- - Beach riding along the coast of the Snaefellsnes peninsular
- The magical extra gait of the Icelandic horse - the tolt
- See one of the most recognised sites in Iceland - the conical volcano Snaefellsjokull
- Rich bird life
- Diversity of landscapes, including lava fields, craters, ash and sand
- Watch the light sand turn black as you ride closer to the Eldborg crater
Day 1: LONDON - REYKJAVIK - No riding
Flight from the UK to Reykjavik.
On your arrival into Reykjavik, you will take the Flybus to your hotel for the night. The night in the hotel is not included in the price of the trip but we can help you arrange it, as well as your Flybus tickets if needed.
In the evening you can enjoy your first taste of Icelandic cuisine out at a local restaurant.
Day 2: REYKJAVIK - STORI-KALFALAEKUR - GRIMSSTADIR - 30km riding
You will be collected from your hotel between 8:00 and 9:00 and transferred to Stori-Kalfalaekur farm where your horses and guides are waiting. After a short introduction to the Icelandic horse and its gaits you will set out riding into the mountains through fertile farmlands. Good riding tracks allow you to fully experience your horse until reaching Grimsstadir Farm - this farm has a proud history which dates back to medieval times. Overnight at Stori-Kalfalaekur in proper made-up-beds, showers and hot tub.
Day 3: GRIMSSTADIR - HITARHOLMUR - 30km riding
Today's ride leads through multi coloured mountains and along low bushy hillsides. Hitardalur is a geological paradise - vast lava fields, soft tracks through ash and the high palagonite montains give the impression of riding on the moon!
Leave the horses at Hitarmolmur and transfer by road back to Stori-Kalfalaekur where you overnight. The hot tub will be ready and waiting!
Day 4: HITARHOLMUR - KOLVIDARNES - 45km riding
Continue riding through the magical volcanic valley of Hitarholmur. Stop at a sheep gathering place Hitardalsrett, from where you can see the legendary troll woman Hit who was turned into stone after returning late from a date!
Proceed west across Hitara river and ride through an area well-known for being the hideout for Iceland's most famous outlaw - Grettir. Leave the horses at Kolvidarnes farm and return to Stori-Kalfalaekur to overnight.
NB> The rest of the itinerary is along beaches which are affected by tides. Your departure time each morning may vary depending on high/low tide.
Day 5: KOLVIDARNES - TRADIR - 34km riding
After re-joining the horses, you start your beach ride on Longufjorur - the famous seashore of the Snaefellsnes peninsular. You can see majestic Snaefellsjokull glacier ahead of you and the horses will be excited and full of joy as you discover the long sandy beaches exposed by the tides.
Overnight at Stóri-Kálfalækur farm.
NB> There is an optional excursion by road along the coast towards the fishing villages of Arnastapi situated directly below Snaefellsjokull. Meet giant Bardur Snaefellsas and hear about historic celebrities like the fartravelled Gudridur Porbjarnadottir and mass murderer Axlar Bjorn. This excursion is at extra cost (c. 4,000 ISK per person) and payable locally.
Day 6: TRADIR - KOLVIDARNES - STORI-KALFALAEKUR - 34km riding
Another day of riding along the sandy beaches. Today you change direction and head back towards the mighty Eldborgarhraun lava field. This is a unique experience, with lava fields and mountains on one side and the Atlantic ocean on the other.
Leave the horses at Kolvidarnes farm and overnight at Stori-Kalfalaekur farm for the next two nights.
Day 7: KOLVIDARNES - STORI-KALFALAEKUR - 32km riding
Your final day of riding on the beach and another new experience - the sand will turn from yellow to black as you follow the outline of the Eldborgarhraun lava field. You can almost imagine the black lava still moving as you head back onto dry land.
The trail ends at Stori-Kalfalaekur farm with a farewell dinner with your guides and hosts.
Day 8: STORI-KALFALAEKUR - REYKJAVIK - No riding
You will be transferred back to Reykjavik at approx. 11:30am. As there is a minimum journey time from Reykjavik to the airport of 1 and a half hours, you should book your return flights no earlier than 20:00 to ensure that you arrive in plenty of time.
If you wish to spend the afternoon exploring Reykjavik and fly out the following day, we can help organise a hotel for you - just let us know!