Polar Hestar – Where Horses meet the Elves

Posted on March 25, 2019

Where the mountains of Fjördur Peninsula meet the Arctic Sea many legends tell about hidden homelands of the elves. This elveland with its lonely fjords, lush valleys, rushing rivers and imposing mountains is a paradise for horses and riders. The landscape around our farm Grýtubakki offers an unforgettable experience for both horse enthusiasts and for saddle-newcomer.

Pólar Hestar has been running riding tours in Northern Iceland for more than 30 years. It all began with a small herd of little more than 15 horses. Today our herd of Icelandic horses stands at about 150 head. We offer 5 different riding tours with 20 week-tours. Do you fancy riding in the North?  Have a look at our homepage – you will learn about our tours and much more!

In the North of Iceland, at the longest fjord of the country – Eyjafjördur –  lies dreamly Grytubakki, our farmhouse.

Since 1985 Grytubakki is the starting point of a variety of long and short riding tours in an extraordinary landscape. More than 130 horses live with us.

Curious young horses, mysterious cities of the Elves, a Viking treasure hidden in the ground, attractive valleys, rivers and a colourful world of wonders are waiting for the guest. We ride through remote valleys to the North Atlantic and with a herd of freely running horses to Lake Myvatn, the famous lake of the midges.

In the autumn, when the first snow-flakes are announcing winter, our guests may experience a colorful world and the Northern Lights.

The Polar Hestar riding tours are from different length and suitable for experienced and less experienced riders. Let yourself be enchanted by the fascinating world of Iceland on horseback! Have a look at our homepage in detail – you will learn about our tours and much more!


At Grýtubakki farmhouse we offer sleeping bag accommodations for our guests of the long tours in our cozy 2 – 4 bed rooms. We offer made-up beds for the tour “Between the Fjord and the Valley of the Elves”.

During the rides we sleep at farmhouses, in mountain huts, schools, community centres and tents.On the tours our guests sleep in 2 or more bed rooms and sometimes everybody sleeps in the same big hall on mattresses.

PÓLAR HESTAR, our small fully licensed family business was established in 1985.

Stefán Kristjánsson, the owner of the company had a dream: He wanted to show people from all over the world the breathtaking and unique nature of his home country from the back of a horse. This dream became reality and still today our guests are amazed by the perfect combination of horse and rider in a landscape which is beyond description.

The heart of the company is our farmhouse Grýtubakki.  We have over 150 horses, all of which are well trained, sure-footed, strong and love to be caressed. Also the farm is home to some 250 sheep, Óskar, our black and white Icelandic sheep dog, the two young dogs Smári and Lóa, several cats, some rabbits and a dozen cackling chickens.

The capital of Northern Iceland, Akureyri, is a thirty minute drive , and the historic and beautiful waterfall Goðafoss is not much further. The famous turfhouses of Laufás are close to us.

We look forward to welcoming you!
Stefán, Juliane and Simon

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