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TOUR 5A - The Hot Springs Tour to Reykjadalur Valley

 
This tour offers spectacular views and a surprising variety of magnificent Icelandic nature. We first ride along the slopes of Reykjafjall mountain and continue on nice riding trails surrounding the small village Hveragerði. The path then takes us through a green forest to a colourful geothermal valley with hot springs, an area which expanded dramatically during an earthquake in 2008. On our way towards the green hills surrounding the volcano Hengill we have good opportunity to try the “tölt”, the special gait of the Icelandic horse. The horses then take us on a leisurely pace following narrow trails up into the valley Reykjadalur. We pass the beautiful waterfall Djúpagilsfoss and some hot springs before we reach Reykjadalur valley and will have the opportunity to take a relaxing bath in a warm stream. During the ride down the valley we enjoy fascinating panoramas over the surroundings, the village Hveragerði, picturesque farmland and all the way down to the coastline, where we might see the Westman Islands, weather permitting. We continue along the mountain slopes again back to the farm, where coffee and home-baked cake are waiting for us.

I went on the day tour to Reykjadalur and had an awesome time. At first they split the people up in 3 groups, those who had been riding horses for more than 8 years, more than 15 times and beginners. The whole group stuck together for the most part, but there were 2-3 different guides for each level. On the way back we split up in 2 groups and the more advanced group went a lot faster. It was a full day tour, but as a beginner I didn’t find it too long at all. When we got to the hot springs, we got a packed lunch and some time to relax in the hot springs. The guides were really nice and helped us out a lot. I would definitely recommend this tour!

Kristin J.

Duration

5 – 6 hours riding
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Departure times

Daily at 9:00. Hotel pick-up in Reykjavík at  08:00 – 8:30. Pick-up in Hafnafjörður, Mosfellsbær and Kópavogur starts at 07:45. Return to Reykjavík around 17:15.

Availability

20th of May – 15th of September
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Included

English speaking guide, riding and safety equipment and hotel pick-up. 5-6 hours with stops, bathing and about 30 minutes hiking (four short walks, about 10 minutes on a steep slope), lunch box (sandwich, cookies, water bottle – special sandwiches available on request), coffee/tea/hot chocolate and home baked cake. Riding distance ca. 17 km.
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What to bring

Good shoes, comfortable pants (riding pants not necessary), gloves and a buff is recommended and if you want to bring a camera, please bring a small waist bag as backpacks cannot be taken on horseback. Bring your swimsuit and towel.

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Notes

This tour is for everyone but participants should be in good physical condition and must be able to mount a horse with little assistance. We ride quite a lot of “tölt” during this tour (about trot speed). If the weather does not allow us to go into the mountains, the tour will be changed. There are no changing rooms in the valley.

Price

22.750 ISK / 175 EUR
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CANCELLATION

All cancellations must be written and received by us 24 hours prior to the tours start. In conformity with business practices within the Icelandic travel industry, we at Eldhestar or a Travel Agent is obliged to charge cancellation fees to the passenger(s) as follows:

CANCELLATION CHARGES

Cancellation received more than 24 hours prior to departure are fully refunded. Cancellation received less than 24 hours prior to departure will be charged full price.

INSURANCE

We advise all our clients to have travel insurance.

OTHER

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NOTE

Eldhestar reserve the right to alter tours and itineraries due to weather or road conditions. All programs can be changed or cancelled at any moment during the trip to assure the safety of the clients and staff of Eldhestar and other business partners in case of combo tours. No responsibility is accepted for losses, expenses due to delays, changes of flights, or other services or because of strikes, accidents, sickness, damage, negligence, weather, war, changes in schedules, or other similar causes. Eldhestar and other partners in case of combo tours do not assume responsibility for accidents or death that can be traced to the participant´s negligence, acts of third parties or exterior circumstances such as weather, natural occurrences, war or other similar causes.

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