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Iceland Trail Rides : Prices & Dates 2020

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  • Northern Exposure – Wonders of Lake Mývatn 
    Low Season $2,287
    • GBP: 1,840
    • EUR: 2,072

    High Season $2,398
    • GBP: 1,930
    • EUR: 2,173

    22 – 27 June, 29 June – 4 July, 6 – 11 July, 13 – 18 July, 10 – 15 August, 17 – 22 August & 24 – 29 August
  • Snæfellsnes – Mountain and Beach Ride
    Low Season $2,324
    • GBP: 1,870
    • EUR: 2,106

    High Season $2,454
    • GBP: 1,975
    • EUR: 2,224

    6 – 13 June, 20 – 27 June, 15 – 22 August, 29 August – 5 September
  • Golden Circle – Southern Comfort
    Low Season $2,212
    • GBP: 1,780
    • EUR: 2,004

    High Season $2,423
    • GBP: 1,950
    • EUR: 2,196

    30 May – 5 June, 6 – 12 June, 13 – 19 June, 11 – 17 August, 18 – 24 August, 25 – 31 August, 1 – 7 August, 8 – 14 August, 29 August – 4 September
  • Kjölur – Across the heart of Iceland
    Low Season $2,423
    • GBP: 1,950
    • EUR: 2,196

    High Season $2,535
    • GBP: 2,040
    • EUR: 2,297

    20 – 27 June, 27 June – 4 July, 4 – 11 July, 11 – 18 July, 18 – 25 July, 25 July – 1 August, 10 – 17 August, 17 – 24 August
  • NEW – Under the Mystique Midnight Sun – Ride through summer solstice
    $2,280
    • GBP: 1,835
    • EUR: 2,066

    16 – 21 June
  • NEW – Riding between Rivers
    Low Season $1,268
    • GBP: 1,020
    • EUR: 1,149

    High Season $1,373
    • GBP: 1,105
    • EUR: 1,244

    25 – 28 May, 15 – 18 June, 22 – 25 June, 6 – 9 July, 20 – 23 July, 27 – 30 July, 3 – 6 August, 10 – 13 August, 17 – 20 August
  • NEW – Deluxe Beach Ride in Snæfellsnes peninsula – Beach to Mountain
    $4,119
    • GBP: 3,315
    • EUR: 3,732

    3 – 10 August
  • NEW – Viking Woman
    $2,429
    • GBP: 1,955
    • EUR: 2,201

    17 – 22 June
  • Geysir Gullfoss Special
    Low Season $1,578
    • GBP: 1,270
    • EUR: 1,430

    High Season $1,690
    • GBP: 1,360
    • EUR: 1,531

    30 May – 4 June, 6 – 11 June, 13 – 18 June, 11 – 16 July, 18 – 23 July, 25 July – 30 July, 1 – 6 August, 8 – 13 August, 29 August – 3 September
  • Thórsmörk Nature Reserve – Natural Wonder
    $1,473
    • GBP: 1,185
    • EUR: 1,335

    29 – 31 May, 4 – 6 September
  • The Arctic North
    $2,634
    • GBP: 2,120
    • EUR: 2,387

    3 – 10 August
  • Trail of Hope – Nord-West Adventures
    Low Season $1,584
    • GBP: 1,275
    • EUR: 1,435

    High Season $1,715
    • GBP: 1,380
    • EUR: 1,554

    7 – 11 June, 14 – 18 June, 19 – 23 July, 23 – 27 August
  • Landmannalaugar – Volcano mt Hekla
    Low Season $2,324
    • GBP: 1,870
    • EUR: 2,106

    High Season $2,479
    • GBP: 1,995
    • EUR: 2,246

    23 – 29 June, 11 – 17 August, 18 – 24 August
  • Winter Riding and Northern Lights – Winter adventures for Horse Lovers
    $1,056
    • GBP: 850
    • EUR: 957

