Tour 8a / 8b – Natures Treasures & Riders Pleasures – Winter
3 or 4 days riding & activities

Participants on the winter version of this popular tour ride several half-day tours and warm up during lunch with soup and coffee at Hotel Eldhestar. Included in the program is also a sightseeing tour to the waterfall Gullfoss, the hot springs at Geysir and Thingvellir National Park (tour 8a & 8b) as well as whale watching (tour 8b).  In other words, we combine riding with discovering the most impressive natural sights in South Iceland. In the evening you will also have the possibility to enjoy a bath at Hveragerði’s famous swimming pool or in our hotel’s hot tubs, so don’t forget your swimsuit and towel!
Please note: It is also possible to take part in a riding tour instead of a sightseeing tour.

Tour 8a
Program: 
 2.,5 days on horseback (ca. 34 km), half day sightseeing tour “Golden Circle”.

Tour 8b
Program:  
3 days on horseback (ca. 40 km), half day sightseeing tour “Golden Circle”,  half day whale watching tour.

Accommodation: 3-4 nights at Hótel Eldhestar or a  hotel hotel nearby in a shared double room with private facilities (Tour 8aH) or at Guesthouse Eldhestar in 2-4 bed rooms with shared facilities (Tour 8aG). Single rooms are available at the hotel for a supplement (at the guesthouse on request).
Meals: Full board. (breakfast buffet, light lunch, coffee & cake, 3-course dinner). Dinner on the last evening is not included. 

Pick-up daily from Reykjavik at 17:30-18:00 during the period Sept 11 – May 13. 

For information about the summer program please click here.

Day-by-day description Tour 8a

Tour 8a – Natures Treasures & Riders Pleasures – Winter

Day 1 – Evening Arrival
The tour begins in the evening. Guests who arrive in Iceland  on the same day take the aiport shuttle “Flybus” (Reykjavik Excursions) from the airport to Reykjavík (BSÍ bus terminal). We will pick you up at BSÍ or at your hótel / guesthouse between 17:30 and 18:00 and drive to Eldhestar’s farm Vellir near to the village of Hveragerði (ca. 40 minutes driving), where you will be staying either at Hotel Eldhestar or at Guesthouse Eldhestar (according to your booking). An information letter with a detailed description of the following days will be offered upon arrival.  The day ends with dinner at Hotel Eldhestar.

Day 2 – Below the Mountains
After breakfast your guide will meet you in the lobby. You then walk over to the stable where you get necessary riding equipment (riding helmet, warm overall or rain gear). Your guide will  give a short riding demonstration before you get to know the horses during a few rounds in the paddock. Today we ride 5- 6 hours, starting with the tour Meadows and Mountains. We ride on soft trails along the meadows around our farm, a good opportunity to experience the special gait of the Icelandic horse “tölt”. We then follow the river Gljúfura and continue on an old route towards Ingólfsfjall Mountain, named after the first Norwegian Viking who settled in Iceland in the 9th century. We ride along the slopes of the mountain Reykjafjall with nice views of the landscape between the ocean and the volcanic mountains surrounding the village Hveragerdi before returning to the farm for warming up and a light lunch. After lunch we saddle our horses again for the afternoon ride,  Soft River Banks, following  the river Gljúfurá  to an old cemetery  and further down to the soft river banks of the mighty glacial river Ölfusá.  From there, we have a view of the river and if the weather allows the famous volcanoes Hekla and Eyjafjallajökull. Back at our farm coffee and home baked cake will be available. In the evenings you have the possibility to take a relaxing bath in the hotel´s hot tubes.

Day 3 – Horses, Hot Springs & Winter Warmth
Today we experience a variety of scenery and spend 3.5-4 hours on horsback. We start the day with the tour Horses & Hot Springs, riding on excellent trails along the slopes of Reykjafjall Mountain and through a green forest. We then pass by many hot springs in the colourful geothermal area Gufudalur valley. This area is situated just above the village of Hveragerði and expanded dramatically during the big South Iceland earthquake in 2008. The path continues along the volcanic hills above the village, which is know for its beautiful location between the green mountains of volcano Hengill and wide plains. We stop at the stable area for some refreshments and learn more about the Icelandic horse before riding back to our farm for lunch. In the afternoon, we spend another hour on horseback on an adorable Icelandic horse to heat body and soul during the tour Midwinter Warmth, before driving to the thermal swimming pool in Hveragarði to soften up in the big and warm hot tub, relax in the steam sauna or take a swim in the comfortably warm water. Imagine sitting in steamy water as a light snowfall turns the grass around you white. After returning to our farm, coffee and home baked cake will be served in the cozy environment of the hotel.

Day 4 – Heritage Tour & The Golden Circle
On the final day you will ride The Heritage Tour in the morning.This tour takes us 1,5-2 hours on nice trails through meadows, lava fields and a small river. On our way we enjoy the nice scenery of volcanic mountains and farmland, passing several farms which give us an idea of how agriculture has developed in the last decades. After the riding and checking out of the room we warm up with light lunch and coffee or tea. Then you will be picked up to visit the three most impressive natural sights in South Iceland along the “Golden Circle”: The famous Geysir geothermal area, the  “golden waterfall” Gullfoss and Thingvellir National Park. The Geysir geothermal area boasts spouting springs, including Strokkur, the most active geyser in Iceland. At Gullfoss you are given the opportunity to stand next to the amazing waterfall, watching enormous quantities of water tumble violently into a deep canyon. You also spend time encountering a cross-section of Iceland’s natural wonders and geological phenomena at Thingvellir National Park, an area of historical and geological significance. You will be back in Reykjavík around 18:00.

