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Horse back riding in North Iceland

It is not surprising that these horses were called man's most necessary servant, considering the total lack of roads in former times. Leading through the untouched, charming nature of North Iceland, riding trails follow the coast, wind into the scenic mountains, or revive the use of age-old trails with varied history.

Experiencing an autumn roundup by the owners of free-ranging horses is no less of an adventure. Sitting on the corral fence and watching the action, you will see excitement, hear singing, and find happiness in every face. Many places in North Iceland have special exhibitions that introduce travellers to the Icelandic horse, and events related to riding and raising horses are always on the increase.

Icelandhorsetours - Helluland
At our farm Helluland in the north of Iceland we offer horse tours that suit everybodi, whether you are beginners or advanced riders, whether you come alone or as a group, and you can also choose between short and long tours - we will design a trip tailored according to your individual needs!
Brúnir - Horse, Home food and Art
Brúnir Horse organises professional shows where the Icelandic horse is introduced in its natural environment and its history and unique qualities are brought to life with emphasis on the horse‘s multiple skills and diversity. Our guests can enjoy local cuisine on the premises, made primarily with fresh ingredients from our region. Brúnir Horse also houses a studio and an art gallery where guests can view the farmer‘s artwork that is on show and for sale. The art gallery also hosts other local artists‘ exhibitions from time to time. For opening hours, please see www.brunirhorse.is Find us by GPS: N65° 34' 0.392" W18° 3' 51.597"
Syðra-Skörðugil
The farm Syðra-Skörðugil is located in the heart of Skagafjörður. By road number 75 between Varmahlíð and Sauðárkrókur. From our farm and to Varmahlíð the nearest village are only about 5 km. Accommodation: We offer accommodation in our guesthouse which we just renovated in 2015. There are 5 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms in the house , fully equipped kitchen and a cosy living room. Outdoor by the house is a cozy terrace with new garden furnitures, gas BBQ and a hot tub.Horse rental: We offer you a great selection of horses in our horse rental, both for beginners and advanced riders. In our rental you can choose from 1 hour trip up to 4 hour trip. Our specialtie is the ride to the Museum of Glaumbær. Ride to Glaumbær, take your time looking outside and inside the museum and after that we offer you some coffe and cakes in Áskaffi which is a coffe house located in Glaumbær. Great experience.Long riding tours: We also offer a great selection of long riding tours. Then we ride for few days around our beautiful Skagafjörður. Fur further information check out our website www.sydraskordugil.is
Hestasport Activity Tours
´Whether you are a first-time rider, a fanatical horse enthusiast or anything in between, we'll either have the right tour for you in our programme or create a customised experience suited to your individual needs and wishes. We offer short riding tours from one hour up to day tours. With experienced guides at your side, you might be crossing rivers, climbing up and down steep mountains, tölting over smooth fields or visit the scenic waterfall "Reykjafoss". There is no better way to explore the beautiful landscape of Skagafjörður than on horseback. For bookings at short notice (departure in under 48 hours) please call us at (+354) 4538383. If you are also looking for accommodation, we'll be happy to welcome you to one of our cozy cottages overlooking the magnificent plains and mountains of the Skagafjörður valley.´ 
Hestaleigan Stóra Ásgeirsá
On the farm Stóra-Ásgeirsá in Húnaþing vestra (4 km from road no.1) you can visit the animals, pet them and spend time with them. You can go horseback riding in the beautiful nature around Stóra-Ásgeirsá and have a nice time in the countryside of Iceland. Stóra-Ásgerisá offers cosy accommodation up to eleven people in 4 made-up bedrooms, breakfast and free wifi. Regional attractions: Hvítserkur, Kolugljúfur og Borgarvirki. Please contact us for more information and bookings.
