The Icelandic horse is a breed of small statured horse that originate from the country of Iceland. The breed decended from the horses and ponies brought to Iceland by the original viking settlers and the horses roaming Iceland today can trace their heritage back to those original horses. They are the only breed of horse that lives in Iceland but thanks to their popularity overseas you may find some populations of the Icelandic breed in America or Europe.
The main thing that sets the Icelandic horse apart from other breeds (outside of its size) are its gaits. Icelandic horses are capable of 5 separate gaits including the famous Tölt, a four beat gait in which one hoof is always in contact with the floor which is said to be so smooth that a rider could drink a pint while riding.
The Icelandic horse is also known for coming in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and colors thanks to a breeding program that doesnt focus on these aspects.
Horse riding tours will usually take you through the various mountains and lava fields that make up the landscape outisde of the city of Reykjavik. Many companies offer a variety of different routes that they can take based on the experience of their group. Most tours offer around 2-3 hours of riding giving you plenty of time to get to know these gorgeous animals.