Riding an Icelandic horse is not only tremendous fun, it’s also a great way to experience the natural beauty of Iceland; snow topped mountains, the largest glacier in Europe, volcanoes, thundering waterfalls and striking lunar landscapes.
The Icelandic horse is a pure-bred descendant of those brought to Iceland by the Vikings over a thousand years ago. Horses remain an important part of Icelandic culture; they are used on remote farms to round up livestock and are still the best means of getting around in many parts of the island. Although small, the Icelandic is a powerful horse and has no difficulty carrying someone weighing 90kgs.
What makes this horse special is its fifth gait, the tölt, which is comparable to a running walk. Most riders can master it fairly quickly; it's fast, comfortable and enables the horse to cover great distances.
On the Highland Escape you change horses once or twice a day and as you ride, the herd of up to fifty loose horses travels with you. You spend four nights in comfortable cottages and three nights in simple mountain huts and refuges which are comfortable, but with limited facilities. Showers are may not be available on these nights and sleeping bags are required.
Much of the riding is at a tölt which can be fast so you need to be a confident rider able to adapt to different riding styles. General fitness is as important as riding experience due to the long hours in the saddle.
Accommodation is three nights in comfortable cottages in Varmahlíð, three nights in simple mountain refuges and one night in a hotel with private facilities in Reykjavik.
Showers are available on certain nights and on others there may be natural thermal pools. Some nights there may only be cold water available, sometimes in the form of a stream!
On all mobile trails a support vehicle goes ahead carrying personal gear, cooking equipment and food.
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HIGHLAND ESCAPE (7 nights)
INCLUDES Hotel accommodation in Reykjavik; shared accommodation and meals on the ride; riding; transfers.
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT Single rooms are not available on the ride and you
should be prepared to share. Single accommodation in Reykjavik is
available at a supplement - please ask for details.
PAYABLE LOCALLY Meals (other than breakfast) in Reykjavik; drinks; tips.
NEAREST AIRPORT Keflavik. Icelandair fly from Heathrow daily, Gatwick, Manchester and
Glasgow. Easy Jet fly from Luton,
Edinburgh and Manchester. WOW fly from Gatwick.
TRANSFERS Included from Keflavik at set times.
NOT INCLUDED International flights to Keflavik (Reykjavik).
These rides take place in northern Iceland in the famous horse region of Skagafjörður. Nearest airport is Keflavik, the international airport near to Reykjavik.
The trail route
In the summer months there are 24 hours of daylight. Average temperature is 10 to 12 degrees.
Yearly rainfall & temperature
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Weather information is obtained from the nearest available weather station.