Icelandic Horseback Riding

2 hours | Akureyri | A E Y - 4 3 0
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Description

Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

This two-hour adventure is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts or for those who love the thrill of discovering new ways to explore the beauty surrounding the "Capital of North Iceland." Seeing this scenic wonderland from the top of an Icelandic horse is a fun and unique experience. What makes this animal so special? Often described as small, sturdy and hardy, the Icelandic horse is also a docile creature, which makes it a perfect ride for children, as well as adults. The views that you'll encounter on your horseback ride are incredible so be sure to bring a camera to capture every memorable moment.

Your excursion begins with a drive through Akureyri and once you venture out into the picturesque countryside it's just a short ride to the stables. When you arrive you'll be met by an experienced guide who will lead you to the stables where you'll receive safety lessons and a helmet. Then, you'll saddle up on a well-trained horse and hit the trail for a leisurely one-hour trek.

Did you know that the Icelandic horse is a pure breed dating back over 1000 years? When the Vikings first came to Iceland between 860 and 935 A.D. they brought their horses with them. To keep the breed pure, the Icelandic Althing, or parliament, decreed that the import of horses was illegal. Modern day laws still uphold this doctrine – and a horse is prohibited to return if it should ever leave the country. During the medieval ages, the Icelandic horse was often considered a Viking's most prized possession and it figured prominently in mythology. Today, these historic horses still play a large part in Icelandic life – every September and October, farmers use the breed to round up sheep in the Icelandic highlands.

In the summer, when a horse is young, it's set out to adapt to Iceland's rugged terrain, which results in a horse that's very steady on its feet. The horse also has the ability to perform five gaits: the fet, which is a walk or step; the brokk, or trot; the tölt, which is a faster type of walk, the skeid, or the pace; and finally, there's the stökk, or gallop, which is a very fast gait used for racing short distances (some horses can reach almost 30 miles an hour using this pace!)

At the conclusion of your ride, you'll head back to the stable, dismount and reboard your coach for the scenic trip back to the pier.

Special Notes:

This tour is not recommended for passengers with mobility problems.

Good sturdy shoes and warm, layered clothing advised.

Please note that the age limit for this tour is 12 years. Maximum weight is 220 lbs.

Details

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Depart from pier and arrive at the stables

Transport type:
Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
20
Travel time:
00:15
Time at site:
00:15
Air conditioned:
No
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
No

Riding Tour

Transport type:
Other
Transport Capacity:
20
Time at site:
01:00
Air conditioned:
No
Walking distance:
250
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
No
Shopping available:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
No

Re-board your motorcoach and return to ship

Transport type:
Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
20
Travel time:
00:15
Free time at site:
15
Air conditioned:
No
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
No
Shopping available:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
No