Snaefellsnes Peninsular riding holiday in Iceland - Far and Ride
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Snaefellsnes Peninsular, Iceland





Horses



Type of horses:

Icelandic

Nature of horses:

Healthy, fit and forward going

Height of horses:

12-14hh

Weight limit:

110kg

Tack type:

Specific Icelandic tack. Saddles are similar to dressage saddles with a relatively flat seat which is either plain or quilted. Cruppers may be used to keep the saddle in place. Stirrups are usually kept long but the riding style is similar to English. Bridles are normally simple snaffles with detachable nosebands and clip on reins.

 

Travel Advice



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

Ride Description

The Snaefellsnes peninsular is on the western coast of Iceland, north of Reykjavik. At its tip is Snaefellsjokull national park which is dominated by one of Icelands most beautiful and emblematic sights - the glacier covered cone volcano of Snaefellsjokull. The mystery and spiritual aura of this active volcano was made famous through Jules Verne's novel Journey to the Centre of the Earth, and many of the great Icelandic sagas are located in this area.

Today the remote beauty and rich bird life of the peninsula draws visitors from all over the world, with the peninsula being dubbed "Iceland in a nutshell" for its diversity of landscapes.

This horseback riding tour is definitely the best way of experiencing the astonishing nature of this peninsula. Ride through a landscape of extensive lava fields, craters and ash from ancient eruptions in the Hitardalur valley; enjoy the wide-open stretches of light-coloured sandy beaches of Longufjorur where only the tide sets your limits; and marvel at the impressive 50m deep crater of Eldborg where the sand turns black as you approach its lava field.

The marvellous extra gait of the Icelandic horse - the tolt - is made easier on this trail due to the high number of good riding tracks, and the long stretches of smooth sandy beaches - a delight for both horse and rider!

See Programmes.

 

Food & Accommodation

Farmhouse accommodation with 2-4 beds in each room.

During the ride full board is provided. The menu consists of a large breakfast and traditional Icelandic meals (fish or lamb). Vegetarian meals are available if requested when booking. All riders make their own packed lunch from the breakfast table.

Alcoholic drinks are not included and are difficult to source on the peninsula, so we recommend buying them at the Duty Free store on arrival at Reykjavik airport and carrying them with you.

 

Activities

This is a riding tour with the focus being on experiencing the peninsula on horseback.

 

Further Details

Languages: English

Health requirements: General good health

Age limit: 8 and over if competent in the saddle.

Tuition: No

Included: Shared accommodation, all meals, rain mac, water bottle and saddle bag, riding helmet, transfers from Reykjavik bus station

Not included: Flights, bus to Reykjavik, alcoholic drinks.

 

Travel Information

You are collected from the BSI bus terminal in Reykjavik, so will need to take a shuttle bus from the airport (these are easily booked in advance or when you arrive).

Airport: Reykjavik

 

Programme


Snaefellsnes Mountain and Beach Ride



Discover the mountains and beaches of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula on horseback. Experience the thrill of your Icelandic horse tolting down smooth sandy beaches with a herd of loose horses accompanying you and marvel at the glorious landscapes, volcanoes, glaciers and birdlife.

Day One: Reykjavik - Hraunholt

You'll be collected from the BSI bus station in Reykjavik at 6pm and transferred to Hraunholt Farm where you meet your hosts, his family and horses. After an introductory meal you have the chance to get to know your fellow riders in preparation for the adventure ahead. 

Day Two: Hraunholt - Kolvidarnes

After being introduced to the Icelandic horse and its special gaits you set off on your ride through fertile farmland with lava on both sides. Cross the river Haffjardara on your way to Kolvidarnes where your ride ends. Return to Hraunholt to overnight.

Riding c. 25km

Day Three: Kolvidarnes - Tradir

NB: For the next three days you ride on Longufjorur beach where timings depend on the ride. In some case you'll start early in the morning whilst on others you may ride in the afternoon.

Rejoin the horses and start your beach ride on Longufjorur, the famous horse trail on the seashore of the Snaefellsnes peninsula. View majestic Snaefellsjokull glacier ahead of you and feel the excitement of your horses as you ride this trail alongside the waters edge. Overnight at Hraunholt again.

Riding c. 35km

Day Four: Tradir - Kolvidarnes

Another day riding on the yellow sandy beach in the same direction as yesterday - a unique experience with lava fields on one side of you and the Atlantic Ocean on the other. Leave the horses at Kolvidarnes and return to Hraunholt to overnight.

Riding c. 35km

Day Five: Kolvidarnes - Hausthusahringur - Kolvidarnes

Leave the loose horse herd at Kolvidarnes and head out for a brisk ride on the beach with fantastic views of the ocean, mountains and glacier. Return to Kolvidarnes and then Hraunholt farm again.

Riding. c. 18km

Day Six: Kolvidarnes - Hraunholt

Back with the full herd of loose horses, you leave the beach behind and ride into the mountains and lava. There are good riding tracks through the fertile farmlands. Cross the river Haffjardara and ride through lands known for being the hideout of Iceland's most famous outlaw, Grettir. Complete your loop back to Hraunholt farm.

Riding c. 25km

Day Seven: Hraunholt - Raudaneslaug - Hraunholt

For your last day of riding you can choose your favourite horse to continue riding through the amazing landscape of lava, mountains, rivers and lakes. Ride to Rauaneslaug where you can take a dip in the pool before riding back to Hraunholt for a farewell dinner.

Riding c. 21km

Day Eight: Hraunholt - Reykjavik

You'll be transferred back to the BSI bus terminal in Reykjavik, arriving at c. 11:30am. From here you can take a shuttle to your hotel or the airport. Flights should depart in the late afternoon.



Minimum group size: 1
Maximum group size: 20
Ability description: Intermediate - Advanced riders. You should be capable in all paces and open to learning a new pace (the tolt). You'll ride a number of different horses throughout the week.
Type of ride: Trail
Total riding time: 7 nights / 6 riding days (c. 160km)
Departure dates: 2020: 6-13 June, 20-27 June, 15-22 August*, 29 August-5 September

*high season
 
Pricing: 2020:

Low season: £1860 per person sharing
High season (27 June-20 August): £1962 per person sharing

All prices include 11% VAT, accommodation, all meals and transfers from Reykjavik bus station

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.