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Tour 8A & 8B

Natures Treasure & Riders Pleasures – Winter program

Participants on the winter version of this popular tour ride several half-day tours and warm up during lunch with soup and coffee at Hotel Eldhestar. Included in the program is also a sightseeing tour to the waterfall Gullfoss, the hot springs at Geysir and Thingvellir National Park (tour 8a & 8b) as well as whale watching (tour 8b). In other words, we combine riding with discovering the most impressive natural sights in South Iceland. In the evening you will also have the possibility to enjoy a bath at Hveragerði’s famous swimming pool or in our hotel’s hot tubs.

This is a very comfortable, attractive hotel and well-worth a visit even if you don’t ride horses (we don’t). Quiet and some easy walks here and there. Delicious Food. And it’s only 1/2 hour from Reykavik.

Michael W.

Duration

8A:  2.5 days on horseback                                                                   8B: 3 days on horseback

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Included

English speaking guide, riding and safety equipment and hotel pick-up.

8A: 2.5 days on horseback (ca. 34 km), half day sightseeing tour “Golden Circle”.

8B: 3 days on horseback (ca. 40 km), half day sightseeing tour “Golden Circle”, half day whale watching tour.

Full board. (breakfast buffet, light lunch, coffee & cake, 3-course dinner). Dinner on the last evening is not included.

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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!

DAY BY DAY

Tour 8A: Day by day

Tour 8a – Nature’s Treasures and Rider’s Pleasures – Winter Program

Day 1: Evening Arrival

The tour begins in the evening. Guests who arrive in Iceland on the same day take the airport shuttle,  the “Flybus” (Reykjavík Excursions) from the airport to Reykjavík (BSÍ bus terminal). We will pick you up at BSÍ or at your hótel / guesthouse between 17:30 and 18:00 and drive to Eldhestar’s farm Vellir near to the village of Hveragerði (ca. 40 minutes driving), where you will be staying either at Hotel Eldhestar or at Guesthouse Eldhestar (according to your booking). An information letter with a detailed description of the following days will be offered upon arrival.  The day ends with dinner at Hotel Eldhestar.

Day 2: Meadows, Mountains and Soft River Banks

After breakfast, you will meet your guide in the lobby and together you will walk over to the stable. You will get necessary riding equipment (riding helmet, warm overall or rain gear) and a short riding demonstration before you get to know the horses during a few rounds in the paddock. Today we ride 5- 6 hours, starting with the tour Meadows and Mountains. We ride on soft trails along the meadows around our farm, a good opportunity to experience the special gait of the Icelandic horse. We then follow the river Gljúfura and continue on an old route towards Ingólfsfjall Mountain, named after the first Norwegian Viking who settled in Iceland in the 9th century. We ride along the slopes of the mountain Reykjafjall with nice views of the landscape between the ocean and the volcanic mountains surrounding the village Hveragerdi before returning to the farm for warming up and a light lunch. After lunch, we saddle our horses again for the afternoon ride, Soft River Banks and continue riding through grassland, now following the river Gljúfurá south to the scenic landscape at the delta of the mighty glacial river Ölfusá. We stop at an old cemetery with a great view of the river before continuing further down to the soft river banks, enjoying a short ride on black lava sand. This area is close to a bird sanctuary and known for many species of wetland- and seabirds. Weather permitting, we might even catch a glimpse of the famous volcanoes Hekla and Eyjafjallajökull. We proceed through the grassy plains before returning to our farm Vellir, where coffee and home baked cake will be available. In the evening, you have the possibility to take a relaxing bath in the hotel´s hot tubes before dinner is served at the hotel.

Day 3: Hot Springs and Horses & Midwinter Warmth

Today we experience a variety of scenery and spend 4-5 hours on horseback. In the morning, we ride the tour Horses & Hot Springs, which takes us up a hill on excellent riding trails, along with 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, colourful 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. Back at the farm, we enjoy a light lunch, have some time to rest and then meet at the stable again for the afternoon program, Midwinter Warmth. After one hour on horseback in the scenic landscape surrounding our farm, you can soften up in the big and warm hot tub in Hveragerði’ s famous swimming pool, relax in the steam sauna or take a swim in the comfortably warm thermal pool. Imagine sitting in steamy water as a light snowfall turns the grass around you white. After returning to our hotel, dinner will be served

Day 4: The Heritage Tour & Golden Circle Tour

On the final day, you will ride The Heritage Tour in the morning. This tour takes us 1,5-2 hours on nice trails 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. After the riding and checking out of the room we warm up with light lunch and coffee or tea. Then you will be picked up to visit the three most impressive natural sights in South Iceland along the Golden Circle. The famous Geysir geothermal area, the  “golden waterfall” Gullfoss and Thingvellir National Park. The Geysir geothermal area boasts spouting springs, including Strokkur, the most active geyser in Iceland. At Gullfoss you are given the opportunity to stand next to the amazing waterfall, watching enormous quantities of water tumble violently into a deep canyon. You also spend time encountering a cross-section of Iceland’s natural wonders and geological phenomena at Thingvellir National Park, an area of historical and geological significance. You will be back in Reykjavík around 18:00.

Notice: The riding tours can be combined differently in the most enjoyable way for the participants, according to both weather conditions and group riding skills. You can choose to ride for three or four days.