Scandinavia Travel North
Scandinavia Travel North  is a destination management company operating in northeast Iceland, with special focus on walking and hiking tours in Húsavík, Diamond Circle packages and the northern region of the country in general. Our staff knows the area, that is why our tagline is: Travel North Iceland – We know the way! We offer full range of quality travel services, including transportation, tours, guiding, accommodation and outdoor activities booking, events, meals etc.   Scandinavia Travel North specializes in well defined customized tours for an unforgettable experience.   Besides standard tours, day tours or package tours, we do also design and run special routes off the beaten path. Our customized tours might lead you to some of the highlights of Iceland, but also to some less known or a bit hidden treasures, for an even more meaningful experience of exploring the country. We like to share with you both interesting and inspirational stories, and explain to you a bit about our culture, traditions and heritage. Groups are in good hands with us as we offers both professional and customised travel services, such as land arrangements, excursions, accommodations and activities. We have available a selection of programs, but we do offer as well tailor made itineraries and tours according to your wishes, special requests, time frame, budget and circumstances.  For small groups, friends, families or individual travellers, we offer readymade packages or tours, as private service, self-drive program, or in cooperation with other available resources. Scandinavia Travel North aims to meet traveller´s needs by organising full service itineraries that are inspiring, exploring and allow you to enjoy the moment.  And give you the opportunity to improve competence, wellbeing and self-awareness. We like the way of slow travel, and remind you that travelling in Iceland should take time as here are so many different places and ways to experience the vast beauty of Iceland. In addition to leisure tours and nature based tours, sightseeing tours and activities, we like to offer theme tours adjusted for special interests. For example; geology tours, birdwatching, photography tours, energy (sustainability) as well as food and culture tours.   We are happy to assist you with all aspects of your trip, whether it is educational programs, incentive, group, business or individual travelling, as long as it is within frame of ability and profession of our network. Even though Iceland and the weather can be bit unsure and adventurous in part, we like to express various seasons, with it´s different character and charm. We have more than the rest. Six seasons – More opportunities. More reason to visit again....and again.   For tour operators and travel agents we offer complete service for land arrangements in Iceland. Scandinavia Travel North is a fully licenced Travel Agency.
Jón Þór Benediktsson / The Traveling Viking
The Traveling Viking is an Icelandic tour operator in Akureyri that provide tours all over Iceland, with the main focus on the North-EastOur speciality is in the quality of our tours. We focus on making a good tour for everyone that contacts us and we promise to do our best for each and every customer.Some of our destinations are; Dettifoss, Myvatn, Godafoss, Siglufjord and Akureyri.
Pólar Hestar
In the North of Iceland, at the longest fjord of Iceland, Eyjafjördur, lies dreamly Grytubakki, our farmhouse. Since 1985 we are offering a variety of long and short riding tours. Curious young horses, mysterious cities of the Elves, a Viking treasure hidden in the ground, attractive valleys, rivers and a colourful world of wonders are waiting for the guest. We ride through remote valleys to the North Atlantic and with a herd of freely running horses to Lake Myvatn, the famous lake of the midges.  In the autumn, when the first snow-flakes are announcing winter, our guests may experience our new riding tour "Autumn Colours and Northern Lights" - a fascinating tour through the autumnal landscape of Northern Iceland.  The Polar Hestar riding tours are from different length and suitable for experienced and less experienced riders. For further information, please visit our website, www.polarhestar.is.  Let yourself be enchanted by the fascinating world of Iceland on horseback!
