This time of the year, the days no longer turn to nights and the twilight between sunset and sunrise is still bright enough to read a newspaper. Summer has come! For us, this means the beginning of the long-tour season. We venture further away from civilization and immerse ourselves and our horses in unspoiled nature and spectacular surroundings. The first three-day tours have gone out and come back and the first tour with free-running herd has left the farm to explore the beautiful Þórsmörk area. The weather is as capricious as to be expected in Iceland; wonderful, warm and sunny days alternate with rain, fog and brisk breezes. During the last week, the scenery in the lowlands has changed from barren and yellow to lush and green and the lupines have started to cover the country in their purple veil. We are excited about all the upcoming tours and adventures and are looking forward to introducing our guests to this country of dramatic opposites.
Living and travelling in Iceland means being regularly reminded of the forces of nature.
The valley Reykjadalur is well known for geothermal activity and bathing in the warm stream is one of the highlights on many of our tours. Several hot springs are located next to the riding trail, and some of them are slowly expanding. One of the springs close to the bathing area has now opened up on both sides of the narrow trail, which had to be secured with a bridge for hikers. Unfortunately, this part of the trail is now impassable for horses.
This has no major effect on our popular day tour 5a Hot Spring Valley Reykjadalur (also included in tour 7 Volcano Contrasts and tour 8a/b Natures Treasures and Riders Pleasures), as the only change will be walking the last 10 minutes.
However, we will have to change the itinerary for all tours where we planned to ride through the valley coming from above:
Tour 6b Volcano Hengill & Hot Spring Valley (now riding up and down the valley, see description here).
Tour 8c Best of Eldhestar
Tour 9 Around the Volcano
Tour 12 Thingvellir
Tour 13 Golden Highlights of the South
On tour 8c, 9, 12 and 13 we will start this day tour from our farm Vellir (riding tour 6b).
These changes will be necessary during the summer season 2016. We are working on a solution together with the town of Hveragerði.
Spring has officially arrived in Iceland with the first golden plover, the bird marking the end of winter, spotted about two weeks ago, a bit late this year. This time when the birds return into awaking nature, causing the only, very welcome noise on the quiet, bright evenings is very special and great for riding along meadows and rivers surrounding Eldhestar.
The winter season is just about to come to an end with the last groups of the Northern Light Tours and the Winter Riding Course currently enjoying their stay at Eldhestar. We will continue to offer the Winter Riding Course with both a 3-day program and a 5-day program next season, the dates for can be found on the tour pages.
The last months were quite busy in the stable with daily riding tours, often in great winter weather and snow until mid March. Training of young horses and basic training of foals went very well and it will be interesting to see how the offspring of the relatively young breeding line of Eldhestar will do in the future. Now we are very much looking forward to welcoming this year’s folas! We will soon add information about the Eldhestar breeding and introduce the horses on our website.
As every year, many new tour horses will join our team in the summer season and we look forward to getting to know them better.
On Saturday, April 23 the third Eldhestar Local Tölt competition will take place in our riding hall. We expect even more participants then last year and interesting new horses as some of our staff members will compete on their own horses for the first time and we will see some youngsters from Eldhestar breeding as well. Of course visitors are welcome to cheer. The local riding club Ljúfur also uses our riding hall for competitions and a riding course for children this spring and summer, so there is often something going on at Eldhestar.
The construction work at Hotel Eldhestar will be finished soon with 10 new rooms opening on May 1st. In April we started introducing something which is becoming increasingly popular in Reykjavik but has not been known in South Iceland so far: Sunday Brunch! We were very happy to see how many Icelandic families with children visited us for the first brunch. Brunch will be offered until the end of May and again in September with the possibility of brunch & riding and horse riding for children.
Now we are working together with the specialist to put up a booking system on our website. This will be for the tours 1A and up to tour 6 to start with.
At this moment it looks as if there is now availability, but that is not the case. Until it is fully working you are welcome to contact our office for bookings by phone +354 480 4800 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do not let the status of the booking machine fool you as we do have availability each day!