Marvelous Iceland Horse Riding Holiday

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Come ride along the beautiful peninsula of Snæfellsnes, Iceland, with Horseback Riding Iceland. In this fantastic horse riding holiday, you will see the beauty of Icelandic nature from the ancient lava fields, mountains, and the waterfalls. You will ride on the Löngufjörur which is a mirror-like beach during the spring tide as well as the incredible lava field of Búðahraun. Join this holiday and live the Icelandic way of life on a horseback!

Key information

  • Horse breed: Icelandic horse

Highlights

  • 4 days of an enthralling horse ride
  • Approximate daily riding time: 4-6 hours
  • Great views of Iceland's beautiful nature
  • Free transfer from and to Reykjavik BSI bus station
  • Free use of a rainwear and riding helmet
  • Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • 4 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Styles


4 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Dutch, German, English
The maximum participants in the group is 12
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Horse riding
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Lounge
  • Multilingual staff
  • Special menu request
  • Tour assistance

Horseback Riding Iceland's beautiful new guesthouse has double and single rooms with private bathrooms. Each room has great views and a skylight over the bed. The living room is a cozy hall where you can enjoy a beautiful view of the glacier. A great outdoor area with fabulous views of the sea and the glacier as well as a hot tub. The guesthouse's atmosphere will give you a little bit of luxury during your stay.

Horseback Riding Iceland Program

You will ride in small groups along the beautiful coastline of Southern Snaefellsnes. You will trail from Gröf through a magical, ever-changing landscape from rough lava, over sparkling streams and rivers, to white sandy beaches until we reach Löngufjörur, one of the longest beaches in Iceland at spring tide. At the time of spring tide, even more of the sand is exposed and the ground is softer.

There, you can ride for hours on the famous smooth gait tölt unique to Icelandic horses and the horses can really show their worth running free without any obstacles to slow them down. Horseback Riding Iceland's horses are fast and surefooted, very gentle, friendly, and always “ready to go”. Most of them are born and raised on Horseback Riding Iceland's farm by their first price mares.

After a long and exciting day in the saddle, it’s good to come "home" and relax with a book, watch a movie, or sitting on the sofa talking with your fellow riders or with Viska, Horseback Riding Iceland's sweet dog while enjoying the fabulous view. You can also check your email or tell your friends about your day on social media while at the same time smelling the delicious food being cooked for you. On top of that, nothing is better then a relaxing soak in our hot tub with the sound of the sea, a beautiful sunset, a sky full of stars, or even if you’re lucky, the amazing northern lights in September.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival day

You will be picked up at BSI Reykjavik no later than 17:00. You will arrive at Gröf at approximately two and a half or three hours later. After settling in and enjoy a light meal, it will be time for you to meet the horses. You will have a riding tour along the light sandy beach of Gröf to get to know the horses.

Day 2 - 4

For the next three days, you will ride from Gröf through a breathtaking and ever-changing landscape. From the sandy beach of Gröf through rough lava of Búðahraun and over sparkling streams and rivers until you reach the golden, sandy coastline of Löngufjörur. One of the highlights of this tour is to tölt on the smooth trail of Löngufjörur that is only revealed by the low tide.

It will be as thrilling and exciting for the horses as the riders when the horses can run free without any obstacles to slow them down with a view of the strikingly beautiful glacier Snaefellsjökull. This will be a roundtrip tour but at the end of each riding day, you will return to Horseback Riding Iceland's farm of Gröf while the horses stay on a field where you will be stopping for the day.

Day 5: Departure day

On the fifth day after breakfast, Horseback Riding Iceland will drive you back to BSI bus station in Reykjavik where you’ll arrive between 12:00 or 13:00.

Note: This five days' horseback riding tour is for intermediate riders or for riders who want to ride at a slower pace and not so many days in the saddle. You will be riding for four to six hours per day in the saddle.

Non-riders

Non-riders are more than welcome to join their partners. Horseback Riding Iceland's farm of Gröf is very close to the Snaefellsjökull National Park which is a great area to hike and explore. In the neighborhood, there’s a beautiful nine-hole golf course for golf lovers or just enjoy the peaceful surroundings of the farm with a wide variety of birds in both around the guesthouse and further away, where there is various species nest.

Also, on Horseback Riding Iceland's fields, they have wildflowers and herbs for nature lovers. You can also take a walk to the beach or go up to the mountains to see waterfalls and meet Horseback Riding Iceland's young horses along the way or just relax in the hot tub. If that is not enough, perhaps you would like to go up to the glacier Snaefellsjökull or go deep down under into an 8,000 years old mysterious Cave Vatnshellir.

You could be driven to those places on the way to the horse riding day and be picked up when the riding day is over. Then, you can reunite with your horse lover partners in the afternoon to sit with the group or have a lovely dinner for two and talk about the great day you each had. The choice will be yours and Horseback Riding Iceland will be more than happy to provide to your wishes.

Location

This holiday will take place on the peninsula of in Snæfellsnes, Iceland. Furthermore, Horseback Riding Iceland's guesthouse and the farm of Gröf is located in Breidavik which borders almost to the Snaefellsjökull National Park. It is set in a beautiful location with views of the sea, the mountains, and a fantastic view of the glacier Snaefellsjökull.

Features

Activities

  • Golf course
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi

General

  • Beach
  • Garden
  • Lake
  • Lounge
  • Multilingual staff
  • River
  • Special menu request

Services

  • Tour assistance

Food

Full board during the stay including breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided. All riders will make their own packed lunch from the breakfast table. Horseback Riding Iceland is proud to serve local produce like fresh meat and fish from the area as well as greens and herbs from the garden. Vegetarian meals are available when requested in advance.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Birdwatching
  • Go deep down under into the mysterious Cave Vatnshellir
  • Go up to the glacier Snaefellsjökull
  • Golfing at the neighborhood's nine-hole golf course
  • Head up to the mountains to have a closer look at the waterfalls or the young horses
  • Northern lights tour in September
  • Photographing
  • Seal watching in Ytri Tunga
  • Visit to Arnarstapi
  • Visit to Rauðfeldsgjá
  • Wander down to the wonderfully peaceful beach

What's included

  • 4 days' horse riding
  • Transfer to the farm and back to Reykjavik BSI bus station
  • Free use of rain gear and riding helmets
  • Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • 4 nights' accommodation

What's not included

  • Flight to and from Iceland
  • Flybus
  • Travel insurance

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Keflavík International Airport (KEF).

Arrival by bus

You can plan to travel from and to BSI bus station in Reykjavik for this holiday. Upon your arrival, you will be picked up there by Horseback Riding Iceland no later than 5 p.m. while on the departure day, you will be driven back to BSI bus station and arrive between 12 p.m. or 1 p.m.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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