About us

We've been offering riding instruction, tours and treks at Staðarhus for nearly 10 years now. We have witnessed the same people come back year after year and been thinking a lot about how to build on and enhance their experiences. In that name, we've decided to take things to the next level and launch "Hestland." Hestaland will be the umbrella name for all that we doing at our beautiful farm Staðarhus. This includes tours and treks (lasting from an hour and a half to full days of riding), lodging in our guesthouse and barn tours, as well as training, boarding and breeding. Those who've been a part of this initiative are Guðmar, Linda, Asgeir, Julia, Thomas and Christina, in addition to several others who've come to work with us this summer.

We love helping create memorable experiences for people and look forward to doing that for years to come. 

Guðmar Þór Pétursson


Manager / Owner / Riding instructor / Guide

Guðmar, your guide and fearless trek leader, has been on or around a horse almost every day for the past 30 years. He started riding at 6 years old and quickly became an accomplished competition rider. With the goal of promoting the Icelandic breed in America, he moved to Louisville, KY, where he operated a training station for about 10 years. The exception, of course, was during the summers, when he would return to Iceland with his American clients to ride in the highlands. Although he now resides primarily in Iceland, he travels extensively across the US to teach riding instruction clinics. His passion is being out in nature and allowing people to experience the freedom and uniqueness of Icelandic nature.

Linda Rún Pétursdóttir


Riding instructor / Trainer / Guide

Linda, an excellent horsewoman, is a graduate of Hólar, Iceland’s equine college where she is currently a riding instructor. She has a very successful past as a competition rider and rode at the World Championships as a young rider to become World Champion in her youth class. At a young age, she was also chosen as the most promising young rider in Iceland. She has been running the training station at Hestaland for the last 3 years and is also in charge of the shorter day-trip rides at Hestaland. She has traveled to the US to teach with Guðmar. Linda will be guiding the treks alongside Guðmar, as well teaching riding instruction.

Ásgeir Yngvi Ásgeirsson


Guesthouse owner and manager / Guide / Driver

Asgeir, born and raised in Borgarfjordur, knows the countryside you’ll be riding through like the back of his hand. A carpenter by trade, he has also worked as a police officer. He currently manages the farm and guesthouse, taking care of the daily operations of both, as well as general farm management. At Hestaland Riding Tours, Asgeir will most likely be your driver, driving you to where you left your horses the night before, picking you up at the end of a long day, and he might even bring you coffee and snacks if you’re nice to him. and handling logistics.

Christina Elena Guzik



An unlikely suspect hailing from Chicago, Christina has settled into Icelandic life quite nicely. While she enjoys riding, you won’t find her riding next with the herd. It’s more likely you’ll work with her prior to your trip, as she is our client liaison, in addition to handling marketing and logistics. During the week, she works at an editor, but she has a passion for cooking and chances are you’ll find her in the guesthouse kitchen during your trek. 

Thomas Moller


Chief Stable Hand

Originally from Denmark, Thomas has been working with horses for over 31 years. He certainly has his work cut out for him keeping our barn of 40 horses fed, happy and comfortable and our 500-acre farm looking good.