Velkomin! Welcome to Iceland, a geological wonderland so wild and spectacular it sets an unparalleled standard for adventure—for every generation. Experience the unbridled joy of horseback riding in Iceland on our version of the “pony express,” tölting across volcanic landscapes draped in wildflowers! Gallop on the beaches and ride your Icelandic horse to explore glaciers, hot springs, and waterfalls, learn about Icelandic history, and discover Reykjavik’s vibrant foodie scene.
Upon arrival at Reykjavik Airport, meet your guide and the women who’ll be joining you for this amazing week of active adventure, food, and fun. In the charming capital of Iceland, Reykjavík, you’ll sightsee on foot and enjoy food tastings of local cuisine.
You’ll fall in love with your Icelandic horse at first sight. This iconic breed is best known for its comically shaggy coat and long mane, although experienced riders also praise it for its famously smooth gait, a fast but very smooth trot or “tölt.” While it is known for its explosive acceleration and speed; it is also comfortable for ground-covering. There is considerable variation in style within the gait, and thus the tölt is compared to similar lateral gaits such as the rack of the Saddlebred, the largo of the Paso Fino, or the running walk of the Tennessee Walking Horse. Like all lateral ambling gaits, the footfall pattern is the same as the walk but differs from the walk-in that it can be performed at a range of speeds, from the speed of a typical fast walk up to the speed of a normal canter.
On this scenic tour of Iceland by saddle, you can ride free as the Vikings once did, exploring this island in the company of your trusty steed and his or her companions. First brought to Iceland by Norse settlers in the 9th and 10th centuries, the Icelandic horse is mentioned in literature and historical records throughout Icelandic history. Now it is your turn to explore Iceland by horseback! During your rides you will cross Southern Iceland – some of the country’s most diverse landscapes, including glaciers, volcanoes, volcanic islands, geothermal areas, glacial rivers, black sands, vast meadows, marshes, lakes, untouched highlands, and long black beaches. This ride is for intermediate to advanced riders who relish 3-5 hours a day in the saddle.
It’s a rare moment when women can stop their busy lives to venture far for fun, so take a moment at your farewell dinner to reflect on how richly rewarding it has been to travel with women who share your passion for horses and adventure.
Please note: All women riders on this trip must be strong intermediate to experienced riders with English and/or Western riding experience and be in very good physical condition.
- Unforgettable tölting on an Icelandic horse
- Soak in a natural pool and enjoy a dip in the Secret and Sky Lagoons
- Visit Thingvellir National Park and Gulfoss Waterfall
- Meet local women - from a farmer to artisans - and learn about their craft
What You'll See and Do
- Cultural Exploration
- Horseback Riding
- Hot Springs
- Natural History
- Spa Element