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Iceland - Snæfellsnes - NEW

The Snæfellsjökull National Park is where you find one of Iceland´s most beautiful and emblematic sights – the glacier-covered cone volcano Snæfellsjökull. This horseback riding tour in Snæfellsnes Iceland is definitely the best way to see the astonishing nature of the peninsula.  The mystery and spiritual aura of this still active volcano were made famous through Jules Verne’s novel Journey to the Centre of the Earth. Many of the great Sagas are located in this very area. Today the remote beauty and rich birdlife draw visitors from all over the world. The peninsula itself is often called “Iceland in a nutshell” because of its diversity of landscape.

Experiencing “tölt”, the unique extra gait of the Icelandic Horse is made easy for you on this tour when we follow good riding tracks. The long stretches of smooth sandy beaches make this tour a delight for both horses and riders.

This horseback riding tour takes you through a landscape of extensive lava fields, craters, and ash from ancient eruptions in Hítardalur valley. You also enjoy wide-open stretches of light-colored sand at Löngufjörur beach, where only the tide sets a limit to the freedom of horse and man. The impressive 50-meter deep crater Eldborg is a distinctive landmark, where the light sand turns black once you reach its lava field.

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Accommodation & Food

Holiday farm with made up beds in 2-4 shared rooms. Shower/wc in corridor. 

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 program

Day 1.  
Pick up at BSÍ Bus station in Reykjavik at 18:00 where bus will transfer you and your fellow riders to the farm, where horses and the family will be 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. Overnight at the farm.

Day 2. Kolviðarnes
After an introduction to the Icelandic horse and its special gaits, you start the ride from the farm and ride through fertile farmlands with lava on both sides. You cross the river Haffjarðará on your way to Kolviðarnes where your ride ends today. Over night at the farm. Riding distance: approx. 25km.

NB: Next three days you ride on Löngufjörur beach where timings depend on the tide. In some cases, you need to start the ride very early in the morning or in the afternoon.

Day 3. Kolviðarnes – Traðir
After rejoining the horses, you start your beach ride on Löngufjörur, the famous horse trail on the seashorses of the Snæfellsnes peninsula. View majestic Snæfellsjökull Glacier ahead of you and feel the horses excitement and take part in the joy on this extraordinary trail released by the tide.  Over night at the farm.
Riding distance: approx. 35km.

Day 4. Traðir – Kolviðarnes
Another days ride on the yellow-colored, sandy beach, the same directions as the day before a unique experience for everyone with lava-fields and mountains on one side of the trail and the Atlantic Ocean on the other. You leave the horses at Traðir Farm and you spend the night back at the farm.
Riding distance: approx. 35 km

Day 5. Kolviðarnes – Hausthúsahringur – Kolviðarnes
You leave the herd at Kolviðarnes and go out and play, enjoying another brisk ride on the beach with fantastic views of the ocean, the mountains and the majestic Snæfellsnes Glacier. The horses stay at Kolviðarnes and you drive back to the farm.
Riding distance: approx. 18 km.

Day 6. Kolviðarnes 
You take all the horses with you and ride into the mountains and lava, on your way back to the farm. You ride through fertile farmlands and along good riding tracks over the river Haffjarðará and travel through an area well known as the hideout of Iceland‘s most famous outlaw, Grettir. Overnight at the farm.
Riding distance: approx. 25 km.

Day 7.  Rauðamelslaug
On the last day, you choose the best horses and continue riding in an amazing landscape surrounded by lava, mountains, rivers, and lakes. You ride to Rauðamelslaug where you can have a bath in the warm natural pool Rauðamelslaug. You will then ride your last part of the tour before you enjoy the farewell dinner at back at the farm.
Riding distance: approx. 22 km.

Day 8. Reykjavík
Transfer back to BSÍ bus station in Reykjavík. Approx. Arrival 11:30

– We reserve the right to alter the itinerary if necessary –

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Dates and prices

DateDaysName of tripPrice from
11/06/20228Iceland, Snaefellsnes - Strand ochMountain
Fully booked
EUR 2,199Book on request
13/06/20226Iceland, Snaefellsnes - Strand ochMountain, special
Fully booked
EUR 1,399Book on request
25/06/20228Iceland, Snaefellsnes - Strand ochMountain
Fully booked
EUR 2,320Book on request
27/06/20226Iceland, Snaefellsnes - Strand ochMountain, special
Fully booked
EUR 1,399Book on request
13/08/20228Iceland, Snaefellsnes - Strand ochMountain
Fully booked
EUR 2,320Book on request
15/08/20226Iceland, Snaefellsnes - Strand ochMountain, special
Fully booked
EUR 1,399Book on request
27/08/20228Iceland, Snaefellsnes - Strand ochMountain
Fully booked
EUR 2,320Book on request
29/08/20226Iceland, Snaefellsnes - Strand ochMountain, specialEUR 1,399Book on request
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