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Vik, Iceland
Black Sand Beach Horse Riding Tour from Vik

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icon1 hour  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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Overview

This is the perfect way to explore Iceland’s incredible scenery without being stuck on a crowded bus. Get out in the open air and ride an Icelandic horse from the stables in Vik to a picturesque black sand beach. No need to worry if you’ve never ridden a horse before—this experience is suitable for beginners and goes at a slow and calm pace.
  • A special opportunity to ride an Icelandic horse on a black sand beach
  • No getting lost—a guide leads the way so you can focus on the scenery
  • Ride across off-road terrain that would be hard to cross on a walking tour
  • A safe and stress-free experience with helmet rental included
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C283+MJ , C283+MJV Vik, Iceland

Arrival Time: 15 minutes before departure, dressed ready for the weather of the day. If you are late, it is not possible to delay the tour for you. Meeting point: our stable at Smiðjuvegur 6 in Vík. Access is through the Orkan petrol station, opposite Hotel Kría.

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Weight Limit: 110kg/242lb
  • Age: 10 and up
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Vik Horse Adventure
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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star-5
Easy, fun, and memorable
Catherine_C
, Jun 2022
Fantastic experience with friendly guides and sweet horses. The path we took was lovely and very easy for beginners. My kids were a little nervous about trotting, and the guides payed close attention to their needs. We were able to enjoy the unique black and beach with puffins flying overhead, then we meandered down a little path filled with flowers and crossed a steam. My kids went from apprehensive at the beginning to wishing it was an all-day ride at the end. Highly recommend.
star-5
Very fun :)
Breanna_S
, Jun 2022
Had the best time ! Beautiful weather, awesome friendly tour guides, sweet mannered ponies :) would love to come back someday & do it all over again !
star-5
Horses were beautiful and...
Lorraine_H
, Jun 2022
Horses were beautiful and guides were great! The beach and lupine made the trip. Iceland is stunning
star-5
Fantastic horse tour in Vik!
Thomas_K
, May 2022
The guides were awesome! Very instructive and great to talk to on the tour. I would highly recommend. The horses were great and each one was full of character.
star-5
Amazing
Jody_F
, May 2022
Amazing. Best part of our trip. Guides were knowledgeable and comforting. Horses were soft and small but strong.
star-5
A fun experience. It’s...
James_K
, May 2022
A fun experience. It’s only an hour, so not a big commitment. The horses are sweet and easy to ride. The guides are knowledgeable and helpful.
star-4
Fun tour, nice guides, but small stable.
Kristin_D
, Apr 2022
The riding tour was very nice! The tour itself was very calm, the guides very nice. We've been a group of 6 people, me and my sister, two tour guides and a couple which didn't know how to ride at all. The guides took the time to explain the couple how to ride a horse before we left. Most of the tour was in walk, in the end we could try some tölt. As experienced riders we got horses with a little more personality, which made it more fun for us. My only critique would be the stable, in which the horses don't have a lot of space, although they seem to be outside in big paddocks during the day.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Hi Kristin Thank you for reviewing our tour and we are happy to hear you enjoyed the ride with us! We do make sure that the horses get some good time outside every day. The boxes are designed so that each horse is able to nap easily in there and then each day, they go outside to the paddocks to roll, play around and socialize with the other horses. Each horse stays at our stable a few weeks at a time to work and then goes on a longer holiday out on the fields of our farm (just a little drive away from Vík) where they can enjoy their time off with the herd and move around freely. Just to give you some more context on how we keep our horses, we of course want them to be happy, healthy and content. :)
star-5
The ride was quick, I...
Bridget_M
, Mar 2022
The ride was quick, I wish it could have been longer. The horses are so sweet and so are their trainers! Great way to see the beach.
star-4
I loved running with the...
Mikey_A
, Mar 2022
I loved running with the horses and my tour guide was so nice! Definitely recommend if you’re in Iceland!
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DO NOT TAKE THIS TOUR!!!
Slava_F
, Nov 2021
This is the RUDEST and WORST tour I have ever been a part of on Viator. In fact, I was not a part of it becayse they insisted we were 20 seconds late, when we were not. The staff here is HORRENDOUS and do not care about their customers. STAY AWAY AT ALL COSTS!
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
We are sorry to hear that you were disappointed in the service we offered. Arrival time for your tour was 10:15 and departure 10:30, you called us to say you would arrive at 10:40, which is too late. We could not make other customers wait for your group, as they were on time and on horses ready to go at 10:30. This is quite clear on our website and booking information. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your stay in Iceland.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Great for beginners
SHERRI_S
, Oct 2021
Beautiful ride along the beach! Great for beginners and for people that have never been around horses
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
I would go back.
Robbie_S
, Oct 2021
I have 20+ years ride English and Western, this is my 1st time riding an Icelandic Horse. The Trainer made the ride for me and the two in the group never being on a horse enjoyable. I heard one of them say, they would ride again😁. My horse and I got along very well. He is very smooth! Someone told me, he never spilled his beer "because of his Icelandic Horse"
star-5
Great experience
Tamara_O
, Sep 2021
We had an amazing time riding, the horses were so gentle and well trained. We're beginners and didn't feel scared for a second. I really can't recommend this enough!!!
star-5
These horses are so...
Brandon_B
, Sep 2021
These horses are so friendly and attentive guides! Fantastic scenery that you won’t see anywhere else in the world.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
A different way to experience the black sand beach.
Julie_C
, Sep 2021
Lovely walk on the beach, with some Icelandic gait experience. Perhaps more suited to beginners but the view remains impressive. Both guides were helpful, professional and friendly.
star-5
Wonderful
Andrea_W
, Sep 2021
My sister and I had a great experience! While there are many horse riding activities in Iceland we were really excited to participate in this one on the Black Sand Beach. The guides were fantastic at providing an overview of riding (we hadn't ridden in years) and took some time to get to know us. We loved the experience and its on of our best memories from Iceland!
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
Beautiful black sand beach ride
Tara_D
, Aug 2021
Amazing staff and views. Long enough ride for a nice experience but short enough to start off our day
star-5
Lovely experience!
Pamela_J
, Aug 2021
No one but me in my family wanted to do this…but after the ride, they were all big smiles and loving on their Icelandic steeds. Definitely good for beginners and a fun, friendly (furry) activity in Vik. Highly recommend!
star-4
Unique Experience
Karen_J
, Aug 2021
The horse ride was what I expected; it was a follow the leader type of ride. Easy for beginners and intermediate riders. Getting on and off the horse was another thing. I would recommend using a step for those who have a harder time hoisting themselves up. Overall, it was a unique experience.
star-5
Fun Ride
Ying_L
, Aug 2021
Hillary was amazing instructor! The tour was well organized. We had lots of fun riding on the black sand beach. Recommend for any beginners and advanced riders.

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