Iceland - Northern Lights Ride

Experience Level
  • Open Mar-Apr, Sep-Nov
  • Set arrivals
  • 2 nights / 2 days of riding
  • Weight limit: 17st 4lbs (110 kg) (242 pounds)
  • Usual maximum: 20

These rides take place in the south of Iceland and include visits to some of the magnificent sights of Iceland: the Secret Lagoon, Geysir Hot Spring area and Gullfoss waterfall.

This ride is a great introduction to the Icelandic horse and an opportunity to search the skies for the Northern Lights. There are two itineraries available. The Northern Lights Comfort Ride is suitable for accompanying non-riders, and for those who prefer hotel accommodation with private facilities.

 

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 average height is 13hh to 14hh), the Icelandic is a powerful horse and has no difficulty carrying someone weighing 100kg.

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.

These rides are also suitable for less experienced riders. You do 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.

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

Riding style is English.

These rides are also suitable for less experienced riders.

Hard hats are mandatory on these rides.

Accommodation on the Northern Lights ride is in shared rooms at Myrkholt Farm with shared facilities. Single rooms (with shared facilities) may be available on certain dates at a supplement.

On the Northern Lights Comfort ride, accommodation is at Fosshotel Hekla in double/twin ensuite rooms. Single accommodation is available at a supplement.

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Upcoming Dates

Set arrival and departure dates arriving Thursdays. 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
Northern Lights Ride
14 Mar 2019 - 16 Mar 2019 2 nights 2 ngts
£916.01
£824.41
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Northern Lights Ride
21 Mar 2019 - 23 Mar 2019 2 nights 2 ngts
£916.01
£824.41
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Northern Lights Comfort Tour
28 Mar 2019 - 30 Mar 2019 2 nights 2 ngts
£1,370.81
£1,233.73
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Northern Lights Comfort Tour
4 Apr 2019 - 6 Apr 2019 2 nights 2 ngts
£1,370.81
£1,233.73
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Northern Lights Ride
19 Sep 2019 - 21 Sep 2019 2 nights 2 ngts
£916.01
£824.41
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Northern Lights Ride
3 Oct 2019 - 5 Oct 2019 2 nights 2 ngts
£916.01
£824.41
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Northern Lights Ride
10 Oct 2019 - 12 Oct 2019 2 nights 2 ngts
£916.01
£824.41
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Northern Lights Comfort Tour
17 Oct 2019 - 19 Oct 2019 2 nights 2 ngts
£1,370.81
£1,233.73
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Northern Lights Comfort Tour
24 Oct 2019 - 26 Oct 2019 2 nights 2 ngts
£1,370.81
£1,233.73
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Prices

EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT of 10% for 2019 dates booked before the end of 2018.

INCLUDES Shared farmhouse accommodation and meals on the ride; riding; transfers on the ride.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT Northern Lights Ride £101.89 (2019: £122.26)/ Northern Lights Comfort Ride £114.62 (2019: £163.01) to guarantee a single room. Please note, single rooms are not always available on the Northern Lights Ride. There is no single supplement if you are willing to share.

PAYABLE LOCALLY Drinks; tips; airport transfers.

NEAREST AIRPORT Keflavik.

TRANSFERS Included from from Reykjavik city at set times.

NOT INCLUDED International flights to Keflavik (Reykjavik); accommodation in Reykjavik.

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Location

A ride through southern 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 spring and autumn, 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.

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Guest Review

Definitely met or even surpassed expectations. Horses were incredibly well acted for and tack was new and in good condition.

Kt ,Devon

5 star rating Overall rating: 5/5

Northern Lights Ride Riding Specialist

Chris says

This is a great introduction to riding in Iceland and such fun! There's nothing quite like sightseeing on horseback.

My Top Tip

This trip combines really well with additional nights in Reykjavik.

Email: chris@inthesaddle.com

Chris Day
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