilt areas of Iceland on soft, sandy ground towards the highlight of this ride: Crossing the Hop lagoon with a free-roaming herd of horses! An unforgettable ride & riding holiday!

Riding tour through unspoilt landscapes


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Icelandic Horses

Pick up in the morning at the BSI bus station in Reykjavik or at one of the official bus stops between 7:30 - 8:30 am to Hvammur farm, where the tour guides and the other guests will be waiting for us. We start our ride in the Vatnsdalur valley, the setting for the saga of the same name. We first ride along the Vatnsdalsa river before crossing it and continuing on the western side of the valley. The ride ends at Sveinstadir farm and we return to Hvammur for the night. (approx. 8 miles)


Hvitserkur ©Auðun Nielsson - Visit North Iceland

We ride from Sveinsstadir farm along the Hop lagoon. The black sand on the lagoon beach is ideal for the special tolt gait. We continue along the banks of the river Vididalsa to the ford where we cross it. At lunchtime we recharge our batteries at the Stora-Borg farm. From here we have a fantastic view of the old Viking fortress Borgarvirki. We continue to the Þverárétt pen, which is used by the farmers in autumn for the sheep and horse round-up. Our horses will spend the night there while we travel by bus to the basalt rock Hvitserkur, a breeding ground for many seabirds. This area is home to numerous harbour seals, which we see lying and playing on the beach. Return to Hvammur farm. (approx. 11 miles)


Vatnsdalsholar ©Auðun Nielsson - Visit North Iceland

Today we discover the Vatnsnes peninsula on horseback and follow paths with lupine fields and black sand dunes on Sigridarstadasandur. Sometimes an eagle accompanies us on this part of the route! After a lunch break with great views of the Nesbjorg mountain ridge, we cross the Hop lagoon. Shallow water and a seemingly endless black beach on the way to Thingeyrar farm practically invite horse and rider to fly at a brisk tolt pace! This day is undoubtedly one of the highlights of this tour! Enjoy the warm sitting pool in Hvammur before a hearty dinner. (approx. 25 miles)


Icelandic Horses ©Stefan Ingvarsson - Visit North Iceland

This day begins with a visit to the historic church of Thingeyrar, which was built in 1877. A monastery was founded here as early as the 12th century, which was demolished in 1550. Today we take the horses back to Hvammur farm. We cross Lake Húnavatn on a safe path in the water and experience the joy of the horses when they reach the dry, black sand of the shore again. This time we ride along the eastern side of the Vatnsdalur valley, past the Hvammsfoss waterfall surrounded by basalt columns. Celebrate the successful return in the evening during a cosy dinner with Icelandic cuisine and singing. (approx. 16 miles)


Hallgrimskirkja Reykjavik

It's time to say goodbye. After breakfast, the bus returns to Reykjavík. Approximate arrival: 12:30.


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Riding Tour

Suitable for:
Experienced riders: Can easily control the horse in all gaits, sit securely in the saddle and feel comfortable in the saddle for up to 7 hours a day. They are able to ride at a fast pace over uneven terrain and up and down slopes. Experienced riders can follow the herd at any pace.

2 - 4 people per room, made-up beds

5 days - 4 nights - 4 riding days - approx.110 km

Dates 2024:
08th - 12th June - fully booked
15th - 19th June - fully booked

23rd - 27th June - fully booked
30th June - 04th July - fully booked
29th July - 02nd August - fully booked

04th - 08th August
25th - 29th August


Knee-high rubber boots are required for this tour. The itinerary is subject to change.

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Price per Person in GBP

Accommodation Price per person
Multi-bed rooms, rooms with made-up beds 1,595.-

Please note that the itinerary and overnight lodges may be altered if necessary during the riding tour.

Tour Code ILH36

Price includes

  • From/to Reykjavik
  • Riding tour as advertised / 5 days-4 nights-4 riding days
  • Accommodation in shared rooms during the ride, incl. 11% Icelandic VAT
  • Full board during the ride (not in Reykjavik)
  • Rainwear, saddle bag and riding helmet

Price excludes

  • Flights to and from Iceland
  • Overnight stay in Reykjavik before/after the riding tour
  • Travel insurance
  • Alcoholic beverages