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.
Ride Iceland with Ishestar- Anniversary Special for 2017
In the summer of 2017 Ishestar is celebrating their 35th anniversary. To celebrate, enjoy an adventurous anniversary tour in the north. Haukur and his team at Hvammur farm will make sure that the tour will be an unforgettable experience.
Dates 2017: July 21 - July 29
Price from $3,225 USD* (€ 2.990) per person
On our journey through the highlands, riders experience the one-of-a-kind quality of the Icelandic horse. The tour leads us over unscathed terrain and historical riding paths that have been used since the beginning of Icelandic civilization. During the ride we’re most likely to encounter sheep, foxes, birds and hopefully elves and other spirits.
Whilst departing from Hvammur, the riders are faced with the task of driving a herd of mares, foals and youngsters to the vast highlands where they can roam freely in their summer pastures. It is a real adventure to participate in the herding action with the light-spirited farmer Haukur and his family.
Endless highlands, majestic glaciers, and the peaceful wilderness triggers an indescribable feeling deep in the hearts of travelers in these parts. A special guest will be joining us on this special tour, the entrepreneur and founder of Íshestar Einar Bollason.
* price is set in the Euro and subject to changes in USD currency conversions.
Learn more! Email Heiddis. Visit Ishestar's website.
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.