ICELAND Why Go There?

A riding holiday in Iceland is perfect for lovers of dramatic landscapes and fun riding. The "land of fire and ice" is home to glaciers, volcanoes, haunting volcanic lunar landscapes, lava fields, rivers and endless grassy plains. The Icelandic horse, a reminder of the country's strong Viking roots, is a pleasure to ride with its unique extra gait - the tölt, a smooth 4-beat stride that allows for a comfortable fast-paced ride. Most horse riding trails in Iceland involve riding amongst a herd of free-running horses which is a truly exhilarating experience. A visit to Iceland at the end of the season means working alongside the local farmers and lending a hand on the annual, and vital, sheep and horse round-ups before the long winter falls.

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  • Trail ride in Kjolur Iceland
    Iceland Kjolur trail ride
  • Landmannalaugar Fjallabak Trail
    Horseriding in Landmannalaugar, Iceland
  • Landmannalaugar Fjallabak Trail
    Horseback trail ride in Landmannalaugar, Iceland
  • Icelandic horses
    Iceland and icelandic horses herd
  • Enjoy the amazing Northern Lights in Iceland
    Northern Lights and whales riding trail
  • The legendary Gulfoss waterfalls
    Summer riding trail and Gullfoss waterfalls

Types of riding holiday

Pack trips with Equus Journeys 

A horse riding expedition takes you on a long-distance itinerant horseback ride with all your baggage, equipment and food carried by either pack mules or horses or a support vehicle. You will ride through isolated and spectacular regions often only accessible on horseback. You will sleep in simple, yet comfortable, tents out under the stars.


Horseback trails with Equus Journeys

A trail riding holiday is an itinerant ride through stunning scenery. You will ride a progressive route through the local landscape and stop at a different place each night. The transport of the baggage, horses and riders is all done by support vehicle. At night, you will sleep in comfortable tents, gîtes, equestrian hostels or charming hotels.


Ranch stay with Equus Journeys

A ranch stay most often takes place on a cattle or horse rearing estancia or ranch - depending on the part of the world you travel to. We choose to send our riders to small or medium-sized, family-run ranches where you can really get to know the owners and workers. Nights are sometimes spent camping out, but more often than not are spent in the comfort of a simple gîte or high quality lodge.


Horseback safari with Equus Journeys

A horseback safari offers a unique chance to explore native wildlife and spectacular scenery on horseback. Routes can either be itinerant, with you camping ‘Out of Africa’ style, or centre-based, riding out each day from a lodge or camp which are comfortable and generally open to only small groups of riders. The horses you will be riding are truly exceptional as they will get up close to the wildlife while you observe.


Dressage with Equus Journeys

A dressage training holiday allows riders to either train and improve or perfect their dressage technique. The riding instructors are highly qualified and by working with perfectly-trained horses, riders will be able to progress and feel the precision of each movement. 


Equestrian stay with Equus Journeys

A centre basedriding holiday offers riders daily trail riding or other equestrian activities from a fixed location with accommodation. The rhythm of the ride is entirely flexible and these rides are often open to non-riders. The type of accommodation varies, depending on the country, from gîte to ranch or yurt to luxury lodge. 


Cattle drive

A cattle drive focuses on the herding of cattle, deer, or sheep working alongside the cowboys, gauchos, pantaneiros or mongols who raise them. Riders joining these drives will get involved in the many different aspects such as corralling, sorting, watching over the herd, branding, and castrating. Nights will be spent under canvas or on ranches, farms or yurts.


Horse drive

A horse drive involves moving herds of horses from pasture to pasture. In general, the riders tasks will involve circling ahead of and behind the herd in order to keep the horses in check, notably the youngsters. Nights will be spent in tents or on ranches and farms.


Natural horsemanship with Equus journeys

Natural horsemanship holidays allows for the discovery or the perfection of ‘Natural Horsemanship’ (ethological equitation), of which the aim is complicity and close cooperation between horse and rider. The instructors have been trained in a variety of methods such as those of Pat Parelli, Monty Roberts and Buck Brannaman, which they have then adapted to form approaches of their own. Accommodation varies depending on the destination and may include gîtes, ranches and guest houses.


Long distance horse ride

An enduranceriding holiday allows for the discovery and perfection of endurance riding through open countryside. This equestrian discipline is suitable for all experienced riders. The usual aim of these types of holiday is to complete the preparation for a long-distance race. Accommodation varies depending on the destination, and may include gîtes and guest houses.


