Icelandic Road Trip – Horse-riding, aka the most traumatizing experience of my whole life

We continued our journey towards Akureyri and stopped in the town for lunch before heading towards our Horse-riding tour. We went to the meeting point, driving North on the Ring Road from Akureyri, then turning right after 4 km onto road 816 for about 500 meters, then turning right again at Skjaldarvik Guesthouse.

To be honest, I don’t think I will ever do horse riding again. I had blisters on my bum and I got traumatized because my horsie didn’t want to listen to me and was always eating grass on the side :D I had no control over him, it was very scary because he always wanted to overtake other horses. Never again. But at least I’ve tried it :-)

After this little adventure, we took the car and headed towards our guesthouse next to Varmalhlid, driving through a wonderful valley, Öxnadalur.

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32 responses to “Icelandic Road Trip – Horse-riding, aka the most traumatizing experience of my whole life

  1. My first time horseback riding was traumatic because my horse took off and leapt over an embankment – only about a metre high but still. I have tried it again and the second time the horse was much tamer. It was just a short ride so there weren’t any blisters. But someone told me the ‘cowboy’s secret’ for blister-free rides is to wear pantyhose. It wouldbe interesting to find out if this was true.

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  2. Have totally enjoyed reading about your Iceland visit. I am not a horse-rider either, and once participated in a group ride in Costa Rica. Same thing: That is my last horse ride ever – my bottom was very sore!
    They are apparently smart and strong animals. Which would make the rider/horse relationship that much stronger when they learn to work together.

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  3. Your title really did make me laugh – for all the right reasons!! We tried horse riding in Iceland and like you I found it utterly traumatic. We had terrible weather – strong winds, driving rain and initially they said it wasn’t safe enough to go out on the horses. But go out we did – it was horrific – my son decided before we’d even left the paddock he was too terrified. I “volunteered” to bring him back so my husband was left to endure the ordeal himself. He would cheerfully say if he is never on horseback again it would be too soon. We laugh now, but at the time it was different. Stunning pictures too!!

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    • The valley was wonderful, we took so many pictures over there. They are planning to build electric pylons over there, and the locals are protesting against it. I understand why, the views were so gorgeous.

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  4. Beautiful scenery, and beautiful horses, the Peruvian ones are so different that I see the Icelandic kind so exotic. I wonder if they are also so different to ride. Here you have to support your weight in your legs so actually riding is like do exercise, I had friends that sit in them and have pain in their bums, kind regards =)

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  5. Those tour horses can tell how experienced a rider is and will take every advantage of a rider that they can. I grew up riding horses, and the few times I’ve been on tour horses, the ones I rode went to the limits trying to get their way. I can see how you could be quite traumatized by a tour horse. You need to find a well trained horse to see that horses can be a lot of fun to ride. Good looking horses, excellent photos.

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    • And the horse must have known that he could do whatever he wants with me, that makes sense ! :-) I didn’t know it was that powerful, but when he was bending to grasp some grass, I couldn’t pull it back, it was too strong.

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      • Horses are big and very strong, and the tour horses learn that they can get away with grazing and whatever else they want to do with most riders.

        Even though you were traumatized, you survived and have a good story to tell of your experience riding a Viking horse. Of course all you need to say is Viking horse, and people might just be traumatized at the thought of riding such a beast ;)

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