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4 Day Traditional Farm Stay and Beginner-Friendly Horse Riding Holiday in Hvolsvöllur

Hotel Fljótshlið and Smáratún Farm Eco Lodges, Smáratún, 861 Hvolsvöllur, Iceland

Icelandic Horse Riding Holiday

Hotel Fljótshlíð / Smaratun Guesthouse are opening their home to you during this horse riding holiday. Come and experience the Icelandic countryside, the quietness, glaciers views, northern lights or the midnight sun alongside family and friends. The Icelandic horses are waiting, just outside the hotel for you and your riding adventures around the farm. The hotel offers guided horse riding tours during summer. Explore the surroundings on the back of a horse. This amazing tour is available both in the mornings and in the evenings. Book your encounter with Icelandic horses here!

Key information

  • Horse breed: Icelandic horses

Highlights

  • 4 days with riding
  • Experience authentic Icelandic farm life
  • One hour riding per day, in the morning or evening
  • Farm to table menu at the onsite restaurant
  • 3 nights accommodation in an eco-hotel
  • Daily homemade buffet breakfast

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


4 days with instruction
Group size: Minimum of 2 participants
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Conference room
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Meeting room

Hotel Fljótshlíð is a pleasant eco-hotel located in the countryside of Southern Iceland. The hotel has a variety of accommodation from hotel rooms, chalets, larger cottages, and a campsite. In its remote natural setting, you can relax with spectacular mountain views, go horseback riding or plant a tree as a carbon offset.

Sustainability

Hotel Fljótshlíð has been working according to its sustainability policy since 2007. It was eco-labeled by the Nordic Swan in 2014. The hotel will continue its path towards sustainability and lead the way for others.

Program

  • Day 1: Arrival and check-in, afternoon ride (one hour)
  • Day 2: Breakfast, morning ride or afternoon ride (one hour)
  • Day 3: Breakfast, morning ride or afternoon ride (one hour)
  • Day 4: Breakfast, morning ride (one hour) and check-out

Location

Hotel Fljótshlíð / Smaratun Guesthouse is located in Fljótshlíð, 13 kilometers from the town Hvolsvöllur in South Iceland. For the last three generations, the farm has been managed by the same family and the farm stay was introduced in 1986.

Smáratún remains a functioning family-operated farm and consists of 300 hectares of land. Produce such as potatoes, rhubarb, and garden greens are cultivated but primarily cattle and sheep are their focus. Animal welfare is a priority and all the livestock enjoy a free-range lifestyle. Their sheep are relocated to the highlands during the summer months to graze under the midnight sun.

Distances

  • Hvolsvöllur, 13 kilometers

Features

Activities

  • Hiking
  • Horse riding
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Shopping

General

  • Environmentally friendly
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant

Services

  • Free Wi-Fi

Food

Your package includes daily homemade breakfast. Other meals are available at the onsite restaurant, The Barn.

Breakfast

Hotel Fljótshlíð still uses grandma's recipes for some of their breakfast delights. Try their SKYR, jams, meat-toppings, bread, granola and much more on their breakfast buffet.

The Barn

Farm to Table is important to Hotel Fljótshlíð and much of what they produce is directly used for their guests in their onsite restaurant, The Barn. They grow potatoes, turnips, rhubarb, herbs and garden greens in their vegetable gardens.

Free roaming is what is so special about Icelandic meat. The lambs are raised on grasses produced by the midnight sun and feast in the highlands all summer long. All the meat available on the restaurant menu is produced by their own farm.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

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

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
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)

Many hiking trails are to be found in a short distance from the hotel and the area is loaded with migratory birds. You can also experience a sustainable farm lifestyle:

Lambing season

The lambing begins in May. Book a tour to the hotel's sheep house and meet newborn lambs. The price is 4,500 ISK per person for 30 minutes.

Horse whispering

Have a first-hand interaction with an Icelandic horse. You can pet, chat, feed and brush them. Makes for a perfect Instagram photo or introducing children to horses. The price is 3,500 ISK per person for 30 minutes.

Extra horseriding

The price for extra horseriding is 7.000 ISK per person for one hour.

Tree planting

This eco-oriented activity is aimed to help you reduce your carbon footprint from traveling to and from Iceland by planting trees in the farmland. The price is 5,000 ISK per person for 45 minutes.

Others

The hotel can also aid in the booking of ATV tours with the nearby operator.

What's included

  • One-hour ride per day for four days
  • 3 nights accommodation at a double room
  • Breakfast
  • VAT

What's not included

  • Other expenses
  • Other meals
  • Airport transfers

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

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

Arrival by car

Smáratún farm is located in the Fljótshlíð agricultural area off-road nr. 261, 10 minutes from Hvolsvöllur village and road nr. 1. If you are traveling on an electric car, you need to download plugshare app to find the nearest charger to the location of your hotel.

GPS

  • 63°43´27.7“N 20°00´45.3“W

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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Availability

This tour is available from May to September with arrival every Monday and Tuesday. It is unavailable over the weekends and in the winter months as the horses are on a break. 

 

Pricing information

The prices below are posted in EUR while the original rate is in ISK. Please note that prices may fluctuate, depending on the current exchange rates. For the exact rate, please send an inquiry to Hotel Fljótshlíð / Smaratun Guesthouse.

Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

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