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4 Day Riding and The Northern Lights Horseback Riding Holiday in Selfoss, Árborg

Guesthouse Blesastaðir, Blesastaðir 1A, 801 Selfoss, Iceland

Adventurous Horseback Riding Holiday in Iceland

Winter in Iceland means a countryside ablaze with color and the Northern Lights dancing in the Arctic night sky. Enjoy visiting the best-known sights in Iceland, riding the Icelandic Horse along fine bridle paths and viewing a dazzling Northern Lights display after a great day in the saddle. Riding during the winter time is an Icelandic tradition and a wonderful experience.

Key information

  • Rider weight limit: 242 pounds / 110 kilograms
  • Tack type: Icelandic tack
  • Horse breed: Icelandic

Highlights

  • 3 days of riding
  • 45 kilometers approximate riding distance
  • Learn the “tölt”, the special gait of the Icelandic horse
  • See the green-colored Northern Lights dancing above you
  • Rain wear, water bottle, saddle bag, riding helmet
  • Bus transfer or flight from Reykjavík to the farm
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Full-board meals

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Styles


3 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 20 participants
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Accommodation

You will be accommodated at Blesastaðir Guesthouse, in two to three bed units, with bed linen. During the ride, all accommodation and facilities are shared.

Program

  • Category: Intermediate riders
  • Riding distance: Approximately 45 kilometers
  • Meeting place: Reykjavík

During this holiday, you will take a tour and visit the Secret Lagoon where you can relax in the mineral rich water. You will ride between rivers, Þjórsá and Hvítá and visit the Golden circle. During the riding days, “tölt”, the special gait of the Icelandic Horse will be introduced to you while riding on the river trails, made for tölting.

Get ready in the evenings to experience the unique tranquility of the Icelandic countryside and gaze skywards to perhaps see green-colored Northern Lights dancing above you (weather permitting).

Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1, Wednesday: Reykjavík - Blesastaðir Guesthouse

Pick up at 17:00 from BSÍ bus station in Reykjavik. Then drive to the guesthouse at Blesastaðir where you will meet your guide and staff. After you have found your bedrooms you will enjoy a delicious dinner at Blesastaðir and get to know the fellow riders and staff. You can enjoy the nice hot tub outside and

look up into the sky for dazzling Northern Lights. Then get good night sleep before you start the ride

the next day.

Day 2, Thursday: Kálfhóll Farm - Þjórsá - Secret Lagoon

Today you will be driven to the Farm Kálfhóll where your guide will introduce you to the Icelandic horse and its special gaits. This first riding day is a perfect way to get to know Icelandic winter riding in a relaxed atmosphere along the mighty river Þjórsá (the longest river in Iceland 212 kilometers). You will enjoy the southern countryside with an impressing view of mountain ranges, pastureland in its winter coat and the queen Hekla volcano watching over you in distance. After a magical day in the winter wonderland, you will go and visit the Secret Lagoon where you can relax in the mineral-rich water. Dinner will be served at Blesastaðir and afterward, you can take an evening stroll with your guide and host to look for the Northern Lights again. Overnight at Blesastaðir Guesthouse.

  • Approximate ridding time: 15 kilometers

Day 3, Friday: Kálfhóll Farm - Hvítá

You start the day with a short ride in the winter fields by the farm before you have lunch. The ride then takes you to the glacier river Hvítá with the milky water that streams from the glaciers in the highland. You will ride through lava and moss-covered terrain and enjoy the view around.

After a short break near the river, saddle up again and head back through the beautiful countryside to Kálfhóll farm to have a lovely dinner. There is nothing better after a wonderful day in the saddle than to relax in the steamy hot tub, watching the clear sky and hope for the Northern Lights to show up. Overnight at Blesastaðir Guesthouse.

  • Approximate ridding time: 15 kilometers

Day 4, Saturday: Kálfhóll - Þjórsá - Geysir - Gullfoss - Þingvellir

After breakfast, you will take your last ride along the Þjórsá river and take in the breathtaking winter

pastures one last time. After a light lunch, say goodbye to the horses and hop on to the bus to visit the Golden Circle, with its three most impressive natural sights in South Iceland. Golden Circle consists of the Geysir geothermal area, golden waterfall Gullfoss, and Thingvellir National Park. Geysir is a geothermal area with boiling mud pits, the lively geyser Strokkur which spouts water 30 meters into the air every few minutes. At Gullfoss, you will have a chance to witness the mighty waterfall, and you can feel the power from the water coming down the canyon as you stand near the cliffs.

Then you will be driven to Thingvellir National Park and see an amazing nature and geological phenomena at Thingvellir. Since 2004 Thingvellir has been listed on UNESCO‘s World Heritage List for its geological uniqueness and historical significance. You will be back in Reykjavík at approximately 18:00. *Approximate ridding time: 15 kilometers

Note: The organizer reserve their right to alter the itinerary if necessary.

Location

You will have the chance to ride along iconic areas in Iceland, experiencing the wild beauty of the Icelandic winter landscape.

Food

During your stay, you will be provided with full-board meals. The menu consists of a large breakfast and traditional Icelandic meals (fish or lamb). Vegetarian meals are available, if requested when booking. All riders make their own packed lunch from the breakfast table.

Alcoholic beverages are not included in the tour price and are hard to get in the highlands. They can be bought at a reasonable price at the duty free store at Keflavik Airport upon arrival.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • 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

What's included

  • 3 days of riding
  • All transfers during the riding tour
  • 3 - 4 horses per person and local guidance
  • Rain wear, water bottle, saddle bag, riding helmet
  • Bus transfer or a flight from Reykjavík to the farm
  • Domestic flights where applicable
  • Full-board meals
  • 3 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • Airport transfers
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Arrival and departure flights
  • Travel insurance

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Keflavík International Airport (KEF). Transfers from and to this airport are not provided.

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 14 days before arrival.

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Special discount

On multi-day tours, children under 12 years old are eligible for a special discount of 25% per person.

A 5% discount is available for parents and children 12 - 18 travelling together, 3 or more. Not applicable if the children’s discount is used for one family member.

Early booking discount

There is a 10% early booking discount available for guests who will book before December 1st, 2020 for tours in 2021.

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