Tour 8d – Northern Lights Tour
3 days riding & activities

Horse riding, relaxing and Northern Lights Watching
This tour includes half day tours and a day tour on horseback, relaxing in thermal pools and sightseeing to the most famous natural sights in South Iceland.  After the morning ride you warm up at lunch with soup and coffee at our comfortable hotel before you continue the program with riding, bathing in Hveragerðis excellent thermal swimming pool or sightseeing. On the last day you will take part in a excursion to the beautiful Gullfoss waterfall, the hot springs at Geysir and Thingvellir national park. When the sky is clear and the Aurora Borealis forecast promising, you can just walk outside to observe the stunning phenomena or we drive where the chances to watch the Northern Lights are the best. You will also have the opportunity to visit the horse theater at Fákasel (optional). Bring your swimsuit!

Duration: 4 days and 3 nights – 3 days riding & activities.
Riding distance: Ca. 35 km (2-5 hours per day). It is possible to book additional riding tours instead of activities.
Accommodation & Meals: Accommodation at Hotel Eldhestar or a nearby hotel, full board (3-course dinner, special meals on request).

Please note:
This tour is dependent on weather and Northern Lights sightings are not guaranteed. 

Departures 2017
January 31, February 14, February 28, March 14, March 28, April 11. 

Day by day description

Tour 8d – Northern Lights Tour

Tour members arrive at Keflavík Airport, Iceland and take the aiport shuttle “Flybus” to Reykjavík (BSÍ Bus terminal). You will be greeted by a representative of Eldhestar between 17:30 and 18:00, who will drive you to Eldhestar’s farm Vellir near to the village of Hveragerði. An information letter with a detailed description of the following days will be offered upon arrival. The tour is arranged so you can enjoy a warm lunch at our hotel i.e., we are offering two half day tours during the riding days.

Day 1 
After breakfast you will meet your guide at the stable. You will be given a short introduction of the tour and a riding instruction before starting with the riding tour 3a – 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 we return to our farm and enjoy a light lunch. After lunch we go out on Tour 3b – 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 and you have the possibility to relax in our hot pots before dinner. We check the Northern Lights forecast and get some useful information about this natural phenomena. If the forecast is favorable, and the sky is clear, we look out for the lights at the farm or go on a hunt!

Day 2
Today we experience a variety of scenery. We start the day with tour 3c – 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 colorful 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. We then continue riding tour 2d, Midwinter Warmth. After one hour on horseback, you can soften up in the big and warm hotpot in Hveragerði’s famous swimming pool, relax in the steam sauna or take a swim in the comfortably warm pool. Imagine sitting in steamy water as a light snowfall turns the grass around you white. After returning to our hotel, dinner will be served.We will check the forecast for the Northern lights again and have the opportunity to watch a movie about the Aurora Borealis.

Day 3
On the final day you will ride Tour 2a – The Heritage Tour in the morning.This tour takes us 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 your 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: 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.

Notice:
Included in the price are meals and services as described in the itinerary. Accommodation is in double rooms at Hótel Eldhestar or a nearby hotel.