Airport transfer

Our tours start from Reykjavik. For transportation from the airport to Reykjavík (BSI main bus station, hotels or guesthouses) please take the Flybus (operated by Reykjavik Excursions). This service is NOT included in the tour price.

Arrival transfer for day tours

Transport to and from Reykjavík is included in all tours except for tour 1a. We pick up from BSI main bus station, hotels and guesthouses between 7:45 and 8:30 as well as between 13:00 and 13:20. Please note that we can not pick up from private apartments and Airbnbs.

Arrival transfer for multi-day tours

The tour departure dates indicate the arrival day at Eldhestar. Participants will be picked up at BSI main bus station in Reykjavík at 17:30-18:00.
For guests arriving earlier we offer pick-up from guesthouses or hotels in Reykjavik. On the first evening we have a welcome dinner. The riding tours start the following day.

Accommodation at Eldhestar´s farm Vellir

Our guests can either stay at Hotel Eldhestar or Guesthouse Eldhestar. Accommodation at Eldhestar is included in Shorter Tours 7-9 and all Winter Tours.

Accommodation Shorter Tours 10-12, Longer Tours 13-15, Wilderness Tours 16-20

The first night is always booked in made-up beds at Guesthous Eldhestar (2- to 4-bed rooms, shared facilities). An upgrade to Hotel Eldhestar is possible for a supplement (if rooms available). The last night is always booked at a Guesthouse in Reykjavik (bed & breakfast). Accommodation during the tour is at farms, guesthouses, community centers and simple mountain huts in sleeping bag (partly dormitory style, bring your own sleeping bag). Some mountain huts in the highlands only have cold water and no showers.

Average Temperatures, climate and weather

Thanks to the Gulf Stream, temperatures are usually moderate all year round. Average temperatures in Reykjavík are about  12°C in July and 1°C in January. Icelandic weather is known to be unpredictable and changing several times a day. A beautiful day can suddenly turn windy and rainy (and vice versa). Travelers to Iceland should be prepared for anything and dress in layers. You find average temperatures in Reykjavik here. You find detailed about weather and climate in Iceland here.

Availability

Half day tours, day tours and combo tours are available every day and should be booked at least one day before arrival. During the summer season we recommend to book earlier. Available spots on Shorter Tours, Longer Tours and Wilderness Tours can be seen on the Aivailability List. For other tours, please contact us.

Booking

Half day tours, day tours and combo tours can be booked online, either on the tour pages ore here. Please use the shopping cart for booking several tours. If you wish to book multi- day tours, please contact us.

Closed days

Eldhestar operates riding tours every day, all year round, except for the following days: January 1, December 24 afternoon, December 25, December 26, December 31 afternoon.

Daylight Hours

From mid-May to mid-August the sun only sets for only a few hours per day, and it is effectively light for the whole 24-hour period. In contrast, there are around 4-5 hours of effective daylight during mid-winter. But Iceland’s inexpensive geothermal energy means that streets and buildings are well-lit during winter darkness. You find information about daylight hours in Iceland here.

Equipment

Eldhestar provides safety helmets and rain gear, during the winter also warm overalls and rubber boots. Please see information about what to bring here.

Guidance

In general, our riding tours are guided in English. Our guides are English-, Swedish-, or German-speaking. During the summer season more languages might be spoken.

Included

Riding tours, accommodation and meals as described in the itineraries and transfer from Reykjavik and back. Helmets and rain gear, warm overalls. Not included: Flights and transportation from the airport to Reykjavik and back. All our tours (except for tour 1a) start and end in Reykjavík.

Language

The official language is Icelandic. English is widely spoken and understood. All our guides speak English, some German, Swedish and Danish. Other languages might be spoken.

Liability

Eldhestar ehf. reserves the right to alter the itineraries tor change timetables without prior notice to guests if weather conditions or other events outside the control of Eldhestar prevent going on the original tour. The riding routes are therefore subject to weather conditions and can be changed without refunds. Eldhestar does not take any liability for costs incurred because of changes to our timetable or itineraries. Please also note that riding is at your own risk.

Luggage

On multi-day-tours luggage is taken by car between the overnight stops. Bring robust suitcases or backpacks but please not large and bulky. Please pack light and do not bring more than one piece of luggage, as we have limited space in the trailer. If you need more luggage for travelling in Iceland before or after the tour you are welcome to store it at Hotel Eldhestar. You find information about what to bring here.

