Horse Riding Tours
We offer private and small horse riding tours in the beautiful valley of Mosfellsdalur, only 20 minutes from Reykjavik. Daily tours are offered from 11:00 to 12:30 and 16:00 to 17.30. To book, please contact us directly. You need to arrive 30 minutes beforehand. We will provide you with a helmet for the ride. Do bring warm and/or water proof clothes as the weather can change hourly. We have some spare rain gear, winter clothes and rain boots.
Riding on an Icelandic horse is an amazing experience. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced rider, you will ride as the vikings did 1,000 years ago. Our horses in Iceland are direct descendants from the original horses that were brought here. There has been a ban on importing horses for over 900 years. As such, the Icelandic horse has preserved unique traits. They are strong and sturdy. And the five gaits make them a breed apart.
All horses have three natural gaits: The walk, the trot, the gallop. In addition, the Icelandic horse has two special gaits: the tölt and the flying pace.
The Tölt is a natural, fluid gait of the Icelandic Horse, during which at least one foot always touches the ground. Foals often tölt in pastures at an early age. The tölt is an extraordinarily smooth four-beat gait, which allows the rider an almost bounce-free ride, even at 32 kmh (20 mph). It is said a rider can drink a pint while riding, without spilling a drop. The footfall is the same pattern as the walk, but is much faster, almost as fast as a gallop.
The Flying Pace is a fast, high speed gait (48 kmh - 30 mph), during which both legs on one side of the horse simultaneously touch the ground. The gait is used for short distances, and can equal the speed of a full gallop, thus it is the primary gait used for racing. Being a two-beat gait, at one interval all four hooves of the Icelandic Horse are suspended off the ground during a flying pace. Riding at a flying pace is considered the crown of horsemanship.