Polo with Equus Journeys

On a polo playing trip, you will be introduced to this invigorating equestrian sport involving 4 players on horseback on two opposing teams. This riding discipline is within the skill-set of any experienced rider. Accommodation varies depending on the destination and may include estancias, hotels or guest houses.


Exploration with Equus Journeys

A trip led by an extraordinary guide with a specialist knowledge of the destination.  Whether it be an open itinerary or a trip full of memorable events, it is often the guide that truly sets these trips apart; the guide’s insight and skill allows for total and unique immersion into different horse cultures found throughout the world.


Family Trip

During a family horse riding holiday, the pace of the ride, the riding level, accommodation comfort and guides are chosen to suit the needs of a family riding together. The transport of the luggage and of the riders and horses is done by support vehicle. Non-riders are often welcome on these holidays. A family horse riding holiday is also a fantastic opportunity for non-riders to get into the saddle for the first time.

Riding levels

Each of our trips is assigned a minimum level of riding ability required. This reflects whether there is technical riding required; the terrain to be covered; the liveliness of the horses; the length of the riding days and the riding fitness required.




For novice riders, these riding holidays will give beginners the chance to get used to being in the saddle. In general, a beginner/ novice hasn't learned how to canter and has not yet mastered rising trot. They are able to mount safely and to control a horse at a walk. 



For intermediate riders who are at ease at 2 paces (walk and rising trot and are starting to canter in a forward seat) out in open countryside. The intermediate rider is able to mount and dismount their horse unassisted, use basic riding aids, ride at a rising trot for at least 10 minutes, to change and control the pace from a walk to a trot and comfortably canter over short distances.



For experienced riders who have mastered all 3 paces (walk, rising trot, canter in a forward seat) over uneven terrain. The experienced rider rides regularly, has a good seat and is confident of their own ability. They are able to control the horse at speed and change direction of their horse at any pace and in any circumstance as needed.



For advanced riders who have mastered all 4paces (walk, rising trot, canter gallop in a forward seat) over uneven terrain on all types of horses including those that are very spirited. The advanced rider rides regularly has good physical fitness, has good soft hands and has the ability to gallop for long stretches without getting tired.



For all riders, whether they are novices, intermediate level, experienced or advanced. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, endurance training, natural horsemanship, trail riding orcentre based safaris.



For beginners and intermediate level riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capability of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For beginners, intermediate level  and experienced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For intermediate level and experienced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, long-distance ridingtraining,endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For intermediate level, experiencedand advanced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, long-distance ridingtrainingendurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For experiencedand advanced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, long-distance ridingtraining,endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.

Comfort

Each of our rides has been assigned an expected level of comfort

Nights in tents, outdoor dining

Nights in yurts, the traditional housing in Central Asia, with beds and sometimes stoves for heating.

Nights in luxury or boutique accommodation. Rooms have private bathrooms. 

Nights in basic shelter such as a mountain hut/cabin. Usually dormitory beds with shared bathrooms.

Nights in hotels, guesthouses, B&B's or homestays. Double or twin rooms with bathrooms.

Nights in luxury camps with proper beds and linen. Toilets and showers are usually provided.

Ideal For Families

These rides are ideal for families and offer maximum flexibility

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Non riders

Non riders are welcome to join their riding friends as activities are available for them such as riding   lessons for beginners, cyling, walking, fishing, golf...

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AVAILABLE RIDES

  • Northern Exposure trail

    8 days / 5 days riding from £ 2,215

    On this riding trail in Iceland discover the spectacular north of the country with it's natural wonders and diverse landscapes. Visit Europe's largest waterfall, Dettifoss and the strange rock formations LEARN MORE

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  • Snaefellsnes Beach Trail

    8 days / 6 days riding from £ 2,015

    Experience the pleasure of the Icelandic horse whilst tolting and cantering along miles of sandy beaches on this incredible beach trail ride in Iceland. Ride through lava fields and past LEARN MORE

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  • Northern Lights short break

    4 days / 2 days riding from £ 910

    A trail ride in Iceland visiting the best-known sights and with the chance to view the Northern Lights in the night sky. The ideal introduction to the Icelandic horse and LEARN MORE

