Day 1 - Reykjavik - Stori-Kalfalaekur
Riding: No riding.
You'll be transferred from Reykjavik in the afternoon to reach Stori-Kalfalaekur farm where you'll meet your guides and horses. After an introductory meal, you have the chance to get to know your fellow riders in preparation for the adventure ahead.
Day 2 - Stori Kalfalaekur - Grimsstadir
Riding: 4 - 5 hours
After an introduction to the Icelandic horses and the chance to try out their special gaits, you will set off on your ride through fertile farmland and into the mountains. You will ride through grasslands and cross rocky grounds at the foot of a mountain range. You will have a brief stop for a rest and to change horses at an old sheep round-up station before heading back to the farm along a different route.
Free time when you return to enjoy the hot tub before dinner.
Day 3 - Grimsstadir - Stadarhraun
Riding: 7 hours
Today will be a slow ride due to the very rocky ground you will be covering. The route takes you along one of Iceland's famous fishing rivers, passing multi-coloured mountains and breathtaking hillsides, through valleys and over a pass. This is the longest day that you will spend in the saddle even though it's not the longest day by distance.
On return to the farm, you will welcome to chance to ease out your aches in the hot tub before a tasty dinner.
Day 4 - Stadarhraun - Kolvidarnes
Riding: 6 hours
Today you will ride through a mystical volcanic valley where you can enjoy the scenery and learn of the local myths about trolls and ancient outlaws! You will cross wide rivers with great views over the grasslands and rock formations that stretch as far as the ocean. On a clear day, you can see the snowcapped Snaefellsjokull glacier at the tip of the peninsula. Your destination today is a field at the shore of the Atlantic Ocean where you will leave your horses for the night before transferring back to the farm for dinner.
Day 5 - Kolvidarnes - Gaul
Riding: 5 - 6 hours
NB: For the next three days you will be riding on Longufjorur beach where the daily timings will very much depend on the tides. In some cases, you'll need to start riding early in the morning to beat the high tide, but in others, you may ride in the afternoon instead.
After breakfast, you will rejoin the horses and start your beach ride on Longufjorur. You will follow the famous horse trail on the seashore of the Snaefellsnes peninsula. From here you will have great views of the majestic Snaefellsjokull glacier ahead of you and feel the excitement of your horses as you ride this trail alongside the water's edge, heading in a westerly direction.
Back to the farm for dinner and overnight.
Day 6 - Gaul - Kolvidarnes
Riding: 5 - 6 hours
After reuniting with your horses today, you will enjoy another glorious day of beach riding. This time you will head east along the coast, with the sea now on your right side. The trail looks completely different ahead due to the new viewpoint and the different levels of the tides. You'll enjoy plenty of fast tölt work along the sand.
Back to the farm to overnight.
Day 7 - Kolvidarnes - Stori-Kalfalaekur
Riding: 3 - 4 hours
Today will be your last day of riding and another stunning day at the Atlantic Ocean. The sand will turn black from the lava as you follow the outline of the Eldborg lava field. The coast here is rugged and you ride through vast, spectacular fjords at low tide, crisscrossing rivers along the way. Watch out for eagles resting on the rocks by the shore and horses running free in the dunes.
After saying goodbye to your horses and enjoying an early dinner you are transferred back to Reykjavik that evening.
We would recommend planning to stay an extra night in Reykjavik after the ride as you will reach the city too late for most flight departures this day.
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.