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Iceland - Gullfoss and Geysir - NEW

There is no better way to visit the hot springs area of Geysir and the Golden Waterfall – Gullfoss – than by riding through the lovely countryside of South Iceland. The key attractions on this classic tour are the hot spring area of Geysir and Gullfoss or the Golden Waterfall. Each one guaranteed to take your breath away.

This tour is perfect for families and those not having the required riding experience for  highland tours. Keep in mind that riding days can be long so you should be in good physical shape and have the basic horsemanship skills.

Gestur and Margrét with family will welcome you on the first riding day and you get acquainted with the unique Icelandic Horse and its special extra gait as you take an easy trek along the banks of the majestic Thjórsá River. You continue towards Gullfoss Waterfall with its thundering waters and the hot spring area of Geysir. After a relaxed day´s riding in that locality, you will explore some of the more remote places, well off the beaten track. On the way to the accommodation, you visit the charming Secret Lagoon for a well-deserved bath. You cross the highland moor of Hrunaheiði and enjoy good riding tracks when trekking past iconic basalt columns at Hrepphólar on your way back to the farm.

Part of this tour can be booked as a 5-day tour/4 riding days – Geysir Gullfoss Special 

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Accommodation & Food

Made up beds in shared rooms. 

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 beverages are not included in the tour price and are hard to get in the highlands. They can be bought at a reasonable price in the Duty-Free Store at Keflavik Airport upon arrival.

Program

Preliminary day-by-day program

Day 1.  Reykjavik – farm Pick up at BSÍ Bus station in Reykjavik at 18:00, where the bus will transfer you and your fellow riders to the farm, where horses and staff are waiting for you. After a lovely introductory meal where you get to know each other, you relax and rest so you are well prepared for the adventure ahead of you.

Day 2. Thjórsá glacier river – Sandlækjamýri After an introduction to the Icelandic horse and its special gaits, you start riding along the pleasant trail at Thjórsá glacier fed river. You leave the horses at Sandlækjarmýri field and drive to the farm. This day is the perfect start to get to know your horse and the Icelandic way of trail riding in a relaxed atmosphere.  (approximately 15 km)

Day 3. Sandlækjarmýri – Myrkholt You leave the farm and drive back to the horses.  From there you head off to the fertile farmlands of neighboring community Hrunamannahreppur. You drive spare horses along in a free running herd, enabling you to change mount regularly and traveling at a brisk pace. You cross the well know Salmon River Stóra-Laxá and stop for picnic lunch at Hrunaréttir, a corral used for the annual sheep round-up in autumn. You continue the ride on good trails, towards the majestic canyon Brúarhlöð where milky green water passes through bizarre rock formations. Your ride ends at Brúarhlöð and you drive to the Myrkholt Farm, where you spend the night. (approximately 30 km)

Day 4.  Myrkholt – Gullfoss – Myrkholt You continue the ride on soft trails ideal for tölting, alongside Hvítá River you follow the ever deepening canyon on to the impressive Golden Waterfall Gullfoss. You will have a lunch break at Gullfoss before you ride back to Myrkholt where you spend the night. (approximately 20 km)

Day 5.  Haukadalur – Haukadalsheiði – Myrkholt Teh ride takes you through Haukadalur valley with its beautiful birch forest. Cross clear little streams on the way and enjoy the rich vegetation of wild mountain flowers that bloom during high summer. While you ascend to a highland plateau you will notice the changes in nature as you reach higher ground. A breathtaking view of the mountain ranges and glaciers of the highland around awaits you when you reach the top of Haukadalsheiði. Rest of the day is spent in the Geysir area. You have plenty of time to explore this highly interesting area with its countless bubbling hot springs. (approximately 18 km)

Day 6. Geysir – Tungufellsdalur – Kaldbakur
You leave the Geysir area and ride along green pastures back to the bridge at Brúarhlöð canyon where you cross mighty Hvítá River. Now you head towards the interior and follow beautiful Tungufellsdalur valley onto Hrunaheiðar heath plateau and you experience riding along the edge of civilization. Our horses spend the night at Kaldbakur Farm, you drive to the Secret Lagoon for relaxing bath in the geothermal pool and then drive to the farm and spend the night. (approximately 30 km)

Day 7 Kaldbakur – Hrepphólar –  Reykjavík  Your last day of riding includes yet again terrific scenery. Today you follow good riding tracks past Mt. Galtafell. You cross River Laxá before you reach Sandlækjarmýri. You turn towards the banks of Thjórsá River and follow it back to the farm. Here you say goodbye to the guides, staff, and horses and return to Reykjavík, approx. arrival at 20:00.
(riding, approximately 40 km)

Travel Information

Riding ability: Trail Ride level 2-3

Included in the price:
Gullfoss-Geysir: 6 nights, 6 days riding, full board, transfer from Reykjavik BSI
Gullfoss-Geysir Special: 5 nights, 4 days riding, full board, transfer from Reykjavik BSI

Not included: Flight, bus to Reykjavik bus station from the airport. Alcoholic drinks.

Travel: Fly to Iceland, Keflavik

Transfer:  Meetingtime at 6.00pm on Reykjavik busstation (BSI). Back to Reykjavik BSI around. 8.00pm on departure day for Gullfoss-Geysir and for Gullfoss-Geysir Special back to Raykjavik around 11.30. 
Price: Included

Single room: No single rooms are available

Season: Specific dates

Group size: Minimum 4 max 18-20

Child discount: Up to 11 years, 25% discount

Horses: Icelandic horses

Currency: Icelandic crown (ISK)

Credit card: Not accepted, only cash

Tip: Not expected but appreciated

Wifi: At the farm yes

Electricity jack: Standard EU 2 plug

Beach: No

Special diet: Inform when booking.

Misc.:
Riding equipment to borrow: Helmet, raingear
Your own riding equipment it has to be disinfected. Do not bring used riding gloves. 

If you want to stay a few extra nights in Reykjavik, we can recommend Reykjavík Marina, 4 star hotel and Hotel Cabin for budget hotel.

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Dates and prices

DateDaysName of tripPrice from
28/05/20226Iceland - Gullfoss Geysir SpecialEUR 1,490Book on request
28/05/20227Iceland - Gullfoss GeysirEUR 2,090Book on request
04/06/20226Iceland - Gullfoss Geysir SpecialEUR 1,490Book on request
04/06/20227Iceland - Gullfoss GeysirEUR 2,090Book on request
11/06/20226Iceland - Gullfoss Geysir Special
Fully booked
EUR 1,490Book on request
11/06/20227Iceland - Gullfoss GeysirEUR 2,090Book on request
16/07/20226Iceland - Gullfoss Geysir Special
Fully booked
EUR 1,600Book on request
16/07/20227Iceland - Gullfoss GeysirEUR 2,290Book on request
23/07/20226Iceland - Gullfoss Geysir Special
Fully booked
EUR 1,600Book on request
23/07/20227Iceland - Gullfoss Geysir
Fully booked
EUR 2,290Book on request
30/07/20226Iceland - Gullfoss Geysir SpecialEUR 1,600Book on request
30/07/20227Iceland - Gullfoss GeysirEUR 2,290Book on request
27/08/20226Iceland - Gullfoss Geysir SpecialEUR 1,600Book on request
27/08/20227Iceland - Gullfoss GeysirEUR 2,290Book on request
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