Northern Lights and Winter Rides riding holiday in Iceland - Far and Ride
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Northern Lights and Winter Rides, Iceland


• Riding on Ice



Type of horses:


Nature of horses:

Strong, sure footed, gentle and kind

Height of horses:

c. 13.2hh

Weight limit:


Tack type:

Icelandic tack is slightly different than tack ordinarily used for other breeds. The saddle is built closer to a dressage saddle and has a relatively flat seat. Stirrups are worn long and it is not uncommon to use a crupper which keeps the saddle in place. Iceland saddles come with a flat, quilted seat. Stirrups are shaped to accommodate heavy boots. Bits range from simple snaffle to the Icelandic curb bit. Bridles often have a detachable noseband and clip on reins.


Travel Advice

Please ensure you read the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice before you travel.

Ride Description

Ride Icelandic horses during the day and watch the sky for the Northern Lights at night. Although summer is the usual riding season in Iceland, winter is the main training season so you can join Icelanders on their regular winter rides. Some itineraries even include visits to horse breeders, competitions and shows.

Although we cannot guarantee the Northern Lights they are definitely an unforgettable experience if they appear! Wrap up warm with a cup of hot cocoa and watch the lights dance across the skies.

On some of these trails, non-riders are welcomed and separate itineraries are possible for them. So both riders and non-riders can experience the magical Northern Lights on the same holiday. On other itineraries, only experienced riders can be accommodated due to the terrain and speed of the riding.

Stay in personal and friendly accommodation at farms around the country - we have itineraries in both the north and the south of Iceland. In the south you can marvel at the glaciers of Eyjafjallajokull and Tindfjallajokull, whilst in the north you can experience riding in the snow and maybe witness the Ice Horse competition on Lake Myvatn!

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Food & Accommodation

You stay in rooms with made-up beds and shared facilities. There is no camping as it is simply too cold!
On the rides you are staying in farms where your hosts also live and you will experience their hospitality and home cooked meals.

Icelandic food has many Nordic and European influences and includes plenty of fresh fish as well as local lamb. Vegetarians and special diets can be accommodated with advance notice, but vegetables in Iceland are either grown in greenhouses or imported as the climate is too harsh for many to grow outside.

You will eat with your hosts and the meals are designed to be warming, wholesome and hearty.



When not riding the main activity will be centred around hunting for the Northern Lights! If you are lucky, they will be in the sky above your farm, but if cloud cover prevents this, then you may jump into a vehicle and head out to seek clear skies.

Specific non-riding activities will vary depending on the itinerary and area you are visiting, but there are usually hot tubs for easing aching muscles.


Further Details

Languages: English

Health requirements: General health and fitness

Age limit: None within reason

Tuition: On some itineraries, yes

Included: Accommodation, riding as per itinerary, meals as per itinerary, transfers from Reykjavik

Not included: Some alcoholic drinks, flights, accommodation in Reykjavik before/after the ride, travel insurance


Travel Information

Flights to Reykjavik are possible with Icelandair, British Airways, Iceland Express and EasyJet. Flights are possible from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, London Luton, Bristol and Birmingham (although some airports are not offering daily flights).

From Reykjavik airport you should take the FlyBus to your Reykjavik hotel (hotel and transfer not included, but we can book the hotel for you). The FlyBus travels between hotels in the centre and the airport regularly throughout the day and tickets can be bought online or at the airport.

You are collected from your Reykjavik hotel on Day one of each itinerary and returned there at the end of your holiday.

Airport: Reykjavik



Riding on Ice

Have you ever dreamt of tolting on ice and perhaps riding under moonlight or the Northern Lights? Then this is the ride for you! Ideal for competent riders who have already got some tolt and pace experience and wish to try it out on very different terrain! The farm lies above Heradvotn which is a lake-like river formed by the glacial rivers Austari and Vestari Jokulsa. In February and March these rivers are frozen solid and the chance to ride on ice is the experience of a lifetime. This is also the time that local farmers train their young horses and the stables are filled with promising youngsters. Ride to neighbouring farms, chat to locals and experience their hospitality - perhaps even challenge them to a race!

Day One: Reykjavik - Skagafjordur

At 8am you will be collected from the BSI bus terminal in Reykjavik or from your hotel between 7am and 8am (you will need to have arrived the day before and we can book this extra night for you if you wish). You are transferred along the main #1 ringroad to the farm Dyrfinnustadir in Skagafjordur in the north of Iceland, stopping at a tack shop along the way. On arrival you will be met by your hosts and offered a typical Icelandic lunch whilst chatting about your riding experiences.

After lunch, head out to the stables for your first ride on ice. After an exciting ride with fast tolt and even some speed pace on the frozen lakes and rivers, return to the farm for a hearty dinner before settling into the hot tub to watch the northern lights.

Day Two and Three: Riding on Ice

After breakfast, saddle up and ride along the frozen rivers and lakes, practicing the fast tolt on different surfaces. Ride to the neighbouring farms and chat about horses and horse training. Some of them might even join you for the ride home and you can join in with some speed tolt competitions with the locals! Enjoy the famous hospitality of the Skagafjordur people and ride, eat, sing and party with them! Not forgetting to look skywards for the Northern Lights as night falls too.

Day Four: Skagafjordur - Reykjavik

After breakfast, there is time for one last winter ride before a warming hearty soup and coffee. Then say your farewells and head back to Reykjavik by bus, arriving in the late afternoon. You will either be dropped at the BSI bus terminal so you can take a FlyBus to the airport if you have a late flight, or at your hotel if you plan to stay in Iceland longer (this accommodation can be booked for you on request).

Accommodation: 3 nights at the farm of your hosts, Ingolfur and Unnar Erla, which is situated in northern Iceland, above lake Heradvotn. Stay in double rooms with made-up beds and shared facilities.

Reykjavik accommodation is not included but can be booked for you on request.
Minimum group size: 4
Maximum group size: 8
Ability description: Experienced riders only, in good physical shape
Type of ride: Centre based with daily trail rides
Total riding time: 4 days / 3 nights / 4 days riding
Departure dates: 2020: 26-29 February (FULL)

Other dates possible on request for groups of 4 or more.
Pricing: 2020:

1540 per person sharing

Includes: 3 nights farm accommodation, 4 days riding, all meals and drinks at the farm, transfers from Reykjavik

Excludes: flights, accommodation and meals in Reykjavik, FlyBus to airport, travel insurance

Note: All programmes and itineraries are weather dependent; in the face of adverse, or unexpected, weather conditions reasonable attempts will be made to provide equivalent riding.

All programmes are accurate at the time of writing. However, the team may adapt or modify details, whilst aiming to provide a similar experience.