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Iceland - Snæfellsnes
 

Iceland - Snæfellsnes

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.

SNÆFELLSNES - 'Magical and Mysterious'

The Snæfellsnes peninsula, recently designated a National Park, is often called “Iceland in a nutshell” because of its extreme diversity of landscape. This ride takes you through mighty lava fields, green valleys, wide-open stretches of light-coloured sand on the beaches and to the multi-coloured mountains of Hítardalur valley.

The glacier covered cone volcano Snæfellsjökull, after which the peninsula is named, is one of the most recognised sights in Iceland. Its mystic atmosphere has been described in words and written language and became famous through Jules Verne’s novel “A journey to the centre of the Earth.” The area is home to elves and trolls and many of the famous Sagas originate from this spectacular area. In this country you will believe that anything is possible.

You stay four nights at your hosts’ farm and two nights in sleeping bag accommodation. In Reykjavik you stay in a hotel with shared facilities.

(Total six nights in the west and two nights in Reykjavik. Six days riding.)

SNÆFELLSNES BEACH RIDE This exciting ride along the Snæfellsnes beaches will leave you breathless. Nowhere else in Iceland can you ride for hours without any obstacle to slow down the riders and horses.

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Icelandic Riding Specialist  Chris Day

Chris says:

This ride will take your breath away! Fast, fabulous tölting along wide open beaches with a herd of loose horses.

My top tip:

Be prepared for long stretches of fast riding at a 'tölt', and don't forget your earplugs for the mountain huts and farmhouse!

Call: 01299 272 237 | email: chris@inthesaddle.com |
 
 
 

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