Horses moved into the new stable!

 

Our newly built, spacious stable is finally ready for the horses – just in time for the winter training season. We now have space for 60 horses in boxes for two, and a separate area for farriers.

New Stable

 

Winter has been rather tranquil and mild so far, so good progress is being made in the building of our new stable. The new, spacious part for 20 horses will soon be ready!

Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

We wish you all merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

Your Eldhestar Team

New look of the lobby area

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The lobby area at Hotel Eldhestar, which was expanded last spring, got newly furnished with Icelandic design just in time for Christmas.
We are very pleased to be able to offer our guests such a spacious, cozy sitting area!

Youngsters completed basic training

Our youngsters born in 2013 recently completed their basic training, a group of promising mares and geldings who are eager to learn.

They spent about 8 weeks at the farm and have now returned to our herd, happy to meet with their friends for another year of playing in the freedom of large meadows.  This allows our young horses to further develop both physically and mentally before their training continues.  It is amazing to see how much stronger and more mature they return!

Some of them will join our herd of tour horses, others will be sold.

 

Their  fathers are well known, highly judged first prize stallions:

Erpur frá Völlum – F: Korgur frá Ingólfshvoli (total score 8.41) / M: Fiðla frá Stóra-Vantsskarði

Moli frá Völlum – F: Kappi frá Kommu (total score 8,51) / M: Hiða frá Halakoti

Sinfónía frá Völlum – F: Seiður frá Flugumýri (total score 8,69) / M: Kátina frá Flugumýri

Vallarsól frá Völlum – F: Álfur frá Selfossi (total score 8,46) / M:  Náttsól frá Fellsmúla

Hvammur frá Völlum – F: Álfur frá Selfossi / M: Ópal frá Hvammi

Hremsa frá Völlum –  F: Glæsir frá Litlu-Sandvík (total score 8,11) / M: Bíra frá Svínafelli

Iðja frá Völlum – F: Þeyr frá Akranesi (total score 8,55) / M: Gleði frá Áslandi

Elmur frá Völlum – F: Korgur frá Ingólfshvoli (total score 8.41) / M: Elding frá Njálsgerði

 

As promised earlier this autumn, here are some pictures!

 

Would you like to know more about our horses, or have you decided to become the owner of an Icelandic horse – or have even started to collect them..?

Have a look at our new pages Eldhestar Breeding and Horses For Sale!

These pages are currently updated with information about more horses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 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!
For the Danish brochure please click here.

New stable and autumn life

Our farm Vellir has changed a bit within the last years, and certainly a lot since the beginning of Eldhestar in 1986! Since 2008, we have added a new stable, the guesthouse, the riding hall, the new part of the restaurant and 10 new rooms.

In the first week of September, the constructors arrived again, but this time for the horses. The stable will be expanded, so more horses can be accommodated for training and courses during the winter season. The new stable with 12 new boxes and a spacious area for the farriers will be ready to use just in time for the beginning of the training season in December.

The summer season has ended with the last tour “Around the Volcano” last week, and guests on the first winter tour “Northern Lights Grand Tour“ will arrive tomorrow. We enjoyed stunning Northern Lights and golden autumn days with sunshine and crisp air last week end, and expect this beautiful weather to continue for the whole week.

Most of our horses left for their well deserved vacation. It is such a joy to see their happiness when they step out of the trailer and realize that they are finally out on the endless fields again. Their colleaguses back home have a nice time on the „cozy field“, the large area around the hotel used for haymaking, and a sort of wellness area for our horses in September

This time of the year is exciting as we always take in our young horses. Ida teaches them the basics, and after their first steps with the rider the get to spend another year in freedom with the herd. Pictures will come soon!

Meanwhile, we are busy preparing next season with some tours getting quickly fully booked. Please contact us if you would like to reserve a spot, the availability list is regularly updated.

The brochure 2017 is ready and will be online by the end of the week!

 

Tour dates summer 2017

The dates for all our multi-day tours in summer 2017 are now online!

You find the dates on the tour pages for  Shorter Tours (3-5 days), Longer Tours (5-7 days) and Wilderness Tours (6 days).

For further information and booking please send us an e-mail.

 

 

 

Some 6-7 day-tours open for booking again!

Are you spontaneous and still looking for an adventure this summer?

We got a few spots released on our most popular tours, so the following departures are now available again:

Tour 19 Wilderness tour Sprengisandur, 6 days riding starting on July 6 (2 spots), see detailed description here.

Longer Tour 14 Golden Highlights of the South 7 days  riding starting on August 19 (1 spot) and August 28 (2 spots), see detailed description here.

For information and booking please contact us!