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  • The Kjolur Trail

    8 days / 6 days riding from £ 1,930

    A pacey horse riding trail which crosses Iceland on historical tracks linking the North to the South. You ride amongst a herd of loose horses and swap your mount at LEARN MORE

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  • Landmannalaugar & Hekla Trail

    8 days/ 6 days riding from £ 2,200

    Explore the horseback trails in Landmannalaugar, Iceland, an area offering up spectacular landscapes and dramatic views. Ride Icelandic horses and experience their unique tölting gait. Discover countryside that volcanic activity LEARN MORE

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  • The Golden Circle

    8 days/ 6 days riding from £ 1,855

    Ride through the magnificent countryside of south Iceland and experience its must see sites in a unique way. From the saddle of you Icelandic Horse, discover the hot springs at LEARN MORE

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  • Landmannalaugar Fjallabak Trail

    10 days / 8 days riding from £ 2,760

    A riding trail between volcanoes and glaciers in the heart of Landmannalaugar, one of the most spectacular areas of Iceland. Aboard your special Icelandic horse, join an adventure from Hekla LEARN MORE

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  • Sheep Round-Up (Landmannaafrettir)

    6, 7 or 9 days - Price: contact us

    On this unique horse-riding tour, join farmers in southern Iceland as they gather thousands of sheep from the mountains where they have spent the summer on grazing grounds close to LEARN MORE

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EXTEND YOUR TRIP

  • ICELAND

    Whale watching excursion

    from 100,00 £

    This half-day excursion is a unique opportunity to watch Minke whales, Humpback whales, Dolphins and Porpoises in their natural element.

    This is a fantastic day out, ideal for all from individuals to couples or families! Children can even enjoy a discount - pleace contact us. Obviously, we can never guarantee anything with wild animals, but viewing chances are good, and especially in the summer.

    One or two departures a day depending on the season, pick up at your hotel.
    Whale watching excursion
  • ICELAND

    Puffin watching tour

    from 61,00 £

    The Atlantic Puffin is a captivating and beautiful bird. Between May and August, it settles along the Icelandic coast to nest during the warmer months. Iceland boasts the largest colony in the world and provides some amazing opportunities for bird-watching!

    Animal lovers will love this excursion. On a boat, you get as close to the birds as can be - if you're lucky, you might catch a glimpse of other species such as grey headed ducks or cormorans.

    Three departures a day from Mid-May to Mid-August.
    Children discounts (7-15 yo).
    Puffin watching tour
  • ICELAND

    Blue Lagoon hot springs

    from 100,00 £

    Set in a stunning black-lava field, the Blue Lagoon is probably one of the most popular attractions in Iceland. It is also very conveniently located between the airport and the city centre, making it an ideal first stop!

    Take the time to relax in these natural hot springs, enjoy your first day in Iceland. The heated water (38°C) is rich mineral salts and silica mud, which are a real treat to the skin.

    You can decide to visit the Lagoon from the BSI in Reykjavik or from the airport - shuttles run throughout the day.
    Blue Lagoon hot springs

Horse riding in Iceland

There are many options for a horse riding holiday in Iceland - short breaks, week-long trail rides or even longer. All abilities can be catered for as well - there are easy trails for novice riders and challenging routes for experienced riders. It is possible to return to Iceland many times and always ride across different landscapes...

The classic Iceland trail is the Kjolur, which traverses the island from north to south or vice versa.

Also in the Highlands and through spectacular scenery are the Landmannalaugar tours in the area around Mount Hekla and the Power of Creation tour which traverses through Fjallabak from east to west, or vice versa.

The spectacular beach rides along the Snaefellsnes peninsula on the west coast also include dramatic volcanic scenery and glaciers for experienced riders, whilst the incredibly wild beauty of East Iceland can be discovered on the Egilsstadir Trail. To the far north, the stunning Northern Exposure trail takes in Lake Myvatn and Dettifoss - Europe's largest waterfall.

If you are short of time, then there are some long weekend or short breaks on offer: the stunning Northern Lights trail in the Autumn, or Geysir Gulfoss Special through the summer.

At the end of the season there are also a number of Sheep round-ups and Horse round-ups for those who want a hands-on and participatory riding holiday.

For riders who have some skills and are generally fit, but don't have the necessary experience to ride with a herd of loose horses, then the Golden Circle trail is ideal and brings in the three key attractions of Geysir, Gulfoss and Thingvellir.