ITB — Iceland Tourist Bureau

Countryside riding adventure

An experience made once in a lifetime

Should you not ready for many days in the saddle, yet an outdoor person with a basic knowledge of riding and a good stamina, then this tour for you. We follow fine bridle paths to the magnificent sights of Iceland, Geysir Hot Spring area and Gullfoss Waterfall. During three riding days our guide leads you to these wonders of Iceland. Tölt, the special gait of the Icelandic horse will be introduced to you. We use this comfortable gait for parts of our tour, but also trot and walk the horses in between. On the way to Kjóastaðir Farm a visit to Thingvellir is made, a place of historic and geological importance and first National Park of Iceland.

We have now added to this popular tour (optional) a visit to the new geothermal Secret Lagoon.

Also for the first time we have the opportunity to learn to swim with your horse at Tungufljót river.

 

Included

• Transfer from Reykjavik to the farm and back.

• During the ride full board is provided. Our menu consists of a large breakfast and traditional Icelandic meals (fish or lamb). Vegetarian meals are available if requested in advance. All riders make their own packed lunch from the breakfast table.

• Rain wear, saddle bag and riding helmet.

Not included

• Individual travel insurance is not included in the tour price. Clients are encouraged to obtain relevant travel insurance before visiting Iceland.
• Flight to and from Iceland is not included

 

Duration: 3 days ( 3 riding days )
Riding skills: Challenging
Departure: 10:00
Transfer: Reykjavík. Accommodation before and after the ride have to be arranged individually.
Accommodation: 2 – 3 bed units, beds with bed linen, shared facilities.
Optional: Swimming in the geothermal Secret Lagoon at Flúðir

DAY 1

Friday: Reykjavík – Thingvellir – Geysir – Kjóastaðir Farm

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.  You’ll be driven to Kjóastaðir Farm in the morning and visit the historical site Thingvellir on the way there. A stop at the Geysir hot spring area is taken before the arrival at Kjóastaðir Farm. After having met your hosts, you check into your rooms and enjoy lunch. Your guide will introduce the Icelandic horse and its special gaits before you begin your ride along pleasant trails of the birch forest at Haukadalur valley. Crossing small sparkling brooks you will enjoy the vegetation blooming during the summer on the way towards the Geysir hot spring area. A perfect first riding day to get to know the Icelandic horse and the way of riding in a relaxed atmosphere. On the ride you will enjoy the great view of mountain ranges, valleys and the glacier. (15 km)

DAY 2

Saturday: Tungufljót – Kjarnholt – Kjóastaðir

Today countryside of Bláskógabyggð will be explored while riding towards Kjarnholt Farm and enjoying the riding paths alongside the river Tungufljót. You will cross the river at a beautiful place and ride into a protected area due to its rich birdlife. On the way back to the farm you’ll enjoy smooth riding paths and a great view over the Geysir area and Langjökull Glacier. Today’s highlight is to be found at the bank of Tungufljót where you will 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) Optional (available at an extra charge) Secret Lagoon natural hot springs are located in the small village called Fludir which is close to Kjóastaðir 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

Sunday: Kjóastaðir – Gullfoss – Kjölur Trail – Reykjavík

Leaving the farm and heading off towards the majestic canyon Brúarhlöð where milky, glacier fed water passes through bizarre rock formations, you will follow the ever deepening canyon to the impressive waterfall Gullfoss, the Golden Waterfall. After having spent some time there you will saddle up again and follow the famous Kjölur highland trail for a while before heading back to the farm, where coffee and refreshments will be served. After that, it is time to bid farewell to horses and guides and to return to Reykjavík. Approx. arrival time in Reykjavík is 19:00. (20 km)