Tour 7 – Volcano Contrasts - Winterprogram
Hot Springs, Rivers and Broad Meadows
This is a two-day tour in the diverse area around our farm Vellir. We stay the night at Hótel Eldhestar, a nearby hotel or at Guesthouse Eldhestar and discover the striking contrasts of Icelandic nature on horseback. It gives you a taste of both the magnificent landscape and good riding terrain. During winter season the weather does not allow us to take a lunch box with us, so we enjoy a warm lunch at our hotel. The riding tour is adjusted so we are offering two half-day tours during the riding days.
I went on a two day trip “ volcano contrast” with my daughter (12y). We had the most wonderful experience and thanks to Sylva the best guide ever – we also heard a lot of great stories about Iceland history and legends. It was great trying different kind of horses and you feel very welcome and safe from the very first moment. Overall the staff is great- horses are great and surrounding superb This was a vacation my daughter didn’t want to end at all!
BTW you also have an amazing sleep in their Hästens beds and dinner is great
3 days, 2 nights – 2 days on horseback.
1st of October – 30th of April
around 38 km
English speaking guide, riding and safety equipment and transfer from/to Reykjavik.
Accommodation at Hótel Eldhestar or a nearby hotel in double rooms with private facilities (Tour 7H) or at Guesthouse Eldhestar in 2-4 bedrooms with shared facilities (Tour 7G) and 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. Bring your swimsuit and towel! See more detailed information here.
Pick-up daily from Reykjavik at 17:30-18:00.
In the summertime the tour is adjusted so that we ride two day tours and take a lunch box with us. More information here.
With hotel accommodation: 735 EUR
With guesthouse accommodation: 635 EUR
DAY BY DAY
Day 1: Arrival
Tour members arrive at Keflavík Airport, Iceland and take the Flybus from Keflavík to Reykjavík (BSÍ Bus terminal). You will be greeted by representatives of Eldhestar between 17:30 and 18:00, who will arrange further transportation to the farm Vellir in the neighbourhood of Hveragerði. After check-in, dinner will be served at Hotel Eldhestar.
Day 2: 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 then 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 volcanos 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. We come back for the lunch break to Hotel Eldhestar 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. You will have the opportunity to relax in the hotel´s hot tubs before dinner.
Day 3: Horses & Hot Springs and Heritage Tour
We first ride up a hill on excellent riding trails, along the slopes of the mountain Reykjafjall and through a green forest, a rare sight in Iceland. We then pass many hot springs in the impressive, colorful geothermal area situated just above the village of Hveragerði, a small town also known as the “hot spring capital of the world”. This area expanded dramatically during an earthquake in 2008 and is constantly changing. The path continues along the volcanic hills above the village, which is also known for its beautiful location between the volcano Hengill and the wide plains of the southern lowlands. We have a nice view of Varmá river, called the “warm river” as geothermal water flows through it, and green valleys with rising steam in the distance. After lunch back at the farm we head out one last time through meadows, lava fields and a small river. On our way we enjoy the nice scenery of volcanic mountains and farmland, passing several farms which give us an idea of how agriculture has developed in the last decades. Nice riding trails give a good opportunity to experience the “tölt”. At the end of the tour you are invited for coffee and home-baked cake before our bus takes you back to Reykjavik around 16.15 (arrival around 17.00).
Note: Your tour booking has not been confirmed until you receive an email from Eldhestar that confirms your booking. If you do not receive a confirmation email from Eldhestar, please contact us immediately: firstname.lastname@example.org