Ishestar is a tour operator with over 30 years of experience specializing in riding holidays in the amazing unspoilt nature of Iceland. Iceland is one of the least densely populated countries in the world, with a total population of 320.000 people. The vast uninhabited highlands are a treasure and the most authentic way to travel the trails of the Vikings is on horseback.
Ishestar offers a great variety of tours for riders of all levels, ranging from one day tours at their Riding Center located just outside Reykjavík, Iceland‘s capital city, up to 10-12 day tours across the highlands. The landscape is at times out of this world; vast fields of soft moss, lava, geothermal hot springs, black sand beaches, mountains, rivers, glaciers and waterfalls.
Amongst the unique tours on offer are; Riding under the Northern lights, exploring the hot springs area at Geysir and the glorious waterfall Gullfoss, joining local farmers driving herds of horses or gathering sheep in the highlands and beach rides.
Ishestar is originally a family company and all their tours are operated by local farmers who know the horses and landscape like the back of their hand. The atmosphere on the tours in friendly and fun and we focus on security, professionalism and sustainability.
Choose from countryside horse tours or highland tours. You will find descriptions of each horseback riding tour and information about the duration, departures, prices and required riding skills on the Ishestar website. Learn more about riding vacation itineraries, dates and rates.
Why riding in Iceland?
The Icelandic Horse
The breed is best known for its four-beat smooth gait, the “tölt”, which is very comfortable for the rider, especially on a longer riding tour. Riding an Icelandic horse in its native habitat is an authentic riding experience.
Riding alongside a free running herd is traditional when traveling on horseback in Iceland. On longer tours riders change horses at least once a day and therefore experience a variety of horses.
Iceland is the least densely populated country in Europe, with pure, unpolluted and truly magical landscapes.
In Iceland (and on the Ishestar riding tours) you can find hot spring oasis featuring hot pools and geothermal hot springs that are perfect for relaxing after a long riding day.
Accommodations on these Iceland riding tours range from sleeping bags in mountain huts to hotel accommodations.
Homemade Icelandic food prepared with pure ingredients. Menus consist of a large breakfast and traditional Icelandic fish or meat. Vegetarian meals are available if requested in advance. All riders make their own packed lunch from the breakfast table.
Waterfalls, glaciers, pristine nature, nature baths, volcanoes, highland trails and more. Explore Reykjavik, Iceland's capital city, snowmobile on a glacier, see the Northern Lights and more.
At a Glance
Ishestar has been leading Iceland horse riding tours since 1982, taking you through beautiful nature with waterfalls, geothermal hot springs and glaciers on Icelandic horses.
All over Iceland. The riding center is located just outside the town of Hafnarfjörður, about 10 minute drive from Reykjavík.
Keflavik International Airport (KEF)
Riding Style/ Ability
From beginners to strong intermediate riders
Day long horse riding tours – All year. Multi day horse riding tours and Iceland riding vacations: May – October
Average 12-18 per tour
This Riding Vacation Provider works with Travel Agents!