Iceland - Highland Trails

  • Open Feb-Apr, Jun-Dec
  • Set arrivals
  • 2 to 7 nights / 3 to 7 days of riding | 2 to 8 hours riding per day | Nearest collection point:Reykjavik
  • Weight limit: 17st 4lbs (110 kg) (242 pounds)
  • Usual maximum: 20

Highland Trails

These trails are a great introduction to Iceland and include several itineraries to suit different budgets and dates. On these rides you are staying in farmhouse accommodation.

Snæfellsnes (7 nights/6 days riding) The Snæfellsnes peninsula is often called “Iceland in a nutshell” because of its extreme diversity of landscape. This ride takes you through lava fields to  green valleys; from wide-open stretches of pale sandy beach to the multi-coloured mountains of Hítardalur valley. This exciting ride along the Snæfellsnes beaches will leave you breathless.

If you have less time, you can choose the Beach and Mountain Ride (5 nights/4 riding days) or the Löngufjörur (2 nights/2 riding days).

The peninsula is named after the glacier covered cone volcano Snæfellsjökull. It is one of the most recognised sights in Iceland. Its mystic atmosphere has been described in words and written language and inspired Jules Verne’s novel “A journey to the centre of the Earth.”

 

Golden Circle (6 nights/6 riding days) There is no better way to visit the hot springs area of Geysir and the Golden Waterfall of Gullfoss than by riding through the beautiful countryside of southern Iceland. On some days your guides lead spare horses, whilst other days are more challenging as the spare horses will travel with you as a loose herd as you cross the highland moor of Hrunaheði.

Geysir-Gullfoss Special (5 nights/4 riding days) On the Geysir-Gullfoss Special you join the first four days of the Golden Circle tour, returning to Reykjavik on the Thursday morning, whilst the rest of the group continue on the Golden Circle Tour.

Iceland snow

Winter Riding and Northern Lights (3 nights/3 riding days) Autumn in Iceland means a colourful countryside and Northern Lights dancing in the black night sky. Enjoy visiting the best known sights in Iceland. Ride the Icelandic horse along fine bridle paths and hopefully view dazzling Northern Lights after a good day in the saddle.

Knit and Ride Adventure (3 nights/ 4 days riding) This ride is a mixture of short rides and knitting for those wanting something a little different. This is a centre based holiday and is suitable for intermediate riders.

 

 

Between the Rivers (2 nights/3 riding days) This rides takes place in the south of Iceland. A great, relaxed introduction to the Icelandic horse and get a taste of what Iceland has to offer. Perfect for families and groups of mixed abilities.

 

 

 

 

Highland Expeditions

The expeditions are tougher rides often in more rural locations and so it’s important that all riders are strong and confident. These trails usually have more basic accommodation and longer hours in the saddle.

Iceland KjolurKjölur (7 nights/6 riding days) Move back in time and ride 200 km along the historic Kjölur trail as the Icelanders did throughout the centuries whilst 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 Kjölur 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 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.

King’s Trail (6 nights/7 riding days) Explore Iceland’s western highlands along ancient trails from the Vatnsdalur valley to Þingvellir. Parts of these trails, often used by farmers, were renamed the King’s Trail after a visit from the King of Denmark and Iceland in 1907. This tour runs north to south and vice versa.

Travel over remote highlands, cross lava fields and ride through forests on this 195 km journey between the north and south. Gaze upon glaciers to the east, bathe in natural hot springs and travel as Icelander’s have done for centuries, on horseback.

 

Landmannalauger (6 nights/6 riding days) A geothermal wonderland in the southern highlands, Landmannalauger’s dramatic colours and natural hot springs are just a few of the things that make this such a great location, and a challenging ride.

Mount Hekla, a highly active volcano, towers over the region as you ride from the banks of the glacial river Þjórsá to Landmannahellir and the colourful rhyolite mountains in Landmannalauger surrounded by black lava fields.

