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6 Day Viking Woman Trail Horseback Riding Holiday in Selfoss, Árborg

Fossnes Farm, Fossnes, 801 Selfoss, Iceland

Women's Horseback Riding Holiday in Iceland

As much as you appreciate the men in your life, it can be good to get away from them from time to time. They have a tradition in Iceland - women-only trips where Icelandic women ride together and bond without the guys. Now, Íslandshestar wish to extend this adventure trip to women around the world and make new friends. This is a ride you can do on your own or with your girlfriends and a great way to meet new people. During the day, you ride and learn to work together and build trust. In the evenings, you share stories, sing, and relax in the hot tub after a long day of adventure.

Key information

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

Highlights

  • 5 days of riding
  • Exclusive women's riding holiday
  • 142 kilometers approximate riding distance
  • Learn to work with other women and build trust
  • Rain wear, water bottle, saddle bag, riding helmet
  • Bus transfer or flight from Reykjavík to the farm
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Full-board meals

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


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

You will stay in farm holiday accommodations, in shared rooms with made up beds, and a sleeping bag accommodation in a mountain hut. Please bring your own sleeping bag. The accommodations are simple. Sometimes the whole group stays together in one large room.

The accommodations are equipped with beds, bunk beds, and shared bunk beds, depending on the size and location of each mountain cabin. Indoor water closet, warm showers, and / or hot pools are available in most locations.

Program

  • Category: Intermediate - Advanced
  • Meeting place: BSÍ Bus Station in Reykjavík

Day 1: Reykjavík - Fossnes

You will be picked up at BSÍ Bus Station in Reykjavík at 5:00 p.m. The bus will transfer you and your fellow riders to Fossnes Farm where your guide and the staff will be waiting for you. After a lovely meal during which you get to know each other, you go in for a soak in the hot tub and rest so you are well prepared for the adventure to come.

  • Accommodation: A bed and linen in two to four persons rooms at Fossnes Farm

Day 2: Kálfhóll - Fossnes

After breakfast, you drive down to Kalfholl Farm where your adventure begins. After an introduction to the Icelandic horse and its special gaits and unique qualities, you begin your ride along the pleasant trail from Kalfholl up the green riverbank of the glacier river Thjorsa where you experience the beauty of the Icelandic countryside with its jagged mountain views.

The volcano Hekla is silhouetted majestically against the sky, and you breathe in the unmistakable aroma of fresh, wild heather. The lambs skip through the spring air and the stallions toss their mane like supermodels of the meadow. All this comes together to create the perfect day with the Icelandic horse in its natural environment. This is the perfect atmosphere to get to know your horse and the Icelandic way of trail riding.

After three to four hours of riding, you drive back for 10 minutes to Fossnes where you grab some coffee and local goodies from your chef, Elin, while the horses are herded by your staff. After a lovely dinner and hot tub, it is time for a good night’s rest because the next day brings a six to eight hours ride.

  • Distance: Approximately 17 kilometers
  • Accommodation: A bed with linen in two to four persons rooms at Fossnes Farm

Day 3: Fossnes - Hólaskógur

You start your ride from Fossnes Farm. This is the first day you ride with the herd. It is a unique feeling to ride after the herd and see the Icelandic horses run free, as they have done for over 1000 years. You experience the great Icelandic horse gait “Tölt” through the fertile farmlands of neighboring countryside.

On soft riding trails, you increase the speed and experience the Icelandic “Fast Tölt”, which is the unique gait that has spread the fame of the Icelandic horses around the world. You then ride toward the Icelandic highland through the green and wonderful landscape of the south.

On the way, you will see some spectacular sights like Stong - the ruins of a real Viking settlement manor from the year 1000 and Gjain - a secret small valley with wonderful waterfalls, ponds, and volcanic structures. At the end of your day, you ride into the highland and arrive at the large mountain lodge Holaskogur, where both horses and riders will stay for the night.

Your chef Elín will be waiting for you with more coffee and Icelandic treats. After coffee and cake, Íslandshestar offer a drive up to the highest waterfall of Iceland - Haifoss.

  • Distance: Approximately 30 kilometers
  • Accommodation: Sleeping bags in a shared sleeping area

Day 4: Hólaskógur - Skarð - Hrólfstaðahellir

The team will drive the spare horses along in a free-running herd, enabling them to change your mount regularly and travel at a brisk pace towards the old Burfell Volcano, known as the gate to the highland. You then pass by Thjofafoss Waterfall (“Waterfall of Thieves”) - a name that refers to one of the many unpleasant ways the Vikings had of ridding themselves of people they didn’t like.

After changing horses, you ride along the Thjorsa River, on soft riding trails, through Icelandic forests (they do have some trees). You stop for lunch at the ruins of an old farm and then ride back to civilization, crossing small rivers and farmland until you arrive at Skard Farmstead, where you leave the horses for the night.

You will then catch a bus transfer to Hrolfstaðahellir Farm, an approximately 10 minutes drive away. Now you are back to the luxury of beds, with linens and hot tubs.

  • Distance: Approximately 35 kilometers
  • Accommodation: Two to four people in a room in a renovated Icelandic farmhouse

Day 5: Skarð - Hrolfstaðahellir

After a lovely breakfast, you drive back to Skard and ride with your herd through farmlands with a view of volcanos Hekla and Eyjafjallajokull glacier (the one that erupted in 2010 and shut down air travel around Europe). You ride down to the Ranga River, where you take a pleasant lunch break by an old sheep roundup enclosure (“réttir”).

After lunch, you change horses and continue your ride along the great Ranga River, where sheep run wild and swans swim with their babies. After about a four to five hours ride, you return to Hrolfstaðahellir with the horses.

After coffee and cake, you drive to the local swimming pool and enjoy Icelanders’ number one family activity: swimming and soaking in warm water.

  • Distance: Approximately 25 kilometers
  • Accommodation: Two to four persons in a room at Hrolfstaðahellir

Day 6: Hrólfstaðahellir - Ásamyri - Country house - Reykjavík

You ride from Hrolfstaðahellir through the county of Rangarvallasysla, which is home to many famous breeding farms in Iceland. This is where you will find the best stallions and mares in the country. It's a perfect day to take a look at some of the exceptional stallions strutting their stuff for prize mares and future champion foals playing by their side.

After approximately 30 kilometers, you stop at Asamyri Farm where you leave the herd behind and ride the last five kilometers to a country house owned by the guide, for refreshments and sharing tearful goodbyes before the bus arrives to take the group back to Reykjavík.

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.

Location

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

  • 5 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
  • 5 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

Arrival: Wednesday June 16, 2021
Departure: Monday June 21, 2021

Special discount

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

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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