TOUR 8C – The Best of Eldhestar
Fine Selection of the Southwest
On this tour, our guests can experience the best day-stages from Eldhestar’s different shorter and longer tours in the South of Iceland. We visit the Valley of the Horses – Maradalur – from Tour 13, The Golden Highlights of the South. We will also experience Reykjadalur Valley from Tour 9, Around the Volcano. Furthermore, we also enjoy Tour 6, the Beach Ride. Finally, we visit the national park Thingvellir, one of two places in Iceland on UNESCO´s World Heritage List, from Tour 12, Thingvellir.
Please note that this tour includes a few stretches requiring participants to walk and lead the horses!
Beautiful landscape, very friendly and sweet horses. Riding and horses are excellent, and also enjoyed the food and landscaped. The important stuff – the riding, food and accommodation was all very good and we are planning to return
5 days, 4 nights – 4 days on horseback
Accommodation at Hotel Eldhestar and/or a nearby hotel in a shared room, full board (breakfast, lunchbox: sandwich & cookies, coffee/tea & home-baked cake, 3-course dinner). Bring a swimsuit and towel.
Please note that dinner on the last evening and accommodation in Reykjavik is 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.
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DAY BY DAY
Day 1: Arrival
The tour starts in the evening. Tour members who arrive the same day to Iceland should take the Flybus from the airport to the ending bus station BSÍ in Reykjavík. We will greet you at the bus station or your hotel/ guesthouse in Reykjavik at 17:30- 18:00 and drive to our farm Vellir in Hveragerði. There you will be lodged at Hotel Eldhestar for the entire tour. We will get to know each other during dinner at the hotel. The day ends with a detailed description of the tour (the description can also be next morning after breakfast).
Day 2: Vellir – Thorlákshöfn
After breakfast, you will be given a detailed riding instruction and get to know the horses. We warm-up in the paddock and then head to the mighty Ölfusá River. The tour takes us through Ölfusforir to the wide delta of Ölfusá river, where we should see birds of various kinds. Far to the east, we see the Eyjafjallajökull volcano as well as the volcano Hekla (weather permitting). We gradually make our way along the western banks of Ölfusá, riding very nice trails. We ride through shallow water before we finally reach the south coast and turn west on the beach, riding on soft black lava sand. We end the day near the town of Thorlákshöfn and drive back to Vellir.
Riding time and distance: 24.3 km, 5-6 hrs
Day 3: Kolviðarhóll – Jórukleif
We start the day at Kolviðarhóll and ride North along the slopes of Húsmúli and Hengill mountains. We reach Engidalur valley and continue along a narrow path. We dismount and lead the horses through a narrow cleft to the beautiful, hidden Marardalur (Valley of Horses). We continue through Dyrfjöll (Door-Mountains), and when we reach the mountaintop we enjoy a view over Lake Thingvallavatn. The lake is by the cleft where the American and Eurasian continental plates are drifting apart and the Icelanders had their democratic meetings called Althing for hundreds of years. The track continues down to Jórukleif, where the tour ends. We finish the day with refreshments and sightseeing at the famous Thingvellir national park before returning to our farm.
Riding time and distance: Around 30 km, 6-7 hrs.
Day 4: Skógarhólar- Kringlumýri
Today we ride through Thingvellir National Park, following scenic trails through woods and lava formations. We pass the abandoned farms Hrauntún and Skógarkot before we reach the shore of Lake Thingvallavatn, the largest natural lake in Iceland. The path continues through a fascinating landscape with large cracks created by movements of the continental plates. From Gjábakki farm we have an exceptional view over the large valley between the American and Eurasian continental plates, lake Thingvallavatn, and the volcanic mountains surrounding the lake. This area is a large valley shaped by glacier ice and many volcanic eruptions. We continue along an old path to the mountain hut Kringlumýri, where we end the tour.
Riding time and distance: Around 25 km, 5-6 hrs.
Day 5: Reykjadalur- Vellir
We first ride along the slopes of Reykjafjall mountain and continue on nice riding trails surrounding the small village Hveragerði. The path then takes us through a green forest to a colourful geothermal valley with hot springs, an area which expanded dramatically during an earthquake in 2008. On our way towards the green hills surrounding the volcano Hengill, we have good opportunity to try the “tölt”, the special gait of the Icelandic horse. The horses then take us on a leisurely pace following narrow trails up into the valley Reykjadalur. We pass the beautiful waterfall Djúpagilsfoss and some hot springs before we reach Reykjadalur valley and will have the opportunity to take a relaxing bath in a warm stream. During the ride down the valley we enjoy fascinating panoramas over the surroundings, the village Hveragerði, picturesque farmland and all the way down to the coastline, where we might see the Westman Islands, weather permitting. We continue along the mountain slopes again back to our farm Vellir where the tour ends. After some refreshments, the bus will take you back to Reykjavik (arrival about 17:15).
Riding time and distance: 19 km, 5 – 6 hrs.
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.
Please fill out the below form to book this tour. Note that your tour booking has not been confirmed until you receive an email from Eldhestar that confirms your booking.