Northern Exposure (5 nights/5 riding days) Discover the wonders of Lake Mývatn and Europe’s largest waterfall, Dettifos, on this challenging ride in the northeast of Iceland. Lake Mývatn is famed for its volcanic features and rich birdlife. This trail takes you from rich green pastureland towards the Gæsafjöll Mountains and through areas scarred with cracks and fissures from earthquakes and volcanic activity.

Iceland horse and rider

Kjölur, King's Trail, Landmannalauger, Northern Exposure, Snæfellsnes: For these trails you need to be a strong, 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 and the fast pace of the ride.

On the trail you change horses once or twice a day and as you ride, the herd of fifty or more loose horses travels with you.

Golden Circle, Geysir-Gullfoss Special, Winter Riding and Northern Lights, Between the Rivers, Knit and Ride Adventure: These trails are suitable for intermediate riders and above, and are ideal for families or groups of mixed abilities. General fitness is important due to the sometimes long hours in the saddle and fast pace of the ride.

On all trails riders are expected to care for their horse (grooming and tacking up) but help is always on hand should you need it.

The riding style is English. Hard hats are mandatory.

Highland Trails

On all trail rides where you are moving accommodation, a support vehicle goes ahead carrying personal gear.

Snæfellsnes, Beach and Mountain Ride, Löngufjörur You stay in farmhouse accommodation at Hraunholt Farm in two to three person rooms, with made up beds. Bathrooms are shared.

Golden Circle, Geysir-Gullfoss Special You stay in two different farmhouse accommodations.

At Kálfhóll farm you stay in two person rooms, with made up beds. There are five cabins each with three bedrooms and one shared bathroom.

Myrkholt is located just between Gullfoss waterfall and the hot spring Geysir. There are 32 beds split between eight rooms. Bathrooms are shared.

Winter Riding and Northern Lights, Between the Rivers, Knit and Ride Adventures: Accommodation is at Kálfhóll farm.

The accommodation is shared in two person rooms with made up beds. There are five cabins each with three bedrooms and one shared bathroom. Single rooms (with shared facilities) may be available on certain dates at a supplement.

Highland Expeditions

The sleeping bag accommodation on these trails is in basic mountain cabins. In many of the cabins, the accommodation is communal, with everyone sleeping in one large room.

Showers are available on certain nights and on others there may be natural thermal pools. On some nights there may only be cold water available. Ablutions are shared.

A support vehicle goes ahead carrying your personal gear, cooking equipment and food.

Kjölur
Hvammur Farm is situated in the beautiful Vatnsdalur Valley famous for salmon fishing.

Áfangi Mountain Hut sleeps up to 32 people in eight rooms.

Hveravellir is a beautiful geothermal hot spot located in the western highlands of Iceland.

Árbúðir is a mountain cabin on the banks of the river Svartá.

Fremstaver is a cosy hut on the south slopes of the mountain, Bláfell. There are 25 beds in one large room.

Myrkholt is located just between Gullfoss waterfall and the hot spring Geysir. There are 32 beds split between eight rooms.

King’s Trail
Hvammur Farm is situated in the beautiful Vatnsdalur Valley famous for salmon fishing.

Fellaskáli is a basic mountain hut which is able to sleep up to 30 people in two rooms.

Alftakrokur is a cosy cabin that sleeps up to 40 people in one large room and one attic room.

Hotel Á is a countryside hotel located in the town of Borgarfjördur. There are 22 rooms each with a private bathroom.

Húsafell Gamli Bær Guesthouse is located in a former farmhouse 3.7 miles from the Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls. There are six bedrooms.

The community centre at Brautartunga is basic sleeping bag accommodation.

Landmannalauger
At Kálfhóll farm you stay in two person rooms, with made up beds. There are five cabins each with three bedrooms and one shared bathroom.

Hólaskógur is a large mountain cabin in Þjórsárdalur, close to the glacier river Þjórsá. Used in the autumn by the farmers during the round up, it is open for travellers through the highlands during the summer. There are 50 beds in one large room.

Landmannahellir mountain cabin, located in a peaceful area in Fjallabak, is also one of the main cabins used by farmers during the round up. There are 24 beds in one large room.

