The Icelandic horse is a unique breed of smallish horses that came to Iceland with the first settlers from Norway 1100 years ago.

It is known for being sure-footed and able to cross rough terrain. It displays two gaits (Tölt and Skeið) in addition to the typical walk, trot, and canter/gallop commonly displayed by other breeds.

The Icelandic horse has sometimes been referred to Ponies but in fact it has many different characteristics; it comes in many different colors, and the Icelandic language includes more than 100 names for the various colors and color patterns.

It is small but strong, weighing between 330 and 380 kilograms and standing an average of 132 to 142 cm high. It has a spirited temperament and a large personality.

There are a few tour operators and travel agencies around Egilsstaðir that plan riding tours. These tours are from a few hours to multi-day tours and are usually for more experienced riders.