At nearby Saltvik, visitors to Húsavík can take advantage of the local horse-riding facilities. With horses chosen according to the rider’s ability and excellent guides to help you on your way, what better way to get out and about and see some of Iceland’s magnificent countryside than sat on a lovely little Icelandic horse.
Just up the road from Húsavík is a small, family business named Saltvik. Run by friendly hosts Bjarni and Elsa, Saltvik have a wealth of experience and have been providing tourists with horse-riding trips for over 20 years. In addition to tours, they run a riding school and are happy to arrange lessons for guests if needs be. If you like the horses so much you want to take one home, you can even buy a horse here, either for riding or for competition. Furthermore, accommodation in the farm house is available at very reasonable rates. Visitors get full access to a kitchen as well as the two hot tubs outside.
Considered to be an individual breed due to their unique characteristics, the Icelandic horse has been isolated on the island for over 1100 years. Originally used for transportation and as a source of food, in modern society, they have become prized possessions, with horse-riding now being a popular past-time for many Icelanders.
Saltvik also have a stables in Lake Mývatn, and in partnership with Riding Iceland, they offer much longer, multiple day tours in various locations across Northeast Iceland. Particularly popular is their Diamond Circle tour. The tours take you across a variety of terrains and may include river-crossings , riding through lava fields and staying in remote mountain huts.