Northern Exposure
Bjarnastaðir Farm is situated in the low bushy area of Kerlingaskógur, close to the glacial river Jökulsá á Fjöllum and Dettifoss Waterfall. The farmhouse sleeps up to 23 guests in sleeping bag, dorm style accommodation.

Þeistareykir is known as a geothermal area, with colourful mud pits, tabletop mountains, hills and lava fields. The mountain hut stays warm all year round due to the geothermal activity of the area. The cabin has one room sleeping up to 30 guests.

Accommodation Gallery

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Upcoming Dates

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.

These rides have set arrival and departures.

Depending on your flight times you may need a night in Reykjavik before and after the ride.

Holiday Experience LevelExp Lvl Arrive - DepartArr - Dep   Price Itinerary Availability
King's Trail North to South 22 Jul 2024 - 28 Jul 2024 6 nights 6 ngts £2,676.27 View (.pdf) Full
Golden Circle 27 Jul 2024 - 2 Aug 2024 6 nights 6 ngts £2,329.83 View (.pdf) Full
Geysir - Gullfoss Special 27 Jul 2024 - 1 Aug 2024 5 nights 5 ngts £1,629.15 View (.pdf) Full
Between The Rivers 29 Jul 2024 - 31 Jul 2024 2 nights 2 ngts £1,290.50 View (.pdf) Book
Northern Exposure 29 Jul 2024 - 3 Aug 2024 5 nights 5 ngts £2,243.22 View (.pdf) Full
Trail of Hope 29 Jul 2024 - 2 Aug 2024 4 nights 4 ngts £1,688.91 View (.pdf) Full
King's Trail South to North 30 Jul 2024 - 5 Aug 2024 6 nights 6 ngts £2,676.27 View (.pdf) Full
Snæfellsnes 3 Aug 2024 - 10 Aug 2024 7 nights 7 ngts £2,329.83 View (.pdf) Full
Trail of Hope 4 Aug 2024 - 8 Aug 2024 4 nights 4 ngts £1,688.91 View (.pdf) Full
Northern Exposure 5 Aug 2024 - 10 Aug 2024 5 nights 5 ngts £2,243.22 View (.pdf) Full
Landmannalaugar 5 Aug 2024 - 11 Aug 2024 6 nights 6 ngts £2,589.66 View (.pdf) Full
Kjölur - North to South 7 Aug 2024 - 14 Aug 2024 7 nights 7 ngts £2,581.86 View (.pdf) Full
Landmannalaugar 12 Aug 2024 - 18 Aug 2024 6 nights 6 ngts £2,589.66 View (.pdf) Book
Northern Exposure 12 Aug 2024 - 17 Aug 2024 5 nights 5 ngts £2,243.22 View (.pdf) Full
Kjölur - South to North 14 Aug 2024 - 21 Aug 2024 7 nights 7 ngts £2,581.86 View (.pdf) Full
Snæfellsnes 17 Aug 2024 - 24 Aug 2024 7 nights 7 ngts £2,329.83 View (.pdf) Full
Northern Exposure 19 Aug 2024 - 24 Aug 2024 5 nights 5 ngts £2,208.57 View (.pdf) Full
Geysir - Gullfoss Special 24 Aug 2024 - 29 Aug 2024 5 nights 5 ngts £1,520.02 View (.pdf) Book
Golden Circle 24 Aug 2024 - 30 Aug 2024 6 nights 6 ngts £2,269.20 View (.pdf) Book
Between The Rivers 26 Aug 2024 - 28 Aug 2024 2 nights 2 ngts £1,186.57 View (.pdf) Book
Geysir - Gullfoss Special 31 Aug 2024 - 5 Sep 2024 5 nights 5 ngts £1,520.02 View (.pdf) Book
Golden Circle 31 Aug 2024 - 6 Sep 2024 6 nights 6 ngts £2,269.20 View (.pdf) Book
Between The Rivers 2 Sep 2024 - 4 Sep 2024 2 nights 2 ngts £1,186.57 View (.pdf) Book
Winter Riding and Northern Lights 8 Oct 2024 - 11 Oct 2024 3 nights 3 ngts £1,125.07 View (.pdf) Book
Winter Riding and Northern Lights 15 Oct 2024 - 18 Oct 2024 3 nights 3 ngts £1,125.07 View (.pdf) Book
Winter Riding and Northern Lights 22 Oct 2024 - 25 Oct 2024 3 nights 3 ngts £1,125.07 View (.pdf) Book
Winter Riding and Northern Lights 29 Oct 2024 - 1 Nov 2024 3 nights 3 ngts £1,125.07 View (.pdf) Book
Winter Riding and Northern Lights 5 Nov 2024 - 8 Nov 2024 3 nights 3 ngts £1,125.07 View (.pdf) Book
Winter Riding and Northern Lights 12 Nov 2024 - 15 Nov 2024 3 nights 3 ngts £1,125.07 View (.pdf) Book
Knit and Ride Adventure 18 Nov 2024 - 22 Nov 2024 4 nights 4 ngts £1,298.29 View (.pdf) Book
Winter Riding and Northern Lights 26 Nov 2024 - 29 Nov 2024 3 nights 3 ngts £1,125.07 View (.pdf) Book
Winter Riding and Northern Lights 3 Dec 2024 - 6 Dec 2024 3 nights 3 ngts £1,125.07 View (.pdf) Book
Winter Riding and Northern Lights 10 Dec 2024 - 13 Dec 2024 3 nights 3 ngts £1,125.07 View (.pdf) Book

