Tour 33 - Family Vacation
Riding & more for all family members
Eldhestar’s family vacation provides an ideal opportunity for families to spend some time in Iceland with us and our horses during school holidays. The program starts with a riding demonstration followed by a lesson in the riding hall to get to know the horses, before we head out into nature and ride on nice riding trails in a variety of terrains. Participants get to know different horses, which develops riding skills. In the evenings you enjoy good food and bathing in the hot tubes. Children can take care of their „own“ horse and are welcome to help a little in the stable to learn more about horses. The tour is suited for riders of all levels, and non-riding family members can book the tour without riding program and take part in individual sightseeing tours to the most popular natural attractions in South Iceland instead.
We really enjoyed both of our tours. The horses are beautiful and are delightful. The tour operators were professional, friendly and very knowledgeable. We truly enjoyed the magnificent sights of Iceland on horseback. Thank you for having us, it made a very memorable experience
HOW TO BOOK:
Please book by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
33aH & 33aG: 3 nights – 3 days riding / sightseeing program.
33bH & 33bG: 5 nights – 3 days riding / sightseeing program.
in the school holidays, on request
English speaking guide, riding and safety equipment and transfer from/to Reykjavik.
Hotel Accommodation in a twin, triple or family room (33a/bH) or guesthouse accommodation in double, triple and four-bed rooms with shared facilities (33a/bG).
Full board (breakfast, light lunch, coffee & cake, 3-course dinner).
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.
For this tour, we offer a child reduction for children 17 years and younger.
Tour 33aH hotel accommodations – 920 EUR
Tour 33aG guesthouse accommodations – 750 EUR
Tour 33bH hotel accommodations – 1150 EUR
Tour 33bG guesthouse accommodations – 1020 EUR
DAY BY DAY TOUR PROGRAM
Day 1: Arrival
After arriving at Keflavík Airport, participants take the “Flybus” (operated by Reykjavik Excursions) to BSÍ bus station in Reykjavik. There you will be greeted around 17:30–18:00 by a representative from Eldhestar, who will drive you to our farm Vellir, close to the village Hveragerði. The day ends with dinner at Hotel Eldhestar.
Day 2 – Morning Riding Lesson – The Heritage Tour
After breakfast, your guide meets you for a short introduction in the stable. You will be provided with the necessary riding equipment and will get a short riding demonstration before you get to know the horses. We start with a riding lesson in small groups in Eldhestar´s modern riding hall. Beginners are given instructions to learn the basics of riding, preparing them for the first trail ride in the afternoon on our gentle horses. Experienced riders learn how to ride the different gaits if the Icelandic horse, or develop their riding skills on Icelandic horses even more. After lunch at Hotel
Day 3 – Below the Mountains / Optional sightseeing by
Today we ride 5-5.5 hours, starting with the tour Meadows and Mountains. We ride on soft trails along the meadows surrounding our farm, a good opportunity to get familiar with the special gait of the Icelandic horse, the “tölt”. We then follow the river Gljúfurá, head towards the volcanic mountains and ride on an old route along the slopes of the mountain Reykjafjall. Our reliable horses take you up and down the trail, while you enjoy nice views of the diverse landscape between the ocean and the volcano Hengill. Back at the
Guests who do not want to ride can take part in a bus excursion, visiting beautiful natural sights along the South Coast, one of the country’s most scenic regions. Among the stops on this tour are gorgeous waterfalls, a black lava beach, Skógar folk museum and Sólheimajökull glacier tongue.
Day 4 – Horses & Hot Springs – Afternoon Lesson / Optional sightseeing Golden Circle
In the morning we experience a variety of amazing nature. We start the day with the tour Horses & Hot Springs, riding on excellent trails along the slopes of Reykjafjall Mountain and through a green forest. We pass by many hot springs in the
For those who would rather like to spend the afternoon
Guests who have booked the 3-days-program will be taken to Reykjavik by our transfer bus or the sightseeing bus in the evening.
Day 5 – The Siggi Tour – Afternoon free time / optional program
After breakfast, you ride The Siggi Tour. This tour provides the best of available riding route to us each time. Depending on the weather and wind, we will ride for 1.5-2 hours through the surroundings of our farm.
Day 6 – Ingólfstrail & Gullfoss, Geysir and Thingvellir
The final day starts with the Long Mountain Tour, also called Ingólfstrail. You will ride in the footsteps of the first settler Ingólfur Arnarsson, who settled in Iceland in the 9th century. On our way on the ancient Viking route on the foot
Included in the price are meals and services as described in the itinerary.
Dinner on the last day and accommodation in Reykjavik are not included in the price.