COVID-19 Update:

We are still riding!

Luckily, horseback riding is a sport without much direct contact, so we will still be taking you on tours if you are in Iceland! We follow local regulations closely to help keep everyone safe. Social distancing rules are updated regularly in Iceland so please be aware of the current situation; keep distance between yourself, staff, and other travel groups, and wear a mask if applicable.
Please be aware that we cannot currently lend rain gear as we are unable to disinfect it between riders, so come prepared for the weather with your own gear. We are still lending helmets, and of course a fully-equipped horse!

About us

Welcome to Vík Horse Adventure

We offer scenic riding tours on the beautiful black sand beach of Vík, South Iceland. Our Black Beach Riding Tour is approximately one-hour duration and we welcome riders of all abilities who are looking for a gentle ride in our stunning surroundings!

The tours are easygoing with the opportunity to try some tölt, the special gait of the Icelandic horse. We will be happy to welcome you to our stable and give you an opportunity to meet the Icelandic horse!

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Our Riding Tours

Our Tours

Black Beach Riding Tour

Our black beach riding tour is an easygoing one-hour ride suited for beginners and people who don’t go horseback riding often. This scenic ride in the beautiful environment of Vík includes crossing a little stream, a ride along the black sand beach and a good time with our wonderful Icelandic Horses who are, of course, the highlight of the tour. Take some time to read our FAQs below to find out more about the tour, or get in touch if you have more questions!

Please note that the minimum age for this tour is 10 years, and the weight limit is 110 kg (242 lbs).

This is for the welfare of our horses.

Health and Safety information

Our horseback riding tours are completely suitable for people who have never gone horseback riding before. However, we do not recommend horseback riding if you have problem with your hips, knees, or your back. Also, the riders have to be able to hold the reins and to follow the guides’ instructions at all times. Riding during pregnancy is very risky and we reserve the right to exclude riders from our tours in case of pregnancy or severe physical impairment.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Our Tours

Black Beach Riding Tour

Our black beach riding tour is an easygoing one-hour ride suited for beginners and people who don’t go horseback riding often. This scenic ride in the beautiful environment of Vík includes crossing a little stream, a ride along the black sand beach and a good time with our wonderful Icelandic Horses who are, of course, the highlight of the tour. Take some time to read our FAQs below to find out more about the tour, or get in touch if you have more questions!

Please note that the minimum age for this tour is 10 years, and the weight limit is 110 kg (242 lbs).

This is for the welfare of our horses.

Health and Safety information

Our horseback riding tours are completely suitable for people who have never gone horseback riding before. However, we do not recommend horseback riding if you have problem with your hips, knees, or your back. Also, the riders have to be able to hold the reins and to follow the guides’ instructions at all times. Riding during pregnancy is very risky and we reserve the right to exclude riders from our tours in case of pregnancy or severe physical impairment.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Duration

1 hour

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Included

Helmet, gloves, experienced guide and Icelandic horse.

Minimum age

10 years old

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What to bring?

Clothing according to weather, f.ex. gloves and good sneakers or hiking boots.

Our Tours

Black Beach Family Tour

Our family tour is a slow half an hour ride for children from the age of six and their families. Our guides take a good time to explain everything about our horses to you and we will keep our eyes open for trolls and birds with you during the tour!

Please note that the weight limit for this tour is 110 kg (242 lbs). This is for the welfare of our horses.

Please also note that with our youngest riders in mind, the family tour is, without exception, entirely at walking pace. There is no option to speed up on the family tour.

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Duration

30 minutes

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Included

We provide helmets and riding equipment.

Minimum age

6 years old

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What to bring?

Clothing according to weather, f.ex. gloves and good sneakers or hiking boots.

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Small groups - Max 12 riders per group

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Reviews

Unforgettable Experience in Iceland

This was definitely one of the more memorable experiences my wife and I had in Iceland. It was a very small group and the tour guides Hilary and Filip were very interactive and made sure everyone was safe and having a great time. We don’t have much experience riding, but our horses were very calm took care of us. Would definitely do again!

Amazing Horse Riding Experience on Black Sand Beach!

Amazing experience with my fiancee as we get an hour ride along the beautiful coast and through a stream as well. The Horses are cute and generally great to ride. 

A big shootout to Filip who is a wonderful instructor. We learnt to ride essentials fast. Highly recommend this to anyone visiting Vik!