    29 January – 1 February, 19 – 22 February, 26 – 29 February, 4 – 7 March, 11 – 14 March, 18 – 21 March, 8 – 11 April, 16 – 19 September, 30 September – 3 October, 7 – 10 October, 28 – 31 October, 4 – 7 November, 18 – 21 November, 25 – 28 November, 9 – 12 December, 16 – 19 December
  • Autumn adventure – Pearls of the Northwest – Includes a ’round up’ day
    $1,584
    • GBP: 1,275
    • EUR: 1,435

    10 – 14 September
  • Sheep Round up – Reykjaréttir
    $1,199
    • GBP: 965
    • EUR: 1,086

    10 – 13 September
  • Sheep Round up – Melrakkaslétta
    $1,901
    • GBP: 1,530
    • EUR: 1,723

    10 – 14 September
  • Sheep Round up – Landmannaafréttur
    $2,591
    • GBP: 2,085
    • EUR: 2,348

    18 – 24 September
  • Sheep Round up – Rangárvallaafréttur
    $2,429
    • GBP: 1,955
    • EUR: 2,201

    13 – 19 September
  • Horse Round up – Skrapatungurétt
    $1,895
    • GBP: 1,525
    • EUR: 1,717

    17 – 21 September
  • Horse Round up Víðidalstungurétt
    $1,808
    • GBP: 1,455
    • EUR: 1,638

    30 September – 4 October
  • Northern Lights Comfort Tour
    $1,578
    • GBP: 1,270
    • EUR: 1,430

    26 – 28 March, 2 – 4 April, 15 – 17 October, 22 – 24 October
  • Kings Trail – Across the Western Highlands
    $2,734
    • GBP: 2,200
    • EUR: 2,477

    4 – 10 July, 12 – 18 July
  • Easy Ride in Icelandic Nature – Ride, Learn and Enjoy
    $1,367
    • GBP: 1,100
    • EUR: 1,239

    24 – 28 May, 31 May – 4 June, 30 August – 3 September

Children – 25% Discount under 12 yrs old
Families – 5% Discount – Parents and children 12 – 18 years old travelling with parents, minimum family of 3

Note: Rates are subject to daily exchange rate fluctuations, please refer to our ‘Terms & Conditions’ for full details.

Included – All the riding with 3-4 ponies per person & full board shared accommodation.

Excluded – Flights, tips, airport transfers and alcohol (BYO policy).

Getting There
International flight to Klefavik.

Transfer
Short transfer to Reykjavik.

All our horse riding holidays hold a price guarantee. We believe in your piece of mind on price when you book one of our horse riding holidays and will refund the difference should you find the same horse riding holiday elsewhere at a lower price.

SUMMARY OF THE TRIP top

Iceland is a unique country in itself but if you add the Icelandic pony with its extraordinary gait and stamina on these Icelandic Riding Trails, you end up with a very special and a very different horse riding holiday.

This selection of trails have been crafted over many years by a collection of farmers we support directly year after year in Iceland. They offer their best home bred Icelandic horses for you to ride and guide you personally across the whole of Iceland in areas of pristine beauty, which only they know like the back of their hands.

Please have a read through each Iceland Trail Ride Summary below and a full day to day itinerary is available on request. Rides run throughout the whole year and are a selection of trails rides from one place to the next, along beaches, in the mountains, rounding up sheep, rounding up horses, celebrating the summer solstice, riding at night instead of the day, farm stay breaks and rides for those that have less riding experience than is required for trail rides – pretty much there is a ride for everyone, including families and children!

Icelandic horses, although small in height are extremely comfortable to ride and famous for the 5 gaits unique to this breed.

A bit about the special gait the ‘Tolt’

The tolt is the speciality of the Icelandic Horse. It is a smooth four-beat gait in which the horses hind legs should move well under the body and carry more of the weight on the hind part, allowing the front to rise and be free and loose. This flying pace is a two-beat gait, well known in the international racing world. When pacing the horse moves both legs on the same side together. In Iceland, pace horses are ridden in races and pace racing in Iceland is one of the oldest and most respected equestrian sports.

THE RIDING top

Iceland Trail Rides : Horses – Pure Icelandic Ponies.

