Tour 35 – Riding & Photography Course –  Spring Special

Enjoy our horses while improving your skills and techniques as photographer. This tour combines riding with photo shooting, editing and photo critiques with a professional photographer who will help you taking your horse and action photography to a new level. Eldhestar´s surroundings and the Icelandic light conditions are ideal for taking pictures; imagine 200 running horses in the evening sun at your fingertips. The tour includes an excursion to Gullfoss, Geysir and Thingvellir, giving you even more photo opportunities. Bring your swimsuit.

4 nights – 2 ½ days on horseback – ½ day photo shooting, instruction & ½ day excursion. Hotel Accommodation, full board.  Transfer from / to Reykjavik.

Dates 2015: May 16 and 23.


Day by day description

Riding & Photography Course

Day 1: Arrival
The course 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 at your hotel/guesthouse in Reykjavik between 17:30- 18:00 and drive you to our farm Vellir near Hveragerði. There you will be lodged at Hotel Eldhestar. We will get to know each other during the dinner at our Hotel Eldhestar.

Day 2:  Scenery around the farm – Tour 3A Mountains and Meadows
We start the day early with a morning shoot of our herd coming in from pasture gathered into corrals, an exciting shoot which gives many opportunities to experiment. Then we will continue to take shoots from the preparation of the tours, that is catching and saddling of the horses, grooming and so on, followed by a meeting for some feedback about the pictures, photo download and editing, tips & tricks, discussions, photo critiques.

Day 3: The Hot Spring Tour to Reykjadalur Valley
We mount our horses for a day-long tour into the hot spring valley, Reykjadalur. The tour offers spectacular views featuring the variety of the magnificent Icelandic nature. In the valley we will experience hot springs and also take a relaxing bath in a warm stream. On our way back, you can enjoy spectacular views over the waterfall Djúpagilsfoss and all the way down to the coastline, where we will see the Westman Islands on a clear day. This tour is a unique opportunity to experience Icelandic nature in all its variety, and to take many beautiful pictures.

Day 4: The Beach Ride – Scenery around the farm
After breakfast we get ready with our cameras for a day tour on horseback, starting at the beach next to the small fishing town Thorlákshöfn. We follow the beach, riding on soft black lava sand, to the picturesque area where the mighty river Ölfusá meets the sea. The tour takes us through shallow water at the edge of the river delta and continues on the soft, green river banks back to our farm Vellir. On our way we  enjoy spectacular views of mountains, rivers and the sea, as well as the famous volcanos Hekla and Eyjafjallajökull, weather permitting. We also have good chances to see birds of various kinds. (The tour can also start at our farm and end at Thorlákshöfn, depending on tides). Back at Vellir, coffee and homebaked cake is waiting for us. Before dinner, we could catch the evening work at the farm when the last tours come home, horses are trained or equipment cleaned before dinner.  We meet again in the conference room for our evening session.

Day 5: Optional activities and Golden Circle
In the morning you have some time for the activities you enjoy. Relax, soak in Hveragerði‘s nice swimming pool, edit your pictures or spend your time on horseback on a 1,5-2 hours riding tour. After lunch you will picked up by a bus for an excursion to Iceland’s most popular attractions nearby,  the  Geysir geothermal area and Gullfoss, the “golden waterfall”, as well as Thingvellir, a National Park of historical and geological significance.