Hvanneyri Agricultural School – 60th Anniversary

In the last century, the Agricultural School of Hvanneyri was the largest and most well-renowned agricultural school in Iceland. It attracted students from all over the country. For many students, the highlight of the year was the competition in breaking in and training young horses which took place in spring. This competition is called “Skeifukeppni”. The day of Skeifukeppni on which the various prizes are awarded is a true funfair for students of all levels.

The prizes include awards from the Trainers Association (FT) and the popular Morgunblaðsskeifan, the latter going to the student who receives the highest average score in the practical riding examination. The Morgunblaðsskeifan has been awarded annually since 1957 and it is considered a great honor to receive the “Shoe”. Some of its recipients later became known as the most talented riders of the country.

Award recipients at Hvanneyri's 60th anniversary

Winners from oldest to most recent

For the winners, this prize opened many doors in the field of professional horsemanship. They would be entrusted with the better horses and were given the task to train them. These where the horses the owners had great hopes for and that were expected to do well in future competitions.

This spring (21st April 2016), the school’s riding club “Grani” turned 60 years old. In order to celebrate this anniversary, all previous winners, i.e. the winners of the past 59 years, were invited once more.

The picture shows the winners that attended the celebration, from oldest to the left to most recent on the right. If you look closely, you might be able to identify two of Eldhestar’s founders.  Hróðmar won the competition in 1979 and his brother Sigurjón won two years later in 1981.

New Brochure 2017

Eldhestars new brochure  for 2017 can now be downloaded, please click here!

For the Danish brochure please click here.
For summer 2017, we have added our new Combo Tour, “Bike & Ride” (tour 4a).  This tour will be operated in cooperation with our partner “Reykjavik Bike Tours” located at the old harbor in Reykjavik, who welcomes our guests in the morning for a Classic Reykjavik Bike Tour on excellent bicycles. Afterwards, we will take our guests from the harbor to Eldhestar for an afternoon riding tour.
We also introduce a new tour for winter, spring and fall in the brochure, “Family Vacation” (tour 33). This tour is designed for families who might have different interests, and we offer child reduction for children up to 17 years. The program can be booked for 3 or 5 nights, either with hotel- or guesthouse accommodation. The  tour page will be online soon.
Hotel Eldhestar now offers 37 spacious rooms as 10 comfortable new rooms were added in 2016. We would like to emphasize that non-riders are very welcome at Hotel Eldhestar. There is plenty to do and see in the area, several tours and activities can be booked with pickup from Eldhestar and we offer transportation to Reykjavik free of charge for our guests.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions, we are happy to assist you!