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8 Day The Arctic North Horse Riding Holiday in Kerlingaskógur

Bjarnastaðir Farm, Kerlingaskógur, Northwestern Region, Iceland

Breathtaking Horse Riding Holiday in Iceland

Riding the Icelandic horse is the most authentic travel experience you can get, and Íslandshestar look forward to giving you an opportunity to enjoy these horses in their natural surroundings. Their experienced multilingual team members are happy to assist you in making your horse riding dream tour come true. So, don't wait before embarking on this amazing adventure through the picturesque landscapes of Iceland!

Key information

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

Highlights

  • 7 days of riding
  • 3 - 4 horses per person and local guidance
  • Rain wear, water bottle, saddle bag, riding helmet
  • Enjoy beautiful mountain views from the wide Öxarfjörður Fjord
  • Head out on a fun bus tour to Langanes Peninsula
  • Bus transfer from Reykjavík to the farm
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Full-board meals

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


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

Facilities

  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi

Bjarnastaðir Farm, home of Halldór Olgeirsson and Elín Maríusdóttir, is situated in the low bushy area of Kerlingaskógur, close to the glacial river of Jökulsá á Fjöllum and Dettifoss Waterfall. You will enjoy great views over the Öxarfjörður Fjord and the famous Skjálftavatn Lake which appeared overnight after a strong earthquake 28 years ago. Halldór and Elín, breeders of both horses and sheep, will welcome you with open arms, and their warmth and hospitality is indeed second to none.

  • GSM connection: Yes
  • Number of beds: 18
  • Number of showers: 2
  • Outdoor Jacuzzi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi: No

Program

Day 1: Reykjavík - Húsavík - Bjarnastaðir - Presthólar

You will depart from the pick-up points in Reykjavik to the domestic airport for the flight to Húsavík and transfer to Bjarnastaðir Farm. The pick-up will be between 6:30 and 07:30 a.m. Please dress already in riding clothes and bring your passport or other identification documents for your domestic flight. You will take a bus transfer to Bjarnastaðir Farm where you meet up with the guides and horses and have lunch.

After a short introduction to the horses, you set out through Kerlingaskógur´s low bush and enjoy great views over the Öxarfjörður Fjord and the famous Skjálftavatn Lake which appeared overnight after a strong earthquake 28 years ago, when the land had been lowered by four meters.

During your ride to Presthólar, you stop at Tungurétt and Kvíar (Fjárborgir) Canyon. You will overnight at Bjarnastaðir and on your way there, you stop at Lundur swimming pool.

Day 2: Presthólar - Blikalón

You head north and enjoy the soft tracks of the Melrakkaslétta Plains. The name Melrakki derives from an almost forgotten word meaning "fox". This area is a paradise for birds and well known for its fantastic nature, beautiful lakes filled with trout, and rich vegetation. You finish the day by riding down the Blikalónsdalur Valley, leave the horses at Blikalón, and drive to Bjarnastaðir Farm for an overnight stay.

Day 3: Blikalón - Raufarhöfn

During this riding day along the coast, you stop at Hraunhafnarviti Lighthouse, only three kilometers away from the Arctic Circle and finish off at Raufarhöfn village. Most of the 250 inhabitants of this small village live off traditional fishing, and you will take a good look at their way of life here, in the far north of Iceland.

Day 4: Raufarhöfn - Flautafell

Today, you continue to ride towards Flautafell Farm which draws its name from Flautafell Mountain hovering over the area. Flautafell Farm is an old abandoned farm house where nobody lives anymore. It’s about 65 meters above sea level, with beautiful nature all around.

Day 5: Sightseeing around Langanes

On this exciting day, you rest the horses and head out on a fun bus tour to Langanes Peninsula. The peninsula is known for its rich bird life and stunning nature with rock stacks in the sea full of birds and wildlife.

Day 6: Flautafell - Bjarnastaðir

You meet your horses where you left them at Flautafell and head towards Bjarnastaðir over Öxarfjarðar Heath. The heath is about 500 meters above sea level and around 60 kilometers long. In 1850, there were lots of farms there, but all were abandoned after the volcanic eruption from 1875, so now this heath is very rural, and you hardly ever see people there.

Day 7: Bjarnastaðir - Jökulsárgljúfur

On this adventurous day, you ride beside the majestic Jökulsárgljúfur Canyon. The canyon is part of the Vatnajökull Glacier National Park. Through the canyon, you can see the longest glacier river in Iceland, Jökulsá, flowing from Vatnajökull Glacier. On the way, you will come across a perfect photo stop where you can see the whole canyon behind you.

Day 8: Bjarnastaðir - Húsavík - Reykjavík

Before you say goodbye to the horses and drive to Húsavík airport to catch the flight to Reykjavik, you will ride to Ásbyrgi Canyon, a wonder of nature in the form of a horseshoe. The old saga says that Odin, a northern mythology god, rode his giant horse, Sleipnir, who stepped down on the ground and formed this shoe print. Arrival in Reykjavík is planned in the afternoon.

Note: Íslandshestar reserves the right to alter the itinerary, if necessary.

Location

This part of Iceland is inhabited by only a few people, most of them living in little fishing villages along the coast. There is a lot of diversity on this tour, starting with beautiful mountain views from the wide Öxarfjörður Fjord. The Peninsula of Melrakkaslétta, which stretches almost to the Arctic Circle, is a paradise for birdwatchers and people with geological interests.

There, you are right on top of the Mid Atlantic Ridge where the North-American and Eurasian plates drift apart. From mid-June to mid-July, this area is home to the midnight sun which sends its golden light over the deep fjords of North Iceland.

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

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

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

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Alcoholic beverages (available at Keflavik Airport's duty free)
  • Travel insurance

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Keflavík International Airport (KEF). From there, you can book a Flybus ticket to arrive at Reykjavík BSÍ bus terminal. The Flybus departs from Keflavík International Airport (KEF) 35 - 40 minutes after each arrival. Buses are located right outside the terminal building. After arriving in Reykjavík, you will then have a flight to Húsavík and be transferred to Bjarnastaðir Farm.

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: Monday July 5, 2021
Departure: Monday July 12, 2021

 
 
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 a 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.

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