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 Wilderness Expedition 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 three nights in comfortable cottages and four 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 and four nights in simple mountain refuges.
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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WILDERNESS EXPEDITION (7 nights)
INCLUDES Shared accommodation and meals on the ride; riding; return transfers (road/flight) from Reykjavik city.
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT Single rooms are not available on the ride and you
should be prepared to share.
PAYABLE LOCALLY Airport transfers; drinks; tips.
NEAREST AIRPORT Keflavik. Icelandair fly from Heathrow daily, Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham and
Glasgow. Easy Jet fly from Bristol, Gatwick, Luton,
Edinburgh and Manchester. WOW fly from Gatwick.
TRANSFERS Included from Reykjavik city 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.
In the summer months there are 24 hours of daylight. Average temperature is 10 to 12 degrees.
Yearly rainfall & temperature
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|| Light snow
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Weather information is obtained from the nearest available weather station.