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Iceland - Home at Hestasport
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Iceland - Home at Hestasport

Riding an Icelandic horse is not only tremendous fun, it’s also a great way to experience the natural beauty of Iceland; snow topped mountains, the largest glacier in Europe, volcanoes, thundering waterfalls and striking lunar landscapes.

The Icelandic horse is a pure-bred descendant of those brought to Iceland by the Vikings over a thousand years ago. Horses remain an important part of Icelandic culture; they are used on remote farms to round up livestock and are still the best means of getting around in many parts of the island. Although small, the Icelandic is a powerful horse and has no difficulty carrying someone weighing 90kgs.

What makes this horse special is its fourth gait, the tölt, which is comparable to a running walk. Most riders can master it fairly quickly; it's fast, comfortable and enables the horse to cover great distances.

Home at Hestasport is a relaxed lodge based (self-catering) ride. You stay in a private self-catering cottage and enjoy riding out from the centre each day exploring a little further afield each day. You will also have time to explore the history and museums of the local area. Other activities such as river rafting, boat trips, bird watching and sea angling are available at an extra cost.  The village of Varmahlíð, with a small supermarket, hotel and restaurant is just 1 km away.

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Icelandic Riding Specialist  Chris Day

Chris says:

This ride is a great way to discover Iceland. Be warned though, you could get completely hooked!

My top tip:

Try to leave enough time to see Reykjavik, or to extend your holiday to see other parts of Iceland. Don't miss the Blue Lagoon!

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