+354 480 4800 info@eldhestar.is


3-day and 5-day program

  • Discover the Icelandic horse in its natural habitat
  • Stay near the stables at Hotel Eldhestar or Guesthouse Eldhestar
  • Lessons from experienced instructors in English and Scandinavian languages
  • Half day riding tours on excellent trails in a beautiful environment.
  • Ideal location and countryside charm only 30 minutes’ drive from Reykjavik.

Our Winter Riding Course offers a combination of riding education, both theoretical and practical in our modern riding hall, along with half day riding tours in scenic surroundings, optional visits of horse events and/or sightseeing. Participants enjoy the comfort of  Hotel Eldhestar or at Guesthouse Eldhestar as well as Icelandic specialities at our restaurant and the possibility to relax in the hotel´s hot tubs. Evenings can also be spent at the local geothermal pool in Hveragerdi or watching a movie about Icelandic horses.

The course is suited for riders of all levels, participants will be divided into small groups according to their riding skills. Riders who are used to Icelandic horses can develop their riding skills on different, well-trained horses. Riders who are used to other breeds learn how to ride Icelandic horses, focusing on riding the special, smooth gait “tölt” correctly and understanding the differences to riding “big” horses. If you would like to include a visit to the famous Geysir, Gullfoss waterfall and Thingvellir National Park you could do sightseeing on the last afternoon instead of riding. Each day includes riding in the morning and afternoon, either lessons or 2-3 hour trail rides with some instructions on the way. We would like to be flexible with regard to the schedule, to be able to create an individual program for each course depending on the season and number of participants.

Teachers are Hróðmar Bjarnason, an experienced licensed riding instructor and Ida Thorborg, who attended 3 years at the Hólar University, Department for Equine Sciences.  Ida has been responsible for training young horses at Eldhestar since 2014 and was in charge of training two of our mares who scored high at breeding shows in 2017. The course includes a demonstration of insight into her daily training.

Teaching languages are English and Scandinavian languages. Instruction in German is possible on request, please contact us.

We are life long horsemen so we are pretty critical of these types of places. First off the ponies are very well cared for and in very good health. Second, the guides are first class. They do a very good job of getting you on the right pony and in the right group of people. I highly recommend this group if you are interested in riding while you are in Iceland.



Tour 30a: 3 days riding course program, 3 nights.
Tour 30b: 5 days riding course program, 5 nights.


21st of January, 4th of February, 18th of February, 4th of March, 18th of March, 1st of April.



Program Tour 30a & b: Riding lessons in the riding hall in small groups. Half day riding tour. Riding / training demonstration. Theoretical instruction. Accommodation at Hotel Eldhestar or at Guesthouse Eldhestar. Full board (starting with 2-course dinner on the first day, ending with lunch on the last day).

Additional program Tour 30b: Lesson in working horses from the ground. Riding with a herd of free running horses. Riding tour and breeder’s lecture.

Optional: Bus excursion to Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir hot springs and Thingvellir national park on the last afternoon.

Accommodation at Hótel Eldhestar (Tour 30aH / 30bH) or Guesthouse Eldhestar (Tour 30aG / 30bG), full board. Guesthouse accommodation in 2-4 bed rooms with made up beds and shared facilities.


What to bring

Good shoes, comfortable pants (riding pants not necessary), gloves and a buff is recommended and if you want to bring a camera, please bring a small waist bag as backpacks cannot be taken on horseback.



Groups are welcome to book private courses, please contact us.
Please note that used riding equipment has to be well cleaned or disinfected before arrival in Iceland, see detailed information here.


Tour 30 aH hotel accommodations  835 EUR

Tour 30 aG  guesthouse accommodations 725 EUR

Tour 30 bH  hotel accommodations 1375 EUR

Tour 30 bG  guesthouse accommodations 1195 EUR


Included: Meals and services as described in the itinerary and 11% VAT.

Children’s discount for children 14 years and younger is 20%. 

Single supplement for tours with hotel accommodation is 40 EUR p.p.p.n.