Iceland Trail Rides : Level of Riding & Pace – Beginner to Advanced. A good level of fitness is required as you will be spending long hours in the saddle especially on the advanced trail rides

Tack – English.

Weight Restriction – 16 Stone / 102 kg / 224 lbs.

Iceland Trail Rides : Group Size – Maximum 18.

ACCOMMODATION top

A mix of cosy, simple guesthouses & farmhouses. The food is lovely home cooked Icelandic food, consisting of soups & stews, fish & lamb, with healthy breakfasts & lunches.

Trail Ride List – Summary

  • Northern Exposure
    This tour was nominated by the Sunday Times as one of the 10 best trails in the world.
    The North of Iceland is known for its spectacular natural sights and diverse landscape. Our tour goes from Bjarnastaðir Farm near Húsavík to the Lake Mývatn area, famous for its volcanic features and rich birdlife. Ásbyrgi Canyon, Dettifoss, Europe’s largest waterfall, and pearls of Öxarfjörður, are just some of the gems of nature we´ll be seeing on this amazing tour.
    An optional whale watching tour completes the selection of natural attractions on and off shore.
    We ride along soft riding tracks ideal for “tölting”, the unique extra gait of the Icelandic Horse. The first day we spend in Jökulsárgljúfur National Park and visit both Dettifoss Waterfall and Ásbyrgi Canyon. From rich green pastureland we head towards the Gæsafjöll Mountains and spend a night in a mountain cabin at Theistareykir. Through an area scarred with cracks and fissures from earthquakes and volcanic activity the route takes us to Lake Mývatn where bubbling mud pools and eerie lava formations are a reminder of the powerful energy right beneath our feet. We will have the opportunity to bathe in the warm geothermal water of the outdoor pool at the Mývatn Nature Baths.
  • Snæfellsnes
    The Snæfellsjökull National Park is where you find one of Iceland´s most beautiful and emblematic sights – the glacier-covered cone volcano Snæfellsjökull. Riding on this trail is definitely the best way to see the astonishing nature of the peninsula. The mystery and spiritual aura of this still active volcano were made famous through Jules Verne’s novel Journey to the Centre of the Earth. Many of the great Sagas are located in this very area. Today the remote beauty and rich bird life draw visitors from all over the world. The peninsula itself is often called “Iceland in a nutshell” because of its diversity of landscape.
  • Golden Circle
    What better or more unique way to do the popular Golden Circle Tour than by riding through the lovely countryside of South Iceland. The key attractions on this classic tour are the hot spring area of Geysir, Gullfoss or the Golden Waterfall. Each one guaranteed to take your breath away.
    This tour is perfect for families and those not having the required riding experience for our highland tours. Keep in mind that riding days can be long so you should be in good physical shape and have the basic horsemanship skills.
    On the first riding day you get acquainted with the unique Icelandic Horse and its special extra gait as we take an easy trek along the banks of the majestic Thjórsá River. We continue towards Gullfoss Waterfall with its thundering waters and the hot spring area of Geysir. After a relaxed day´s riding in that locality we next explore some of the more remote places, well off the beaten track. On our way to our accommodation we visit the charming Secret Lagoon for a well deserved bath. We cross the highland moor of Hrunaheiði and enjoy good riding tracks on our way back to Kálfhóll Farm.
    Part of this tour can be booked as a 5-day tour/4 riding days – see our tour Geysir Gullfoss Special and as a 2 day tour / 2 riding days- see our tour From Geysers To Mountains.
  • Kjölur
    Step back in time and ride along the ancient Kjölur trail as Icelanders did over the centuries when traveling to the annual summer parliament at Thingvellir, first held in 930 AD. We visit this historic site where the heart of the nation beats and which became Iceland´s first National Park in 1930. When we arrive at the south we will visit and enjoy the Geysir hot spring area and Gullfoss Waterfall.
    Travelling from south to north or vice versa right across the heart of Iceland we find ourselves traversing sandy deserts close to the mighty Langjökull and Hofsjökull Glaciers. Sheltered green valleys come as a surprise in this rugged terrain. Hveravellir is a geothermal area in the highlands where we can soak in a long hot bath under the Midnight Sun.
  • NEW – Under the Mystique Midnight Sun – Ride through summer solstice
