Tour 7G & 7H – Volcano Contrasts Winter Program
2 days riding
Hot Springs, Rivers and Broad Meadows
This is a two-day tour in the diverse area around our farm Vellir. We stay the night at Hótel Eldhestar, a nearby hotel or at Guesthouse Eldhestar and discover the striking contrasts of Icelandic nature on horseback. It gives you a taste of both the magnificent landscape and good riding terrain. During winter season the weather does not allow us to take a lunch box with us, so we enjoy a warm lunch at our hotel. The riding tour is adjusted so we are offering two half-day tours during the riding days. Bring swimsuit and towel!
Duration: 2 nights – 2 days on horseback.
Riding Time: 4.5-6 hours per day, ca. 34 km.
Accommodation & Meals: Accommodation at Hótel Eldhestar or a nearby hotel in double rooms with private facilities (Tour 7H) or at Guesthouse Eldhestar in 2-4 bed rooms with shared facilities (Tour 7G).
Full board (breakfast, lunch, home baked cake & coffee/tea/hot chocolate, 2 course dinner – special meals on request).
This tour starts with pick-up from Reykjavik at 17:30-18:00 every day from September 15 – May 19.
This tour is also available from May 20 – September 14, you find the detailed description here!
15th of Sept – 19th of May
Tour members arrive at Keflavík Airport, Iceland and take the Flybus from Keflavík to Reykjavík (BSÍ Bus terminal). They will be greeted by representatives of Eldhestar between 17:30 and 18:00, who will arrange further transportation to the farm Vellir in the neighborhood of Hveragerði. The tour is arranged so we can enjoy a warm lunch at our hotel i.e., we are offering two half day tours during the riding days.The first evening we all have dinner together.
Riding day 1
After breakfast we start with Tour 3A – Meadows and Mountains. We ride down our meadows and then follow the old route towards Ingólfsfjall Mountain, named after the first Norwegian Viking who settled in Iceland, and finish the tour along the mountain Reykjafjall. Back at our farm at Vellir we will enjoy a light lunch. After lunch we go out on Tour 3B – Soft River Banks We will follow the river Glúfurá to the old old cemetery and continue down to the Ölfusá River Bank. From there, we have a view of the river and if the weather allows the volcano Hekla. We proceed through a bird sanctuary before returning to our farm again. After visiting the swimming pool in Hveragerði or enjoying the hot tubs at the hotel, the dinner will be served at the hotel!
Riding day 2
After breakfast we will ride over lava fields and enjoy the nice riding paths which are surrounding the stable area of Hveragerði and continue to the valley Gufudalur. On your way home you pass by an geothermal area which expanded dramatically during the big Sudurlands earthquake in 2008. At the farm we enjoy a light lunch. After lunch we go on Tour 2A – The Heritage Tour carry on with the riding. The tour we take goes through meadows and lava fields. On our way, we pass several farms which give us an idea of how agriculture has developed in the recent decades. After the riding – coffee and homebaked will be served, before we drive our guests back to Reykjavik. Return to Reykjavik around 17:15.
Notice: Included in the price are meals and services. as described in the itineraries.
Tour 7H: Accommodation in dbl rooms with private faciltiesat Hótel Eldhestar or nearby hotel.
Tour 7G: Accommodation at Eldhestar Guesthouse with shared facilities (2-4 bed rooms).
Please Note: When the Northern Lights are visible, you can just walk outside from your room to experience them!