Iceland Horseback Riding Tour

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Trip Overview

Duration

9 Days

Activities

Horseback Riding

Physical Rating

Riding Ability: Experienced Novice–Intermediate

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Discovering the Golden Circle

The fabled “Golden Circle” of Southern Iceland is a never-ending story—above and below! Iceland is famous for its dramatic volcanic and geothermal landscape full of fissures. The expansive valleys and mountains make for ideal and exceptional riding conditions. Expect saddlebag picnics, a historical interlude at Thingvellir National Park, the wow of Gullfoss, geysers, hot spring soaks and a sneak peek at the life of the “cave people” of Laugardalshellir caves. This trip is a beautiful balance of riding, landscape, geological wow factor and authentic Icelandic cuisine. And, of course, sweet-as-all-get-out Icelandic horses!


Explore the Land of Fire and Ice

Prepare to be Enchanted

Icelandic horses are known for their distinctly smooth gait and sweet personalities. This trip is suitable for women with solid novice to intermediate skills who are open to learning, as the style is quite different. More experienced riders will appreciate the introduction to the signature tölt and flying pace. After rewarding days of horseback riding through the undeniable enchantment of Iceland, you’ll spend your nights in the sanctuary of eco-friendly farm guesthouses and cozy mountain huts.

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This really was a beyond amazing trip. I think the description of the riding experience required versus the riding opportunities provided in reality were spot on. The guides were phenomenal.”

Melissa B.

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Photo Credit: Cline Owen

Photo Credit: Cline Owen

Photo Credit: Jenny Rae Bateman

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    Itinerary

    • Day 1

      Arrival

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    • Day 2

      Learning to Ride Tölt

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    • Day 3

      Valley of Horses

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    • Day 4

      Thingvellir National Park Ride

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    • Day 5

      Geysir and Gullfoss

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    • Day 6

      Riding the Drift

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    • Day 7

      Reykjadalur Hot Springs

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    • Day 8

      Black Beach Ride

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    • Day 9

      Departure

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    What’s Included

    • checkmark icon Seven amazing days of horseback riding
    • checkmark icon Visits to Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss and Haukadular Hot Springs (Geysir and Strokkur)
    • checkmark icon Riding gear (helmets, rain gear, tack, saddle bags, etc.)
    • checkmark icon One to three Icelandic horses per day per woman
    • checkmark icon One to three energetic and professional female horse guides (dependent on group size)
    • checkmark icon Eight nights of cozy shared accommodations
    • checkmark icon Divine Icelandic meals from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 9
    • checkmark icon Return transfer from BSI Reykjavík Excursions bus station to Eldhestar Guesthouse
    Please Note:

    Helmets are provided and must be worn while mounted.

    All applicable taxes are included in the trip price.

    There are no private room upgrades available on this adventure.

    Itineraries may be subject to change without notice due to weather and other environmental conditions. Please review our Booking Terms.

    Trip Details

    Know Before You Go

    Click HERE for all of the logistical details you’ll need to know prior to departure—including the packing list, arrival and departure details and suggested tipping information.

    This trip starts at the BSÍ Reykjavik Excursions Bus Terminal, Iceland, and finishes at the BSÍ Reykjavik Excursions Bus Terminal, Iceland. The closest airport is the Keflavík International Airport (airport code: KEF).

    Accommodations

    At Farm Vellir Guesthouse, there will be two, three or four women sleeping per room. At Skógarhólar Mountain Hut, there will be four to six women per room in bunk beds. At Kringlumýri Mountain Hut, there will be 18 women per room (bunk platform and loft).

    How We Support You

    Ready for a big adventure? We’re in it together. On this trip, we’ll be spending many hours each day in a saddle, riding Icelandic-style (on an English saddle), so if you are a novice rider, haven’t ridden recently or have only ridden Western, you must take Icelandic or English riding lessons prior to this trip.

    Still have questions or concerns? Let’s talk about it.

    What the Trip Entails

    This is an active adventure, multi-day tour on horseback for novice to advanced riders. Basic horsemanship skills are required. We would like you to be comfortable with the following:

    • checkmark icon Riding experience at walk and trot, but not necessarily confident at cantering
    • checkmark icon Ability to balance and stay in control while maintaining a secure seat at a walk, trot and tölt
    • checkmark icon Mounting and dismounting unassisted from the ground
    • checkmark icon Leading and riding horses over hilly, uneven terrain
    • checkmark icon The fitness and confidence to ride for 4–6 hours per day for seven days at altitude
    • checkmark icon The maximum rider weight for this trip is 210 pounds
    • checkmark icon Riding Ability Rating: Experienced Novice–Intermediate (Comfortable at a walk and trot, gaining confidence at the canter.)
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