    On this unique tour, we will let the midnight sun guide our path! We ride during the night and sleep during the day. The midnight sun is nowhere brighter than where we will be riding in the northernmost part of Iceland. We will be riding exactly when the Summer Solstice occurs on June 21 when we have the longest day of the year. On that day we will have the unique opportunity to see the sunshine through all three pillars of the Arctic Henge in Raufarhöfn. This is a newly built monument for the island´s Pagan worshippers.
    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 in this tour starting with riding a few days on the beach. The Peninsula of Melrakkaslétta, which stretches almost to the Arctic Circle, is a paradise for birdwatchers and people with geological interest. Here we are right on top of the Mid Atlantic Ridge where the NorthAmerican 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.
    Hosts for this tour are Halldór and Elín with their family from Bjarnastaðir Farm, known to many Icelanders for their excellent breeding of horses. Halldór is a respected member of his community and among other things, he is a “mountain king” when the time calls for gathering up the sheep in autumn.
  • NEW – Riding Between Rivers
    In this tour we ride out from the Farm Kálfhóll along the pleasant trail at Thjórsá glacier-fed river, the longest river in Iceland with a view of the mighty Volcano Mountain Hekla, looking over us from a distant.
    We will also ride along with the river Hvítá through moss and grassy farmland, and enjoy the Icelandic horse on his own home ground. This tour is ideal for families with children and/or riders that would like to experience Iceland on horseback in a quiet environment.
  • NEW – Deluxe Beach Ride in Snæfellsnes peninsula – Beach to Mountain
    If you want more luxury, then this is the tour for you! Our host are the horse farmers Gudmar Petursson and Linda Run Petursdottir. They are both educated riding instructors and give great emphasize to teaching the right moves, give pointers and give special focus on finding the perfect match of horses and people. The tacks and saddles are the best ones in the market, all from Ástund. On this tour we give great emphasize on giving a personal experience and we have about one guide for every 3 guests. On this tour we will be extremely environmental and try to reduce waist and use no plastic.
    The Snæfellsjökull National Park is where you find one of Iceland´s most beautiful and emblematic sights – the glacier-covered cone volcano Snæfellsjökull. This horseback riding tour in Snæfellsnes Iceland is definitely the best way to see the astonishing nature of the peninsula. The mystery and spiritual aura of this still active volcano were made famous through Jules Verne’s novel Journey to the Centre of the Earth. Many of the great Sagas are located in this very area. Today the remote beauty and rich bird life draw visitors from all over the world. The peninsula itself is often called “Iceland in a nutshell” because of its diversity of landscape.
  • NEW – Viking Woman
    As much that we appreciate the men in our lives, it can be good to get away from them from time to time. We have a tradition in Iceland – women-only trips where Icelandic women ride together and bond without the guys. Now we wish to extend this adventure trip to our 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, we ride and learn to work together and build trust. In the evenings, we share stories, sing and relax in the hot tub after a long day of adventure.
  • Geysir Gulfoss Special
    This tour is a short version of the popular Golden Circle Tour taking place in the hot spring area of Geysir and Gullfoss Waterfall. We also visit Thingvellir National Park on our transfer day. Enjoy accommodation at a cosy holiday farm with a hot outdoor tub and a hotel with private facilities during this tour.
  • Thorsmork Nature Reserve
    A truly wonderful tour into the fascinating Thorsmörk Nature Reserve. The Thórsmörk area is a hiker´s paradise. Riding in this wonderland of nature is pure joy. On our way to Thorsmörk we are reminded of the major volcanic eruptions that occurred in 2010 causing massive disruption to international air traffic. We ride past one of the lava streams that flowed from the mighty glacier-capped volcano with the unpronounceable name, Eyjafjallajökull. We´re in the saddle for 4-7 hours (20-35 km) daily and stay in cosey mountain cabins with our horses nearby. On site, we have a sauna, an outdoor hot tub and warm showers. Can you imagine the sheer magic of relaxing in a natural hot tub in the highlands of Iceland with the Northern Lights dancing in the sky above? Life hardly gets any better!
  • Arctic North
    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 interest. Here we 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.
  • Trail of Hope
