New Winter Special Program

How about a short winter riding vacation in Iceland?

Eldhestar has previously offered winter packages combining riding tours, practical and theoretical education in our modern, bright riding hall and a comfortable stay with delicious Icelandic specialties at our cozy eco-certified Country Hotel Eldhestar.

We now offer our winter tour RIDING COURSE & RIDING TOURS with a new program and we are very glad to be able to add  a WINTER SPECIAL RIDING COURSE with the well known  German/English speaking  trainer and instructor Hugrún Jóhannsdóttir (March 11-14).  Experienced riders get the chance to develop their riding skills, ride in extraordinary environment and, as a highlight, see some of the best horses and riders at the Champions League in Horse Sports Tölt competition (“Meistaradeild”).

For more information about our winter tours please click here!

Christmas Show

Around mid December, the Icelandic “Jólasveinar” come me out of nearby mount Ingólfsfjall. In Iceland, Christmas is not only celebrated with the usual Red one arriving with the reindeer on Christmas day but also with 13 yule lads, who are actually Christmas trolls. The The first one arrives 13 days before Christmas and every well behaving child might find some little surprise every morning (or a potato, if not behaving…).
This year, the yule lads also visited Eldhestar. Of course they came on horseback, and they gave a VERY impressive performance for our staff and their families & friends!
You can read more about the 13 Christmas trolls and other information about Christmas traditions in Iceland here!

Eldhestar Brochure 2015

Eldhestars new brochure for 2015 can now be downloaded on the website! Please click here.

When the summer had come to an end with the sheep round up as last highlight of the season and most of our horses started their long winter vacation in the freedom of vast fields we were already busy planning next season.In summer 2015 we will offer a new tour including four days of riding in the best riding areas in the South and Southwest of Iceland, “Eldhestar Exclusive” (Tour 8f). This tour is recommended for experienced riders wishing to spend exciting days on horseback in small groups and enjoy the comfort of our Hotel Eldhestar in the evenings.

The brochure 2015 also includes information about our program for the period October 2014 – May 2015. Winter time is riding season in Iceland and our guests can choose between most of our half-day-tours, day-tours and combo-tours as well as special shorter winter-tours with riding, activities, relaxing and – with a little luck – the stunning Northern Lights above our farm.

Guests interested in photography will find an interesting new program “Riding & Photography Course” (Tour 35) in May 2015.

We have decided to offer accommodation at Guesthouse Eldhestar in fall, winter and spring. Guests who would like to book our popular tour “Nature’s Pleasures and Rider´s Treasures” (Tour 8a / Tour 8b) are now welcome to stay either in our hotel or in the guesthouse.

Of course you can also contact us regarding your tailor-made vacation at Eldhestar.

Progress of Construction

 

The last weeks have been unusually warm and it has not been snowing yet in our area, so the construction work at Hotel Eldhestar is going very well. The huge, water-filled hole in has disappeared quickly  and was replaced with a solid foundation, and now the concrete floor of our new dining area, kitchen and office is already finished.

Our local construction company obviously has had some experience with our neighbors, the elves, who are known to be not amused about construction work and might even damage machines (as a matter of fact). But this time, the ghosts will scare them away…

Hotel Eldhestar received award for outstanding performance

Hotel Eldhestar has received the award for an outstanding performance during the year 2014. This award is given to farms within Icelandic Farm Holidays and is based on guest reviews and special qualities. We would like to thank our guests for your positive feedback!

 

New Booking System

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: info@eldhestar.is.

Do not let the status of the booking machine fool you as we do have availability each day!

Eldhestar staff

Construction Time!

We like to build at Eldhestar! Hotel Eldhestar is only 12 years old, built in 2002 and enlarged in 2005. Our new stable was opened in 2009, the guesthouse 2010 and the riding hall 2012. Last year we added one staff house. Now it is construction time again. Next spring our guests will enjoy our delicious food cooked in a brand-new kitchen in a spacious restaurant, and our staff will move in a new office.

 

Summer Riding School

 The local horse-club “Ljúfur” offers riding courses for children every summer, operating a riding school at our stable in the evening. For the past three weeks, children as young as 5 years from Hveragerði and the area Ölfus have been learning the basics of riding on our gentle horses. The riding instructor Hugrún Jóhannsdóttir, who is a well known teacher both in Iceland and abroad,  always has plenty of ideas for games on horseback,  and it is a joy to watch the children having fun and learning with our horses.

 

The summer season begins!

Some days ago participants on our last winter riding tour “Riding Tours and Riding Course” enjoyed a morning ride in sunny spring weather before returning to Denmark, and tomorrow we will welcome our first guests in this year’s summer season!

They will be riding for 3 days in the fascinating landscape of the volcano Hengill on the tour “Around the Volcano”, enjoying nature that  just awakens in green valleys with views of black lava and still snow-covered mountains. Already next week another “Around the Volcano” tour will start, followed by the first tour into the beautiful valley Thórsmörk starting on May 28th. The first “Best of Eldhestar” tour will also start in May, covering some of the most popular areas in the Southwest.

We are very busy preparing for the summer, training our horses to get them into shape for the long tours and making sure all the equipment will be ready. It is always an exciting time in May when we welcome about 200 horses back from their long winter vacation and also get to know some new ones. Of course we are also welcoming our summer staff members, many of them returning back and already well known.

We are looking forward to the warmer days, bright summer nights and all the time spent with our guests and the horses in the outdoors!

Open Day at Eldhestar

On April 5th, we welcomed many guests on the Open Day at Eldhestar which was part of the event “Secrets of the South”. The program included special offers for riding tours and accommodation, a horse show and free riding for children, which was very popular.

Of course visitors are always welcome to have a look around, pet our horses and enjoy a cup of coffee or hot chocolate and home baked cake while watching what’s going on in our riding hall.