Prices

INCLUDES shared accommodation; meals on the ride; riding; transfers during the ride; heavy duty waterproof jacket and trousers.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

Snæfellsnes; Beach and Mountain Ride; Löngufjörur; Between the Rivers; Northern Exposure; Landmannalauger; King’s Trail; Kjölur: Single/double/twin rooms are not available on these rides and you should be prepared to share.
Golden Circle; Geysir-Gullfoss Special, Knit and Ride Adventure and Northern Lights Ride:  It is sometimes possible to guarantee a single room on these itineraries. Please ask us for details and the price. There is no single supplement if you are willing to share.

PAYABLE LOCALLY Drinks; tips; Flybus airport transfers.

NEAREST AIRPORT Keflavik.

TRANSFERS Included from Reykjavik city at set times.


Getting There

For Between The Rivers

Return transfers are included from Reykjavik BSI central bus station at 10:00 on the first day of the ride, dropping off on the last day at about 18:00.

There is a regular Flybus service (http://www.re.is/flybus) between Keflavik airport and Reykjavik BSI central bus station.

You will need to make your own accommodation arrangements in Reykjavik for the night before the ride. Depending on the time of your return flight, you may also need accommodation at the end of the ride.

For Northern Exposure

The meeting place is at the domestic airport Flugfélagið Ernir in Reykjavík at 07:10 for your flight to Akureyr.

On the last day you will return on an early afternoon flight back to Reykavjik airport.

You will need to make your own accommodation arrangements in Reykjavik for the night before and after the ride. There is a regular Flybus service (http://www.re.is/flybus) between Keflavik airport and Reykjavik BSI central bus station.

For Geysir - Gullfoss Special

Return transfers are included from Reykjavik BSI central bus station at 18:00 on the first day of the ride, dropping off on the last day at about 11:30.

There is a regular Flybus service (http://www.re.is/flybus) between Keflavik airport and Reykjavik BSI central bus station.

Depending on the time of your return flight, you may need to make your own accommodation arrangements in Reykjavik for the night after the ride. Please check with us if you are unsure of the timings.

It may be possible to arrange drop off for some hotels in Reykjavik, except those in the very centre. For these hotels you will be dropped off at the nearest designated bus stop. You will find a map of the bus stop locations and further information at www.busstop.is.

For Kjölur - North to South

Return transfers are included from Reykjavik BSI central bus station at 18:00 on the first day of the ride, dropping off on the last day at about 13:00.

There is a regular Flybus service (http://www.re.is/flybus) between Keflavik airport and Reykjavik BSI central bus station.

