Tour 30 – Winter Riding Course
3 or 5 days program
Eldhestars Winter Riding Course offers a combination of riding education, both theoretical and practical in our modern riding hall, along with half day riding tours in scenic surroundings, optional visits of horse events and/or sightseeing and comfortable accommodation next to the stable at Hotel Eldhestar or at Guesthouse Eldhestar.
The course is suited for riders of all levels, participants will be divided into small groups according to their riding skills. Riders who are used to Icelandic horses get the opportunity to develop their riding skills on different, well trained horses. Riders who are used to other breeds will learn how to ride Icelandic horses, focusing on riding the special, smooth gait “tölt” correctly and understanding the differences to riding “big” horses. During your stay you will enjoy Icelandic specialties in our restaurant, and in the evenings you have the possibility to relax in our hot tubs, visit the geothermal swimming pool in Hveragerði, watch a movie about Icelandic horses or see the horse theater at Fákasel (optional). Depending on the date, you might even be able to see some of Iceland’s best horses at one of the popular horse events going on from January to April (you find information about dates on this site). If you would like to include a visit to the famous Geysir, Gullfoss waterfall and Thingvellir National Park you could do sightseeing on the last afternoon instead of riding.
Each day includes riding in the morning and afternoon, either lessons or 2-3 hour trail rides with some instructions on the way. We would like to be flexible with regard to the schedule, to be able to create an individual program for each course depending on the season and number of participants. Teachers are Hróðmar Bjarnason, an experienced licensed riding instructor and Ida Thorborg, who attended 3 years at the Hólar University, Department for Equine Sciences. Teaching languages are English and Scandinavian languages.
Tour 30a: 3 days riding course program, 3 nights.
Tour 30b: 5 days riding course program, 5 nights.
Accommodation at Hótel Eldhestar (Tour 30aH / 30bH) or Guesthouse Eldhestar (Tour 30aG / 30bG), full board. Guesthouse accommodation in 2-4 bed rooms with made up beds and shared facilities.
Program Tour 30a & b
- Riding lessons in the riding hall in small groups
- Half day riding tours
- Riding / training demonstration
- Theoretical instruction
- Accommodation at Hotel Eldhestar or at Guesthouse Eldhestar
- Full board (starting with 2-course dinner on the first day, ending with lunch on the last day)
Additional program Tour 30b
- Lesson in working horses from the ground
- Riding with a herd of free running horses
- Riding tour and breeder´s lecture
- Participants in January, February, March and April have the opportunity to visit one of the”Meistaradeild” competitions, the Champions League in Horse Sports, with some of Iceland´s best horses.
- Visit to Fákasel horse theater.
- Bus excursion to Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir hot springs and Thingvellir national park on the last afternoon.
October 23, November 20, January 22, February 5, February 19, March 5, March 19 and April 2
Day by day description
Winter Riding Course
- Discover the Icelandic horse in its natural habitat
- Stay near the stables at Hotel Eldhestar or Guesthouse Eldhestar
- Lessons from experienced instructors in English and Scandinavian languages
- Half day riding tours on excellent trails in beautiful environment
- Ideal location and countryside charm only 30 minutes’ drive from Reykjavik
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). The day ends with dinner at Hotel Eldhestar.
Day 2 – Day 4 / Day 6
After breakfast we meet in the stable and either spend the morning with riding lessons in the riding hall or go out for a trail ride. In the evening you will have the opportunity to take a plunge into the nicely warmed thermal hot tubs at the hotel, watch a movie about the Icelandic horse or visit a horse event (optional, depending on date).
After the afternoon riding on the last day (3. or 5. day of riding program) we will drive you back to Reykjavik. You can either take the shuttle bus to Keflavik airport in the evening or continue your travel in Iceland on your own. It is also possible to book a sightseeing tour to the famous hot springs at Geysir, the waterfall Gullfoss and Thingvellir National Park instead of the last afternoon ride.
Included in the price is everything according to the itinerary i.e. transfer Reykavik – Vellir, accommodation in double room at Hotel Eldhestar, a nearby hotel or Guesthouse Eldhestar, and full board (except the dinner on the last day. ) The transfer from and to Keflavík airport is not included. Visits to horse events are optional. Eldhestar provides helmets, rain gear and winter overalls.