Amazing way to spend some time

My family of four had a great time horseback riding on the black sand beach. The staff were friendly and accommodating – we had Diedre and Filip. The horses were gentle and well behaved. We were mostly beginner riders and it was great. We lucked out with a sunny day. We had two guides and we rode down the beach and back for roughly an hour. I would highly recommend this activity. It was really amazing.

Favorite activity in Iceland

I would highly recommend this for all ages. The horses are very gentle and well behaved. We rode with 2 guides down the beach and back. If you are up for going a little faster they are just ok with that and will guide you through it.

Beautiful Horses and Landscape of the Beach

Hilary was our guide and very nice. Everyone liked their horses, I should have booked for a longer ride. You go out on the black sand beach, we had great conversations about life in Vik summer vs winter, evacuations in regards to living with volcanoes. The horses were well cared for and we enjoyed our visit.

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to make a booking, or can I just show up?

It’s always best to book if you are planning to ride with us. We get busy in the summer season so there may not be spots for walk-ins. Even in the quieter times of the year, it is better to have a booking because then we can have suitable horses ready for you – we might otherwise be out training horses for example.

If you want to keep your plans flexible and just drop in when you’re passing, it’s best if come at least 30 minutes before a scheduled ride is due to depart. This means that if there is space for you to join the ride, we have time to prepare a horse for you.

Do you offer pick up?

Unfortunately, we do not offer a pick-up service. We are around 3 hours drive from Reykjavík, most people come in a rental car.

What time do we need to be at the stable?

Please be at the stable, dressed and ready to ride, 15 minutes before your departure time (e.g. 08:45 for the 09:00 ride). This allows time for you to be signed in, get a helmet fitted, and a run-through of a quick demo/safety briefing so that everyone is on the horses and ready to leave on time. Please be aware that if you come late (e.g. 08:55 for the 09:00 am ride), we may not be able to hold the group for you.

If you want to keep your plans flexible and just drop in when you’re passing, it’s best if come at least 15 minutes before a scheduled ride is due to depart. This means that if there is space for you to join the ride, we have time to prepare a horse for you.

We’re running late - can we still join the tour we booked?

We aim to be on the horses and heading out the door at the time of your tour. Therefore, if you come at 9.00 for the 9.00 tour, it’s unfortunately not possible to hold the tour for you. Before you get on the horse, we have to sign you in and fit a helmet, and run through a 5-minute safety/instructional demo – so if the rest of the group is mounted and ready to go, it’s not fair to make them wait.

We have a busy daily schedule with several tours departing, as well as stable chores, feeding, and breaks for our horses and staff – so to keep things running smoothly, we ask that you are at the stable and dressed ready to ride 15 minutes before departure.

The weather is bad! Is the tour still running?

Icelandic horses are used to rain and wind, so unless the conditions are very stormy and unsafe, we normally do still operate tours in the rain. Please come dressed appropriately!

If you are unsure whether the tour is still running because of bad weather, please get in touch with us via phone or e-mail. The weather can change very quickly, so sometimes it’s not possible to say whether the tour will run or not until very close to the departure time. If you are making a special trip just to visit us (e.g. from Reykjavík) then please get in touch in good time to see what your options are. It is also a good idea to check safetravel.is and road.is before you start a journey in Iceland.

What should I wear?

Practical clothing similar to what you might wear on a hike, according to the weather on the day. Hiking boots or trainers are ideal footwear. You can wear a hat or headband under the helmet if it is cold, but bulky hats with big bobbles or pompoms may not fit (a tube scarf/neckwarmer like a Buff is ideal).
It rains a lot in Iceland so it is good to be prepared with raingear, but please avoid ponchos or big, flappy coats that may scare the horses!

Is there a weight limit?

With the welfare of our horses in mind, we have a weight limit of 110 kg (242 lbs). This is for our largest and strongest horses. As there are only Icelandic horses on the island, we do not have anything bigger.

Am I physically capable of joining the tours?

Our tour is an easygoing one-hour ride, but we require all participants to be physically fit enough to mount and control their horses independently. Horseback riding mainly causes pressure on hips and knees, so if you should have medical conditions in either of them, riding may feel uncomfortable. Also, the riders always have to be able to hold the reins and follow the guides’ instructions.

If you need special assistance such as somebody leading you on your horse, please get in touch before booking. On our 30-minute family tour we are able to provide extra assistance more easily.
Please note that horseback riding during pregnancy is very risky and that we, therefore, reserve the right to exclude riders from our tours in case of pregnancy or severe physical impairment.