Depending on the time of your return flight, you may need to make your own accommodation arrangements in Reykjavik for the night after the ride. Please check with us if you are unsure of the timings.

It may be possible to arrange drop off on the last day for some hotels in Reykjavik, except those in the very centre. For these hotels you will be dropped off at the nearest designated bus stop. You will find a map of the bus stop locations and further information at www.busstop.is.

For Landmannalaugar

Return transfers are included from Reykjavik BSI central bus station at 18:00 on the first day of the ride, dropping off on the last day at about 18:30.

There is a regular Flybus service (http://www.re.is/flybus) between Keflavik airport and Reykjavik BSI central bus station.

Depending on the time of your return flight, you may need to make your own accommodation arrangements in Reykjavik for the night after the ride. Please check with us if you are unsure of the timings.

It may be possible to arrange drop off on the last day for some hotels in Reykjavik, except those in the very centre. For these hotels you will be dropped off at the nearest designated bus stop. You will find a map of the bus stop locations and further information at www.busstop.is.

For King's Trail North to South

Return transfers are included from Reykjavik BSI central bus station at 09:00 on the first day of the ride, dropping off in Reykjavik city on the last day between 17:00 and 18:00.

You will need to make your own accommodation arrangements in Reykjavik for the night before the ride.

There is a regular Flybus service (http://www.re.is/flybus) between Keflavik airport and Reykjavik BSI central bus station.

Depending on the time of your return flight, you may also need accommodation at the end of the ride. Please check with us if you are unsure of the timings.

It is possible to arrange drop off on the last day for some hotels in Reykjavik, except those in the very centre. For these hotels you will be dropped off at the nearest designated bus stop. You will find a map of the bus stop locations and further information at www.busstop.is.

For Winter Riding and Northern Lights

Return transfers are included from Reykjavik BSI central bus station at 18:00 on the first day of the ride, dropping off in Reykjavik city on the last day at about 18:00.

There is a regular Flybus service (http://www.re.is/flybus) between Keflavik airport and Reykjavik BSI central bus station. Depending on the time of your flights, you may need to make your own accommodation arrangements in Reykjavik for the nights before and after the ride. Please check with us if you are unsure of the timings.

It may be possible to arrange drop off on the last day for some hotels in Reykjavik, except those in the very centre. For these hotels you will be dropped off at the nearest designated bus stop. You will find a map of the bus stop locations and further information at www.busstop.is.

For Knit and Ride Adventure

Return transfers are included from Reykjavik BSI central bus station at 12:00 on the first day of the ride, dropping off in Reykjavik city on the last day at about 17:30.

There is a regular Flybus service (http://www.re.is/flybus) between Keflavik airport and Reykjavik BSI central bus station. Depending on the time of your flights, you may need to make your own accommodation arrangements in Reykjavik for the nights before and after the ride. Please check with us if you are unsure of the timings.

It may be possible to arrange drop off on the last day for some hotels in Reykjavik, except those in the very centre. For these hotels you will be dropped off at the nearest designated bus stop. You will find a map of the bus stop locations and further information at www.busstop.is.

For King's Trail South to North

Return transfers are included from Reykjavik BSI central bus station at 09:00 on the first day of the ride, dropping off in Reykjavik city on the last day between 17:00 and 18:00.

You will need to make your own accommodation arrangements in Reykjavik for the night before the ride.

There is a regular Flybus service (http://www.re.is/flybus) between Keflavik airport and Reykjavik BSI central bus station.

Depending on the time of your return flight, you may also need accommodation at the end of the ride. Please check with us if you are unsure of the timings.

It may be possible to arrange drop off on the last day for some hotels in Reykjavik, except those in the very centre. For these hotels you will be dropped off at the nearest designated bus stop. You will find a map of the bus stop locations and further information at www.busstop.is.

For Trail of Hope

Return transfers are included from Reykjavik BSI central bus station at 08:30 on the first day of the ride, dropping off on the last day at about 12:30.

There is a regular Flybus service (http://www.re.is/flybus) between Keflavik airport and Reykjavik BSI central bus station.

