Black Sand Beach Horse Riding Tour from Vik

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From $104.02

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 1 hour (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


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

What's Included

  • Helmet
  • Icelandic horse
  • Shoes

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • C283+MJ Vik
    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.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • 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: 100 kg/ 220 lb
  • Age: 10 and up
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers

Cancellation Policy

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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168 reviews
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Amazing time
Susana_K, Mar 2023
It was amazing! I just wish it lasted longer because it was such an incredible experience and the views on the beach were breathtaking
Not for cold weather.
NagaYeswanth_G, Mar 2023
Nothing wrong with horses or staff. They are good. We did this on second week of March and the weather is -10 degrees C. When you are near beach and with wind it feels like -15c. Rides shouldn’t open at all for this kind of weather. Whatever you wear the gear you won’t be comfortable unless you are used to this kind of cold. It’s not fun and I wouldn’t recommend to my friends or family in these months.
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Thanks for your review! We are happy to hear you liked the horses and the staff - we enjoyed having you guys on our tour! We are sorry you were cold on the tour; we do send pre-arrival information to travellers advising them to dress according to the conditions of the day with warm layers (similar to what you would wear for hiking). We offer riding tours year round and although the weather in Iceland can be unpredictable, most days it is no problem to be out riding if you are prepared with good clothing. It was cold and a bit windy, but the beautiful sunshine was perfect to enjoy on horseback. Another time feel free to chat to staff ahead of the tour if you have any concerns about the weather and we can maybe try to reschedule you for another day. We hope you enjoy the rest of your stay in Iceland!
Beach rides
Kate_T, Mar 2023
I had so much fun! The guides were great. It was a beautiful ride on the beach even in the snow. They also are kind to their horses and rotate them out every few months so they get to go on holiday.
Fab and Fun way to kick off a day with Vik Horse Adventure.
Ben_L, Feb 2023
Had a fab time with Vik Horse Adventure, and it was the best way to kick off a day with a horse trek along the Vik Black Beach. Deirdre was our guide and she was on the ball with all the riding tips to keep you safe with your horse and also have fun. Can’t wait to head back over Christmas! Also- sing out to Eldhrimnir who was my horse mate. Cheers buddy!
Great ride in January
Perianne_D, Jan 2023
Our ride was so fun! The guides did a great job accommodating our ride around some difficult weather. The horses were so well trained and gentle. This is a great activity for the whole family!
My husband and I had an...
Jennifer_S, Dec 2022
My husband and I had an amazing time riding Glymur & Freyja. The weather was perfect and the beach was beautiful. Our guides, Sanna & Deidre, made sure our experience was worthwhile!!!
Friendly guides and beautiful scenery!
Connie_C, Nov 2022
The horses are so sweet and the guides are very friendly. The views from the black sand beach are breathtaking.
The Horse Riding Tour was...
Marina_K, Nov 2022
The Horse Riding Tour was perfect - they organized everything well and we were able to go just in a small group. Thank you Lisa for this wonderful experience! It could not have been any better!☺️
Just Stunning
Candice_W, Nov 2022
Amazing. Had to reschedule due to weather. Day of was still pretty bad but they were kind to still take me out and it was worth sand and wind in my face! The horses are wonderful and they let you meet all the horses in their stable. I can’t recommend them enough, just stunning!
Great tour in VIK
emilia_s, Oct 2022
Amazing tour. Highly recommend We had a great time. The horses were lovely and the tour guides are amazing.
This was an amazing...
Neiv_D, Oct 2022
This was an amazing experience. We have done riding before in states but to ride on the beach in a small group was new and highly recommended
Do not miss while visiting Vίk!
Taylor_K, Sep 2022
I had a spectacular time with this team of horseback guides and their lovely Icelandic horses. You can tell the guides care deeply about the horses' health and enjoyment by the way they handle and care for the horses upon your arrival to the stable. (This is so important -- to know you're riding with a caring and ethical team!) Check-in was smooth and the rundown of the trip and how to ride went quickly. (I think most everyone on this tour were experienced riders, including me. If you're a beginner I'm sure they'd take extra time to show you the reigns, so to speak.) The ride itself was gorgeous. The day was a sunny one to enjoy Black Sand Beach and the guides made time to take photos of everyone. I truly had an excellent time and am glad I did not miss out on this experience!
Incredible horseback riding in black sand
Matheus_F, Sep 2022
Amazing experience and perfect location for horseback riding. The guides took photos we will cherish.
Magnificent equine adventure
Frank_C, Sep 2022
Great guides; great weather; beautiful horses well- behaved; black sand beaches and view were 2nd to none
Would certainly recommend
Haley_A, Sep 2022
We had an amazing time! Our two guides were lovely and even in cloudy weather we had amazing views. The guides do a stop on the beach to take photos of you and your group which I really appreciated. They help you out if you’re feeling uncomfortable, the horses were beautiful!
Lauren_T, Aug 2022
Our guide was great and our horses were the best! So well at listening and made it so comfortable for both of us!
Well organized and...
Connie_P, Aug 2022
Well organized and designated trailed led to beautiful scenery. First time I was able to go above a walk in any guided horseback riding experiences.
Excellent experience....
morris_s, Aug 2022
Excellent experience. Friendly and knowledgeable staff. And beautiful horses ! Great way to experience the black sand beach. Highly recommend
Great Experience in Vík
Haley_E, Aug 2022
Great, quick, excursion for anyone! Horses are well taken care of and staff is very known. The horseback riding is a beautiful way to experience the black sand beach in Vík. Would definitely recommend to anyone!
An Amazing Experience
Alyse_N, Aug 2022
This was an amazingly beautiful experience. The staff were friendly and so were the horses. The views from Black Sand Beach were incredible. My daughter and I had an awesome time, we’ll be back to see you again next year :)