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Northern Lights short break

4 days / 2 days riding from £ 810

Riding levels

Each of our trips is assigned a minimum level of riding ability required. This reflects whether there is technical riding required; the terrain to be covered; the liveliness of the horses; the length of the riding days and the riding fitness required.




For novice riders, these riding holidays will give beginners the chance to get used to being in the saddle. In general, a beginner/ novice hasn't learned how to canter and has not yet mastered rising trot. They are able to mount safely and to control a horse at a walk. 



For intermediate riders who are at ease at 2 paces (walk and rising trot and are starting to canter in a forward seat) out in open countryside. The intermediate rider is able to mount and dismount their horse unassisted, use basic riding aids, ride at a rising trot for at least 10 minutes, to change and control the pace from a walk to a trot and comfortably canter over short distances.



For experienced riders who have mastered all 3 paces (walk, rising trot, canter in a forward seat) over uneven terrain. The experienced rider rides regularly, has a good seat and is confident of their own ability. They are able to control the horse at speed and change direction of their horse at any pace and in any circumstance as needed.



For advanced riders who have mastered all 4paces (walk, rising trot, canter gallop in a forward seat) over uneven terrain on all types of horses including those that are very spirited. The advanced rider rides regularly has good physical fitness, has good soft hands and has the ability to gallop for long stretches without getting tired.



For all riders, whether they are novices, intermediate level, experienced or advanced. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, endurance training, natural horsemanship, trail riding orcentre based safaris.



For beginners and intermediate level riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capability of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For beginners, intermediate level  and experienced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For intermediate level and experienced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, long-distance ridingtraining,endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For intermediate level, experiencedand advanced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, long-distance ridingtrainingendurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For experiencedand advanced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, long-distance ridingtraining,endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.

Comfort

Each of our rides has been assigned an expected level of comfort

Nights in hotels, guesthouses, B&B's or homestays. Double or twin rooms with bathrooms.

 

EQUUS JOURNEYS Fingerpost Cottage
Hopton Wafers
Shropshire, DY140NA. UK
Phone : +44 (0) 1905 388977
INFO@EQUUS-JOURNEYS.COM

Imprimer

ICELAND-Northern Lights short break

4 days / 2 days riding from 810£


Activity :

Level :

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A trail ride in Iceland visiting the best-known sights (Secret Lagoon, Geysir Hot Spring, Gullfoss Waterfall) and with the chance to view the Northern Lights in the night sky. The ideal introduction to the Icelandic horse and the amazing landscapes of Iceland, whilst only being away from home for a long weekend. Get ready to experience the unique tranquillity of the Icelandic countryside and, if you are lucky, the the magic of the Aurora Borealis.

Strengths

- Experience the magical Icelandic horse on fine riding paths
- Relax at the Blue Lagoon in its mineral rich waters
- Visit the famous Gullfoss Waterfall and Geysir hot springs
- Watch the night sky in the hope of seeing the Northern Lights

Itinerary

Day 1: LONDON - REYKJAVIK - KJOASTADIR FARM - No riding

We recommend that you arrive at the airport before 15:00. If you cannot find matching flights, you should arrive a day earlier and we can book a hotel night downtown on request.

You should take a bus to the BSI (main bus station) where you will meet your group between 16:00 and 17:00. You will be transferred to the Blue Lagoon for a relaxing swim. The entrance fee is included but please bring your own swimming costume and towel.

After spending an hour relaxing in the mineral rich waters you will be transferred to Myrkholt Farm where you will meet your hosts and have a hearty dinner at the farm. After dinner step outside and look skywards to hopefully see the Northern Lights.

Day 2: KJOASTADIR - GEYSIR - KJOASTADIR - 2-3 hours riding

After breakfast your guide will introduce you to the Icelandic horse and its special gaits before setting out on a pleasant trail through the beautiful birch forests of Haukadalur valley. Today is a perfect introduction to the Icelandic horse and its way of going whilst riding in a relaxed atmosphere. During the ride you should have great views of the mountain ranges, valleys and glacier fed river Hvita.

In the evening, after dinner with your hosts, take a stroll outside to look again for the Northern Lights.

