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8 Day Ride With an Icelandic Horse Riding Holiday in Egilsstaðir

Húsey Hostel and Horsefarm, 701 Egilsstaðir, Iceland

Wonderful Horse Riding Holiday in Iceland

The holiday with an Icelandic horse can be a wonderful break from a trip around Iceland, a quiet finish to an Iceland tour, or a standalone week vacation. This includes daily horse riding in the unspoiled land of Húsey, a two-day ride to the old farmstead of Galtastadir, self-catering hostel accommodation in the old farmhouse, and one traditional evening meal with the Húsey family.

Key information

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

Highlights

  • 7 days of riding
  • 4 hours of riding per day
  • A two-day horse ride to Galtastaðir Farmstead, 6-8 hours of riding each way
  • Round-trip car transportation from Galtastaðir
  • 1 evening meal with the Húsey family
  • Riding safety helmet included
  • 7 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


7 days with instruction
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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 colorful 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

The daily schedule is planned in accordance with your level of experience and your wishes. On the day of arrival, you may arrive early enough to be introduced to the horses and part of the area which you will further explore during your stay at Húsey.

The host will make a plan with you for the rest of the stay, which will include riding with a guide and other guests (when appropriate) each morning and afternoon, with two hours or more for each ride. This includes riding through a habitat of many plant and animal species, in particular birds, seals, and even reindeer.

Your host will review the planned week with you, including which horses you enjoy the most, whether you wish to experience riding independently, and the two-day guided ride to the old farmstead of Galtastadir which includes:

  • Day 1: In the morning, you will familiarize yourself with the two allocated horses before starting the tour. If you are not able to tackle a hand-horse, a guide will help you. This day covers around 34 kilometers 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 2: 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 kilometers 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.

On one evening, during your stay, you will be invited to join the Húsey family for a traditional evening meal.

Location

Húsey Hostel and Horsefarm is 56 kilometers 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, including the river seals and many bird species, like the Great Skua.

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. Húsey's team can pick up extra or forgotten items when in town, on errands.

Distances

  • Egilsstaðir, 56 kilometers

Features

Activities

  • Horse riding

General

  • Kitchen
  • Lounge

Services

  • Parking lot
  • Tour assistance

Food

Meals are not included in the price. You will need to bring food with you for your stay at Húsey. A fully equipped kitchen is available on-site.

Things to do (optional)

  • Riding tour along Lagarfljót and Jökulsá rivers
  • Seal watching tour

What's included

  • 7 days of riding
  • Minimum four hours of riding per day or less, if you wish
  • Round-trip two-day horse ride to Galtastaðir Farmstead (6 to 8 hours each day)
  • Round-trip car transport from Galtastaðir (for the two-day ride)
  • Riding safety helmet during your stay
  • Basic rainy weather trousers and jacket, if required
  • Bed linen and towel
  • 1 evening meal with the Húsey family
  • 7 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Meals (except for one evening meal)
  • Other activities and tours
  • Riding clothes or boots
  • Transport to and from Húsey on arrival and departure

How to get there

Recommended Airports

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 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.
8 days / 7 nights
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Special discount

Special discounts are available for an additional second week stay.

  • June 5 - 25: 691 USD per person
  • June 26 - August 19: 852 USD per person
  • August 20 - September 15: 691 USD per person
Pricing information

The prices below are posted in USD. Please note that prices may fluctuate, depending on the current exchange rates.

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