Women & Girls Golden Circle Riding Adventure

About the Experience

Horseback riding through the wilds of Iceland. Volcanoes, waterfalls, hot springs. Imagine the wonders. Think of all the stories you’ll tell.

Every place you’ll explore in the ‘Golden Circle’ of Southern Iceland has a story. Blame it on the wild and romantic landscape as Iceland is famous for its spectacular natural features. What more could you want? Giant gorges, volcanoes, valleys, lava fields, sandy ocean beaches, sea-side cliffs, and idyllic meadows – and you riding through them all on horseback.

And oh, the horses. They have a story, too.  The Icelandic horse was brought here more than 1,000 years ago by Vikings. Herds of Icelandic horses still roam the valleys – you’ll see them and might even get up close to them but don’t worry, Icelandic horses are famous for their affectionate natures.

The Icelandic horses you’ll be riding are known for their affection, too, as well as their sure-footedness and smooth gait. This trip is suitable for women and girls with novice skills who are ready to learn, as well as more experienced riders, as we ride much of the trip in trot and tolt. After long days of horseback riding through the wilds of Iceland, you’ll spend your nights at comfortable guesthouses and peaceful mountain huts.

Many believe there is no better way to bond with someone than on an adventure in the heart of nature. We have designed this trip so that mums, aunts, big sisters, grandma and their favourite girls (age 10-16 years) have an incredible, low-stress, playful adventure together! The trip is modest in length, isn’t too difficult and promises to be loads of fun!

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Women & Girls Golden Circle Riding Adventure

About the Experience

Horseback riding through the wilds of Iceland. Volcanoes, waterfalls, hot springs. Imagine the wonders. Think of all the stories you’ll tell.

Every place you’ll explore in the ‘Golden Circle’ of Southern Iceland has a story. Blame it on the wild and romantic landscape as Iceland is famous for its spectacular natural features. What more could you want? Giant gorges, volcanoes, valleys, lava fields, sandy ocean beaches, sea-side cliffs, and idyllic meadows – and you riding through them all on horseback.

And oh, the horses. They have a story, too.  The Icelandic horse was brought here more than 1,000 years ago by Vikings. Herds of Icelandic horses still roam the valleys – you’ll see them and might even get up close to them but don’t worry, Icelandic horses are famous for their affectionate natures.

The Icelandic horses you’ll be riding are known for their affection, too, as well as their sure-footedness and smooth gait. This trip is suitable for women and girls with novice skills who are ready to learn, as well as more experienced riders, as we ride much of the trip in trot and tolt. After long days of horseback riding through the wilds of Iceland, you’ll spend your nights at comfortable guesthouses and peaceful mountain huts.

Many believe there is no better way to bond with someone than on an adventure in the heart of nature. We have designed this trip so that mums, aunts, big sisters, grandma and their favourite girls (age 10-16 years) have an incredible, low-stress, playful adventure together! The trip is modest in length, isn’t too difficult and promises to be loads of fun!

Day 1: Arrival
Your Icelandic riding adventure starts in the evening. You will be picked up at the BSI bus station between 17:30- 18:30 (5:30-6:30pm) and driven to farm Vellir, near Hveragerði. Upon arrival, meet your Wild Women guides and settle into the new guesthouse. We will get to know each other during dinner at nearby Hotel Eldhestar. The day will end with our Wild Women orientation and a detailed description of the tour.

Day 2: Riding Lessons, Meadows & Mountains Trail Ride
Rise and shine to a hearty breakfast in Hotel Eldhestar. This morning, your guides provide detailed information about the Icelandic horse and techniques for Icelandic riding. We begin with a live demonstration of tacking, mounting, and maneuvering through the various gaits of the Icelandic horse. We then get outfitted with our rain gear, helmets, and saddles and paired up with our first horse. The rest of the morning is spent in the outdoor paddock learning to ride the Icelandic way; mounting form the ground, maneuvering and stopping, walking, tölting and trotting on an Icelandic horse are all slightly different than what you are used to. You will need to be able to do all of this comfortably throughout the trip.