Day 3: KJOASTADIR - GULLFOSS - REYKJAVIK - 3-4 hours riding

Todays ride takes you towards the majestic canyon Bruarhloo where the milky, glacial waters pass through bizarre rock formations. Follow the ever deepening canyon to the impressive golden waterfall Gullfoss. After spending some time viewing the waterfall, re-mount and head back to the farm.

In the late afternoon say farewell to your hosts and you will be transferred to Reykjavik and your hotel. Hotel and dinner not included - we can book a hotel night for you on request.

Day 4: REYKJAVIK - LONDON - No riding

You will be collected from your hotel by FlyBus that will transfer you to the airport in time for your flight home.

Your flight can depart at any time.


Price details

Promotional rate for 4 first bookings until 30/10/2019.

- Flights are not included. Airport transfers are not included (Flybus shuttle)

- Groups consist of 6 to 16 international riding guests plus guides.

- Children from 8 years of age can be accommodated provided they are good riders.

- Accommodation in Reykjavik is not included, but we can book a hotel for you upon request.

- There is normally no single supplement for the riding days as you should be prepared to share. On some dates a single room can be organised with a supplement, please contact us for details.

- Meals on the ride are included but not for the days in Reykjavik when you can choose from the many restaurants available.

- Discounts available for families of 3+ (two parents and one child aged 12+), and for children under the age of 12. Please contact us.
Please Note
The itinerary may be modified at anytime for security reasons, meteorological or events beyond our control such as blocked roads, rivers in flood, drought, strikes and local holidays. Equus Journeys, our local partners and their local guides will always strive to find the best solution and will alter the itinerary as needed.
The names of the hotels and accommodation are given for information only and depending on availability, they may be modified without notice and replaced by another of a similar standard.

PRICE INCLUDES

Support Team

1 English speaking horse guide

Logistic

1 horse equipped with saddle and bridle

Inland transports

Minibus

Accommodation

Collective room in farms

Meals

Full board from first dinner to last breakfast, except the dinner of day 3

Extra equipment

First aid kit
Secret lagoon entrance fee

OPTION

Accommodation

Extra nights in Reykjavík: please contact us for the price

PRICE DOESN'T INCLUDE

Meals

Beverage and personal extra

Transport

Return airport transfers (FlyBus shuttle)
International flights

Extra

Tips to local team

Insurance

Cancellation and travel insurance are not included in the above listed price. Please note that insurance is mandatory. We recommend taking out an insurance policy as soon as your trip is booked to cover you in case of cancellation

TIPS

Tips are welcome but not expected. You should tip what you feel is appropriate and you are comfortable with.

HORSES

The Icelandic horse is a part of the history and saga of the country and is Vikings. It is characterised by it's extra pace - the tölt, which is fast and very comfortable. Some are also capable of an additional Flying Pace, which is similar to trot, but much faster and used for racing. Icelandic horses are small, sociable, comfortable and energetic. Icelandic tack consists of simple snaffle bridles, often with drop nosebands and straight cut saddles similar to English style.

MINIMUM RIDING ABILITY

You need to be a competent rider, confident at all paces in open spaces. You also need to be open to a new style of riding.

Rider weight limit is 110kg/17,3 st/242lb

PACE

The pace is mixed but the highlight of riding Icelandic horses is the tolt. There will be plenty of opportunities to experience this fantastic pace, which can be fast or slow depending on the terrain.

TACKING ABILITY AND PARTICIPATION

You may be asked to assist with tacking and untacking your horse, but you will be shown what to do (the Icelandic saddles are positioned further back than you are used to!).

TRIP CONDITIONS AND REQUESTED EXPERIENCE

You need to be prepared for inclement weather - it can be cold in Iceland in Autumn/winter and so we recommend taking plenty of warm clothing.
Riders who are not riding regularly are requested to get riding fit before joining the ride.

EQUESTRIAN EQUIPMENT

Saddle bags are provided, as are rain coats.

Hard hats are mandatory. We recommend our riders to wear a helmet to the correct standard and you should bring your own to ensure a proper fit.

