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Iceland Family Friendly Horse Riding Holiday

Combine horseriding and sightseeing in the north just as you like! Go riding over the black beach and on the cliffs and/or visit Goðafoss Waterfall, Ásbyrgi Canyon, and go whale watching! Saltvík Comfort is a tour ideal for families and friends who prefer a rather easy-riding schedule compared to Riding Iceland's longer highland trails. Daily rides will range from three to five hours every day, adjusted to the needs of individual riders.

Key Information

  • Horse Breed: Icelandic Horse

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Saltvík Family
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Highlights

  • 3 horse riding days
  • Approximate daily riding time: 3 to 5 hours
  • All transfers during the holiday will be provided
  • Daily full board meals will be served
  • All domestic flights are included
  • 3 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


3 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Dutch
Group size: Maximum of 14 participants
Airport transfer included: Húsavík Airport
Airport transfer included: Reykjavík Airport
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Accommodation

The accommodation for this holiday will be in double rooms with a private toilet/shower at the Saltvik Guesthouse.

Program

The trails in the countryside of the north around Saltvík Farm are extremely nice and various. You will ride along the seaside over the black beach and on the cliffs but also up to the heathlands of the northern farmlands with a fantastic view out to the arctic circle and the volcanic landscapes of the north.

There is a possibility to cross a river on horseback and you can pass the pretty waterfalls, “Æðarfossar”, at just a few meters distance. Depending on the wishes of guests, it is possible to start the tour with some riding lesson(s) at the inside riding hall to learn about the Icelandic horses and how to ride the tölt.

Riding Iceland offers horses for riders at all levels so families or friends at different experience levels can enjoy the same rides at different tempos and action if wanted. Daily rides can also be divided into two parts where some riders ride half a day and others for a full day. This tour is ideal for guests who would like to try if a longer highland tour would be something to join on their next visit, or simply want to have a little less challenging ride than all the other longer highland tours and combine the holiday with the possibilities of various activities and sightseeing available in the area.

Examples of Possible Sightseeing Activities

  • Whale watching tours from Husavik (Five-kilometer distance from Saltvík Farm)
  • Sightseeing tours to Lake Mývatn (30-kilometer/30-minute drive away)
  • Ásbyrgi Canyon - The hoofprint of the eight-legged horse Sleipnir (40-minute drive)
  • The mighty and beautiful waterfalls Goðafoss and Dettifoss are less than an hour's drive away

Required Information

To find the right tour and, later, also the best horse for you, Riding Iceland reserves the right to inquire about information about your age, weight, height, and riding experience. Please let Riding Iceland know about dietary requirements, vegetarianism, as well as allergies in advance.

Guiding

At least one qualified professional guide will be present on every tour. The guide will be accompanied by experienced Iceland riders in cases where needed. All guides are dedicated to the Icelandic nature and passionate horse riders. They will be happy to share their cumulative knowledge about Glacier Rivers, Table Mountains, volcanic activity, the lively birdlife, and the Icelandic history and culture with you during the ride.

Safety

GSM connectivity is nowadays almost everywhere available in Iceland, even in the very remote areas. In case of emergency, full medical insurance is required to join RidingG Iceland's tours.

Size of Rides

Group size ranges from 10 to 20 riders according to types of tours. We usually calculate to bring 3 horses for every rider.

Riding Ability

The tours are attended with relatively high physical demands. Please make sure you are fit to join, the minimum riding ability required is mastery of the basic aids and the ability to control the horse at all paces and in the open country. It is a great advantage if you are a proficient rider. Riding Iceland does not accept absolute beginners but would be happy to offer help in finding a more suitable tour.

Children

Riding Iceland does accept children but they must be strong competent riders. Riding Iceland offers a 25% discount for children up to 12 years old if they are traveling with an adult family member.

The Rides

The mean length of the day is four to six hours in the saddle and can sometimes be longer than that. It will start shortly after breakfast when all necessary preparations are done. Whenever the terrain allows it, you will enjoy the fast but still comfortable tölt of the Icelandic horse. You will take short breaks every hour or two to stretch your muscles and allow the horses to rest a bit. During a long break at midday, you will have lunch and change horses before you continue to the destination of the day.

Instructors

Saltvík Family

Location

Iceland’s landscapes offer a wide variety of landscape, ranging from rough rocky mountain passes to smooth and wide heathland, flowery meadows, swamps, and stony deserts. The sure-footed Icelandic horse is perfectly fit to carry you even through difficult terrain. Riding Iceland's aim is to find the most remote spots that remain beyond the reach of any vehicle or hiker.

Food

All meals from the start till the end of the tour are included. Alcohol, however, is very expensive in Iceland so you might want to visit the Duty-Free shop at the airport to bring a small stash.

The day starts with a hearty high energy breakfast (usually including warm porridge). You will then pack lunchboxes for the days the car won’t reach you in the wilderness. On days, you will meet the car, you might even get a small hot snack. The dinner is aimed to be one of the highlights of the day where you explore healthy and fresh Icelandic cuisine.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Gluten Free
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Pescatarian
  • Seafood
  • Lactose Free
  • 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

Things to do (optional)

Although Riding Iceland's priority is riding, they might reserve some time to visit interesting sites in case they are reachable from the camp like geysers, waterfalls, or hot water pools. There is usually no entrance fee for natural wonders in the Icelandic mountains, it might, however, come in handy to have a small stash of Icelandic Kronas in case you want to visit swimming pools in the civilized areas.

What's included

  • 3 horse riding days
  • Daily full board meals
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Domestic flights from Reykjavík to Húsavík and return
  • All transfers during the tour

What's not included

  • International airfare
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please arrange your flight to arrive at Reykjavík Airport (RKV). From this airport, the domestic flight to Húsavík Airport (HZK) is included. All transfers during the tour are included.

Airport: Húsavík Airport Airport transfer included: Húsavík Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Reykjavík Airport Airport transfer included: Reykjavík Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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Pricing information

You can opt to skip the included domestic flight and travel on your own responsibility to Saltvík Farm, this option reduces the price by 250 EUR. For more information, please send Riding Iceland an inquiry.

 

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