Icelandic Horse Farm Lýtingsstaðir
Our holiday and horse-breeding farm Lýtingsstaðir, is situated in the North of Iceland in Skagafjörður. Just 20km away from road#1 you will find our peaceful farm where we share our home with the Icelandic horse.Whether you want to spend a whole day riding or just 2 hours, we have flexible options to suit you.We offer shorter and longer riding tours and treks, riding holidays on the farm and horse rental for a short visit, suiting beginners and experienced riders.Find our options and detailed information about tours and treks on our website.We have three wooden cottages for self-catering to rent.In each of our cozy cottages you will find a well-equipped kitchen, en-suite, TV with DVD player, deck furniture and a coal BBQ. Each cottage is ideal for a family and can fit up to 5/6 people.You´ll be at the heart of Iceland´s nature; take a ride or walk, watch horses, sheep and other animals. Relax to the sound of the horses hoof and explore the valleys and breathtaking mountains.Lýtingsstaðir is a fully licensed riding holiday company, operating since the year 2000, welcoming you with a warn hospitality and a personal atmosphere. The Old Stable Inspired by the long history of the farm, a horse stable and a storage room were built in 2015. The two gabled houses combine turf, stones and wood, and they are masterpieces of traditional, even if nowadays very rare, Icelandic craftsmanship. We want to tell visitors how horses were kept on farms in the old days, and we have a display featuring old tools, tack and other items connected with horses and farming.Opening timeThe stable is open daily from May to September, other times of year on request. Entrance fee for adults, free entry for children under 12.Horses&HeritageStep inside the OLD STABLE and make even more of our popular presentation of Horses & Heritage! The program runs every Tuesday evening in the summer, on request all year round for groups and as a guided day tour from Akureyri, see www.ttv.is Please contact for prices and booking information.
Skjaldarvík Ferðaþjónusta
Welcome to Skjaldarvik Guesthouse and Tours. We offer quaint and cozy accommodation and fun activities close to Akureyri. In Skjaldarvik the choices are endless and you will always find something to do - short walks in the area, or walking down to the ocean, breathing in the sea air and watching the birds. You can enjoy peace and quiet in a comfortable environment, relax in the hot tub or maybe join some of our activities! We operate scheduled riding tours all year round, where you get to know the beautiful and unique Icelandic horse under expert supervision and ride in the breathtaking surroundings of Eyjafjörður.  In our souvenir shop you can find something for everyone - from handknitted sweaters and mittens to beautiful paintings, carved wooden products, and home made jams. Welcome to Skjaldarvik!
Tvistur Horse Rental
We offer you shorter and longer riding tours in the beautiful nature of the valley Svarfaðardalur in the north of Iceland, near Dalvík, for all kinds of groups. You can order trips and have more information in tel. (00 354) 8619631 and e-mail ebu@ismennt.is
Saltvik
For the last 20 years we have been organising highland riding tours where we go out for 5-10 days in the magical highlands of Iceland, these tours we operate under the name of RIDING ICELAND www.riding-iceland.com At Saltvík we offer riding tours at all levels and try our best to make the experience of riding an icelandic horse in the nature of Iceland an unforgettable experience weather you are a experienced rider or a beginner. We offer simple but nice accommodation in our old farmhouse at Saltvík.
Nordic Natura
Beautiful and well located 25 m2 studio houses on the edge of Ásbyrgi National park with a spectacular view in all directions. The houses are equipped with a stylish kitchenette (dishwasher, fridge, microwave and a stove) and all the necessary kitchen equipments and appliances. Each house has a 25 m2 porch with a gasgrill and outside furniture. The houses are designed with comfort in mind. Quality beds, and all bed linens and towels are made of 100% organic fair traid cotton. All soaps are either organic or naturally handmade from the province. A good sofa bed is there for the kids. 