COMFORT

You spend two nights at Myrkholt Farm where you sleep in a purpose built accommodation unit in twin or triple rooms, with bed linen provided (sleeping bags are not required) The bathrooms are shared. There is a communal sitting and dining area.

CLIMATE

The general climate in Iceland is temperate and cool, but as this ride runs only in the autumn the weather is likely to be colder than the UK. There is the possibility of rain and wind, so you should wrap up warm, but clear, warm days are still possible.

Meals

Lunches are simple picnics; dinners are generous and hearty.
You prepare your own picnic lunch at breakfast time.

Support Team

Guide and local team

You will be guided by a local horseman who is familiar with the landscape and the horses. He will likely be accompanied by a number of backup riders who spread throughout the group.

Packing list

Important!!
There are some important packing considerations for a riding holiday in Iceland. The Icelandic horses have had no contact with other equine species and are not vaccinated. They do not have any resistance to diseases which are common elsewhere in the world and so it is important to take precautions to prevent the spread of infections.

- You should NOT take the following products into Iceland: saddles, bridles, halters, saddle pads, whips, brushes or any leather products which have been in contact with a horse.

- Your riding clothes must be thoroughly cleaned at least 5 days before departure (riding breeches, jumpers, coats, gloves) and should be washed in temperatures of at least 40c.

- Items which cannot be washed at 40c, such as riding hats or leather boots must be thoroughly disinfected at least five days before departure:
1. Wash in detergent.
2. Dry thoroughly
3. Spray with a 1% solution of Virkon detergent (10g per litre of water)

For more details please visit the Icelandic veterinary authority website: www.mast.is/english/frontpage/import-export/import/ridingequipment

Head
- A riding helmet is compulsory and we recommend that you take your own to ensure a correct fit.
- Sunhat for when not riding
- Sunglasses - with a cord attached so they don't fly off when riding
- Buff or bandana for protecting your neck and face from the sun, wind or rain
- Warm hat for cold evenings/days

Upper body
- Thermals in case of cold weather
- Long sleeved shirts provide protection from the sun or extra warmth
- Down jacket or gilet for cold evenings
- T-shirts
- Lightweight fleece or jumper
- Warm polar fleece or equivalent (plus a spare in case one gets wet)
- Waterproof jacket - rain can be difficult to predict and it's better to be prepared. In the mountains the weather can change quickly

Legs
- Lightweight, comfortable riding trousers or jodhpurs - we recommend riding in them at home before taking them on holiday to ensure they don't rub. Take two pairs
- Waterproof over trousers
- Casual clothes for the evenings (jeans or walking trousers)
- Thermal trousers

Hands and Feet
- Comfortable riding boots. We recommend short boots with half chaps but you may wish to take long chaps. We don't recommend taking your favourite long leather boots in case they get damaged
- Lightweight shoes or trainers for the evenings
- Sandals/flipflops
- Several pairs of warm socks
- Gloves - your hands are particularly exposed to the sun, wind or rain whilst riding

Nightwear
- Accommodation is in made up beds but you may find a sleeping bag liner (silk/cotton/fleece) adds extra comfort
- A small camping pillow
- Slippers (you will have to remove your shoes inside the accommodation)
- An eye mask can help with the 24hr daylight

Other useful items
- Swimsuit - for hot tubs
- Camera and high capacity memory card. Spare battery
- Bumbag for carrying your camera and small items whilst riding
- Headtorch or small torch for moving around at night - bring spare batteries and bulbs
- Water bottle (2 litres or 2 x 1 litre)
- Wet Wipes or equivalent (for when washing facilities aren't available)
- Ear plugs (for light sleepers)

In your luggage
- Any liquids, such as shampoo, moisturiser, deodorant unless they are less than 100ml and all bottles can fit in a small, clear, plastic ziplock bag.
- Swiss army knife or equivalent

In your hand luggage
- Any valuables, such as your camera, ipod, ipad etc.
- Your riding hat

Medical kit
- Sunscreen and lip balm - should be high factor
- Insect repellent
- Any medication you regularly take
- Blister plasters in case of any rubs
- Antiseptic cream, plasters, aspirin, anti-histamine, insect-bite salve etc...
- Spare prescription glasses/contact lenses
- Eye drops
- Imodium or similar anti-diarrhoea medication
- Re-hydration sachets
- Antiseptic wipes
- Handwash gel

Our Recommendations
- Backpacks cannot be worn whilst riding. We recommend a small bumbag or a coat with pockets so that you can carry small items with you during the day (camera, sunscreen, lipbalm etc)
- We recommend travelling in your riding boots and carrying your hat and some riding clothes in your hand luggage - then if your luggage goes astray you are still able to ride!
- We recommend you carry a copy of your passport and insurance policy at all times.

