TOUR 6A - The Beach Ride
Experience the extraordinary, the volcanic beach, the river banks and islands of the Ölfusá delta and great views! We take the horses in the trailer to the small fishing town Thorlákshöfn where we start the tour with a ride on the long, black beach. We follow the scenic beach along the surf of the North Atlantic for a few kilometers, riding on soft black lava sand until we reach the beautiful area where the mighty glacial river Ölfusá meets the sea in a large delta. We then continue through shallow water at the edge of the river delta and ride on grassy river banks, along wetlands and meadows towards the farmland in the Ölfus area, where our farm Vellir is located. On our way we have plenty of opportunity to try the smooth gait of the Icelandic horse “tölt” on nice trails in beautiful scenery which seems to be far from civilization, and enjoy spectacular views of mountains and the volcanos Hekla and Eyjafjallajökull, weather permitting. We also have good chances to see sea- and wetland birds of various kinds living in the Flói Bird Reserve between the ocean shore and the river. After we have reached the old cemetery at Arnarbæli we ride along the river Gljúfurá and pastures with grazing horses back to Eldhestar.
The tour can also start at Vellir and end at Thorlákshöfn, depending on tides. During the tour you will take a break on a scenic spot to enjoy a light lunch out in nature.
Myself and my husband booked the beach ride. I am an experienced rider and my husband an occasional rider. We were given horses appropriate to our abilities and both of us rode 2 horses during the day. The ride was a mix of walking and plenty of tolting, with 3 rests incorporated into the day for the horses to graze and for us to have lunch. . . We then rode along the beach, across rivers and through meadows back to the farm. The horses were forward going, very well behaved and good-natured, all looked well cared for and happy. Our guides Leah and Daniel, we’re both very friendly and helpful and nothing was too much trouble for them. I would highly recommend Eld Hestar for riding.
4,5 – 5,5 hours riding
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.
15th of May – 15th of September
English speaking guide, riding and safety equipment and hotel pick-up. 4.5 – 5.5 hours riding with stops (ca. 23 km), and lunchbox (sandwich, cookies, water bottle, special sandwiches available on request). Coffee/tea/hot chocolate and home baked cake after the tour.
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.
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 through different terrain, including water in the river-delta, and cover long distances in “tölt” (comfortable gait of the Icelandic horse, about trot speed). The minimum age for children is 10 years, children 14 years and younger are required to have riding skills (riding regularly for at least one year).
The tour is subject to weather conditions and might be changed. The tour can also be ridden in the opposite direction, depending on tides.
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