Beach and Mountain Ride
Beach and Mountain Ride– Iceland –5 days / 4 nights / 4 riding days, Reykjavik - Stori-Kalfalækur - Kolvidarnes - Tradir - Löngufjörur - Snæfellsnes Peninsula - Snæfellsjökull Glacier - Eldborgarhraun - ReykjavikThe Snæfellsnes Peninsula stretches out into the West of Iceland. Find all features of the Icelandic nature here. We emphasize the black and golden sand of the beach at Löngufjörur. This trail, only revealed by the tide, offers horses and riders great opportunities to perform the smooth gait tölt over long distances. See the Snæfellsjökull Glacier and the mighty Eldborgarhraun Lava field. Relax in the outdoor tub after the adventure of the day.
|Operation||June 4 - August 23, 2015|
|Departure||Sunday - Thursday
June 4 - 8* / June 14 - 18 / June 21 - 25
July 12 - 16 / July 23 - 27*
August 23 - 27
*These departures are from Thursday - Monday
with a slightly different itinerary
|Price||$1,675 per person in double room|
|Included||Transfer to the farm and back to Reykjavik
2 nights in beds with bed linen
2 nights in sleeping bags
Breakfast buffet 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
Accommodation in Reykjavik before and after the ride
Personal insurance / personal items
$25 Service fee
|Please Note||Difficulty: Strong intermediate riders. Comfortable and in control at all paces, firm seat, comfortable in the saddle for up to 7 hours per day.
Knee-high rubber boots are recommended for this ride.
Accommodation before and after the ride to be arranged individually (not included).
Vegetarian meals are available if requested in advance.
Group size: maximum 18 guests
Meeting place: Reykjavik
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 introduce 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||Bus tour to sights on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, fee to be paid locally
Additional nights in Reykjavik
Additional sightseeing excursions
Blue Lagoon with transfer to Keflavik Airport
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Day 1 REYKJAVIK - STORI-KALFALÆKUR - GRIMSSTADIR (D) Sunday
Pick up time is between 08:00-09:00 in the morning and transfer to Stori-Kalfalækur Farm, where horses and staff are waiting for us. Please dress already in riding clothes. After an introduction to the Icelandic horse and its special gaits we start our ride into the mountains through fertile farmlands and along good riding tracks to Grimsstadir Farm with its proud history dating back to medieval times. Overnight at Stori-Kalfalækur in made up beds, showers and a hot tub on site. (25 km//16 mi)
Day 2 GRIMSSTADIR - HITARHOLMUR (B, L, D) Monday
The ride today leads through multi-coloured mountains and along low bushy hillsides. Hitardalur is a geological paradise. Vast lava fields, soft tracks through ashes and the high palagonite (tuff) mountains give you the impression of taking a ride on the moon! We leave the horses at the Hitarholmur mountain and drive back to Stori-Kalfalækur, where the hot tub is waiting. (30 km/19 mi)
Day 3 HITARHOLMUR - KOLVIDARNES - LAUGAGERDI (B, L, D) Tuesday
We continue our ride through this mystical volcanic valley. We stop at the sheep gathering place Hitardalsrett and if you take a good look you can see the troll woman Hit who was turned into stone returning late from a date. We proceed west across Hitara River and travel trough an area well known as the hideout of Iceland's most famous outlaw, Grettir. At Kolvidarnes Farm we leave the horses and spend the night at Laugagerdi Schoolhouse where a swimming pool heated with geothermal water awaits us. (45 km/28 mi)
Day 4 LAUGAGERDI - TRADIR - HOF FARM (B, L, D) Wednesday
After rejoining the horses we start our beach ride on Löngufjörur, the famous horse trail on the seashores of the Snæfellsnes peninsula. View majestic Snæfellsjökull Glacier ahead of you and feel the horses' excitement and take part in their joy on this extraordinary trail released by the tide. Our horses spend the night at Tradir Farm while we stay at Hof Farm with a geothermal hot tub on site. (40 km/25 mi)
Optional (available at an extra charge):
Drive along the coast towards the romantic fishing villages of Arnastapi and Hellnar. Here we are right underneath magical Mt. Snæfellsjökull. Visit the Information center of the Snæfellsnes National Park and learn about its mysterious powers. View beautiful bird cliffs along the shore, shaped by powerful waves. Meet giant Bárður Snæfellsás and hear about historic celebrities like the far travelled Gudridur Thorbjarnadottir and mass murderer Axlar Björn! (Approx. $35 p.p.)
After rejoining the horses we start our beach ride on Löngufjörur, the famous horse trail on the seashores of the Snæfellsnes peninsula. View majestic Snæfellsjökull Glacier ahead of you and feel the horses' excitement and take part in their joy on this extraordinary trail released by the tide. Our horses spend the night at Traðir Farm while we stay at Hof Farm with a geothermal hot tub on site. (40 km) Optional (available at an extra charge): Drive along the coast towards the romantic fishing villages of Arnastapi and Hellnar. Here we are right underneath magical Mt. Snæfellsjökull. Visit the Information center of the Snæfellsnes National Park and learn about its mysterious powers. View beautiful bird cliffs along the shore, shaped by powerful waves. Meet giant Bárður Snæfellsás and hear about historic celebrities like the far travelled Guðríður Þorbjarnadóttir and mass murderer Axlar Björn! (Price per person: ISK 4.500)
Day 5 HOF - REYKJAVIK (B, L) Thursday
Today we leave our riding companions behind and drive back to Reykjavik. The arrival time in Reykjavik is depending on the tide, whether it is possible to operate the optional tour on Wednesday afternoon or on Thursday morning. Detailed information on the timing for each departure is available upon request.