Feel the wind in your hair as you ride an Icelandic horse across a beautiful black sand beach with mountains, glaciers, and dark volcanic rocks in the distance. A horse riding tour from Vík in South Iceland is a fantastic way to explore the unique Icelandic landscapes and create memories that will last a lifetime.
Meet your friendly, local guide at the stables in the village of Vík in South Iceland. Please arrive 15 minutes before the tour starting time so you can sign in, be fitted with a helmet, and get a quick safety briefing before the tour begins. The guide will also pair you up with a horse that matches your experience level.
Icelandic horses are a unique breed originally brought to this little island by the Vikings over a thousand years ago. Since then, they have adapted to the harsh environment found here and are much smaller than their counterparts in Europe or North America. They are also friendly and very intelligent, making them the perfect companion for new and inexperienced riders.
Once you’ve mounted your horse, the guide will lead you on a scenic ride across jet-black sands. As you ride, you’ll see waves crashing on the shore in the South and mighty glaciers in the North. If you are travelling in the summer, you might spot a puffin or two on your ride. And if you are visiting in the winter, the ever-changing weather only highlights the rugged beauty of Vík’s staggering landscapes.
The horses will go slowly, at a walking speed, but you might cross a little stream along the way. The slow pace makes this tour perfect for new riders and those with very little riding experience. However, if you are experienced or adventurous, there is a chance you can try tölt, the special gait unique to Icelandic horses.
Take a scenic horseback ride on a black sand beach. Get to know the friendly Icelandic horse and explore the wild natural attractions found near Vík Village in South Iceland. Book now to secure your spot on this popular tour.
- English-speaking guide
- Use of all equipment
- Meals and refreshments
- Pick up and drop off
Good to know
- The weight limit for this tour is 110 kg (242 lbs) and it is not suitable for people with hip, knee or back problems nor those who are pregnant
- Please be at the stables, dressed and ready, 15 minutes before the tour starting time
What to bring
- Warm and waterproof clothes
- Good sneakers or hiking boots