Icelandic Horse tours in the Westfjords
Our daily summer tour period is June 1 - August 31. For dates outside this time please contact us in advance (We are closed September 20th-December 31st when we let our horses out in the valley).
Our tours take you through the valleys of the mountains ("the Westfjords Alps") near Þingeyri, crossing rivers and heading out towards the black sand beaches along the fjord. You will get a chance to explore one of the most remote regions, and most dramatic landscapes, in Iceland.
All tours meet at Simbahöllin coffeehouse - just drop in and our staff will give you directions to the horse house, and let the tour guides know that you have arrived.
We enjoy taking visitors off the beaten track through some of Iceland´s most breathtaking scenery, providing an authentic experience in a friendly environment. Visitors to Þingeyri are always welcome to stop by the stables and say hello to the horses.
Please see below for details on the two summer tour options. To book a tour, fill out our contact form.
Custom private tours are also available; contact us for more information and pricing.
Sanda River Riding
The Sanda River Riding tour will take you through the lush Sandar valley and along a tranquil river. You will experience the Icelandic countryside and up-close views of the ‘Wesfjords Alps’ while getting acquainted with our friendly Icelandic horses. The tour is an easy walking-pace, providing the perfect opportunity to get comfortable in the saddle, enjoy the view, and take photos.
Our standard 2-hour tour is suitable for those with little or no riding experience, families and children, larger groups, and visitors who want a more relaxed ride through the Sandar valley.
Cost: 9.900 kr
Duration: 2 hours – includes preparation for riding + 1.25 hours riding
Departure times: 10 am, 1pm*
- minimum age 6 years old
* An extra trip is possible around 4pm– if you are interested in a later ride please contact us.
Valley to Sea
Our Valley to Sea tour starts by heading into the Sandar valley, between the Westfjords' highest mountains. We will take a small break in the grass with the horses before continuing our ride along the Sanda river. Finally we will head out to the black sand beaches where the river meets the sea in Dýrafjörður. In some parts of the valley we will pick up the pace and try trotting and the famous ‘tolt’ gait.
This 2.5-hour tour is most suitable for riders who have some experience riding or are comfortable with a slightly faster pace trotting or tolting.
Duration: 2.5 hours, includes preparation for riding + ~1.75 hours riding
Departure time: 1:30pm*
- minimum 4 riders**
- maximum 8 riders
- riders should be physically fit enough to keep up with the faster pace
- minimum age 10 years old
*please come to the coffeehouse 30 minutes early to help us make sure we match you up with the right horse
**if we do not reach the minimum for the longer tour we may combine with the shorter ride at 1pm