Nonni Travel
Nonni Travel is fully licensed travel agency and tour operator, owned and managed by locals in the beautiful north of Iceland. Nonni Travel has been operating since 1989 and offers tours in Iceland, Greenland and the Faroe Islands for both individuals and groups.  We at Nonni Travel truly believe that those three countries are the most awesome places to be! Each country itself promises a unique experience and unforgettable memories. Each of them is completely different, each of them carries their own unique signature and spirit but they all stand for their breathtaking natural beauty, their pureness and authenticity and their fascinating Nordic cultural heritage and lifestyle. Over the past 30 years Nonni Travel has built a reputation for reliability and personal service. The guides and lecturers are carefully selected individuals with a good language standard and knowledge of history, culture, geography, geology and natural history. Nonni Travel aims to encourage the travel of foreign and Icelandic visitors to the region and can assist other agencies with clients wishing to travel to Iceland, Faroe Islands and Greenland. Through Nonni Travel you can book day tours, activities all over Iceland, package tours, tailor made tours, multi day tours, self drive packages and private guided tours. Nonni Travel is a one-stop shop for all your needs. Our mission & serviceWe want our clients to experience the spirit of the Arctic that we love so much and show them what we believe are Europe’s best hidden secrets. We want our customers to enjoy themselves, to be able to connect with the beauty of our destinations and go home with this certain glow in their eyes and a lot of good memories. We provide services in Iceland, Greenland and the Faroe Islands based on our extensive experience and networks in these countries We offer an awesome selection of tours – both standard and tailor-made & private – for indidvidual travellers, groups and cruiseship visitors all designed by ourselves or carefully selected from chosen partners We are in love with creating self-drive packages of any kind – from adventurous to slow travel We design unforgettable group experiences both guided and private We organize conferences and events (Our newest project we are totally proud of: We organize the Myvatn Marathon 2020!) We offer reliable ship handling & cruise service See also the company web site www.nonnitravel.is for further information on tours  
Langhus Horse Farm
OPEN ALL YEAR ROUND. Our life is horse tours.  It’s been our passion, all our life. To go out in the nature and be a team with the horse.  To see the beautiful places, and sometimes tough landscape, that molded our beloved Icelandic horse. To have the companionship of other horse lovers, and to just live and breath the fresh air in the nature, and feel the rhythm of life. We offer guided horse tours with one of us, the local farmers at Langhus farm, or our assistant guides.  We have well trained horses, steady and obedient, they are our family and work horses, and some of them have been used for competitions, they are happy, well taken care of, and live a fulfilled life.  We take the time to match you with the right horse for you, and to give good instructions about riding so you can enjoy the tour better.  We keep this on a personal level, so people can see the Icelandic nature, the background of the horses and what made them what they are (the sometimes harsh and sometimes wonderful nature, the breeding, the people and the culture), get lessons if they want, get to know excellent horses and visit an Icelandic farm on the real countryside.  We have several tour options to give ideas. But like when travelling friends are planning a trip, you can design the day tour with us.  You choose with us which way you want to go, on what kind of horses, how long, how challenging.  Just feel free to contact us and we make something wonderful together, and more important, have fun.  Sometimes people also book more than one day tour. On our website you also find information about what accommodation is in the neighborhood, ideas about what to do when not riding etc. Our groups are usually small and at the speed and difficulty that fits our guests.  But if you have a bigger group, then we can now accommodate groups of 20 beginner riders, and 25 if some in your group are experienced.  We also have programs for even bigger groups than that. Also, it always takes a few minutes extra to prepare you for the tour, and it’s not fun for you to be in a hurry. We do a little riding lesson before the tour itself starts, so if you are beginners you learn a bit about how to ride, and experienced riders learn how to ride the Icelandic horse. That is helpful and fun for everybody.  So, the whole visit/experience here can easily take 30-90 minutes more than the tour itself. On the other hand, if you are very experienced and on a tight schedule we can do the whole process in a fast way and focus simply on the ride itself.  Animal welfare is also a priority for us, each horse never goes on more than 1 tour per day, and we give them at least 2 days off per week. They also get at least 2 months of vacation every year.  They have big grassy pastures to roam on and top quality hay in the winter time.  They live a very natural life in big herds.   Eco-consciousness is also a priority on our farm, to minimize trash, pollution and strain on nature.
Eyjardalsá Horse Riding
See Iceland like the vikings did a thousand years ago, sitting on your horse and enjoying the view and the landscapes of rural Iceland. Listen to the sounds of birds, of water flowing and hooves gently tapping on the ground. Our tours are enjoyable for both beginners and more experienced riders and if our listed rides don’t fit your plans we can customise the experience just for you.Our rides mainly take place along Skjálfandafljót, one of Iceland’s largest rivers, where we follow ancient sheep paths that have been formed by the sheep walking the same routes for centuries. You’ll be accompanied by an experienced guide that knows the horses, the area and the folklores that have lived through the ages and still live on. Check our website eyjardalsa.is for more information and booking.

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