Eldhestar Exclusive
4 days riding in a small group

Highlights of the South and Southwest
We have selected some of the most scenic riding trails in Iceland’s South and Southwest for this tour. Experienced riders enjoy spectacular days on horseback in small groups and the comfort of our hotel in the evening. Every morning we take the horses in a trailer to start the tour in a different, unique riding area close to civilization or at the edge of wilderness. We experience the popular riding area and unique “horse villages“ in beautiful nature on the doorstep of Reykjavik, soft trails in the volcanic Thjórsárdalur valley, wide open spaces and fascinating scenery in the highlands and riding on black lava beach of the Atlantic ocean.

4 nights – 4 days on horseback – ca. 85 km. Accommodation at Hotel Eldhestar and/or nearby hotel, full board (breakfast, lunchbox: sandwich & cookies, coffee/tea & home baked cake, 3-course dinner). Bring swimsuit and towel.
Please note that dinner on the last evening and accommodation in Reykjavik s is not included. 

Departures 2017: May 14 and 21, June 10 and 30, July 20, August 1 and 16, September 1.

This tour is for experienced riders who ride regularly in all gaits in different terrain.

Day-by-day description

Tour 8f – Eldhestar Exclusive

Arrival
The tour starts in the evening. Tour members who arrive the same day to Iceland should take the flight bus from the airport to the ending bus station BSÍ in Reykjavík. We will greet you at the bus station or your hotel/ guesthouse in Reykjavik at 17:30- 18:00 and drive to our farm Vellir in Hveragerði. There you will be lodged at Hotel Eldhestar for the entire tour. We will get to know each other during the dinner at the hotel. The day ends with a detailed description of the tour (the description can also be next morning after breakfast).

Ölfusá Delta and The Beach
We start at our farm with a ride across meadows, following the river Gljúfurá to the mighty Ölfusá glacial river, where we enjoy a panoramic view of the river delta with its black, sandy river banks, volcanic mountains and all the way to the ocean. The tour continues on soft grassland along the river and through shallow water at the edge of the wide Ölfusá delta until we reach the black lava sand at the south coast. On our way we have good chances to see birds of various kinds. One of the highlights of the tour is a brisk ride on the beach before reaching the fishing village Thorlákshöfn. (The tour can also start at the beach, depending on tides). ca. 25 km

Heiðmörk Nature Reserve
The day starts with a drive to the stable area in Reykjavik. After some fun ride on the oval track where the best horses competed on “Landsmót”, we spend the day riding on scenic trails in the wonderful nature reserve and outdoor recreational area Heiðmörk on the outskirts of the city. The tour takes us through a surprisingly varied landscape of lakes, forests and lava formations. We start along the wooded shores of lake Rauðavatn and continue through the impressive pseudo craters Rauðhólar, the “red hills” created in an eruption 4700 years ago. We enjoy a nice view of the capital area from the hills near lake Elliðaárvatn, ride trough the forest and visit another typical Icelandic “horse village” before driving with the trailer back to our farm. ca. 20 km

Thjórsárdalur Valley
Today we drive east to the picturesque valley Thjórsárdalur and ride in astonishing landscape formed by Iceland’s longest river Thjórsá and eruptions of the nearby volcano Hekla. The lush valley at the edge of the barren highlands with its forests, streams, soft sandy ground, bizarre volcanic structures and green hills offers an unforgettable riding experience. We visit an excavated farmhouse that was buried under a layer of ash from volcano Hekla 800 years ago as well as the valley Gjáin with its small waterfalls and ponds, a hidden natural treasures like an oasis in black sand. ca. 23 km

Green hills of Rangárrvellir
We take our horses further east until we reach the wide, green plains east of the glacial river Rangár, with the majestic volcano Hekla towering over soft hills and vast flats of black sand. This area is well known for excellent riding trails, where we enjoy our horses in smooth, fast tölt over long distances, getting them to show their best in an extraordinary environment. The view is magnificent, with Hekla in the North, the famous volcano Eyjafjallajökull and the distinctive mountain Thríhyrningur the „three horns“  in the East and the Westman Islands in the South, weather permitting.


On the last day of riding the bus will take you back to Reykjavik (arrival about 17:15). 

The order of the days can be changed.

Please note that dinner on the last evening is not included.