Horseback Riding Tours


The Icelandic horse is a unique breed of horses that came to Iceland with the first settlers from Norway more than 1000 years ago. This Iceland horseback riding tour is the perfect way to get in touch with those interesting horses but also to learn more about Iceland’s history and daily life in the old days.


HB-04 – North Iceland Horseback Riding & Heritage Tour

turf houses icelandThis fully guided Iceland horseback riding tour from Akureyri brings you to Skagafjörður, also called the „Cradle of the Icelandic horse“ where a stunning landscape, history and daily life merge into an attractive destination. After driving through deep valleys and over mountain passes while your guide tells you local folklore, troll stories and historical facts, you arrive in Skagafjörður. Here you visit the horse farm Lýtingsstaðir with the exhibition The Old Stable, a reconstructed horse stable made from turf. Experience the atmosphere between the damp turf walls and listen to stories about horses and men in the past. Get to know how turf houses where built and why there are only a few left in Iceland.

horseback riding icelandAfterwards you will get in touch with the horses and can go for a short ride (30 to 45 minutes). Experience and feel yourself what makes it so special! You will then get a little local refreshment and have the chance to talk more to the horse breeder or enjoy a quiet moment out in the countryside. On the way back you take a short walk to the amazing waterfall Reykjafoss, a hidden treasure in Skagafjörður. Full of new impressions you arrive back in Akureyri in the afternoon. This tour is an ideal choice for anyone who wants to find out more about Icelandic culture and daily life during different epochs, as well as to meet the Icelandic horse. Riding skills are not necessary for this tour. Children welcome, minimum age for taking part in the ride is 6 years. Younger children can be lead on a horse.

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Book your Iceland Horseback Riding Tour from Akureyri:

Season: All year
Departure Days: Daily
Duration of the Tour: Approx. 7 hours
Included: Hotel pick up & drop off in Akureyri, transport, English speaking guide, entrance and guidance through The Old Stable exhibition, a short ride, walk to a hidden waterfall and local refreshments

Requirements for the tour: Warm and waterproof outdoor clothing, head wear, gloves and sturdy shoes. Minimum age 6 years

Start of the tour: This tour starts and ends in Akureyri. Pick up from your accommodation in Akureyri included

Please contact us if you have any question regarding this tour. Please include the tour code (HB-04). This guided horseback riding is operated by one of our reliable partners. This tour is also available for our self-drive guests who do not need a transfer from Akureyri. You find more details about this tour here.


This guided tour from Akureyri is available all year. During winter, Iceland is often a winter wonderland and especially in the North there is often snow from October to April.

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