Can I choose which horse I ride?

Just like people, all horses are different. We know our horses well and whether they are suitable for beginner or experienced riders, so it is best for the guides to choose a horse for you. It’s great if when booking you can let us know the experience levels of everyone in your group so that we can prepare suitable horses.

Can I bring my Backpack / GoPro / Drone / Camera on the ride?

We advise against bringing too much with you on the ride. Backpacks can get uncomfortable or affect your balance, as can large DSLR-type cameras. It´s fine to bring a GoPro if you have a suitable mount (helmet or chest) but as you need both hands on the reins, we advise against the stick type mounts. Drones are also not allowed, as they can scare the horses, and also you need full attention on your horse rather than flying your drone!


It’s a good idea though to bring a small camera or phone in a zipped pocket, as we make sure to stop on the beach for the guides to take some photos of you.
We have some lockers at the stable where you can leave your bags and cameras if you do not have a car to lock them in.

My child is under your age limit. Can they still join the tour?

We may consider allowing 8 or 9 year olds to join a full hour tour if they have a good level of riding experience (e.g. regular riding lessons, walking and trotting independently in an open space). Please email us before booking to discuss the options and your child’s experience.

Do you do tours for longer than one hour?

At the moment, we only offer the regular 50-60 minute tour and the 30-minute family tour.

Can you take bigger groups?

If you have a larger group and the booking calendar does not have enough spaces, please get in touch with your requirements and we will try to accommodate you. It is best if you can let us know well in advance so that we can make sure we have enough horses and guides ready for you.

If you want to keep your plans flexible and just drop in when you’re passing, it’s best if come at least 15 minutes before a scheduled ride is due to depart. This means that if there is space for you to join the ride, we have time to prepare a horse for you.

Can we do a private tour?

Yes! Private tours enable you to have a tour tailored to your wishes and abilities and are ideal for more experienced riders, although note we cannot guarantee canter/gallop on the beach due to the ever-changing beach conditions. Please get in touch to arrange a time and find out prices.

I am an experienced rider. Will I get to go fast?

Experienced riders are very welcome to join our tours. However, please note that our groups are normally mixed ability and we adjust to the speed of the least experienced rider for safety reasons – this means the speed is normally walking for the majority of the tour. We always do our best to make sure that everyone can try some tölt on the tour and to accommodate more experienced riders, but this will be at the discretion of your guides on the day. Please note that the 30-minute family tour is only ever walking.

I would like to gallop on the beach! Can I do this on your tour?

It is very unlikely that you will be able to gallop on a tour with us. The beach conditions change with the tides and storms, but it is normally very rocky and soft so unsuitable for going fast. Our guides are experienced at assessing riding ability and the potential risks of speeding up. They are best qualified to make this decision on our tours, with the safety and enjoyment of the group as a whole and the welfare of our horses in mind. Please respect our guides’ instructions during the tour and accept that it is unlikely they will offer you a chance to go faster than trot/tölt.

Can we visit the plane wreck?

The plane wreck on Sólheimasandur is around 30 km away on a different beach, so we do not visit it on our tours. It is around a 30-minute drive from Vik, and then a 4 km walk each way from the car park.

Can we see the basalt columns and the Hálsanefshellir cave on Reynisfjara?

We operate our tours from Víkurfjara, the black sand beach located directly in Vík. Reynisfjara, the basalt columns and Hálsanefshellir cave are on the other side of Mt. Reynisfjall, so we cannot reach them on the tour. Reynisfjara is just a 10 minutes’ drive from Vík, which makes it the perfect destination to visit before or after your ride.

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Vík Horse Adventure
Vik, Iceland

Location

How to get there

The meeting point is directly at our stable on Smiðjuvegur 6 in Vík. Please be careful with SatNavs! The location of our stable on Google Maps is in the correct place (Vík Horse Adventure, 63.416699, -18.996465), but some SatNavs try to lead you down a steep gravel bank from the nearby roundabout where you will get stuck. Access is through the Orkan petrol station, opposite Hotel Kría – turn into the petrol station and then turn right and you will find us.

info@vikhorseadventure.is

+354 787 9605

Smiðjuvegur 6, Vík 870

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Please take a moment to see if your question is answered in our FAQ – otherwise feel free to ask us!

Kennitala: 620515-0190
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Vík Horse Adventure

info@vikhorseadventure.is

+354 787 9605

Smiðjuvegur 6, 870 Vík

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