TOUR 7G & 7H – Volcano Contrasts Winter Program
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.
Extremely impressed with the high standard of the Hotel. I stayed in the newly opened wing & really enjoyed a super lovely room with a stunning view. The staff were always more than happy to help & were fast & efficient in their duties, from the Reception to the dining room. The breakfast has big selection whilst the dinners are just perfect. The horses & their stables are also run at a highly professional standard while offering a service for every different level of rider. The location of Eldhestar lends itself quite naturally to some unique rides, again there is something on offer for everyone, delivered by competent & smiling staff. I would most certainly love to return & can only recommend this truly lovely Hotel Eldhestar with its beautiful Icelandic horses.
3 days, 2 nights – 2 days on horseback.
4.5-6 hours per day – around 38 km
English speaking guide, riding and safety equipment and hotel pick-up.
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, 2-course dinner)
Dinner on the last day and accommodation in Reykjavik is not included.
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 swimsuit and towel!
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Pick-up daily from Reykjavik at 17:30-18:00.
In the wintertime the tour is adjusted so we can enjoy a warm lunch at our hotel i.e. we are offering two half-day tours during the riding days.
With hotel accommodation: 630 EUR
With guesthouse accommodation: 545 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.
All rates are according to our price list in EUROS.
All cancellations must be written and confirmed by our office. We accept cancellations per e-mail.
In case of cancellation 21 or more days prior to tour departure cancellation fee is 20% of the tour price.
In case of cancellation 20-14 days prior to tour departure cancellation fee is 50% of the tour price.
In case of cancellation later than 13 days but before 48 hours prior to tour departure cancellation fee is 75% of the tour price.
In case of cancellation later than 48 hours prior to tour departure or no show, cancellation fee is 100% of the tour price.
In case you need to cancel your tour due to unexpected events, any paid amount for unused services can be used for another tour or transferred to another person.
INSURANCE: Individual travel insurance is not included in the tour prices. We strongly recommend that you purchase a travel insurance policy in your home country that covers your cost should you have to cancel your travel reservation with short notice. These kind of travel insurances are not expensive and frequently cover other risks.
All complaints must reach Eldhestar within 5 days from departure from Iceland. Otherwise possible compensation is not valid.
Note: Eldhestar reserve the right to alter tours and itineraries due to weather or road conditions. All programs can be changed or cancelled at any moment during the trip to assure the safety of the clients and staff of Eldhestar and other business partners in case of combo tours. No responsibility is accepted for losses, expenses due to delays, changes of flights, or other services or because of strikes, accidents, sickness, damage, negligence, weather, war, changes in schedules, or other similar causes. Eldhestar and other partners in case of combo tours do not assume responsibility for accidents or death that can be traced to the participant´s negligence, acts of third parties or exterior circumstances such as weather, natural occurrences, war or other similar causes.
NOTICE: THE SMALL PRINT
Included in the price: Meals and services as described in the itinerary and 11% VAT.
Children´s discount for children 14 years and younger is 20%.
Single supplement for tours with hotel accommodation is 55 EUR per room / per night.
Upgrade from the guesthouse to hotel accommodation is 60 EUR per person / per night based on the double room.
Prices for tours with hotel accommodation are based on a shared double room.
Prices for tours with guesthouse accommodation are based on accommodation in 2-4 bedrooms.
Note: The last night in Reykjavík will not be included in our Shorter Tours, Longer Tours and Wilderness Tours in summer 2019.
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: email@example.com