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Mesmerizing Horseback Riding Holiday in Iceland

Íshestar is a leading horseback riding tour operator that has been offering horseback riding tours in Iceland for over 30 years. Their main goal is to offer you exceptional service and a chance to ride the Icelandic horse through Iceland's amazing nature. So, don't wait before booking this unique opportunity to witness the natural beauty of Iceland on horseback.

Key information

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

Highlights

  • 4 days of riding
  • 60 kilometers approximate riding distance
  • 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

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Styles


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

You will be accommodated at Guesthouse Blesastaðir, in shared two to four bed units, with bed linen.

Program

  • Category: Beginner and intermediate riders
  • Riding distance: 60 kilometers
  • Meeting place: Reykjavík

Day 1: Reykjavík – Kálfhóll Farm – Guesthouse Blesastaðir

You will be picked up between 9:00 and 10:00 a.m. from pick up points in Reykjavik or BSÍ bus station in Reykjavik. You will be transferred to Kálfhóll Farm where you meet the farmers and staff. You will have lunch at the farm and then introduction to the Icelandic horse and its special gaits.

This day is perfect to getting to know the horses and getting used to riding them. After a relaxing day on horseback, you will have dinner at Guesthouse Blesastaðir and enjoy an outdoor hot tub before a good night sleep for the next day.

  • Riding distance: Approximately 15 kilometers

Day 2: Kálfhóll Farm – River Þjórsá - Guesthouse Blesastaðir

After breakfast, you will go to the stable and find your horse for today. You will ride along a pleasant trail at Þjórsá glacier fed river and have your lunch in a relaxed atmosphere on the banks of Þjórsá River. You will enjoy the Icelandic nature and feel the relaxation of the singing birds and the river sound all around you.

This day is the perfect day to get to know your horse better and the Icelandic way of trail riding. You will have dinner and stay the night at Blesastaðir, with a hot tub on site.

  • Riding distance: Approximately 20 kilometers

Day 3: Kálfhóll Farm – River Hvítá – Guesthouse Blesastaðir

Today, you will ride to the river Hvítá, (the white river). Hvítá River begins at the Hvítárvatn Glacier Lake on the Langjökull Glacier. The river flows for 40 kilometers before dropping down into a narrow gorge at the famous Gullfoss Waterfall on its way to the Atlantic Ocean.

You will follow good riding tracks on your way to Hvítá, through lava and moss, with an amazing mountain view where the volcano Hekla, queen of the mountains, will look over you. Dinner will be at Blesastaðir Guesthouse where you will spend the night and can enjoy the outdoor hot tub.

  • Riding distance: Approximately 20 kilometers

Day 4: Kálfhóll Farm – Þjórsá and the horses at Kálfhóll Farm – Guesthouse Blesastaðir

Today, you will meet the horses that live at Kálfhóll Farm. You will go to their summer pastures and ride along with the herd that is running free around the farm and maybe see the new fols that have been born this summer, enjoying a perfect day for photos.

Your ride takes you along the riverside of Þjórsá which is the longest river in Iceland (about 212 kilometers) and leads you through fertile farmlands and on an excellent riding trail to witness what Icelandic countryside is all about. You will return to Reykjavík at about 6:00 p.m.

  • Riding distance: Approximately 20 kilometers

Notes: Luggage will be transported in the kitchen van. Bring bags rather than hard cover suitcases. Pack light because transport space is limited.

Usually, they change horses once or twice a day. On most of their longer tours, they herd their spare horses along in a free running herd, the traditional way of riding in Iceland. All tours of the three and four horse categories are operated that way. For tours of the two horse category, the guides may lead spare horses for parts of the ride.

The staff consists of the tour leader, the associate in charge of the horses, additional people to take care of the horses, and a cook.

Íslandshestar reserve the right to change a day’s itinerary, if road or weather conditions prove unfavorable.

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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

  • 4 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

Recommended Airports

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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Availability

This vacation is available in May, June, July, and August 

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.

 

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