ELDHESTAR

Multi-day Riding tours

Eldhestar specialises in adventurous multi-day riding tours.
The shorter multi-day tours are perfect for those who are looking
for an authentic riding experience.

2 – 5 day tours

Tour 7 – Volcano Contrasts

3 days, 2 nights / 2 riding days / 38 km / Winter program available

This is a two-day tour in the diverse area around our farm. We discover the striking contrasts of Icelandic nature on horseback. The tour gives a taste of the magnificent landscape and good riding terrain.

Tour 8A/B – Nature’s Treasures and Rider’s Pleasures

4 or 5 days, 3 or 4 nights / 3 or 4 riding days / 55 – 75 km / Winter program available

We ride on scenic routes in varied terrain surrounding our farm and discover the amazing contrasts of Icelandic nature – from the fast-flowing, glacial waters of Ölfusá-river over broad meadows and mountains to the hot, geothermal streams of Reykjadalur.

Tour 8C – The Best of Eldhestar

5 days, 4 nights / 4 riding days / 100 km

On this tour, our guests can experience the best day-stages from Eldhestar’s different shorter and longer tours in the South of Iceland, including the national park Thingvellir, one of two places in Iceland on UNESCO´s World Heritage List.

Tour 8F – Eldhestar Exclusive

5 days, 4 nights / 4 riding days / 85 km

We have selected some of the most scenic riding trails in Iceland’s South and Southwest for this tour. Experienced riders enjoy spectacular days on horseback in small groups and the comfort of our hotel in the evening.

Tour 9 – Around the Volcano

4 days, 3 nights / 3 riding days / 70 km

This tour is ideal if you would like to stay at our farm and spend three days on horseback exploring the fascinating volcanic mountains nearby and into a unique area of exceptional beauty with volcanic formations, green valleys and hot springs.

Tour 9A – Around the Volcano & Beach Ride

5 days, 4 nights / 4 riding days / 92 km

This tour combines our ordinary tour Around the Volcano and our Beach ride (Tour 6A in our program) and is ideal if you would like to stay at our farm and spend four days on horseback exploring the fascinating volcanic mountains nearby.

Tour 10 – Thórsmörk

5 days, 4 nights / 4 riding days / 90 km

This tour provides the opportunity to experience the variety and beauty of Icelandic nature. We start in the lush district of Fljótshlíd, the setting of one of the Icelandic Sagas.

Tour 10A – Thórsmörk & Beach Ride

6 days, 5 nights / 5 riding days / 112 km

On this tour you experience even more variety and beauty in the Icelandic nature. Here we combine our ordinary Thórsmörk tour and our Beach ride (tour 6a in our program).

Tour 11 – Krýsuvík and the Blue Lagoon

5 days, 4 nights / 4 riding days / 100 km

This tour offers magnificent views, first over South Iceland and glaciers, then over Reykjanes, Reykjavík, and all the way to Snæfellsnes.

Tour 12 – Thingvellir and around Lake Thingvallavatn

6 days, 5 nights / 5 riding days / 125 km

On the way to the ancient site of Iceland’s parliament, Thingvellir, we ride through one of the Volcano Hengill’s most beautiful valleys with its unusual volcanic formations.

6 – 8 day tours

Eldhestar offers multi-day tours, up to 8 days long. In these tours, accommodations and meals are included.

Tour 13 – The Golden Highlights of the South

8 days, 7 nights / 7 riding days / 215 km

This tour features a variety of landscape and takes us not only to the most famous natural sights in the south of Iceland but also to the remote part in the highlands.

Tour 14 – Snæfellsnes Peninsula

7 days, 6 nights / 6 riding days / 190 km

Magic and Mystery, Black Lava and White Sand. The Snæfellsnes peninsula in West Iceland is often referred to as “Iceland in a nutshell“ because of the diversity in landscape and the wide range of colours.

Tour 15 – The Volcano Hekla

6 days, 5 nights / 5 riding days / 160 km distance

Mystique and fantastic riding paths. This tour takes us to the colourful landscape between the famous volcano Hekla and Tindafjallajökull glacier. This area is known for amazing nature shaped by the forces of volcanoes and glaciers.

Tour 16 – Treasures of Borgarfjörður

7 days, 6 nights / 6 riding days / 185 km

Between Western Valleys and Thermal Pools. The fertile district Borgarfjörður in southwestern Iceland is known for some of Iceland´s most beautiful natural sights, an abundance of hot water from geothermal sources and as the setting of many Icelandic sagas.

