Horse Riding through lava fields in Iceland
The Icelanders are very proud of their horses. There is only one breed of horse in Iceland: The Icelandic horse. It is one of the most purebred horse breeds in the world, and due to its isolation, it has remained pure for over a thousand years. The history of the Icelandic Horse can be traced back to the settlement of the country in the 9th century when the Vikings brought with them their best horses. The Vikings recognized the value and political power of their horses and gave them a place of great honor in their history and culture.
In Reykjavik, there are a number of horse riding tours available, from day tours for absolute beginners to multiple day tours for experienced riders. Since I haven’t ridden a horse in years I chose a super easy tour: The Lava Tour. Although the tour description says that it is meant for experienced riders as well, I think they will feel a little bit bored. But if it is your first contact with a horse you will have a great time.
At the riding center they gave us a brief explanation about the Icelandic horse, we stored our valuables and backpacks in a safety box, and then we put the safety gear. They provided riding helmets and rubber boots. Depending on the weather they also provide rainwear and a warm outfit for the ride.
In line, we rode very slowly through the lava fields surrounding the Mount Helgafell volcano. It was a 2-hour journey until we stopped for some rest and some pictures with the horses. After the 20 minutes rest, we headed back. The time flew by! I loved it so much that I felt tempted to come back and do a long 6-day tour along the Golden Circle.