The Icelandic Horse

The authentic way to experience Iceland is to ride a wonderful pure gaited Icelandic TÖLT horse in the spectacular red coloured volcanic landscape in the outskirts of Reykjavík. Suitable for beginners and experienced riders.

We want all our guests to experience the tölt and Begga the founder and owner has created a fun introduction to the Icelandic horse.  Begga’s riding intro helps both beginners to feel safe and advanced riders to experience the authentic way to ride gaited Icelandic horse. Begga’s riding intro has got international attention for being unique and interesting.

Please note that all our tour guides are certificated, local tour guides and all our employees get proper salary for their job. We care for our guests, our horses and our staff.  Animal rights and human rights. We love what we do and do what we love.  Hope to see you in the saddle with us.

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The Icelandic Horse

The Icelandic Horse

The Icelandic horse has been a trusted companion for Icelanders throughout history. Its origins can be traced back to the Vikings, who arrived in Iceland more than a thousand years ago, bringing their small Nordic horses with them. Due to isolation and strict rules, the breed has remained pure and has maintained its unique characteristics.

Despite its small size, the Icelandic horse is well known for being strong and hardy, with great stamina and speed. It is surefooted enough to handle the rough Icelandic terrain and is renowned for its five gaits, and the unique” tölt”, a four beat gait with light flowing movement, which is easy and comfortable to ride. The other gaits are walk, trot, gallop and flying pace.

The Icelandic horse has a wide colour palette, varying from black to palomino, to silver dappled and a range of colours in between. It is intelligent, faithful and a friendly companion that is able to carry riders across grassy plains, up and down rocky slopes, through rivers and over fields of rough lava. This is the ideal way for travellers to enjoy the excellent Icelandic nature and therefore horse riding is highly recommended for visitors during their stay in Iceland.

Horse rentals offer tours both for beginners and more experienced riders, ranging from 2 hours to full day tours. These are ideal for horse lovers and enthusiasts, as there is no better way to experience the magnificent nature of Iceland, than galloping through the countryside on the back of an Icelandic horse.