Iceland - Highland Trails

  • Open All Year
  • Set arrivals
  • 2 to 7 nights / 2 to 6 days of riding | 2 to 8 hours riding per day | Nearest collection point:Reykjavik
  • Weight limit: 17st 4lbs (110 kg) (242 pounds)
  • Usual maximum: 18

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.

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

Northern Lights Ride (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.

Northern Lights Comfort Tour (2 nights/2 riding days) These rides take place in the south of Iceland. A great introduction to the Icelandic horse and an opportunity to search the skies for the Northern Lights. There is a separate itinerary for non-riders, and you stay in hotel accommodation with private facilities.

Between the Rivers (3 nights/4 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.

Iceland horse and rider

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, Northern Lights Ride, Northern Lights Comfort Tour 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.

Snæfellsnes You stay in farmhouse accommodation at Hraunholt Farm in two to three person rooms, with made up beds. Bathrooms are shared; there are three toilets and three showers. WiFi is available.

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

At Blesastaðir guesthouse you stay in two to four person rooms, with made up beds. Bathrooms are shared; there are three showers and three toilets. There is a hot tub at this guesthouse and WiFi is available.

Myrkholt is located just between Gullfoss waterfall and the hot spring Geysir. There are 32 beds split between eight rooms. Bathrooms are shared; there are eight showers and four toilets. WiFi is available.

Northern Lights Ride Accommodation is at Blesastaðir guesthouse. The accommodation is shared in two to four person rooms with made up beds. Bathrooms are shared (three showers and three toilets). Single rooms (with shared facilities) may be available on certain dates at a supplement. There is a hot tub at this guesthouse and WiFi is available.

Northern Lights Comfort Ride Accommodation is at Fosshotel Hekla, close to Mt. Hekla, with Eyjafjallajökull and Fimmvörðuháls volcanoes close by. The accommodation is double/twin ensuite rooms. Single accommodation is available at a supplement. There is a restaurant, bar and on site hot tub.

Between the Rivers Accommodation is at Blesastaðir guesthouse. The accommodation is shared in two to four person rooms with made up beds. Bathrooms are shared (three showers and three toilets). There is a hot tub at this guesthouse and WiFi is available.

On all trail rides, a support vehicle goes ahead carrying personal gear.

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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
Between The Rivers 6 Jul 2020 - 9 Jul 2020 3 nights 3 ngts $1,527.06 View (.pdf) Book
Golden Circle 11 Jul 2020 - 17 Jul 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $2,692.05 View (.pdf) Full
Geysir - Gullfoss Special 11 Jul 2020 - 16 Jul 2020 5 nights 5 ngts $1,879.73 View (.pdf) Full
Golden Circle 18 Jul 2020 - 24 Jul 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $2,692.05 View (.pdf) Book
Geysir - Gullfoss Special 18 Jul 2020 - 23 Jul 2020 5 nights 5 ngts $1,879.73 View (.pdf) Book
Between The Rivers 20 Jul 2020 - 23 Jul 2020 3 nights 3 ngts $1,527.06 View (.pdf) Book
Golden Circle 25 Jul 2020 - 31 Jul 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $2,692.05 View (.pdf) Book
Geysir - Gullfoss Special 25 Jul 2020 - 30 Jul 2020 5 nights 5 ngts $1,879.73 View (.pdf) Book
Between The Rivers 27 Jul 2020 - 30 Jul 2020 3 nights 3 ngts $1,527.06 View (.pdf) Book
Golden Circle 1 Aug 2020 - 7 Aug 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $2,692.05 View (.pdf) Book
Geysir - Gullfoss Special 1 Aug 2020 - 6 Aug 2020 5 nights 5 ngts $1,879.73 View (.pdf) Book
Between The Rivers 3 Aug 2020 - 6 Aug 2020 3 nights 3 ngts $1,527.06 View (.pdf) Book
Golden Circle 8 Aug 2020 - 14 Aug 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $2,692.05 View (.pdf) Book
Geysir - Gullfoss Special 8 Aug 2020 - 13 Aug 2020 5 nights 5 ngts $1,879.73 View (.pdf) Book
Between The Rivers 10 Aug 2020 - 13 Aug 2020 3 nights 3 ngts $1,527.06 View (.pdf) Book
Between The Rivers 17 Aug 2020 - 20 Aug 2020 3 nights 3 ngts $1,527.06 View (.pdf) Book
Golden Circle 29 Aug 2020 - 4 Sep 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $2,456.94 View (.pdf) Book
Geysir - Gullfoss Special 29 Aug 2020 - 3 Sep 2020 5 nights 5 ngts $1,751.60 View (.pdf) Book
Snæfellsnes 29 Aug 2020 - 5 Sep 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $2,585.07 View (.pdf) Book
Northern Lights Ride 16 Sep 2020 - 19 Sep 2020 3 nights 3 ngts $1,174.39 View (.pdf) Book
Northern Lights Ride 30 Sep 2020 - 3 Oct 2020 3 nights 3 ngts $1,174.39 View (.pdf) Book
Northern Lights Ride 7 Oct 2020 - 10 Oct 2020 3 nights 3 ngts $1,174.39 View (.pdf) Book
Northern Lights Comfort Tour 15 Oct 2020 - 17 Oct 2020 2 nights 2 ngts $1,757.47 View (.pdf) Book
Northern Lights Comfort Tour 22 Oct 2020 - 24 Oct 2020 2 nights 2 ngts $1,757.47 View (.pdf) Book
Northern Lights Ride 28 Oct 2020 - 31 Oct 2020 3 nights 3 ngts $1,174.39 View (.pdf) Book
Northern Lights Ride 4 Nov 2020 - 7 Nov 2020 3 nights 3 ngts $1,174.39 View (.pdf) Book
Northern Lights Ride 18 Nov 2020 - 21 Nov 2020 3 nights 3 ngts $1,174.39 View (.pdf) Book
Northern Lights Ride 25 Nov 2020 - 28 Nov 2020 3 nights 3 ngts $1,174.39 View (.pdf) Book
Northern Lights Ride 9 Dec 2020 - 12 Dec 2020 3 nights 3 ngts $1,174.39 View (.pdf) Book
Northern Lights Ride 16 Dec 2020 - 19 Dec 2020 3 nights 3 ngts $1,174.39 View (.pdf) Book

