This tour is a great opportunity to see Iceland up close and get acquainted with the docile and friendly Icelandic horse. No prior riding experience is required, and all necessary equipment is provided.
Iceland is not only famous for its spectacular landscape, history and culture – its horses have also received much praise and attention. They were once romantically nicknamed ‘the most useful servant’ and were a common subject for Icelandic poets for centuries. Tough and strong animals, they bore the brunt of a long arduous work day and served as the only means of transport for both people and goods. Bred for the harsh elements, the present-day stock are the result of their ancestors having survived the rigors of extreme winter conditions and volcanic petulance.
There is an old law, still enforced, that forbids the import of, and any horse that leaves Iceland is barred from returning. This means that the horses in Iceland are the same lineage as those from the Viking Age. They are short and stocky, hardy and sure-footed, friendly and docile, with a long flowing mane.
This tour offers an easy horse riding tour through the lush countryside near Akureyri.