Season:
JUNE - AUGUST
Price from:
£ 1,930.- Per person
Duration:
7 Nights-6 Riding days
Departure:
Saturday

HORSEBACK RIDING TOUR IN SNÆFELLSNES ICELAND

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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.

HORSEBACK RIDING TOUR IN SNÆFELLSNES ICELAND

TRAVEL DESCRIPTION

Experiencing “tölt”, the unique extra gait of the Icelandic Horse is made easy for you on this tour when we follow good riding tracks. The long stretches of smooth sandy beaches make this tour a delight for both horses and riders.

This horseback riding tour takes us through a landscape of extensive lava fields, craters, and ash from ancient eruptions in Hítardalur valley. We also enjoy wide-open stretches of light-colored sand at Löngufjörur beach, where only the tide sets a limit to the freedom of horse and man. The impressive 50-meter deep crater Eldborg is a distinctive landmark, where the light sand turns black once you reach its lava field. On our last riding day, we follow the edge of the lava flow along the shore before returning to Stóri-Kálfalækur Farm. For 2018 we have added the first night and welcome dinner at Stóri Kálfalækur farm so now the tour is 7 nights and 6 riding days.

ITINERARY

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REYKJAVÍK – STÓRI-KÁLFALÆKUR

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Pick up at BSÍ Bus station in Reykjavik or at Reykjavik official bus stops near your accommodation (see: www.busstop.is ) between 18:00-19:00 where our Íshesta bus will transfer you and your fellow riders to Stóri-Kálfalækur Farm, 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.

STÓRI KÁLFALÆKUR – GRÍMSSTAÐIR

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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 Grímsstaðir Farm with its proud history dating back to medieval times. Overnight at Stóri-Kálfalækur in made up beds, showers and a hot tub on site. (approx. 25 km)

GRÍMSSTAÐIR – HÍTARHÓLMUR

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The ride today leads through multi-colored mountains and along low bushy hillsides. Hítardalur 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 Hítarhólmur farm and drive back to Stóri-Kálfalækur, where the hot tub is waiting. (approx. 25 km)

 

HÍTARHÓLMUR – KOLVIÐARNES

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We continue our ride through this mystical volcanic valley. We stop at the sheep gathering place Hítardalsrétt and if you take a good look you can see the troll woman Hít who was turned into stone returning late from a date. We proceed west across Hítará River and travel through an area well known as the hideout of Iceland’s most famous outlaw, Grettir. At Kolviðarnes Farm we leave the horses and drive back and spend the night at Stóri Kálfalækur. (approx. 45 km)

NB: Next three days we ride on Löngufjörur beach where timings depend on the tide. In some cases, we need to start the ride very early in the morning or in the afternoon.

KOLVIÐARNES – TRAÐIR

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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. We leave the horses at Traðir Farm and we spend the night at Stóri Kálfalækur. (approx. 30 km)

TRAÐIR – KOLVIÐARNES

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Another day´s ride on the yellow colored, sandy beach, the same directions as the day before a unique experience for everyone with lava-fields and mountains on one side of the trail and the Atlantic Ocean on the other. We leave the horses at Kolviðarnes Farm and drive to Stóri-Kálfalækur, where we spend the last two nights. (approx. 30 km)

KOLVIÐARNES – STÓRI-KÁLFALÆKUR FARM

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Last day on the beach and yet a new experience. The sand turns black as we follow the outline of Eldborgarhraun lava field. Imagine the black lava still on the move on your way back to dry land. The ride ends at Stóri-Kálfalækur Farm, where we enjoy Ólöf’s farewell dinner. (approx. 30 km)

STÓRI-KÁLFALÆKUR – REYKJAVÍK

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Transfer back to Reykjavik to your accommodation. Approx. arrival at 11:30.

 

FLIGHTS, TRANSFERS AND ACCOMMODATION

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FLIGHTS, TRANSFERS AND ACCOMMODATION

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We help you plan flights, transportation and accommodation before and after the trip. Ask us for advice before ordering and we will find the best solution for you.

Prices in GBP

High Season Low Season
£ 2,070.- £ 1,930.-

High Season: 29.06.2019 - 20.08.2019


You can request the holiday you would like to book, and we will check the availability and contact you via e-mail within 48 hours to confirm the availability.


Tour Code 0205

Prices Includes

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 6 riding days
  • Bus transfer from Reykjavík to the farm.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner all riding days
  • Rain wear, water bottle, saddle bag, riding helmet.

Prices Excludes

  • Free Cancellation
  • Travel Insurance
  • Flights to and from Iceland
  • Transfer from the international airport to Reykjavik
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Sleeping bag (Please bring you own)