Ride one of the friendly and willing Icelandic horses in its natural environment. Every rider gets the chance to try 2 or 3 different horses each day. You’ll be covering almost 100 km over the course of the 4 days with between 4-6 hours riding per day.
In Iceland you’ll ride mostly in the tölt, a comfortable, smooth gait somewhere between trot and canter. Participants must be able to mount a horse with little assistance and hard hats are mandatory.
The only horses allowed in Iceland are Icelandic horses. This native breed is tough and hardworking and great fun to ride. Ideal mounts for the challenging terrain and changing weather. The horses are around 13.2hh but are very strong, capable of carrying adults at speed for much of the day. All the horses are home-bred by your hosts and live a very natural existence in a large herd roaming huge meadow expanses.
Accommodation during most of the trails is at a cosy countryside hotel in the south of Iceland, close to your host’s farm. There are double, twin and family rooms available, all are spacious, warm and light-filled. There is an onsite restaurant and traditional hot tubs to relax in at the end of the day. The hotel’s interior is inspired by the colours and materials found in Icelandic nature, genuine craftsmanship and age-old traditions. It was built in accordance with ecological guidelines and is the first lodging in Iceland to be awarded the Nordic Swan Ecolabel. All rooms are fitted with luxurious Hästens beds, offering unrivalled comfort and each room has a door to the garden, allowing you to step outside and observe the scenery and northern lights depending on the time of year.
Northern Lights Trail – Departs between November and April
Fire & Ice Trail – Departs between May and September
Kjolur Trail (advanced riders only) – Departs between July-August