Golden Circle - Southern Comfort
Golden Circle - Southern Comfort– Iceland –8 days / 7 nights / 6 riding days, Reykjavik - Gullfoss - Geysir - Thingvellir - Fossnes - Hrunarettir - Haukadalur - Tungufellsdalur - Hrunaheidar - ReykjavikThis tour was nominated by CNN as the 4th greatest horse trek in the world! There is no better way to visit the Geysir hot springs area, Stokkur and Gullfoss Waterfall than by riding through the lush countryside of South Iceland. Enjoy the great scenery at Thingvellir National Park on our way to the farm. Ideal for families and those who do not have the required riding experience for our highland tours, but have a basic knowledge of horsemanship.
|Operation||June 4 - August 20, 2016|
|Departure||Saturday - Saturday:
June 4 - 11 / June 11 - 18 / June 18 - 25 / June 25 - July 2
July 2 - 9 / July 9 - 16 / July 16 - 23 / July 23 - 30 / July 30 - Aug 6
Aug 6 - 13 / Aug 13 - 20 / Aug 20 - 27
|Price||$2,250 per person in double room|
|Included||Airport transfer if you participate in the tour program as described
Hotel accommodation in Reykjavik before/after the riding tour
2 - 4 bed units with shared facilities the farms
Scandinavian breakfast buffet daily
Full board during the ride, along with water and coffee/tea
Vegetarian meals are available if requested in advance
Traditional Icelandic stew on arrival day
Transfer to the farm and back to Reykjavik
Lunch packs (riders make their own from breakfast table)
Full guidance, English and Scandinavian speaking
Rain wear, saddle bag and a riding helmet
|Not Included||Airfare & Airport taxes
Lunch and dinner at Reykjavik accommodation
Personal insurance / personal items
$25 Service fee
|Please Note||Difficulty: Intermediate riders, comfortable during long hours in the saddle (2 horses +)
Group size: maximum 18 participants
Departure from Hotel Cabin is at 09:30 to Kalfholl farm
Bus drive takes approx. 2 hours
Please dress already in Riding Clothes
|Tour Options||Snowmobile drive on Langjökull glacier
Additional nights in Reykjavik
Blue Lagoon with transfer to Keflavik Airport
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Day 1 ARRIVAL ICELAND - KEFLAVIK - REYKJAVIK Saturday
Individual transfer with Flybus from Keflavik Airport to your Hotel Cabin in Reykjavik (included). Welcome meeting at Ishestar riding center where you meet your fellow riders. Pick up for the welcome meeting at 18:00 at included hotel. Please see useful information regarding airport transfers.
Day 2 REYKJAVIK - THINGVELLIR - KALFHOLL - FOSSNES FARM (B, L, D) Sunday
Pick up at the hotel in the morning. Transfer from Reykjavík via Thingvellir National Park to Kalfholl Farm. After an introduction to the Icelandic horse and its special gaits we start our ride along the pleasant trail at Thjorsa glacier fed river. We leave the horses at Sandlækjarmyri field and drive to Fossnes Farm. 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 Fossnes Farm before a hearty dinner. (15 km/10 mi)
Day 3 FOSSNES - HVITARDALUR - KJOASTADIR (B, L, D) Monday
We leave the farm 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. Cross the well know Salmon River Stora-Laxa and stop for our picnic lunch at Hrunarettir, a corral used for the annual sheep round-up in autumn. Our horses stay behind at Hvitardalur Farm and we drive to Kjoastadir farm where we stay for next three nights. (30 km/19 mi)
Day 4 HVITARDALUR- GULLFOSS - KJOASTADIR ( B, L, D) Tuesday
We continue our ride on soft trails ideal for tölting towards the majestic canyon Bruarhlöd where milky green water passes through bizarre rock formations. Alongside Hvita River we follow the ever deepening canyon on to the impressive Golden Waterfall Gullfoss and continue to the famous Geysir hot spring area. We end the day at Kjoastadir farm.
(21 km/13 mi)
Day 5 GEYSIR - HAUKADALUR - HAUKADALSHEIDI - KJOASTADIR (B, L, D) Wednesday
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 Haukadalsheidi.
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. (20 km/12 mi)
Optional (available at an extra charge): Snowmobile drive on Langjökull glacier Enjoy the white ice field of Langjökull glacier up-close. A 4x4 vehicle take us to a base camp where we change into warm gear. After safety instructions we drive into the white world of ice and snow. Two people share a snowmobile during the 1 hr. drive and both get to drive the vehicle (a valid drivers license is necessary to drive a snowmobile, younger participants and children can sit in the back).
Minimum: 6 participants. Price per person approx. Euro 100. Children younger than 12 years receive 50% discount.
Day 6 TUNGUFELLSDALUR - KALDBAKUR - KALFHOLL (B, L, D) Thursday
We leave the Geysir area and ride along green pastures back to the bridge at Bruarhlöd canyon where we cross mighty Hvita River. Now we head towards the interior and follow beautiful Tungufellsdalur valley onto Hrunaheidar heath plateau and experience riding along the edge of civilisation. Our horses spend the night at Kaldbakur Farm, while we drive to Fossnes Farm and spend the night. We will surely enjoy the nice outdoor tub after this exciting riding day. (30 km/19 mi)
Day 7 FOSSNES - KALDBAKUR - KALFHOLL - REYKJAVIK (B, L, D) Friday
Our last day of riding includes yet again terrific scenery. Today we follow good riding tracks past Mt. Galtafell and see the amazing basalt columns at Hreppholar. We cross River Laxa before we reach the Reykjarettir corral. We turn towards the banks of Thjorsa River and follow them back to Kalfholl Farm. (40 km/25 mi)
Here we say goodbye to our guides, staff and horses and return to the hotel in Reykjavik for an overnight stay. Approx. arrival in Reykjavik at 19:00. Overnight at your hotel.
Day 8 REYKJAVIK DEPARTURE (B) After breakfast individual transfer by Fly-bus to Keflavik Airport in time for the return flight home (included).
The tour operator reserves the right to alter the itinerary if necessary.