    This tour is an ideal opportunity for anyone wanting to enjoy a comfortable ride in a variety of landscapes. As we ride through unspoiled nature our guide introduces us to Iceland´s heroic past with tales of bloody conflict, revenge and love from the ancient Sagas.
    Cantering along seemingly endless sandy stretches with the sea air in one´s face is an exhilarating experience for both rider and mount. There´s plenty of time to try the horse´s unique gait known as “tölt” while enjoying nature and learning something of the rich history of this beautiful and remote area. We start the ride at Hvammur Farm in Vatnsdalur valley. Sense the adrenaline kick as we ride across the waters of Lake Hóp, driving a herd of free-running horses ahead of us. A visit to a seal colony on the North-Atlantic coast is something you don´t want to miss.
  • Landmannalaugar to Volcano Mt Hekla
    Mount Hekla is a highly active volcano often titled the “Queen of Iceland”. The mountain towers regally over the region and every day we see evidence of its numerous devastating eruptions throughout the ages. In the old times, people actually believed it to be the gateway to hell. Landmannalaugar is a geothermal wonderland in the Southern Highlands. It’s natural bathing pools are only one of the highlights which make this area one of Iceland’s most popular destinations for nature lovers.
  • Winter Riding and Northern Lights – Winter adventures for Horse Lovers
    Winter in Iceland means a countryside ablaze with colour and the Northern Lights dancing in the Arctic night sky. Enjoy visiting the best-known sights in Iceland, riding the Icelandic Horse along fine bridle paths and viewing a dazzling Northern Lights display after a great day in the saddle. Riding during the winter time is an Icelandic tradition and a wonderful experience.
    We will take a tour and visit the Secret Lagoon where you can relax in the mineral rich water. We will ride between rivers, Þjórsá and Hvítá and visit the Golden circle. During the riding days, “tölt”, the special gait of the Icelandic Horse will be introduced to you while riding on the river trails, made for tölting.
    Get ready in the evenings to experience the unique tranquillity of the Icelandic countryside and gaze skywards to perhaps see green-coloured Northern Lights dancing above you (weather permitting).
  • Autumn adventure – Pearls of the Northwest – Includes a ’round up’ day
    We are proud to present an autumn adventure in the North West of Iceland that includes a round up day. There is a lot of diversity in this tour starting with beautiful mountain views from the wide Húnaflói Fjord and into the mysterious highland with a great view towards the two great glaciers; Hofsjökull and Langjökull
    We will meet sheep farmers on their way back to civilisation after many days in the saddle, herd a big flock of sheep. It is for sure a unique sight to witness 14 thousand sheep on their way back home after spending the summer up in the highland followed by over 30 shepherds with 100 horses! You can feel the joy and the excitment as this is their last day and everyone is on their way back home. You can for sure help them out and take part in the singing and the happiness. When you participate in the Round Ups you are experiencing the Real Thing! You will be one of the group to herd and sort the animals. Of course that means long hours outside in sometimes cold weather. Iceland in autumn has many colours and types of weather. Anticipate to be in golden sunshine one moment and to ride in rain and even sleet during the next.
    We therefore recommend to dress well during these tours, to bring long woolen underwear and lots of woolen socks and gloves. It is also good to bring some „quick energy supplier“ like chocolade. A warm rider is a happy rider!
  • Sheep Round up – Reykjaréttir
    From Kálfhóll Farm we head off through fertile farmland and enter the beautiful trail along mighty glacier river Thjórsá. The ride continues towards the herd of sheep that are herded down from the highlands in tenth of thousands. When we meet the herd we will herd them for the rest of the way to Reykjaréttir (Reykja Coral) where all the sheep farmers come together to collect their sheep from the herd. We will get the opportunity to help one farmer to collect his sheep by catching them and check their mark. When everybody has got their sheep into the right (“dilkur”) place we will head back to Kálfhóll farm riding on our horses. On our way there is a local pub that serves the traditional “réttarsúpa” (coral soup) which is a traditional Icelandic soup with meat and vegetable. When we arrive to Kálfhóll in the late afternoon we get our dinner. At the same pub we stopped on our way there will be a dance in the evening so if you like to go that can be arranged for those who want. The next morning, we enjoy breakfast and later the bus will take you back to Reykjavík city
