Hekluhestar – Day Tours

Austvadsholt farm, the heart of Hekluhestar, is located in a vast open area only 7 km from the hotel in the vicinity of the volcano Mount Hekla.  At this working farm with sheeps its main activity is the breeding and training of Icelandic horses.

Most of the horses used by Hekluhestar in the riding tours are born, bred and trained at Austvadsholt. Guests are encouraged to share in this close relationship with all the horses, which is one of the key ingredients in making the Hekluhestar riding tour so special.

The Icelandic horse itself is uniquely well adapted to the varied and dramatic volcanic terrain. The horse has two additional gaits, the “tölt” and “pace”, compared to other horse breeds. These extra gaits allow the horses to make comfortable, fast yet sure-footed progress over long distances riding tours, in both the fertile valleys and the rugged hilltops.

Come and visit our farm and go for a one hour ride up to a day tour along the river Rangá with a beautiful view of the mountains, including the active volcanos Hekla and Eyjafjallajökull. After your ride you can enjoy the farm life and meet the other animals at the farm.


Dates: Open all year around.



  • 1 hour ride:  9.500 Isk
  • 2 hour ride: 17.000 Isk
  • 3 hour ride: 25.000 Isk
  • 4-5 hour ride: 35.000 Isk