You will need to make your own accommodation arrangements in Reykjavik for the night before the ride. Please check with us if you are unsure of the timings.

It may be possible to arrange drop off for some hotels in Reykjavik, except those in the very centre. For these hotels you will be dropped off at the nearest designated bus stop. You will find a map of the bus stop locations and further information at www.busstop.is.

For Kjölur - South to North

Return transfers are included from Reykjavik BSI central bus station at 18:00 on the first day of the ride, dropping off on the last day at about 14:00.

There is a regular Flybus service (http://www.re.is/flybus) between Keflavik airport and Reykjavik BSI central bus station.

Depending on the time of your return flight, you may need to make your own accommodation arrangements in Reykjavik for the night after the ride. Please check with us if you are unsure of the timings.

It is possible to arrange drop off on the last day for some hotels in Reykjavik, except those in the very centre. For these hotels you will be dropped off at the nearest designated bus stop. You will find a map of the bus stop locations and further information at www.busstop.is.

For Golden Circle

Return transfers are included from Reykjavik BSI central bus station at 18:00 on the first day of the ride, dropping off on the last day at about 20:00.

There is a regular Flybus service (http://www.re.is/flybus) between Keflavik airport and Reykjavik BSI central bus station. To allow sufficient time to transfer by Flybus, we recommend your flights arrive before 16:00 on the first day.

You will need to make your own accommodation arrangements in Reykjavik for the night after the ride. Please check with us if you are unsure of the timings.

It is possible to arrange drop off on the last day for some hotels in Reykjavik, except those in the very centre. For these hotels you will be dropped off at the nearest designated bus stop. You will find a map of the bus stop locations and further information at www.busstop.is.

For Snæfellsnes

Return transfers are included from Reykjavik BSI central bus station at 18:00 on the first day of the ride, dropping off on the last day at about 11:30.

There is a regular Flybus service (http://www.re.is/flybus) between Keflavik airport and Reykjavik BSI central bus station.

Depending on the time of your return flight, you may need to make your own accommodation arrangements in Reykjavik for the night after the ride. Please check with us if you are unsure of the timings.

For Snæfellsnes Beach and Mountain Ride

Return transfers are included from Reykjavik BSI central bus station at 16:00 on the first day of the ride, dropping off on the last day at about 11:30.

There is a regular Flybus service (http://www.re.is/flybus) between Keflavik airport and Reykjavik BSI central bus station. Depending on the time of your return flight, you may need to make your own accommodation arrangements in Reykjavik for the night after the ride. Please check with us if you are unsure of the timings.

It may be possible to arrange drop off on the last day for some hotels in Reykjavik, except those in the very centre. For these hotels you will be dropped off at the nearest designated bus stop. You will find a map of the bus stop locations and further information at www.busstop.is.

In The Saddle Gallery

Client Photos

Location

The Snæfellsnes rides are on the beaches and through the mountains of the Snæfellsnes peninsular in western Iceland.

The Golden Circle, Geysir-Gullfoss Special, Northern Lights Rides, Knit and Ride Adventure and Between the Rivers are in central and southern Iceland.

The Northern Exposure takes place in the North East of Iceland.

Landmannalauger is a geothermal wonderland in the Southern Highlands.

The King’s Trail rides across the western highlands.

The Kjölur travels from south to north or vice versa right across the heart of Iceland.


Weather & Climate

The climate in Iceland is milder than its name and latitude suggests. However, the weather can change very quickly, especially in the mountains, going from warm and sunny to freezing cold in a few hours, and it is often very windy. Therefore, you must be prepared for all types of weather. In the summer months of June and July there are 24 hours of daylight.

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Guest Review

This was one of the best riding holidays and riding experiences I've ever had. It was my first time riding an Icelandic horse and they are now my favourite breed. The holiday also felt like a wonderful cultural experience too. I loved the trip to the Golden Circle. Way better being taken by our host Sophie, than on a big bus full of people! She taught us so much about Iceland and their way of life.

Nina, West Yorkshire

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