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Vididalstungurett horse round-up

6 days / 4 days riding from £ 1,580

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-Vididalstungurett horse round-up

6 days / 4 days riding from 1580£


Activity :

Level :

Comfort :

Join local farmers on a great autumn riding adventure. You will round up a herd of loose Icelandic horses, moving them from their summer pastures to the farms where they will spend the winter. Riding across wild and vibrant landscapes, far from the crowds, you will discover the highland moors, greens valleys turning red and gold, as well as deep blue lakes and gorges. You are taking part in a unique equestrian experience, helping drive the herd down to Víðidalstungurétt corral before celebrating a successful event with the farmers.

Strengths

- Take part in a unique cultural and equestrian event
- A special experience for outdoors and horse lovers
- Enjoy riding Icelandic horses and experience the flying pace, or the "tölt"
- Celebrate a successful round-up with the traditional “réttardansleikur” (ball)

Itinerary

Day 1: LONDON - REYKJAVIK - No riding

Flight from the UK to Reykjavik and overnight in Reykjavik (these services are not included but we can book these for you on request).

Day 2: Reykjavík – Hvammur – Sveinsstaðir – Hvammur Farm - 25km riding

Transfer by bus from Reykjavík to Hvammur Farm, where you meet the horses and guides. Visit a factory outlet with woollen goods on the way.

Your first ride will take you through Vatnsdalur valley, the setting of the Vatnsdæla-Saga. You will ride along the banks of River Vatnsdalsá before crossing over to the western side of the valley. Your ride ends at Sveinsstaðir Farm and you return to Hvammur Farm for the night.

Day 3: Sveinsstaðir – Dæli – Hvammur - 40km riding

Gear up for a long and exciting day in the saddle! Today takes you alongside the Hóp and across the Gljúfurá River, through the countryside of Vestur-Hóp and into the beautiful Víðidalur valley. You follow Víðidalsá River to Dæli Farm where you will leave the horses.

Return to Hvammur farm for the night. The outdoor hot tub is waiting, as well as a hearty dinner.

Day 4: Dæli – Kolugil – Víðidalstungheiði – Hvammur - 32 km riding

Start the ascent towards the highland plateau Víðidalstunguheiði and meet the horses coming down from their pastures in the highlands.

Enjoy a warm lunch at a mountain shelter before you join the farmers in driving the herd down from the mountains. Before ending your ride at Dæli Farm, you will stop at Kolugili Farm for refreshments. (32 km, about 8-9 hours including lunch and coffee breaks).

Back to Hvammur farm for the night.

Day 5: Víðidalstungurétt – Lake Hóp – Hvammur - 30km riding

Your day starts at the round up place Víðidalstungurétt, where horses are sorted out. An auction is held right on the spot and you can join the farmers in their joyful singing, celebrating the return of their horses. In the afternoon, you join up with your horses close to Borgarvirki and ride towards Lake Hóp. Feel the excitement of the horses as they reach the open plain. The trail leads you right across Lake Hóp, Iceland's fifth biggest lake, on a safe track across the water. Ride past Thingeyrar, a place of great historical importance and into Vatnsdalur valley. It is time to say good bye to the horses and return to Hvammur. (30 km)

Optional (not included in the tour price):
“Stóðréttardansleikur” dance at Víðihlíð, where everybody relaxes after the excitement of the day and celebrates yet another successful round up.

Day 6: REYKJAVIK - HOME -

Departure from the North and return to Reykjavík. Approx. arrival at the hotel at 14:00.

Self-transfer to the airport for your flight home.


Price details

Promotional rate for 4 first bookings until 27/12/2019.

- Flights to your destination are not included, but can be booked on request - please contact us for rates.

- Rates are per person, based on riders sharing a 2-4 bedded room. No single supplement and you must be prepared to share.

- Groups consist of 6 to 20 international riding guests plus guides.

- Hotel nights in Reykjavik, and transfers to and from Reykjavik airport are not included in the price for the trip. See https://www.re.is/tour/flybus/ for more information on how to get from the airport to the city centre.
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 from Reykjavik
Icelandic expedition leaders

Logistic

1 vehicle and driver
Equipped Icelandic horses
1 cook

Inland transports

Minibus

Accommodation

Shared rooms at a Farm (2-4 beds per room)
Sleeping bag provided

Meals

Full board from first diner to last breakfast

Extra equipment

First aid kit
Tourist sites fees included in the program, except the visit in option on day 5.