Tour 17 – Landmannalaugar

7 days, 6 nights / 6 riding days / 210 km

The tour takes us to Landmannalaugar, a valley in the Icelandic highlands that is best known for its colourful rhyolite mountains, extensive lava fields and the natural hot spring that gave the valley its name.

Tour 19 – Sprengisandur

7 days, 6 nights / 6 riding days / 260 km

We ride along the ancient Sprengisandur route that crosses Iceland, exploring some of the most fascinating and extreme contrasts of the Icelandic landscape.

Tour 20 – Kjölur

7 days, 6 nights / 6 riding days / 240 km distance

Varied Wilderness Up Close. The Kjölur route is an ancient riding trail crossing Iceland´s uninhabited highlands, intimately associated with many dramatic events in Icelandic history.

Winter Season

Horse riding during the winter months really has its charm. Eldhestar offers a variety of multi-day tours during winter
where you might get a glimpse of the northern lights.

Tour 7 – Volcano Contrasts Winter Program

3 days, 2 nights / 2 riding days / 30 km / Summer program available

This is a two-day tour in the diverse area around our farm. We discover the striking contrasts of Icelandic nature on horseback. The tour gives a taste of the magnificent landscape and good riding terrain.

Tour 8A/B – Nature’s Treasures and Rider’s Pleasures – Winter

4 or 5 days, 3 or 4 nights / 3 or 4 days of riding and activities / 34 – 40 km / Summer program available

We ride on scenic routes in varied terrain surrounding our farm and discover the amazing contrasts of Icelandic nature – from the fast-flowing, glacial waters of Ölfusá-river over broad meadows and mountains to the hot, geothermal streams of Reykjadalur.

Tour 8D – Northern Lights Tour

4 days, 3 nights / 3 days of riding and activities / 34 km

This tour includes half day tours and a day tour on horseback, relaxing in thermal pools and sightseeing to the most famous natural sights in South Iceland.

Tour 8E – Northern Lights Grand Tour

6 days, 5 nights / 5 days of riding and activities / 50 km

On this tour, we combine riding with visiting some of the most popular highlights in South Iceland and activities such as hiking, bathing and whale watching.

Tour 30 – Winter Riding Course

4 or 6 days, 3 or 5 nights / 3 or 5 days program

Our 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.

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At your own risk

Every rider is responsible for evaluating their own riding ability and physical condition. If you are not sure, please contact Eldhestar for booking.

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Pick-up

All multi-day tours start with pick up from Reykjavik at 17:30-18:00 on the first day of the tour. Please be ready at 17:30.

All tours end with the transfer back to Reykjavik on the last day around 16:30 (arrival in Reykjavik ca. 17:30).

Riding experience

Shorter multi-day tours (7, 8, 9 and 12 / except 8f) are suited for riders of all levels, but a good physical condition is important as we cover 20-25 km per day and ride mainly a lot of tölt (about trot speed). Participants must be able to mount a horse with little assistance (no mounting aid such as block or rock can be provided).

Tour 8f is only for experienced riders who are riding regularly and are capable to control the horses in all gaits in different terrain.

Longer tours (10, 13-16 & 21) require good riding skills, stamina and a balanced seat, they are physically challenging as we spend up to 45 km per day in the saddle mostly in tölt. We partly take a herd of free-running horses with us which makes riding at a certain speed necessary.

Wilderness Tours (17 – 20) are for experienced riders only (several years of riding regularly in all kind of terrain). A large herd of free-running horses follows every day.

Every rider is responsible for evaluating their own riding ability and physical condition. If you are not sure, please contact Eldhestar before booking.

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Introduction

All tours start with a practical riding introduction.

Minimum age

The minimum age for multi day tours is 12 years. Please contact us regarding booking of children under 12 years.

Children 15 years and younger are required to have riding skills.

Riding equipment included

Eldhestar provides helmets, and we also provide rainwear or warm overalls when necessary. Please dress according to weather and make sure to wear warm footwear that is rainproof if possible, and during colder weather bring gloves appropriate for riding and it´s nice to have a thin hat that would fit under the helmet. You find more information about what to bring here.

Meals

Meals and services as described in the itineraries are included.

Please note that dinner on the last day is not included.

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Languages

All tours have an English-speaking guide. On request, we may be able to provide a Scandinavian or German speaking guide.

Weather conditions

Riding tour routes may be changed due to weather conditions without previous announcement.