Exploring the nature of Iceland by horse is a truly authentic experience. This is a four day riding tour that takes you through some of Iceland's most beautiful sites during the wintertime.
This four-day horse riding tour gives you the opportunity to join Ingólfur and Unnur Erla at their farm Dýrfinnustaðir, home to the famous stallion Hágangur frá Narfastöðum. Their farm lies above the Héraðvötn, a lake like river formed by the glacial rivers Austari- and Vestari Jökulsá. In February and March these rivers are frozen solid and riding on ice – sometimes even in moonlight and under the Northern Lights is an experience of a lifetime. This is also the time when the farmers train their young horses and the stables are filled with promising youngsters.
We ride to the neighboring farms over the ice for a chat over horses, some of them might even join us on our way home and we can go for some serious speed tölt competition with the locals! Enjoy the famous hospitality of the Skagafjörður people and ride, eat, sing and party with us! This tour is only recommended for experienced riders that feel comfortable riding in all gaits over rough terrain. Ideal for those that already have some tölt and pace experience and want to try out these amazing gaits on very different grounds.
Day 1 Thursday: Reykjavík – Skagafjörður – Riding on Ice
Meet & Greet with Exploring Iceland at BSÍ bus terminal in Reykjavík or at your accommodation at 8 am. Bustransfer along the #1 Ringroad, with a stop at a tack shop along the way, to the farm Dýrfinnustaðir in Skagafjörður. Here we are greeted by the family and enjoy a typical Icelandic Lunch while we talk about our riding experiences and the kind of horses we would like to try. After lunch we head out to the stables and take our first ride! After an exciting ride we return to the farm for a hearty dinner and look out for the northern lights in the evening!
Day 2 - 3 Friday – Saturday: Riding on Ice
Every day we saddle up and ride along the frozen river and lakes and practice the fast tölt on very different surfaces. We ride to the neighboring farms for a chat over horses and horse training. Some of them might even join us on our way home and we can go for some speed tölt competition with the locals. Enjoy the famous hospitality of the Skagafjörður people and ride, eat, sing and party with us!
Day 4 Sunday: Skagafjörður – Reykjavík
After a good breakfast we go back in the saddle again for our last winter ride. After a hearty hot soup and some coffee we return to Reykjavík by bus. We reach Reykjavík in the late afternoon and drop off at BSÍ or your accommodation in the capital area. We are more than happy to arrange your Reykjavík accommodation for you.