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7 Day Private Comfy Þórsmörk Horse Riding Holiday in Hvolsvöllur, Rangárþing eystra

Skálakoti, 861 Hvolsvöllur, Iceland

Iceland Riding Holiday

Would you like to try a multi-day horseback riding tour, but take things more on your own speed and enjoy some more comfort and luxury? Then the comfy Þórsmörk tour might be something for you.

Key Information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 264 pounds / 120 kilograms
  • Horse Height Range: 13 to 14 hands
  • Tack Type: English tack
  • Horse Breed: Icelandic horses

Highlights

  • 5 days of private trail riding in the South of Iceland
  • 3 to 6 hours of daily horse riding along ocean coast or in the mountains
  • Transport from and back to BSÍ bus station in Reykjavík
  • Riding helmet and rain clothes if necessary
  • 6 nights’ accommodation
  • Full board meals

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


5 days with instruction
Group size: 2-8 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
17:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

You will stay in various accommodations as follows:

  • Nights 1, 2,3, and 6: Skálakot manor
  • Nights 4 and 5: Glamping at Volcano Huts in Húsadalur

Program

Day 1: Arrival in Reykjavík and transfers to Skálakot

Pick up in Reykjavík at the BSÍ station at 17:00. From there,you will be driven along the Southcoast to Skálakot. You will have dinner in the hotel restaurant and there is a possibility to relax in the hot tub before going to bed.

  • Accommodation: Skálakot manor hotel.
  • Facilities: private bathroom and shower, hot tub, Wi-Fi.

Day 2: Riding lesson and riding tour in the mountains

After breakfast, it is time to get to know the horses. You will meet the instructor and together you can talk about what you would like to focus on in the riding lessons. The lessons will be individual or in small groups and depending on the weather and / or your wishes, the lessons can be inside or outside.

After everyone has had their riding lesson, you will enjoy your lunch before going together on a 3-hour riding tour up in the mountains towards the glacier Eyjafjallajökull. A well-deserved meal will wait for you when you come back, as well as a warm hot tub to relax the muscles after this first riding day.

  • Accommodation: Skálakot manor hotel.
  • Facilities: private bathroom and shower, hot tub, Wi-Fi.

Day 3: Riding lessons and riding tour towards the beach

In the morning, continue with the riding lesson you had started the day before. After lunch you will take a riding tour towards the black sand beach. On this riding tour you will get enough chance to try the tölt, the special gait of the Icelandic horse. Also this riding tour will take around three hours.

  • Accommodation: Skálakot manor hotel.
  • Facilities: private bathroom and shower, hot tub, Wi-Fi.

Day 4: Riding towards Þórsmörk

Today you will start to head out to the nature reserve Þórsmörk. First you will be driven to ´gamla brú´, the old bridge, where the horses will be waiting for you. On the way you can stop at the famous waterfall Seljalandsfoss for some sightseeing. Depending on the group size and / or your preferences, you will either ride the horses and take some hand horses with you, or you will herd the horses loose with you. Maybe you even get to try both! Now you start to leave civilization, and over good riding trails on the foot of Eyjafjallajökull you will ride towards the big river Krossá. A car will be waiting for you there to drive you over the river, while your guide(s) will make sure that the horses get safe to the other side. Just on the other side of the river is ´Húsadalur´, where you will spend the next two nights.

  • Riding distance: 20 km
  • Accommodation: ´Glamping´ at Vulcano Huts in Húsadalur.
  • Facilities: Natural hot-spring, sauna, showers and bathroom (shared), bar / restaurant, Wi-Fi.

Day 5: Riding tours in and around Þórsmörk

In the morning, you will ride in the area called Almenningar, an area where locals leave the sheep to graze over the summertime. The area is beautiful with great mountain and glacier views in nice weather. Along the way the hosts can tell you lots of stories about the area, as well as the names of the mountains, rivers and glaciers you will see. After this approximately 4-hour riding tour you ride back to Húsadalur for lunch and a small rest.

When you have reloaded your batteries, you will saddle some fresh horses for a riding tour into the magnificent ravine Stakkholtsgjá. This area has been used a lot as a decor in movies, and when you see it you will understand why! This second riding tour is a bit shorter and will take about two hours. After this riding tour you head back to Húsadalur for a good meal, a nice hot tub or sauna and your second night of glamping.

  • Accommodation: ´Glamping´ at Volcano Huts in Húsadalur.
  • Facilities: Natural hot-spring, sauna, showers and bathroom (shared), bar / restaurant, Wi-Fi.

Day 6: Back to the farm

Today you ride the horses back home. After you had a good breakfast and packed your bags, you will ride over the river Krossá and head back the same beautiful way you came on the third day. By this time you know the horses well and you will have a good pace. At home in Skálakot there will be a last dinner waiting for you, and of course the hot tub to relax the muscles after the long riding day!

  • Riding distance: 40 km
  • Accommodation: Skálakot manor hotel.
  • Facilities: private bathroom and shower, hot tub, Wi-Fi.

Day 7: Departure day

You will enjoy one last breakfast together before the hosts bring you back to Reykjavík. You will be dropped off at the BSÍ bus station around 12.00 in the noon.

Location

This tour takes place in the beautiful area of South Iceland. The first two days you will spend at the farm to get to know the horses better through some riding lessons and shorter riding tours. After that, you head towards the beautiful nature reserve Þórsmörk, where you will spend a day riding in the area before heading home again.

About Þórsmörk:

Þórsmörk is a valley in the south of Iceland. The place has a big part in the hearts of many Icelandic people. Nature there is in many ways amazing with a lot of diversity from big glacier rivers on the lowland, to steep mountains and ravines with waterfalls, green hills and trees. The valley is surrounded by glaciers and Þórsmörk is the perfect place for horseback riding.

Food

The menu consists of a good breakfast and traditional Icelandic meals.

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

Things to do (optional)

You can relax in the hot tub after a day of riding.

What's included

  • 5 days of horseback riding
  • 2 days with a mix of riding lessons and riding tours to get used to the horses
  • Transport to / from Skálakot - Pickup at 17.00, drop off at 12.00 at BSÍ bus station in Reykjavík
  • Full board meals
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Riding helmet and rain clothes if necessary

What's not included

  • Airport to BSÍ bus station in Reykjavík return transfers
  • Alcoholic drinks

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

You can fly to Keflavík International Airport (KEF). From there, you can take the fly bus to the main bus station in Reykjavík (BSÍ). Skálakot Manor Luxury Hotel will pick you up from there at 5:00 p.m.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 29 days before arrival.
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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

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