    When you participate in the Round Ups you are experiencing the Real Thing! You will be one of the group to herd and sort the animals. Of course that means long hours outside in sometimes cold weather. Iceland in autumn has many colours and types of weather. Anticipate to be in golden sunshine one moment and to ride in rain and even sleet during the next.
  • Sheep Round up – Melrakkaslétta
    We are proud to present a round up tour in the very North East of Iceland. This part of Iceland is inhabited by only few people, most of them living in little fishing villages along the coast and on farms. There is a lot of diversity in 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 interest. Here we are right on top of the Mid Atlantic Ridge where the NorthAmerican and Eurasian plates drift apart.
    On this special tour we join the farmers in north Iceland as they round up thousands of sheep from the mountains. We gather the sheep from Núpasveitafréttur and Melrakkaslétta peninsula and drive them into Katastaða communal sheepfold so the farmers can sort out their flock and take them to their farms. Local farmers have been rounding up sheep in this area for centuries. Learn from them how to manage the flock, drive sheep down hill sides, across rivers and out of sheltered valleys to their resting place for the night, only to head off again the next day to round up more.
    Being amongst the farming community and lending a helping hand in this age-old tradition of the autumn round-up is as close as you can get to the heart and soul of this nation. As participants you are joining an annual tradition and not a customized riding tour. Therefore an open mind, good physical health and the ability to work as a team is essential. Expect to be treated as one of the crowd, be prepared to pull your weight each day and enjoy the camaraderie of all those participating.
    Hosts for this tour are Halldór and Elín with their family from Bjarnastaðir Farm, known to many Icelanders for their excellent breeding of horses. Halldór is a respected member of his community and among other things he is a “mountain king” when the time calls for gathering up the sheep in autumn.
  • Sheep Round up – Landmannaafréttur
    Rounding up sheep with the farmers in Landmannalaugar, Jökulgil and near Volcano Hekla.
    On this special tour we join the farmers in South Iceland as they round up thousands of sheep from the mountains. We gather the sheep into the Landmannaafréttur communal sheepfold close to the famous Landmannalaugar geothermal area. The yellow, reddish and greenish hue of the rhyolite mountains give this area a magical touch.
    Here, under the stately gaze of Mt. Hekla, we drive the sheep across the black sands, which is the ash spewed by this volcano over centuries. Local farmers have been herding sheep in this area for centuries. Learn from them how to manage the flock, drive sheep down hill sides, across rivers and out of sheltered valleys to their resting place for the night, only to head off again the next day to round up more.
    Being amongst the farming community and lending a helping hand in this age-old tradition of the autumn round-up is as close as you can get to the heart and soul of this nation.
    As participants you are joining an annual tradition and not a customized riding tour. Therefore an open mind, good physical health and the ability to work as a team is essential. Expect to be treated as one of the crowd, be prepared to pull your weight each day and enjoy the camaraderie of all those participating.
  • Sheep Round up – Rangárvallaafréttur
    On this special tour we join the farmers in South Iceland as they round up thousands of sheep from the mountains. We gather the sheep into the Rangárvallaafréttur communal sheepfold close to the famous Landmannalaugar geothermal area. The yellow, reddish and greenish hue of the rhyolite mountains give this area a magical touch.
    Here, under the stately gaze of Mt. Hekla, we drive the sheep across the black sands, which is the ash spewed by this same volcano over centuries. Local farmers have been rounding up sheep in this area for centuries. Learn from them how to manage the flock, drive sheep down hill sides, across rivers and out of sheltered valleys to their resting place for the night, only to head off again the next day to round up more.
    Being amongst the farming community and lending a helping hand in this age-old tradition of the autumn round-up is as close as you can get to the heart and soul of this nation.
  • Horse Round up – Skrapatungurétt
    Imagine hundreds of free and spirited horses cantering down from their highland summer pastures to be reclaimed by their owners. Mares and their foals, young horses and geldings traverse the rough terrain, not yet quite willing to surrender their freedom before the onset of winter.The ancient tradition of rounding up horses is only kept alive in the North of Iceland.
