From the horse’s mouth
Snaefellsnes Beach Trail
- Experience the magical extra gait of the Icelandic horse - the tölt
- See one of the most recognised sites in Iceland - the conical volcano Snaefellsjokull
- Enjoy a 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 1: EUROPE - REYKJAVIK - No ridingFlight from the UK to Reykjavik. Your flight must land before 16.00 to allow enough time for your transfers.
On your arrival into Reykjavik, you must take a FlyBus shuttle to the BSI station (main bus station in Reykavik). Between 18.00-19.00, you will meet your fellow riders and be transferred to the farm where horses and staff are waiting.
Enjoy a delicious meal together, relax and get prepared for the adventure waiting for you in the morning!
Overnight at Hraunholt farm in 2 or 4-people rooms.
Day 2 2: Hraunholt - Kolviðarnes - 25km ridingAfter a short introduction to the Icelandic horse and its gaits you will set out riding into the mountains through fertile farmlands. cross the river Haffjarðará on your way to Kolviðarnes where your ride ends today.
Overnight at Hraunholt farm
NB: For the next three days, you are riding on Löngufjörur beach where timings depend on the tide. In some cases, you may need to start the ride very early in the morning or in the afternoon.
Day 3 3: Kolviðarnes - Traðir - 35km ridingAfter rejoining the horses, start your beach ride on Löngufjörur, along the coastline of the Snæfellsnes peninsula. Enjoy majestic views of the Snæfellsjökull Glacier and feel the horses excitement and take part in the joy on this extraordinary trail allowed by the tides.
Overnight at Hraunholt farm.
Day 4 4: Traðir - Kolviðarnes - 35km ridingAnother day ride on the yellow colored, sandy beach. This unique experience for everyone with lava-fields and mountains on one side of the trail and the Atlantic Ocean on the other. Leave the horses at Traðir Farm and spend the night at Hraunholt Farm.
Day 5 5: Kolviðarnes – Hausthúsahringur - Kolviðarnes - 18km ridingToday, you will leave the herd of loose horse at Kolviðarnes and go out and play, enjoying another brisk ride on the beach with fantastic views of the ocean, the mountains and the majestic Snæfellsnes Glacier. The horses stay at Kolviðarnes and you are driven back to Hraunholt for the night.
Day 6 6: Kolviðarnes – Hraunholt - 25km ridingRejoigning with the herd, ride into the mountains and lava, making your way back to Hraunholt. You ride through fertile farmlands and along good riding tracks over the river Haffjarðará and travel through an area well known as the hideout of Iceland‘s most famous outlaw, Grettir.
Overnight at Hraunholt farm.
Day 7 7: Hraunholt – Rauðaneslaug - Hraunholt - 22km ridingContinue your adventures in the saddle, surrounded by mountains, rivers and lakes. You ride to Rauðaneslaug where you can enjoy a bath in the Rauðaneslaug swimming pool.
The trail ends at Hraunholt farm with a farewell dinner with your guides and hosts.
Day 8 8: Hraunholt – Reykjavík - No ridingYou will be transferred back to Reykjavik for 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 late enough 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!
Dates & prices
- Rates are per person, based on riders sharing a room for two or four guests. There is no single supplement and you must be prepared to share.
- Groups usually consist of 6 to 20 international riding guests plus guides. All tours are confirmed with no minimum numbers.
- Transfers to and from Reykjavik airport are not included in the price for the trip. See https://www.re.is/tour/flybus/ for more info on how to get from the airport to the city centre.
- Discounts are available for families of 3+ (two parents and one child aged 12+), and for children between the age of 9 and 12. Please contact us.
- Children from 9 years of age can be accommodated provided they are good riders, with parental consent and a good riding level
- Rider weight limit is 110kg/17,3 st/242lb
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.
2 Icelandic expedition leaders
2-4 assistants in charge of the horses
2 or 3 horses per rider equipped with saddle and bridle
Tourist sites fees included in the program, except the visit in option on day 5.
Price doesn't include
Lunch and dinner on day 8 in Reykjavik
May - June 2020
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You will ride with a herd of loose horses and change mounts once or twice a day to preserve the horses' strength.
Minimum riding ability
Minimum riding ability
Rider weight limit is 110kg/17,3 st/242lb
Tacking ability and participation
Trip conditions and Requested experience
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.
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.
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.
Vegetarian diets can be accommodated with advance notice.
Guide and local team
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
- 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
- Thermals in case of cold weather
- Long sleeved shirts provide protection from the sun or extra warmth
- Down jacket or gilet for cold evenings
- 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
- 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. It is recommended your boots are waterproof as you may be crossing rivers and they can get wet.
- Lightweight shoes or trainers for the evenings
- Several pairs of warm socks
- Gloves - your hands are particularly exposed to the sun, wind or rain whilst riding
- 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
- A flynet against bugs
- 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)
- 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
- 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.
Visa & Health
Visas are not required for stays of up to 90 days.
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.
Addresses of consulates
- Consulat d'Islande
8 av. Kléber
Tél. : 01 44 17 32 85
- 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
Tél. : 01 44 17 32 85
Fax : 01 40 67 99 96
- Ambassade d'Islande
Rond-Point Schuman 11
Tél. : +32 (0)2 238 50 00
Fax : +32 (0)2 230 69 38
- Ambassade d'Islande
Rue du Mont-de-Sion 8
Tél. : 022/703 56 56
Fax : 022/703 56 66
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.
Budget and money
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.
Telephone and jetlag
Extend your trip
Blue Lagoon hot springs
Budget: £155Set in a stunning black-lava field, the Blue Lagoon is probably one of the most popular attractions in Iceland. It is also very conveniently located between the airport and the city centre, making it an ideal first stop!
Take the time to relax in these natural hot springs, enjoy your first day in Iceland. The heated water (38°C) is rich mineral salts and silica mud, which are a real treat to the skin.
You can decide to visit the Lagoon from the BSI in Reykjavik or from the airport - shuttles run throughout the day.
Whale watching excursion
Budget: £121This half-day excursion is a unique opportunity to watch Minke whales, Humpback whales, Dolphins and Porpoises in their natural element.
This is a fantastic day out, ideal for all from individuals to couples or families! Children can even enjoy a discount - pleace contact us. Obviously, we can never guarantee anything with wild animals, but viewing chances are good, and especially in the summer.
One or two departures a day depending on the season, pick up at your hotel.
Puffin watching tour
Budget: £59The Atlantic Puffin is a captivating and beautiful bird. Between May and August, it settles along the Icelandic coast to nest during the warmer months. Iceland boasts the largest colony in the world and provides some amazing opportunities for bird-watching!
Animal lovers will love this excursion. On a boat, you get as close to the birds as can be - if you're lucky, you might catch a glimpse of other species such as grey headed ducks or cormorans.
Three departures a day from Mid-May to Mid-August.
Children discounts (7-15 yo).