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From the riding base at Berg Hestar, overlooking the capital Tórshavn, this ride explores Streymoy, the largest of the Faroe Islands. On sturdy Icelandic horses you ride out with picnic lunches to the south which is the historic centre of the Faroes and the north where the country is more wild and remote. Highlights are the dramatic clifftop views of the surrounding islands and seeing some of the island’s culture which stretches back to 5th century Norse and Irish settlers.
On a rest day between rides there is a boat trip, weather permitting, from Vestmanna to experience close up the sheer cliffs and caverns as well as getting near to the rich bird-life. On the last evening there is a heimablídni “home hospitality”, where you are hosted by a farming couple with an opportunity to sample the variety of modern and traditional Faroese cuisine.
The Faroe Islands is on the Lonely Planet’s 2021 Best in Travel list. This lovely Lonely Planet video gives you an insight into the welcome you can expect.
Our hosts currently have 18 Icelandic horses and run a riding school. Their horses have a calm temperament, are accustomed to the terrain and confident on their feet.
The Icelandic Horse is small, usually between 12hh and 14.2hh high, but is incredibly suitable for the Faroese climate and terrain, as it is strong and willing, and is a great pleasure to ride.
The tack is English style. The pace of the riding holiday will be mostly in walk due to the terrain, but there will be the opportunity for shorter stretches in tölt and perhaps some short canters. The terrain is hilly and there will be a lot of climbing, both up and down in mountains and valleys. You may need to dismount and lead your horse on foot through shorter sections of terrain. You must be reasonably confident in riding in walk, trot and canter and, if you have not ridden Icelandic horses before, you must be open to a slightly different riding style. In addition, you must be physically fit. You will also need to be able to mount your horse from the unaided from ground. You will be responsible for grooming and saddling your horse, however, help is always available if required.
During the ride you stay at the guest house at the riding centre Berg Hestar. There are four guest rooms - twins, doubles and a family room. There is one bathroom shared between the rooms.
|Holiday||Experience LevelExp Lvl||Arrive - DepartArr - Dep||Price||Itinerary||Availability|
|Streymoy Ride||17 Jul 2022 - 22 Jul 2022||5 nights 5 ngts||$1,447.53||Book|
|Streymoy Ride||31 Jul 2022 - 5 Aug 2022||5 nights 5 ngts||$1,447.53||Book|
INCLUDES Accommodation; full board from lunch on arrival to breakfast on departure; airport transfers.
SINGLE ROOMS Due to the limited number of rooms, single rooms cannot be guaranteed.
PAYABLE LOCALLY Tips; alcoholic drinks.
NEAREST AIRPORT Vagar.
TRANSFERS Included from Vagar.
The nearest (and only) airport is Vágar Airport FAE. Atlantic Airways or SAS direct from Copenhagen – a two hours flight.
The Faroe Islands lie in the Atlantic Ocean midway between the Shetland Islands and Iceland. There are 18 islands connected by tunnels and bridges. Huge colonies of seabirds are attracted by the remote location and many steep cliffs.
Weather on the Faroes can be extremely wet and windy but it also changes quickly. The weather can affect the riding so be prepared for the itinerary to be flexible.
I am simply so happy for joining this holiday, it has given me so much. To be allowed to ride the youngest and most inexperienced little horse, super fun. And the sweet hosts on Friday evening, they were so great to tell about their living, we could have spent a full day there. Hope to come back sometime.
The weather is a dominant force on the Faroe Islands so be prepared for the itinerary to change accordingly and always take a raincoat with you.
The horses on this ride are Icelandic, ridden in English style saddles. If you haven't been on an Icelandic horse before you may want to give it a try as the paces are different to the usual.