OPTION

Accommodation

Extra nights in Reykjavík: please contact us for the price

PRICE DOESN'T INCLUDE

Meals

Beverages and personal extra
Meals in Reykjavik

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 it's 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 who is comfortable riding at all paces in the outdoors. You will be riding with a group of loose horses and so experience of riding in a group is essential.

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

PACE

There will be long periods of tolt along the sandy tracks and grassy pastures. There will also be walking and trotting across more difficult terrain and occasional opportunities to canter.

TACKING ABILITY AND PARTICIPATION

You will be expected to assist with grooming, tacking and un-tacking your horse. The whole group gets involved in meal preperation.

TRIP CONDITIONS AND REQUESTED EXPERIENCE

You need to be fit and have good stamina for the long periods of tolt, which is a fast but comfortable pace. There are some long hours in the saddle (5-8 hours) and the terrain can be rough. The weather can also be unpredictable.

Experience of riding a trail over several days would be an advantage but is not essential. Riders who do not ride regularly would need to get back into the saddle before joining this ride.

EQUESTRIAN EQUIPMENT

Comfortable Icelandic saddles with saddle bags.

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.

You will be provided with a raincoat but should still bring your own warm coats to wear underneath.

COMFORT

Hvammur farm is situated in the beautiful Vatnsdalur Valley which is so full of the old Sagas and has the famous salmon fishing river Vatnsdalsá running down the middle. The farmhouse was renovated 4 years ago and has a hot tub in the garden with a view off the river.

Number of rooms: 6 rooms
Number of beds: 2 – 4 beds in each room, altogether max 19
Outdoor jacuzzi: Yes
Number of showers: 2
GSM connection : Yes
WiFi: Yes
Made up beds: Yes
Number of WC: 2

CLIMATE

Contrary to popular belief, the general climate in Iceland is temperate and cool with extreme cold temperatures only recorded in winter. In summer the average temperatures are 10-12c but can be as low as 5c and as high as 25c. You should be prepared for both sun and rain and dress in layers.

Meals

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

Alcoholic beverages are not included in the tour price and are hard to get in the highlands. They can be bought at a reasonable price in the Duty Free Store at Keflavik Airport upon arrival.

Support Team

Guide and local team

Our well-known farmer Haukur Suska operates this tour.

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. Waterproof boots can be a good idea as you are crossing rivers.
- 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
- Sleeping bags are provided 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)

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!
- Carry a copy of your passport and insurance documentation with you.

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 :Trail Riding

LEVEL :Help

COMFORT :Help

Join local farmers on a great autumn riding adventure. You will round up a herd of loose Icelandic horses, moving them from their summer pastures to the farms where they will spend the winter. Riding across wild and vibrant landscapes, far from the crowds, you will discover the highland moors, greens valleys turning red and gold, as well as deep blue lakes and gorges. You are taking part in a unique equestrian experience, helping drive the herd down to Víðidalstungurétt corral before celebrating a successful event with the farmers.

  • Vididalstungurett horse round up in Iceland
    Loose icelandic horses in Iceland
  • Embark on an ancestral annual round up
    Icelandic horses in a paddock
  • Ride across a variety of terrain
    Riding Icelandic horses in Iceland
  • Drive a herd of Iceland horses across Iceland
    Icelandic horses crossing a river in Iceland
  • Horse riding holiday in Iceland
    Horses and riders on a riding holiday
  • Riding Iceland horses is a fantastic equestrian experience
    Horseback trail ride in Iceland
  • Crossing rivers in Iceland
    Riding on icelandic ponies

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29/09/2020 04/10/2020 £ 1,755
£ 1,580
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Price details

Promotional rate for 4 first bookings until 27/12/2019.

- Flights to your destination are not included, but can be booked on request - please contact us for rates.

- Rates are per person, based on riders sharing a 2-4 bedded room. No single supplement and you must be prepared to share.

- Groups consist of 6 to 20 international riding guests plus guides.

- Hotel nights in Reykjavik, and transfers to and from Reykjavik airport are not included in the price for the trip. See https://www.re.is/tour/flybus/ for more information on how to get from the airport to the city centre.
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

OPTION

PRICE DOESN'T INCLUDE

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