Our group of four took one of the afternoon rides. None of us had any real riding experience to speak of, so we were all a bit apprehensive. However, the team at Islenski Hesturinn is great at explaining the basics of riding. The brief orientation does take about an hour, but it provides sufficient background information. One should not be concerned about booking the ride even with minimal or no experience! Overall, Begga Rist, the lead guide, and her colleagues are very insightful when it comes to managing people and, needless to say, they are great at making 10-12 horses ride as a well-gelled unit. Every horse brings unique character traits and behaviors (for example, my horse made every effort to avoid puddles of water and had little patience for staying in line), but by the end of the 2 hour ride one is sure to have a new four-legged Icelandic friend. The ride takes place along a picturesque gravel trail that winds around mounds of ossified lava and green fields. Conveniently, the team provides riding boots, gloves and neon-yellow water repellent suites for all riders who are concerned about protecting integrity of their attire. The boots certainly come in handy, since some horses tend to ride right into water puddles. A few weeks after the ride, the team at Islenski Hesturinn sends a link to bunches of pictures that they took during the ride. Our pictures turned out great and brought back tons of memories, as well as a multitude of laughs. Overall, the experience offers one of the best price-value ratios - can't beat a combination of competent people and strong friendly animals! Must do activity in Reykjavik!
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