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Iceland - Wilderness Expedition
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.
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.
For these trails you 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.
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.
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.
Hard hats are mandatory on this ride.
Three nights are spent in comfortable cottages in Varmahlð and four nights in simple mountain huts and refuges. Showers are may not be available on these nights and sleeping bags are required.
On all mobile trails a support vehicle goes ahead carrying personal gear, cooking equipment and food.
Set arrival and departure dates.
|Holiday||Experience LevelExp Lvl||Arrive - DepartArr - Dep||Price||Itinerary||Availability|
||19 Aug 2019 - 26 Aug 2019||7 nights 7 ngts||£3,224.16||Book|
INCLUDES Shared accommodation and meals on the ride; riding; bus from Reykjavik to Varmahlð; flight from Akureyri to Reykjavik domestic airport.
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT Single rooms are not available on the ride and you should be prepared to share.
PAYABLE LOCALLY Airport transfers; drinks; tips.
NEAREST AIRPORT Keflavik.
TRANSFERS Included by bus from Reykjavik on arrival day, and flight to Reykjavik on the last day (at set times).
These rides take place in northern Iceland in the famous horse region of Skagafjörður.
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.
This is one of the most challenging but rewarding trips I have done and I have come back with a new appreciation of these amazing animals in their natural environment.
Amanda ,LondonOverall rating: 5/5
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.
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!