As the snowflakes fall gently on the ground, and the land covered in white, there’s nothing quite like the experience of horseback riding in the winter. It’s a chance to embrace the crisp winter air, the peacefulness of nature, and the sheer exhilaration of being on horseback. One of the most exciting parts of winter horseback riding is ice riding. When the lakes and ponds freeze over, it’s the perfect opportunity to experience a thrilling adventure on horseback.
One place where ice riding is especially popular is in North Iceland, where the Mývatn Open competition is held every winter. This competition brings together riders from all over Iceland to compete in a series of ice riding events amongst other wonderful activities.
Mývatn is a beautiful region of North Iceland known for its geothermal activity, stunning scenery, and unique wildlife. The competition takes place on the frozen surface of Lake Mývatn, a vast expanse of ice that stretches out in every direction. The lake is surrounded by snow-covered mountains, making for a truly breathtaking backdrop to the competition.
But the Mývatn Open isn’t just about competition – it’s also a chance to come together and celebrate the sport of ice riding. Riders from all over Iceland come to North Iceland to share their passion for horses and for the unique experience of riding on ice. The competition is also a chance to experience the stunning beauty of the Icelandic landscape, with its snow-covered mountains, frozen lakes, and Northern Lights dancing overhead.
The sensation of gliding across a frozen lake on horseback is truly incredible. The sound of the horse’s hooves on the ice, the rush of cold air against your face, and the sense of freedom that comes with being on horseback combine to create a truly unforgettable experience.
Of course, winter horseback riding isn’t just about ice riding. It’s a chance to explore the winter wonderland that surrounds you, to experience the beauty of the snow-covered landscape, and to connect with your horse in a unique way.
Winter riding also requires some special considerations to ensure that both you and your horse stay comfortable and safe. It’s important to dress warmly in layers, to protect your extremities with gloves and warm boots, and to use a helmet that’s designed for cold weather and the horses wear a winter shoes so they can safely walk on slippery surface.
Overall, winter horseback riding and ice riding can be an incredibly fun and exhilarating experience. It’s a chance to enjoy the beauty of nature, to bond with your horse in a unique way, and to create unforgettable memories that will last a lifetime.
Whether you’re a seasoned rider or just a fan of horses, the Mývatn Open ice riding competition in North Iceland is an experience like no other. It’s a chance to witness the skill and precision of top riders and to experience the thrill of ice riding firsthand, and to immerse yourself in the beauty of Iceland’s winter wonderland…. Well as long as the weather forecast doesn´t mess with us 🙂