Countryside Riding Adventure
Countryside Riding Adventure– Iceland –3 days / 2 nights / 3 riding days, Reykjavik - Thingvellir - Geysir - Uthlid - Kjoastadir - Kjölur Highland Trail - Gullfoss - ReykjavikFollow fine bridle paths to the magnificent sights of Iceland, geyser Hot Spring area and Gullfoss Waterfall. During three riding days, enjoy the view of glaciers, forests and green meadows. "Tölt", the special gait of the Icelandic horse. We use this comfortable gait for parts of our tour, but also trot and walk the horses in between. On the way to Kjoastadir Farm a visit to Thingvellir is made, a place of historic and geological importance.
|Operation||June 26 - August 21, 2015|
|Departure||Friday - Sunday:
June 26 - 28
July 10 - 12 / July 24 - 26
August 21 - 23
|Price||$1,285 per person in double room|
|Included||2 - 3 bed units each, beds with bed linen, shared facililties
Large breakfast daily
Full board during the ride, along with water and coffee/tea
Lunch packs (riders make their own from breakfast table)
Full guidance, English and Scandinavian speaking
Rain wear, saddle bag and riding helmet
|Not Included||Airfare & airport taxes
Pre & post tour nights in Reykjavik
Personal insurance / personal items
$25 Service fee
|Please Note||Difficulty: Intermediate riders (2 horses), comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length trots (tölt) and short canters
Group size: max. 16 participants
Accommodation: 2-3 bed units in summer cottages
Accommodation before and after the ride to be arranged individually
Vegetarian meals are available if requested in advance
We recommend ending your tour with a stay at the Northern Light Inn, ideally nestled into the lava fields at the Blue Lagoon. Visit the Blue Lagoon in the evening and/or the following morning prior to your afternoon departure from the Keflavik Airport.
Our partners in Iceland have been a leading, fully licensed tour operator for almost 25 years. The tours ntroduce the traditional way of traveling in Iceland and support nature, culture and the economy of each district we cover. They were rewarded with the Environmental Award by the Icelandic Tourist Board in 2001 and is a Green Globe Affiliate.
|Tour Options||Additional nights in Reykjavik
Swimming in the geothermal Secret Lagoon at Fludðir
Additional sight seeing
Blue Lagoon with transfer to Keflavik Airport
We offer an extensive range for 2, 3 and 4 star accommodation in Iceland's capital city and a wide range of Iceland excursions throughout the country.
Iceland Riding Equipment (PDF)
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Day 1 REYKJAVIK - THINGVELLIR - GEYSIR - KJOASTADIR FARM (D) Friday
Pick up between 09:00 and 10:00. Please be ready at the earliest pick up time. Your accommodation might be the first one for pick up.
We drive to Kjoastadir Farm in the morning and visit the historical site Thingvellir on our way. We also make a stop at the Geysir hot spring area before we arrive at Kjoastadir Farm. After having met our hosts we check into our rooms and enjoy lunch.
Our guide will introduce the Icelandic horse and its special gaits before we start our ride along pleasant trails of the beautiful birch forest at Haukadalur valley. We cross small sparkling brooks and enjoy the vegetation blooming during the summer on our way towards Geysir hot spring area. A perfect first riding day where we get to know the Icelandic horse and the way of riding in a relaxed atmosphere. While on our ride we enjoy the great view of mountain ranges, valleys and the glacier. (15 km/9 mi)
Day 2 TUNGUFLJOT - KJARNHOLT - KJOASTADIR (B, L, D) Saturday
Today we explore the friendly countryside of Blaskogabyggd when we ride towards Kjarnholt Farm and enjoy great riding paths alongside the river Tungufljot. We will cross the river at a beautiful place and ride into an area protected because of the rich birdlife.
On our way back to the farm we enjoy smooth riding paths and a great view over the Geysir area and Langjökull Glacier. The highlight of today is at the bank of river Tungufljot where we have the possibility to test the amazing swimming ability of the Icelandic horse. It is up to you if want to wade, swim or just take photos! (15 km/9 mi)
Optional (available at an extra charge) Secret Lagoon natural hot springs are located in the small village called Fludir which is close to Kjoastadir farm. The lagoon is kept natural and unique so guests can get the true Icelandic feeling. The pools natural surroundings and steam rising into the air gives the place a magical feeling. The warm water holds 38-40 Celsius all year. In the whole area there are several geothermal spots and a little Geysir which erupts every 5 minutes, showing off for the guests relaxing in the hot spring.
Day 3 KJOASTADIR - GULLFOSS - KJÖLUR TRAIL - REYKJAVIK (B, L, D) Sunday
We leave the farm and head off towards the majestic canyon Bruarhlöd where milky, glacier fed water passes through bizarre rock formations. We follow the ever deepening canyon to the impressive Golden Waterfall Gullfoss. After having spent some time there we saddle up again and follow the famous Kjölur highland trail for a while before we head back to the farm.
After coffee and refreshments it is time to bid farewell to horses and guides and we drive back to Reykjavik. Approx. arrival time in Reykjavik is 19:00. (20 km/12 mi)
Knee-high rubber boots are recommended for this ride!