    From the Vatnsdalur area we ride through beautiful valleys and mountains to Laxárdalur valley. Here we team up with the Icelanders and help round up the horses and drive them down from the mountains to Skrapatungurétt communal corral.
    When this task is complete the locals celebrate with a special round-up dance or “réttardansleikur”. We are of course more than welcome to join in the fun. The round-up continues the next day when the horses get sorted at the corral and we help in returning some of them to their home meadows.
  • Horse Round up Víðidalstungurétt
    Join the farmers in this great autumn adventure. Ride along when they drive the herd, sort the horses and celebrate the successful return of horses and men. The varied terrain includes the highland moors, green valleys just turning into their autumn colours of burning red and yellow, deep blue lakes and rivers and Kolugljúfur gorge where a troll woman resided in the old days.
    From Hvammur Farm in the North we follow good riding tracks until we meet the Icelanders who have been gathering horses already for some days. We join them and help driving the herd down to the Víðidalstungurétt corral. When this task has been fulfilled the locals celebrate the successful round-ups with a ball “réttardansleikur” and we are welcome to join in the fun. The next day the horses get sorted. Experience the excitement of horses and men when the horses and foals are selected from the herd and returned to their rightful owners.
  • Northern Lights Comfort Tour
    For all those who want to travel with a bit more comfort we are pleased to offer for a fist time a two day autumn and winter tour with hotel accommodation during the whole tour. All rooms with shower/wc and the little bit of extra privacy requested by many of our guests. This tour is equally suited for riders and non-riders since there is always the option of taking part in non-riding activities. Riding, hiking and relaxing in geothermal water underneath the Icelandic winter sky ablaze with dazzling stars and the dancing Aurora Borealis. Traditional Stories and great Icelandic food combined with visits to the Secret Lagoon and a Northern Lights hunt in the saddle in the dark are fascinating features of this tour! On the way to Reykjavik we stop and visit Gullfoss and the Geysir Hot Spring Area.
  • Kings Trail – Across the Western Highlands
    The Kings Trail is a unique tour where we ride across Iceland´s western highlands, from the beautiful Vatnsdalur Valley in the north and shrine of the nation Þingvellir in the south.
    1907 the King of Denmark and Iceland, visited the country. Because of this huge event, some improvements were made on the ancient tracks to Þingvellir, to make it easier for the population to ride to the old parliament place and see their king. That is why we still today call parts of our trails leading to Þingvellir Kings Trail.
    We enjoy the true quality of the Icelandic horse in the mystical inspiring landscape and peaceful wilderness. Our historical riding paths lead us across the legendary Arnarvatnheiði Heath with its countless lakes and myths. During our ride the majestic glaciers Langjökull and Eiríksjökull are on the east side of our tracks. We visit the geothermal area Húsafell. Húsafell is often called the pearl between the lava and the glaciers with its natural forest and great outdoor pool. This is the perfect location to enjoy the midnight sun in Iceland. The Þingvellir National park is a number one location to visit in Iceland. There is nothing more authentic then visiting the UNESCO park then on a horseback like the Icelanders have done for centuries! At this heart of the nation the first parliament was founded in the year 930 AD. Þingvellir is not only designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its historical importance but also because of the very special geology and natural features. Along this magnificent trail we travel with a herd of 60-90 free running horses and everyone will find his/her favourite horses. Haukur, his team and his horses as well as the many spectacular natural and historical sites make the Kings Trail an unforgettable experience.
  • Easy Ride in Icelandic Nature – Ride, Learn and Enjoy
    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.
    On this tour we stay at Hvammur Farm in Vatnsdalur valley. Vatnsdalur valley has one of three uncountable phenomena in Iceland a clusters of mounds and hillocks. The farmer Haukur and his family are well known for our 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´ll 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.

