Golden Highlights of the South

8 Days  |  £2399pp

Iceland ( Best airport: Reykjavik Keflavik)

Experience the spectacular Icelandic wilderness with Freerein Guide Katie Moore
An exciting, exclusive opportunity to combine your holiday abroad with a 2-day trail in Wales and get a chance to meet your like-minded fellow riders prior to travelling to Iceland.

The Riding

This trail takes you to the most famous natural sights in Southern Iceland. Following narrow paths between moss-covered lava and green hills around volcano Hengill, to the hidden Valley of Horses and to the shimmering Lake Thingvallavatn. Visit the ancient site at the Thingvellir gorge, and ride across the heather towards the hot springs at Geysir.

Stop to visit the giant waterfall Gullfoss and continue into the uninhabited highlands, with Langjökull glacier in the background. Cross highland desert between the glacial rivers Hvitá and Þjórsá and end your trip alongside the majestic volcano Hekla.

Level of Riding and Fitness

Ride with a free running herd of horses and experience the diversity of the Icelandic horse in its natural environment, far from civilization, and how Icelanders travelled in the days of old with a herd of free-running horses. Every rider gets the chance to try 2 or 3 different horses each day.

This trail is for intermediate riders onwards. Participants should have a secure, balanced seat and good physical condition, riding up to 45 km, 4-9 hours per day mostly in the gait tölt with a herd of free-running horses, which requires a certain speed. Participants must be able to mount a horse with little assistance.

Hard hats mandatory.

Guides and Group Size

You’ll be accompanied by professional guides who will show you the ropes with the Icelandic horses and help you to get used to their special gait, tölt.

There can be up to 20 riders in your group.

The Horses

During this holiday you will be riding Icelandic horses. The native breed to Iceland is known to be tough, robust and hardworking, ideal steeds for the challenging terrain and changing weather. The horses are home-bred and live in a natural herd roaming large meadow expanses. Every guest will ride 2-3 different horses each day which develops riding skills.

Tack and Riding Equipment

All the horses are ridden in simple, Icelandic style tack. The saddles are built close to a dressage saddle, with a relatively flat seat. The riding style in very close to English riding, but stirrups are worn longer.

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Accommodation and Dining

Accommodation during the trail is at farms, guesthouses, community centres and simple mountain huts in a sleeping bag. Some mountain huts in the highlands only have cold water and no showers.

Full board is included starting with dinner on arrival day and ending with lunch on the last riding day. Dinner is traditional Icelandic home cooking. Lunch is either packed in saddle bags or the cook meets the group.

Allergies or special dietary requirements can be catered for with advance notice.

Luggage will be transferred by car between the overnight stops. Please pack light and bring only one piece of luggage.

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Itinerary

Golden Highlights of the South

8 days / 7 nights / 7 days riding
£2399pp

Exclusive & accompanied with saddletravel.com

Airport transfer
For transportation from the airport to Reykjavík (BSI main bus station, hotels or guesthouses) please take the Flybus (operated by Reykjavik Excursions). This service is NOT included in the price.

Transfer from Reykjavik
Participants will be picked up at BSI main bus station in Reykjavík at 17:30-18:00. Guests arriving earlier can be picked-up from guesthouses or hotels in Reykjavik.

International flights

Do not book flights until you have received the Booking confirmation email from saddletravel.com.

Plan your flight to arrive at Reykjavik by 15:00 on Day 1 of your holiday. Departure flight on the last day of your holiday should not leave before 21:00. It might be easier for you to stay overnight in Reykjavik and fly home the day after your holiday ends.

Used Riding Gear Caution
Used boots, riding wear, helmets, saddlebags etc. must be disinfected before arrival in Iceland. Chaps and other used leather gear must not be brought to Iceland. That is because infectious, contagious diseases can easily be brought into the country, which poses a great threat for the horses as they are not vaccinated. Riding wear should be washed, and shoes washed and cleaned with VirkonS, Iodine or some other fluid disinfectant.

Price Includes
  • 7 days of riding in Iceland
  • English speaking guide
  • Shared accommodation
  • Breakfasts
  • Packed lunches
  • Evening meals
  • Transfer to/from Reykjavik
  • Raingear
  • Helmets
  • Exclusive 2-day trail in Wales
Price Excludes
  • Flights
  • Transfers from the airport to Reykjavik and back
  • Tips

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23rd August 2020 - 15 Saddles Available - £2399pp

Exclusive 2-day trail in Wales 13-14 June 2020
Prior to the trail in Iceland we offer an exclusive 2-day trail with Freerein Riding Holidays in Wales guided by Katie Moore. This will give you the opportunity to meet your fellow riders before travelling to Iceland to ride the Golden Highlights of the South together. Katie will also accompany the group on their trail in Iceland.

Riding with the Trail Expert: Katie
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