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Iceland - Wilderness Expedition
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Iceland - Wilderness Expedition

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 90kgs.

What makes this horse special is its fifth 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.

On the Wilderness Expedition you travel through the highlands, where in times gone by horses were the only means of transport, across deserts and rivers to the Hofsjökull glacier and the heart of Iceland. Three nights are spent in comfortable cottages and four nights in simple mountain huts and refuges which are comfortable, but with limited facilities. Showers are may not be available on these nights and sleeping bags are required.

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Icelandic Riding Specialist  Chris Day

Chris says:

These rides are such fun! Nothing compares to riding with a herd of loose horses through amazing and diverse landscape. This remains my favourite destination to date.

My top tip:

Try to leave enough time to see Reykjavik, or to extend your holiday to see other parts of Iceland. Don't miss the Blue Lagoon!

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