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GOLDEN CIRCLE RIDE – An example of one of the most popular trail rides in Iceland.
All the other trail ride day to day itineraries are available on request.

Day 1. Reykjavik – Blesastaðir Guesthouse
Pick up at BSÍ Bus station in Reykjavik at 18:00, where our bus will transfer you and your fellow riders to Blesastaðir Guesthouse, where horses and staff are waiting for us. After a lovely introductory meal where we get to know each other we relax and rest so we are well prepared for the adventure ahead of us.

Day 2. Blesastaðir Guesthouse – Thjórsá glacier river – Blesastaðir Guesthouse
After an introduction to the Icelandic horse and its special gaits we start our ride along the pleasant trail at Thjórsá glacier fed river. We leave the horses at Sandlækjarmýri field and drive to Blesastaðir Guesthouse. This day is the perfect start to get to know your horse and the Icelandic way of trail riding in a relaxed atmosphere. Enjoy the outdoor hot tub at Blesastaðir Guesthouse before a hearty dinner. (approximately 15 km)

Day 3. Blesastaðir Guesthouse – Myrkholt
We leave Blesastaðir and drive back to the horses. From there we head off to the fertile farmlands of neighbouring community Hrunamannahreppur. We drive spare horses along in a free running herd, enabling us to change our mount regularly and traveling at a brisk space. We cross the well know Salmon River Stóra-Laxá and stop for our picnic lunch at Hrunaréttir, a corral used for the annual sheep round-up in autumn. We continue our ride on good trails, towards the majestic canyon Brúarhlöð where milky green water passes through bizarre rock formations. Our ride ends at Brúarhlöð and we drive to the Myrkholt Farm, where we spend the night. (approximately 30 km) Day 4. Myrkholt – Gullfoss – Myrkholt We continue our ride on soft trails ideal for tölting, alongside Hvítá River we follow the ever deepening canyon on to the impressive Golden Waterfall Gullfoss. We will have our lunch break at Gullfoss before we ride back to Myrkholt where we spend the night. (approximately 20 km)

Day 5. Haukadalur – Haukadalsheiði – Myrkholt
Our ride takes us through Haukadalur valley with its beautiful birch forest. Cross clear little streams on the way and enjoy the rich vegetation of wild mountain flowers that bloom during high summer. While you ascend to a highland plateau you will notice the changes in nature as you reach higher ground. A breathtaking view of the mountain ranges and glaciers of the highland around awaits you when you reach the top of Haukadalsheiði. Rest of the day is spent at the Geysir area. You have plenty of time to explore this highly interesting area with its countless bubbling hot springs. (approximately 18 km)

Day 6. Geysir – Tungufellsdalur – Kaldbakur – Blesastaðir
Guesthouse We leave the Geysir area and ride along green pastures back to the bridge at Brúarhlöð canyon where we cross mighty Hvítá River. Now we head towards the interior and follow beautiful Tungufellsdalur valley onto Hrunaheiðar heath plateau and we experience riding along the edge of civilization. Our horses spend the night at Kaldbakur Farm, we drive to the Secret Lagoon for relaxing bath in the geothermal pool and then drive to Blesastaðir Guesthouse and spend the night. (approximately 30 km)

Day 7. Blesastaðir Guesthouse – Kaldbakur – Hrepphólar – Kálfhóll – Reykjavík
Our last day of riding includes yet again terrific scenery. Today we follow good riding tracks past Mt. Galtafell. We cross River Laxá before we reach Sandlækjarmýri. We turn towards the banks of Thjórsá River and follow them to Kálfhóll Farm. Here we say goodbye to our guides, staff and horses and return to Reykjavík, approx. arrival at 20:00. (approximately 40 km)

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Iceland Holidays Testimonials

Jane & Sarah on Vikings Trail, Iceland

I just thought I would drop you a line to say thanks for organising a wonderful holiday for Sarah and I. Iceland was everything I thought it would be. I felt that you really delivered on what you promised. The horses were all in great condition and seemed very happy in their work. The guide

Jane & Sarah Evans from Ireland