Riding in Iceland is a unique experience - an opportunity to ride strong, willing horses over exciting and adventurous terrain. 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 100kgs.
What makes this horse special is its fourth 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.
THE KJÓLUR - 'Between the Glaciers'
Move back in time and ride 225km along the historic Kjölur trail as the Icelanders did throughout the centuries while travelling to the summer parliament at Þingvellir. Famed for the natural beauty and varied landscape of the highlands, this tour runs south to north or vice versa on the ancient route across the heart of Iceland. Pia Thommes went on the Kjolur ride in summer 2012 and put together a photo book of her trip, which you can see here.
Ride through remote desert-like areas and cross wild glacial rivers. As you pass the extinct volcanoes and glacier lakes, scattered areas of grassland come as a surprise in this landscape shaped by glaciers, ice and snow. Bathe in natural hot springs in the heart of the country. On the trail you change horses once or twice a day and as you ride, the herd of up to fifty loose horses travels with you.
Sleeping bag accommodation on the trail is in simple mountain huts and refuges. These are comfortable but with limited facilities and hot water is not available on two nights. In Reykjavik you stay in a hostel with two to four people per room.
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 on the trail is in mountain cabins and there are two nights in a hotel with private facilities in Hafnarfjörður.
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.
If you do not see availability for your preferred dates, please do
contact us. There might have been a cancellation or we might have a
slightly different ride in Iceland which would appeal to you.
Set arrival and departures, arriving Saturdays.
Prices shown are subject to daily exchange rate fluctuations. Once booked, prices are fixed.
KJÖLUR (8 nights)
INCLUDES Hotel accommodation (B&B) in Hafnarfjörður; shared mountain hut
accommodation and meals on the ride; riding; transfers; sleeping bag
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. Iceland Express fly from Gatwick. Easy Jet fly from Luton,
Edinburgh and Manchester. WOW fly from Gatwick.
TRANSFERS Included from Keflavik.
NOT INCLUDED International flights to Keflavik (Reykjavik).
A ride through the highlands and interior of Iceland. Nearest airport is Keflavik, the international airport near to Reykjavik.
The trail route
In the summer months of June and July 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.