ENTRY FORMALITIES

A passport valid for three months beyond the length of stay and issued within the past 10 years is required by Australian, British, Canadian, USA and most EU nationals. Some European passport holders can enter Iceland on a national ID card but this does NOT include British.
Visas:
Visas are not required for stays of up to 90 days.
Visa note:
Travellers from outside the UK are advised to contact the embassy to check visa requirements for Iceland.

BREXIT ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

The rules for travel to most countries in Europe will change if the UK leaves the European Union (EU) with no deal.

After 29 March 2019:

You should have 6 months left on your passport from your date of arrival. This applies to adult and child passports.

If you renewed a 10 year adult passport before it expired, extra months may have been added to your passport's expiry date. These extra months will not count.

The new rules will apply to passports issued by the UK, Gibraltar, Guernsey, the Isle of Man and Jersey.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/passport-rules-for-travel-to-europe-after-brexit

Addresses of consulates

  • Consulat d'Islande
    8 av. Kléber
    75016 Paris
    Tél. : 01 44 17 32 85
    Fax :
  • Ambassade à l'étranger
    Tungata n°22-PO Box
    1750 Reykjavik 121
    Tél. : +354 551 76 21/22
    Fax : +354 562 55 67
  • Ambassade en France
    8 avenue Kléber
    75116 Paris
    Tél. : 01 44 17 32 85
    Fax : 01 40 67 99 96
    icemb.paris@utn.stjr.is
  • Ambassade d'Islande
    Rond-Point Schuman 11
    1040 Bruxelles
    Tél. : +32 (0)2 238 50 00
    Fax : +32 (0)2 230 69 38
    emb.brussels@mfa.is
  • Ambassade d'Islande
    Rue du Mont-de-Sion 8
    1206 Genève
    Tél. : 022/703 56 56
    Fax : 022/703 56 66
    consulat-is@nbh-law.ch

HEALTH

There are no vaccinations legally required to travel to Iceland. The country has a very good public health infrastructure with hospitals, good doctors and widely available pharmacies.
The biggest hazard in Iceland is probably the weather, especially when venturing inland along the difficult roads. You need a very sturdy high clearance 4wd vehicle and all supplies like food, water and fuel. Also, watch out for sudden storms and blizzards, even in the middle of summer. Also, after rain, some slow flowing small rivers might all of sudden turn into wide and deep rivers, almost impossible to cross by car. So if you do venture inland and away from the main roads, watch all of these things very closely.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

It is a condition of your booking with Equus Journeys that you have travel insurance which covers you for the riding activities to be undertaken. Your travel insurance should cover you for medical expenses and repatriation. Your guides will require your travel insurance details before they allow you to ride and may refuse to let you ride if you cannot provide them. You should take your insurance documents with you.

TELEPHONE AND JET LAG

The international telephone code is 354
Standard GMT

BUDGET AND MONEY

The Icelandic currency is the króna (Ikr.). Coins come in denominations of five, ten, fifty and one hundred krónur and there are notes of 500, 1000, 2000 and 5000 krónur.
You don't have to bring lots of cash, because Iceland is a country where plastic money seems to have been invented and even small things can usually be bought by credit card. If you don't have one, most banking cards of your own country (Cirrus, Maestro logo) will be fine for taking money from ATM's and these can be found in almost every small town.
Tipping is not necessary in Iceland as taxes (VAT) and service are included in the price.

