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4 Day Horse Riding Holiday to Galtastaðir Farm in Egilsstaðir, Fljótsdalshérað

Húsey Hostel and Horsefarm, 701 Egilsstaðir, Iceland

Breathtaking Horse Riding Tour in Iceland

Húsey Hostel invite you to join them on a two-day riding tour which is a golden opportunity to enjoy the landscape of East Iceland. Ride through moorland and rocky areas with panoramic views of the mountains and enjoy the quiet and peaceful landscape far away from trivial life. This tour is mostly suitable for intermediate and advanced riders.

Key information

  • Rider weight limit: 220 pounds / 100 kilograms
  • Tack type: English tack
  • Horse height range: 13-14 hands
  • Horse breed: Icelandic

Highlights

  • Introduction ride on day of arrival
  • 2 full days of riding
  • Horse riding tour to Galtastaðir Farmstead
  • Round-trip car transport from Galtastaðir
  • Basic rainy weather trousers and jacket available
  • Riding safety helmet included
  • 3 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


2 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: German
Group size: Maximum of 18 participants
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace
  • Free parking
  • Parking lot
  • Tour assistance

The hostel, in the renovated old farm house, has colourful decor and retains many of the original characteristics. The basic accommodation includes a sitting room, sun lounge, fully equipped kitchen, private and dormitory bedrooms, and shared bathrooms. The original steep staircase leads to the first floor. Twenty three beds are available (three double rooms, one triple room, two quadruple rooms, and one dorm for six persons).

Note: You do not need to bring a sleeping bag or bedding, as bed linen and towels are included.

Program

Day 1

You arrive at Húsey the day before the start of the tour.

Day 2

In the morning, you will familiarise yourself with the two allocated horses before starting the tour. If you are not able to tackle a hand-horse, a guide will help. This day covers around 34 km through moorland and rocky areas with panoramic views of the mountains. Half way, a stop is made at the local church, Kirkjubær, and you will end the day with a visit to the old turf farmhouse of Galtastaðir, before being taken back to Húsey by car.

Day 3

By car, before finding the awaiting horses, you will be able to visit a replica of a turf church from Viking time, dating from around 940. On this day, the ride will consist of around 36 km through the wild, quiet, and peaceful landscape, far away from trivial life. For part of the way, you will follow the old post way along the "Jökulsá á Brú" river back to Húsey.

Day 4

Today you will depart.

Location

Húsey Hostel and Horsefarm is 56 km north of Egilsstaðir, located between two rivers: Jökulsá á Brú and the glacial river of Lagarljót. Húsey offers wonderful panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and opportunities to experience Iceland‘s unspoiled nature.

The land at Húsey is a paradise for nature lovers, rich in bird life and flowering moorland. You can enjoy the soft gait of their Icelandic horses without the pressure of time. The friendly, curious, and willing horses will win your heart with their pleasant and confident character.

The nearest shop is in Egilsstaðir, so you need to bring your food with you.

Distances

  • Egilsstaðir, 56 km

Features

Activities

  • Horse riding

General

  • Kitchen
  • Lounge

Services

  • Parking lot
  • Tour assistance

Food

Meals are not included. You will need to bring food with you for your stay at Húsey and for two days packed lunch. A fully equipped kitchen is available on-site.

Things to do (optional)

  • Holiday with the Icelandic Horse
  • Riding tour along Lagarfljót and Jökulsá rivers
  • Seal watching tour

What's included

  • 2-day horse ride to Galtastaðir Farmstead
  • 6-8 hours of riding per day
  • Round-trip car transport from Galtastaðir
  • Riding safety helmet during your stay
  • Basic rainy weather trousers and jacket, if required
  • Bed linen and towel
  • 3 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Meals
  • Other activities and tours
  • Riding clothes or boots
  • Transport to and from Húsey on arrival and departure

How to get there

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Arrival by Car

Húsey Hostel is at the end of a long and winding gravel road (30 km from Main Road 1).

Arrival by airplane or Coach

Please book your flight to arrive at Egilsstaðir Airport (EGS).

You can travel to Egilsstadir by coach.

There is no public transport to Húsey.

Transfers from and to Egilsstadir airport can be arranged on request, at an additional price.

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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