Prices

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

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
Snæfellsnes; Between the Rivers: Single/double/twin rooms are not available on the ride and you should be prepared to share.
Golden Circle: $470.23 to guarantee a single room.
Geysir-Gullfoss Special: $391.88 to guarantee a single room.
Northern Lights Ride $235.11 to guarantee a single room.
Northern Lights Comfort Ride $208.99 to guarantee a single room.
Please note, single rooms are not always available on these rides. There is no single supplement if you are willing to share.

PAYABLE LOCALLY Drinks; tips; 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 09:00 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 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. To allow sufficient time to transfer by Flybus, we recommend your flights arrive before 16:00 on the first day and depart Keflavik after 15:30 on the last day.

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 Northern Lights Ride

Return transfers are included from Reykjavik BSI central bus station at 17:00 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. To allow sufficient time to transfer by Flybus, we recommend your flights arrive before 15:00 on the first day and depart Keflavik after 22:00 on the last day.

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 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 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. To allow sufficient time to transfer by Flybus, we recommend your flights arrive before 16:00 on the first day and depart Keflavik after 15:30 on the last day.

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 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 Northern Lights Comfort Tour

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 17:30.

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 14:00 on the first day and depart Keflavik after 21:30 on the last day.

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 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.
Return transfers are included from Reykjavik city at set times on the first and last day of the ride.

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 collections in the afternoon/evening, transfers will depart from Reykjavik BSI bus station. It is possible to arrange drop offs and morning collections for some hotels in Reykjavik, except those in the very centre. For these hotels you will be collected from the nearest designated bus stop.

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Location

The Snæfellsnes ride is on the beaches and through the mountains of the Snæfellsnes peninsular in western Iceland, whilst the Golden Circle, Geysir-Gullfoss Special, Northern Lights Rides and Between the Rivers are in central and 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 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

Riding was exciting but safe. What more could you want. This was a well-organised wonderful holiday that exceeded my expectations. I was a bit worried about coping with the riding at my advanced age but it was fine. I would encourage anyone who is reasonably fit and can ride ok to enjoy this experience.

Philippa ,Hampshire

5 star rating Overall rating: 5/5

Highland Trails Riding Specialist

Chris says

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

My Top Tip

Expect the unexpected! A relaxed attitude is a must for the rides in Iceland as things definitely run on "horse time" and not to a strict timetable.

Email: chris@inthesaddle.com

Chris Day
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