Included in the price are meals and services as described in the itinerary. The riding itinerary can be adjusted if the weather does not allow us to go in a certain direction. Dinner on the last evening is not included. 

Tip: Ask the receptionist to inform you about the Northern Lights prediction. When the Northern Lights are visible, you can just walk outside from your room to experience them!

Day-by-day description Tour 8b

Tour 8b – Natures Treasures & Riders Pleasures – Winter

Day 1 – Evening Arrival
The tour begins in the evening. Guests who arrive in Iceland  on the same day take the aiport shuttle “Flybus” (Reykjavik Excursions) from the airport to Reykjavík (BSÍ bus terminal). We will pick you up at BSÍ or at your hótel / guesthouse between 17:30 and 18:00 and drive to Eldhestar’s farm Vellir near to the village of Hveragerði (ca. 40 minutes driving), where you will be staying either at Hotel Eldhestar or at Guesthouse Eldhestar (according to your booking). An information letter with a detailed description of the following days will be offered upon arrival.  The day ends with dinner at Hotel Eldhestar.

Day 2 – Below the Mountains
After breakfast your guide will meet you in the lobby. You then walk over to the stable where you get necessary riding equipment (riding helmet, warm overall or rain gear). Your guide will  give a short riding demonstration before you get to know the horses during a few rounds in the paddock. Today we ride 5- 6 hours, starting with the tour Meadows and Mountains. We ride on soft trails along the meadows around our farm, a good opportunity to experience the special gait of the Icelandic horse “tölt”. We then follow the river Gljúfura and continue on an old route towards Ingólfsfjall Mountain, named after the first Norwegian Viking who settled in Iceland in the 9th century. We ride along the slopes of the mountain Reykjafjall with nice views of the landscape between the ocean and the volcanic mountains surrounding the village Hveragerdi before returning to the farm for warming up and a light lunch. After lunch we saddle our horses again for the afternoon ride,  Soft River Banks, following  the river Gljúfurá  to an old cemetery  and further down to the soft river banks of the mighty glacial river Ölfusá.  From there, we have a view of the river and if the weather allows the famous volcanoes Hekla and Eyjafjallajökull. Back at our farm coffee and home baked cake will be available. In the evenings you have the possibility to take a relaxing bath in the hotel´s hot tubes.

Day 3 – Horses, Hot Springs & Winter Warmth
Today we experience a variety of scenery during 3.5-4 hours on horseback. We start the day with the tour Horses & Hot Springs, riding on excellent trails along the slopes of Reykjafjall Mountain and through a green forest. We then pass by many hot springs in the colourful geothermal area Gufudalur valley. This area is situated just above the village of Hveragerði and expanded dramatically during the big South Iceland earthquake in 2008. The path continues along the volcanic hills above the village, which is know for its beautiful location between the green mountains of volcano Hengill and wide plains. We stop at the stable area for some refreshments and learn more about the Icelandic horse before riding back to our farm for lunch. In the afternoon, we spend another hour on horseback on an adorable Icelandic horse to heat body and soul during the tour Midwinter Warmth, before driving to the thermal swimming pool in Hveragarði to soften up in the big and warm hot tub, relax in the steam sauna or take a swim in the comfortably warm water. Imagine sitting in steamy water as a light snowfall turns the grass around you white. After returning to our farm, coffee and home baked cake will be served in the cozy environment of the hotel.

Day 4 – Heritage Tour & Whale watching or riding
On the final day you will ride The Heritage Tour in the morning.This tour takes us 1,5-2 hours on nice trails through meadows, lava fields and a small river. On our way we enjoy the nice scenery of volcanic mountains and farmland, passing several farms which give us an idea of how agriculture has developed in the last decades. After lunch you have a chance to go for whale watching in the bay next to Reykjavik, or take part in a half day tour in the afternoon, according to your choice. After whale watching we pick you up at the harbor or at the BSI bus terminal in Reykjavik between 17:30 and 18:00 and drive back to our farm. Dinner will be served at the hotel.

Day 5 – Ingólfstrail & The Golden Circle
The final day starts with the Long Mountain Tour “Ingólfstrail”.  You will ride in the footsteps of the first settler Ingólfur Arnarsson along the slopes of mountain Ingolfsfjall, which is named after him. On your way you will learn more about Iceland’s history and the interesting geology of this area and see the replica of a viking long house. After the riding and checking out of the room we warm up with light lunch and coffee or tea. Then you will be picked up to visit the three most impressive natural sights in South Iceland along the “Golden Circle”: The famous Geysir geothermal area, the  “golden waterfall” Gullfoss and Thingvellir National Park. The Geysir geothermal area boasts spouting springs, including Strokkur, the most active geyser in Iceland. At Gullfoss you are given the opportunity to stand next to the amazing waterfall, watching enormous quantities of water tumble violently into a deep canyon. You also spend time encountering a cross-section of Iceland’s natural wonders and geological phenomena at Thingvellir National Park, an area of historical and geological significance. You will be back in Reykjavík around 18:00.

Included in the price are meals and services as described in the itinerary. The riding itinerary can be adjusted if the weather does not allow us to go in a certain direction. Dinner on the last evening is not included. 

Tip: Ask the receptionist to inform you about the Northern Lights prediction. When the Northern Lights are visible, you can just walk outside from your room to experience them!