Meals

All multi-day tours include full board starting with dinner on arrival day and ending with lunch on the last riding day. Tours 10-20 and  tour 9G also include breakfast on the last day in Reykjavik. Dinner on multi-day tours is traditional Icelandic. In summer, lunch is either packed in saddle bags or the cook meets the group. From Sept. 15 – May 15 we offer light lunch at Hotel Eldhestar (soup, bread, cheese, ham etc). Vegetarian and gluten-free meals are available on request – please book in advance.
Please note that dinner on the last evening is not included.

Minimum age

Most half day tours: Children aged 7 years and older accompanied by an adult.
Tour 1a/b: Minimum age 5 years (we can lead children next to a guide on request).
We offer paddock rides for younger children (15 min, children are led).
Day Tours 5a, 5b and 5d: Minimum age 8 years.
Day Tour 6a: 10 years, children 14 years and younger must have riding experience.
Combo Tours 4e and 4c: 10 years.
Tour 3b and 6b (for experienced rider): 12 years, or on request.
Multi day tours: Please contact us regarding booking of children under 15 years.

Northern Lights

The best months to see the Northern Lights or aurora borealis are October through April, with peak visibility from December through February. However, as it is a natural phenomenon, sightings cannot be guaranteed. The Northern Lights are the result of charged particles from solar flares colliding with the earth’s atmosphere. They can only be viewed in the darkness of night when there are no clouds blocking your view to the sky.

Prices

You find our price list for riding tours here and the prices for hotel accommodation here. Please contact us regarding group bookings or special offers.

Quality

Eldhestar is a member of VAKINN, Iceland tourism’s official quality label. For further information please click here.

Riding ability

Half day tours, day tours and combo tours: Most of these tours are suited for experienced riders and beginners. We select horses according to riding skills and participants on our tours always get to try “tölt”, the special, smooth gait of the Icelandic horse.
Tour 3b and 6b: For experienced riders only (riding regularly, capable to control the horses in all gaits in different terrain).
Day tours 5a-6a and shorter multi-day tours (except for 8f): These tours are for everyone, but require very good physical condition as we cover 20-25 km per day and ride a lot of tölt (about trot speed). Participants must be able to mount a horse with little assistance.
Longer tours require basic riding skills with a secure, balanced seat and a good physical condition. We ride up to 45 km per day mostly in the gait tölt and take a herd of free running horses with us part of the tour, which requires a certain speed.
Wilderness Tours are for experienced riders only (several years of riding regularly in all kind of terrain). A large herd of free running horses follows every day.
It is the rider’s responsibility to assess their own level of riding proficiency. If uncertain, please contact Eldhestar before booking your tour.

Riding wear – Caution: Disinfect!

Used boots, riding wear, helmets, saddlebags etc. must be disinfected before arrival in Iceland.  Chaps, bridles and other used leather gear must not be brought to Iceland. That is because infectious, contagious diseases can easily be brought into the country, which poses a great threat for the horses as they are not vaccinated.
Riding wear is normally washed and shoes and are washed and cleaned with VirkonS, Iodine or some other fluid disinfectant.
For further information please click here.

Riding gear

The riding style in Iceland is similar to English riding. We use simple snaffle bits, bridles with detachable nose-bands and clips on the end of the reins so they can be easily removed when grazing. Our saddles are comfortable with soft, rather flat seat, it is not necessary to bring saddle seat pads. Saddles have rings on the front and back to attach saddle bags and rain gear.

Safety and security

Eldhestar maintains a high security standard. Backpacks, large cameras, selfie sticks and other bulky items cannot be taken on horseback. Small waist bags are allowed. Riding is at your own risk.

Substance use

We will not allow people under the influence of intoxication substances, such as alcohol and/or drugs, to participate in our riding tours.

Safety

Backpacks, selfie sticks and large cameras can not be taken on horseback. Small waist bags are allowed.

Terms of Booking and Cancellation Policy for Half Day Tours, Combo Tours and Day Tours

Please see our terms of bookings for half day tours, combo tours and day tours here.

Terms of Booking and Cancellation Policy for Multi Day Tours

Please see our terms of bookings for multi day tours here.

Travel insurance

Remember to take out travel insurance before your journey. Please note that all riding is at your own risk. Residents of the EU/EEA countries should bring their European Health Insurance Card (E-111 form) in case of illness and need for medical care.

Weight limit

Icelandic horses are capable of carrying adults without difficulty. The maximum weight depends on riding experience, physical condition, height and the type of tour you wish to book. Participants on tours longer than 2 hours must be able to mount a horse with little assistance. Please contact us for more information.

More useful information:

www.iceland.is