TOUR 5B - Below the Mountains

On this day tour we discover the beautiful landscape opening up between the volcanic mountains and the Atlantic ocean in southern Iceland. We begin the tour on nice riding trails along our meadows which are ideal for trying the special gait of the Icelandic horse, “tölt”. We follow the river Gljúfurá to an old cemetery close to the mighty glacial river Ölusá, where we enjoy the panoramic view of the river delta and the famous volcanoes Hekla and Eyjafjallajökull, weather permitting. A grassy path takes us further down to the soft, black lava sand on the river banks and through shallow water to the green island Lambey. On our way we have good chances of seeing various kinds of birds living in the wetlands of the nearby bird sanctuary. We stop for a lunch break out in nature before continuing through farmland towards Mount Ingólfsfjall, a table mountain named after the first settler of Iceland, Ingólfur Arnarson. An old Viking path takes us along the mountain Reykjafjall, where both sheep and horses graze in the summer. On the way back to our farm Vellir we have a nice view over the surrounding area and the village of Hveragerði. Awaiting us back at our farm are coffee and home-baked cake.

During the winter season, the tour is slightly changed. We ride all the way down to the river banks and then return to our hotel for steaming bowls of traditional Icelandic meat soup before continuing our ride towards the mountains.

I did the all day Below the Mountain. It is just wonderful. They are so friendly and punctual. Pick me up at the hotel on time, the driver is great. Lunch was included — lovely sandwich. The ride begins near the sea and through pastors with horses grazing – fouls were frolicking around and following us. Then we break for lunch on the shore and watch the horses play and let ours rest. We head to the mountain which is another beautiful landscape. My guide was from Switzerland can’t remember her name — she was great, so energetic and great with the horses and riders. Then after the ride complimentary coffee/beverages and cake. I highly recommend this stable and look forward to riding there again next trip as Iceland has become a yearly destination for me.

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Duration

5 – 6 hours riding with breaks

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Departure times

Daily at 09:00. Hotel pick-up in Reykjavík at 08:00 (- 08:30). The pick up in Hafnarfjörður, Mosfellsbær, Kópavogur and Seltjarnanres starts at 7:45.

Return to Reykjavík at around 17:15.

Availability

All year round

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Included

English speaking guide, riding and safety equipment and hotel pick-up.

5-6 hours riding with stops (ca. 20 km), lunch (lunch box with sandwich, cookies and water bottle or meat soup during the winter season, special meals are available on request) and coffee/tea/hot chocolate and home baked cake.

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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. See more detailed information here.

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Notes

The weight limit for participants is 120 kg.

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). The tour is subject to weather conditions and might be changed.

Price

see at the end of the page

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