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5 Day Easy Ride in Icelandic Nature in Hvammur, Skagafjarðarsýsla

Hvammur Farm, Vatnsdalur Valley, Hvammur, Skagafjarðarsýsla, Northwestern Region, Northwest Constituency, Iceland

Easy Horse Riding Holiday Iceland

Íslandshestar invites you to take part in this riding holiday to explore the beauty of Iceland in Vatnsdalur Valley. This tour is an ideal opportunity for anyone wanting to enjoy a comfortable ride in the northern countryside and for beginners with no or little experience of riding but still want to know what the fuzz is all about. Riding the Icelandic horse is for everybody and purely the best way to experience the country. Ride along the routes and connect to nature on horseback!

Key information

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

Highlights

  • Horse riding sessions
  • Tour to Thingeyrar church
  • Approximate daily riding time 2-5 hours
  • Amazing landscapes and serene surroundings
  • Exploring the Vatnsdalur valley and Hvammsfoss waterfall
  • Daily full board meals and drinks
  • 4 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Styles


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

Facilities

  • Horse riding
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Garden
  • Free Wi-Fi

In this holiday, you will stay at Hvammur farm in a room having beds with bed linen. Accommodation after the ride is to be arranged individually. Hvammur farm is situated in the beautiful Vatnsdalur Valley which is so full of the old sagas and has the famous salmon fishing river Vatnsdalsá running down the middle. The farmhouse was renovated four years ago and has a hot tub in the garden with a view over the river. The farmer, Haukur, and his family are well known for the popular trail of hope tour. With their kindness and service-orientated way of being, you can be sure you are well taken care of.

You will learn the basics of horse riding, about the agent Saga tales that happened centuries ago in the countryside and witness astonishing nature all around. After a good riding day, you can relax in the cozy hot tub. The farm has six rooms (include two to four beds per room so it can accommodate the maximum of 19 guests), an outdoor jacuzzi, two showers, GSM connection, Wi-Fi, made up beds, and two toilets.

Program

Day 1: Reykjavik - Hvammur

You will be picked up at BSÍ bus station in Reykjavik from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. or from pick up points in Reykjavik where the Íslandshestar bus will transfer you and your fellow riders to Hvammur farm where horses and staff are waiting for you. After a lovely introductory meal, you will get to know each other, relax, and rest so that you are well prepared for the adventure ahead.

Day 2: Hvammur - Vatnsdalur

You will learn the basics about the Icelandic horse and head out to the first riding tour safely through Vatnsdalur valley. You will ride on the eastern side, past Hvammsfoss waterfall, surrounded by impressive basalt columns. You might even see foxes or falcons flying in the air and if you look really closely, you could see the elves and trolls that live in the mountains hiding behind the rocks. Your ride ends at Sveinsstaðir where you leave your horses and head back to Hvammur farm.

Day 3: Hvammur - Sveinsstaðir - Þingeyrar nágrenni

On this exciting day, you will visit Þingeyrar church which some might say is the most beautiful church in the whole of Iceland. It is a stone church with 1000 golden stars painted on the ceiling and other beautiful handcraft that makes it extraordinary. The first monastery was held there until 1550 and many of the Icelandic sagas were written there.

You will ride through extraordinary surroundings of Þingeyrar in rich birdlife and sandy beaches with Lake Hope on the one side and the North Atlantic on the other. After an enlightened riding day, you can relax in the outdoor hot tub at Hvammur Farm before a hearty dinner.

Day 4: Hvammur - Thingeyrar - Húnavatn

Today you will continue to explore the northern countryside and continue your ride towards Vatnsdalur. You might even cross Húnavatn river if everyone is up for the task which is an amazing experience. The agent saga says that the Viking Ingimundur Gamli (old) found two polar bear cubs at the river and named the river Húnavatn (cups water). After a wonderful riding day, you will go on a bus tour to the nearest town Blönduós for nice swimming in the public pool and see one of Iceland's greatest glacial rivers. In the evening, you will celebrate a successful riding tour with a great farewell dinner.

Day 5: Hvammur - Reykjavík

It is time to say goodbye to your guides and drive back to your accommodation in Reykjavík. The approximate arrival is at 12:30 p.m. in Reykjavík.

Íslandshestar's horse center

Íslandshestar's horse center was opened in the year 2000 in an outskirt of a small town called Hafnarfjörður. Surrounding the horse Center is a beautiful landscape full of lava, trees, mountains, and wilderness. The center is only 15 minutes drive from Reykjavik and it operates all one to five hour day tours from there. During the winter time, they have about 70 horses stabled but in the busiest summertime about 150 horses who they herd to the nearby field for green grass and overnight stay.

Their stable is connected to the center with a middle building where they keep their tacks. Their connected stable accommodates up to 54 horses and outside of the stable, they have a large paddock. Just across the street, they have another stable where they accommodate their private tours. That stable consists of a cozy kitchen, two bathrooms, and a shower and can accommodate up about 30 horses. There, they have a good indoor riding area as well.

The Icelandic horse

The history of the Icelandic horse can be traced right back to the settlement of the country in the late ninth century. Viking settlers brought their best horses with them, from various origins, though mostly of Germanic descent. The breed has remained pure for over a thousand years so today there is only one breed of horse in Iceland - the Icelandic horse. Today, there are close to 80,000 horses in Iceland, an incredible number for a nation that counts only 330,000 people.

The Icelandic Horse is intelligent, good-tempered, and versatile. It is the most colorful breed in the world with over 40 different colors and over 100 variations. Travel on horseback is growing in popularity and Icelandic horsemen are respectful and considerate when it comes to nature, just as they are with their horse. All sorts of competitions are held, emphasizing the different gaits of the horses, from novice fun classes to top class championships.

The Icelandic horse is unique amongst horse breeds because it masters five gaits including walk, trot, tölt, canter or gallop, and flying pace. The breed is best known for its four-beat smooth gait, the “tölt”, which is very comfortable for the rider and elegantly displayed by the horse.

Tack type

The tack used for Icelandic horses is slightly different than the tack ordinarily used for other breeds. The saddle is built close to a dressage saddle and has a relatively flat seat. Saddles come with plain or quilted seats. On longer rides, a crupper helps to keep the saddle in place. Riding style used on Icelandic horses is close to English riding style, but stirrups are worn long. Bits used are mostly simple snaffles. Bridles have a detachable noseband and clip on reins.

Included excursions

On the third day of the tour, you will visit Thingeyrar church.

Location

Vatnsdalur valley in Iceland has one of three uncountable phenomena in Iceland clusters of mounds and hillocks.

Features

Activities

  • Horse riding
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi

General

  • Garden
  • River

Services

  • Free Wi-Fi

Food

During the ride, full board is provided. 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.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

What's included

  • Activities mentioned in the itinerary
  • Horse riding sessions
  • Rainwear, water bottle, saddle bag, and riding helmet
  • Tour to Thingeyrar church
  • Bus transfer from Reykjavík to the farm
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Daily full board meals
  • 11% VAT

What's not included

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Flight to and from Iceland
  • Individual travel insurance

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

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

Arrival by bus

You can book your Flybus ticket to and from Reykjavík. The Flybus departs from Keflavik International Airport (KEF) 35 to 40 minutes after each arrival. Busses are located right outside the terminal building.

GPS

65.8680500000, -19.8381499000.

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

Children under 12 years old will receive a 25% discount on Íslandshestar’s multi-day tours.

Families with three or more members of parents and children 12 to 18 years old traveling together can avail of the 5% discount. This discount is not applicable if the children’s discount is used for one family member.

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

Thursday May 27, 2021
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