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We are a fresh thinking privately owned fully licensed Booking company delivering a customer focused approach to finding the right holiday for you. From a short horse trip around the capital to a horse trip in the wilderness or a hike all around Iceland, we offer a lot‘s of choice. This choice, combined with expert, impartial advice, and unbeatable special offers, means that you get the perfect holiday that suits you.You have the choice of using our website or alternatively, you can speak to one of our fully qualified and caring consultants who are experienced in offering packages, flexible and tailor-made holidays to your destinations.We looking forward to helping you find your perfect holiday.

 

 

 

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Laxnes Horse Farm

 

Laxnes Horse Farm was founded in 1968 by Þórarinn “Póri” Jónasson and his wife Ragnheiður “Heiða” Gislason. Today, 42 years later, the family has gotten bigger but our goal is still the same. We offer a top quality riding experience every day, all year round for you and your family.

Laxnes isn´t just a company, it´s our home. A true old fashioned family business with our horses being a part of the family and treated as such. We are proud of the Icelandic horse and it will be our pleasure to welcome you to our home and experience what a remarkable breed the Icelandic horse is.

About Icelandic Horses

For more than a thousand years, from the settlement of t

he country in the late 9th century to the early 20th century, the small but amazingly strong Icelandic horse has played a vital role in Icelandic history. Dubbed “The most useful servant”, many Icelanders credit the horse for the survival of the Icelandic people. The settlers brought with them horses from Norway and the British Isles, strong and muscular they served their masters in war and peace.

In recorded Icelandic history, which spans over 900 years, no horses have been imported to Iceland. In the 11th century import was made illegal, so the present day horse is very similar to what they were 900 years ago. This isolation has preserved certain traits lost to other European horses. Among these are the five gaits the horse is famous for.

In Iceland these gaits are used depending on terrain and preference of the rider. While most horses have three gaits: walk, trot and gallop, the Icelandic horse has two extra gates. Icelanders call them tolt and skeid (pace), with the tolt gate being better known throughout the world. The tolt is a gait in a quartered beat with equal intervals and is a gait that, with unaltered footfall can escalate its swiftness from a mere step to great speed. You can hear the tolt distinctly as a constant four-beat staccato and if you watch a horse in tolt you can see that the horse carries the rider smoothly in an even four-beated rythim, perfectly still in his saddle, without the tossing movement of the trot.

 

 

 

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Eld hestar

If you would like to book a Half Day Tour, Combo Tour or Day Tour you can book online or contact us.

If you are interested in a multi-day riding tour with Eldhestar (including 3 to 7 days on horseback), please inform yourself about tour dates and tours available.

If you would like to book a multi-day riding tour, please carefully read the Important Information and contact usfor booking.

We suggest that you have a look at the  list about what to bring for your tour. You will also get this information by e-mail after you have booked your tour, together with your confirmation.

You find the prices for all our tours on the price list, both for the summer season May-September and for our tours in the winter season October-April.

 

 

 

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Íshestar

ÍSHESTAR’S SAGA

Íshestar Riding Tours was founded in 1982 by three families. One of the founders is Einar Bollason who recently retired.

In 1992 and again in 1998 the company opened up for others to become shareholders. Several Icelandic travel agencies invested in the company and the construction of the Íshestar Stables in Hafnarfjörður began.

During the first years of operation, Íshestar offered mainly riding tours of 1 to 2 hours from Miðdalur Farm at Laugarvatn, summer residence of the founders. In 1983 a ride along the highland trail Kjölur was operated for the first time, one year later the Golden Circle Tour was added. From 1990 new routes were added to the program and new farmers were made partners after operating as affiliates for a while. Today Íshestar offers riding holidays from all corners of the country and many of our partners have been with the company for more than 20 years.

Íshestar Stables in Hafnafjörður were opened in the year 2000 and enables Íshestar to operate a variety of day tours, training, and riding lessons both for experienced and for less experienced riders, all year long.

 

 

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The Icelandic horse

ÍSLENSKI HESTURINN – The Icelandic Horse is a horse rental which offers high quality services and has been top ranked on TripAdvisor from the start. Small family firm with licensed local tour guides on all tours.

 

 

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Hraun Hestar

Hraunhestar is a family run company founded in 2015.
We specialize in offering quality riding tours in the beautiful landscape of Hafnarfjörður. Our tours are short and ideal to experience the Icelandic horse in peaceful environment. We operate all year around and our staff welcomes you with a smile!

Viking Horses

Viking Horses offer short horse riding tours in beautiful nature on the outskirts of Reykjavik. Mountains, green nature and the beautiful pseudocraters at Rauðhólar surround our stables. We specialize smaller groups with personalized service. We are open all year round.

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