Tour 8B - Day by day

Day 1: Evening Arrival
The tour begins in the evening. Guests who arrive in Iceland on the same day take the airport shuttle Flybus (Reykjavik Excursions) from the airport to Reykjavík (BSÍ bus terminal). We will pick you up at BSÍ or at your hótel / guesthouse between 17:30 and 18:00 and drive to Eldhestar’s farm Vellir near to the village of Hveragerði (ca. 40 minutes driving), where you will be staying either at Hotel Eldhestar or at Guesthouse Eldhestar (according to your booking). An information letter with a detailed description of the following days will be offered upon arrival.  The day ends with dinner at Hotel Eldhestar.

Day 2: Meadows, Mountains and Soft River Banks

After breakfast, you will meet your guide in the lobby and together you will walk over to the stable. You will get necessary riding equipment (riding helmet, warm overall or rain gear) and a short riding demonstration before you get to know the horses during a few rounds in the paddock. Today we ride 5- 6 hours, starting with the tour Meadows and Mountains. We ride on soft trails along the meadows around our farm, a good opportunity to experience the special gait of the Icelandic horse tölt We then follow the river Gljúfura and continue on an old route towards Ingólfsfjall Mountain, named after the first Norwegian Viking who settled in Iceland in the 9th century. We ride along the slopes of the mountain Reykjafjall with nice views of the landscape between the ocean and the volcanic mountains surrounding the village Hveragerdi before returning to the farm for warming up and a light lunch. After lunch, we saddle our horses again for the afternoon ride, Soft River Banks and continue riding through grassland, now following the river Gljúfurá south to the scenic landscape at the delta of the mighty glacial river Ölfusá. We stop at an old cemetery with a great view of the river before continuing further down to the soft river banks, enjoying a short ride on black lava sand. This area is close to a bird sanctuary and known for many species of wetland- and sea birds. Weather permitting, we might even catch a glimpse of the famous volcanoes Hekla and Eyjafjallajökull. We proceed through the grassy plains before returning to our farm Vellir, where coffee and home baked cake will be available. In the evening, you have the possibility to take a relaxing bath in the hotel’s hot tubes before dinner is served at the hotel.

Day 3: Hot Springs and Horses & Midwinter Warmth

Today we experience a variety of scenery during 3.5-4 hours on horseback. We start the day with the tour Horses and Hot Springs, riding on excellent trails along the slopes of Reykjafjall Mountain and through a green forest. We then pass by many hot springs in the colourful geothermal area Gufudalur valley. This area is situated just above the village of Hveragerði and expanded dramatically during the big South Iceland earthquake in 2008. The path continues along the volcanic hills above the village, which is known for its beautiful location between the green mountains of volcano Hengill and wide plains. We stop at the stable area for some refreshments and learn more about the Icelandic horse before riding back to our farm for lunch. In the afternoon, we spend another hour on horseback on an adorable Icelandic horse to heat body and soul during the tour Midwinter Warmth, before driving to the thermal swimming pool in Hveragarði to soften up in the big and warm hot tub, relax in the steam sauna or take a swim in the comfortably warm water. Imagine sitting in steamy water as a light snowfall turns the grass around you white. After returning to our farm, coffee and home-baked cake will be served in the cosy environment of the hotel.

Day 4: The Heritage Tour & Whale Watching or riding

On the final day, you will ride The Heritage Tour n the morning. This tour takes us 1,5-2 hours on nice trails 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. After lunch, you have a chance to go for whale watching in the bay next to Reykjavik or take part in a half day tour in the afternoon, according to your choice. After whale watching we pick you up at the harbour or at the BSI bus terminal in Reykjavik between 17:30 and 18:00 and drive back to our farm. Dinner will be served at the hotel.

Day 5: Ingolfstrail and Golden Circle

The final day starts with the Long Mountain Tour.  You will ride in the footsteps of the first settler Ingólfur Arnarsson along the slopes of mountain Ingolfsfjall, which is named after him. On your way, you will learn more about Iceland’s history and the interesting geology of this area and see the replica of Viking longhouse. After the riding and checking out of the room we warm up with light lunch and coffee or tea. Then you will be picked up to visit the three most impressive natural sights in South Iceland along the Golden Circle. The famous Geysir geothermal area, the  “golden waterfall” Gullfoss and Thingvellir National Park. The Geysir geothermal area boasts spouting springs, including Strokkur, the most active geyser in Iceland. At Gullfoss you are given the opportunity to stand next to the amazing waterfall, watching enormous quantities of water tumble violently into a deep canyon. You also spend time encountering a cross-section of Iceland’s natural wonders and geological phenomena at Thingvellir National Park, an area of historical and geological significance. You will be back in Reykjavík around 18:00.

Notice: The riding tours can be combined differently in the most enjoyable way for the participants, according to both weather conditions and group riding skills. You can choose to ride for three or four days.

CANCELLATION POLICY

All rates are according to our price list in EUROS.

CANCELLATION

All cancellations must be written and confirmed by our office. We accept cancellations per e-mail.

CANCELLATION CHARGES

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.

OTHER

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.

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Please fill out the below form to book this tour. 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: info@eldhestar.is

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