After lunch, we head out for a 2.5 – 3 hour ride on some smooth riding trails along meadows which are perfect for trying the special gait of the Icelandic horse, the tölt. The ride starts on soft riding trails along the green fields of farm Vellir. We then follow an old route towards Ingolfsfjall Mountain, riding along the slopes of the mountain with nice views of the lowlands, Olfusa river and Atlantic ocean before we return to the farm. We untack our horses and store our saddles and raingear together, ready for our ride tomorrow. Dinner tonight is at Hotel Eldhestar. We will review the next day’s itinerary, pack for our next two nights at the huts and enjoy the hot tubs!

  • Riding Distance: ~15km
  • Riding Time: 2.5 – 3 hours

 

Day 3: Mountain Riding to Thingvellir National Park
After another early but hearty breakfast, both riders and horses are shuttled (about a 20 minute drive) to Kolvidarholl (the site of a geothermal power plant). Be prepared to ride for 4.5-6 hours today, over rough, mountain terrain. There are about 4 dismounts throughout the day where we will need to lead our horses down steep rocky sections. We head north below the volcano Hengill and as we ride along, we dismount and lead the horses through the narrow canyon into Marardalur (the Valley of Horses). Today we enjoy a picnic lunch along the way. From here we ride along the mountainside to the next road, where we meet the trailers for our shuttle to Thingvellir.

Thingvellir National Park is special because it is where Icelanders had their democratic meetings, called Althing, for hundreds of years. It is also the site of the rift valley where the North American plate and the Eurasian plate are drifting apart along the mid Atlantic Ridge. From here, it is just 10 mintues to our mountain hut, Skógarhólar, where we spend the night. The chef will meet us at the hut, with our luggage and have an amazing meal prepared. Tonight we relax and reflect on our second day of riding.

  • Riding Distance: 25 km
  • Riding Time: 4,5 – 5,5 hrs

 

Day 4: Riding Thingvellir 
Today we ride for another 4.5-6 hours across Thingvellir National Park. We can see Lake Thingvallavatn, the largest lake in Iceland. We ride up and over the hills, through the moss covered lava fields, to Kringlumýri, another mountian hut.  We arrive to another delicious meal and a well-deserved sleep.

  • Riding Distance: ~22 km
  • Riding Time: 4.5 – 5.5 hours

 

Day 5:  Visiting Geysir & Gullfoss
In the morning, we will be driven to Gullfoss (Golden Waterfall) where we will learn about how the first Icelandic female conservationist, saved Gullfoss from being dammed. Next we head over to the Haukadular hotsprings, Geysir and Strokkur. Strokkur is the hot spring that erupts every 7-8 minutes, and we will take time to revel in the power of geothermal energy.

After lunch, we ride about 3-4 hours along soft riding paths. We get another excellent view over Lake Thingvallavatn, then we ride around lake Úlfljótsvatn until we will meet the trailers for our shuttle back to farm Vellir.

  • Riding Distance: ~ 15km
  • Riding Time: 3-4 hrs

 

Day 6: Black Beach Ride
Today’s ride takes us along a soft black lava sand to the picturesque area where the mighty river Ölfusá meets the sea. We continue our tour through shallow water at the edge of the river delta and ride on the soft, green river banks back to farm Vellir. On our way we enjoy spectacular views, weather permitting, and have good chances to see birds of various kinds. (The tour may start at the farm and end at the beach, depending on tides). Back at the farm, say “until next time” to your favourite horses and enjoy another dip in the hot pots before dinner.

  • Riding Distance: 23 km
  • Riding Time: 5 – 6 hours

 

Day 7: Departure

Today you can choose to depart in the early morning or perhaps sleep in and enjoy a mid-day transfer back to Reykjavik.

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