VOLTAGE

220 volts AC, 50Hz. Plugs are two-pin

ACTIVITY :Equestrian Stays

LEVEL :Help

COMFORT :Help

A trail ride in Iceland visiting the best-known sights (Secret Lagoon, Geysir Hot Spring, Gullfoss Waterfall) and with the chance to view the Northern Lights in the night sky. The ideal introduction to the Icelandic horse and the amazing landscapes of Iceland, whilst only being away from home for a long weekend. Get ready to experience the unique tranquillity of the Icelandic countryside and, if you are lucky, the the magic of the Aurora Borealis.

  • Enjoy the amazing Northern Lights in Iceland
    Northern Lights and whales riding trail
  • Crossing rivers in Iceland
    Riding on icelandic ponies
  • A herd of Icelandic horses
    Sunset and icelandic horse
  • Riding in the fantastic climate of Iceland!
    Icelandic horses and rider in Iceland
  • Riding Icelandic horse in fumaroles
    Riders and horses on a trail in Iceland
  • The explosion of the Geyser
    Geyser in iceland
  • Hot spings of Blue Lagoon
    Blue Lagoon hot springs in Iceland
  • The legendary Gulfoss waterfalls
    Summer riding trail and Gullfoss waterfalls

STRENGTHS

- Experience the magical Icelandic horse on fine riding paths
- Relax at the Blue Lagoon in its mineral rich waters
- Visit the famous Gullfoss Waterfall and Geysir hot springs
- Watch the night sky in the hope of seeing the Northern Lights

ITINERARY

Day 1: LONDON - REYKJAVIK - KJOASTADIR FARM - No riding

We recommend that you arrive at the airport before 15:00. If you cannot find matching flights, you should arrive a day earlier and we can book a hotel night downtown on request.

You should take a bus to the BSI (main bus station) where you will meet your group between 16:00 and 17:00. You will be transferred to the Blue Lagoon for a relaxing swim. The entrance fee is included but please bring your own swimming costume and towel.

After spending an hour relaxing in the mineral rich waters you will be transferred to Myrkholt Farm where you will meet your hosts and have a hearty dinner at the farm. After dinner step outside and look skywards to hopefully see the Northern Lights.

Day 2: KJOASTADIR - GEYSIR - KJOASTADIR - 2-3 hours riding

After breakfast your guide will introduce you to the Icelandic horse and its special gaits before setting out on a pleasant trail through the beautiful birch forests of Haukadalur valley. Today is a perfect introduction to the Icelandic horse and its way of going whilst riding in a relaxed atmosphere. During the ride you should have great views of the mountain ranges, valleys and glacier fed river Hvita.

In the evening, after dinner with your hosts, take a stroll outside to look again for the Northern Lights.

Day 3: KJOASTADIR - GULLFOSS - REYKJAVIK - 3-4 hours riding

Todays ride takes you towards the majestic canyon Bruarhloo where the milky, glacial waters pass through bizarre rock formations. Follow the ever deepening canyon to the impressive golden waterfall Gullfoss. After spending some time viewing the waterfall, re-mount and head back to the farm.

In the late afternoon say farewell to your hosts and you will be transferred to Reykjavik and your hotel. Hotel and dinner not included - we can book a hotel night for you on request.

Day 4: REYKJAVIK - LONDON - No riding

You will be collected from your hotel by FlyBus that will transfer you to the airport in time for your flight home.

Your flight can depart at any time.

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YOUR ADVISOR

The Northern Lights

The Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) is a natural light display in the sky, predominantly seen at high northern latitudes. A similar phenomenon in the southern hemisphere is called the aurora australis.

The name comes from the Latin word for sunrise and the Roman goddess of dawn - Aurora - and the Greek word for the north wind - Boreas.

The Aurora Borealis is caused by cosmic rays, solar wind and magnetospheric plasma interacting with the upper atmosphere. The charged particles enter the atmosphere from above, and the ionisation of the particles and atmospheric constituents creates light emissions.

The northern lights are most clearly seen on a clear night against a dark sky, and so the remote highlands of Iceland are perfect. During summer months Iceland experiences almost 24 hour daylight, and so it's only possible to see the northern lights during the autumn and winter months when there are long periods of darkness.

Our Northern Lights trail ride in Iceland, runs during the month of October, when the nights are lengthening and there is a good chance of seeing the lights, provided there is no cloud cover!