High up in the north, where the longest fjord Eyjafjördur floats majestically, you will find the farm. Your hosts Stefan, who was born here, and Juliane live here together with 130 horses and 250 sheep. The farm is the starting point for a number of rides of varying lengths that takes you out in the extraordinary landscape.
Experienced riders can with a herd of free running horses ride North Iceland Trail Ride through valleys, across rivers to Lake Myvatn. During a week you keep a high tempo and live simply in schools, mountain cabins and tent. Do you want a quieter ride, you can stay on the farm all week on Between the Valley and Fjord, Around the Midnight Sun or Summer Farwell and ride in different directions. A little more comfortable and one horse per rider.
On the ride Autumn Colours and Nothern Lights you stay one night in a shepherd hut and the other nights at the farm.
Whatever you choose, you will be offered plenty of good homemade food, your hosts realize that you have to eat to cope the ride. They are keen on you to be happy and to experience the best of what Iceland has to offer - breathtaking scenery, culture and fun riding on alert and happy horses.
Accommodation and Food
On the farm you stay in a 2-4 bed room in any of the three cottages. There is bed linen, towel, hairdryer and wi-fi in the rooms. Shower and WC are shared.
On trail rides you sleep at farmhouses, in mountain huts, schools and community centers. It can be in two or multiple beds room, and sometimes all sleep in the same large room on mattresses. On the North Iceland Trail Ride and Autumn Colours and Nothern Lights you bring your own sleeping bag and towel.
Full board includes dinner on arrival day and ending with breakfast on departure day. The food here is significant - your hosts think that a rider should never be hungry! Here you have the opportunity to enjoy Icelandic specialties but nothing too "exotic". Favorites are lamb, fish, vegetables, salads, rice and noodles. Vegetarians are catered for. At breakfast you make your own lunch package, which will be brought in the saddlebags of the riding guides, and on the longer trips the staff will bring your lunch boxes by car. When you return to the farm in the afternoon, a table full of wonderful cakes, coffee and tea awaits.
Ability description: Trail Ride level 2-3 >>
Included in the price: Accomodation, riding according to program, full board inkl. water, tea/coffee, transfer from Akureyri airport/bus station
Not included: Flights, insurance, drinks and extras not mentioned. The farm does not have the license to serve alcoholic beverages, however you are allowed to bring your own, for instance from the large shop at the Keflavik airport/Reyjkavik upon your arrival.
Travel: Fly to Reykjavik/Keflavik and then domestic flight to Akureyri.
Some domestic flights are from another smaller airport closer to Reykjavik, you will find transfer information here. Or, if you are four sharing a taxi it will be about the same price per person.
You can book your flight car by yourself via our online booking or ask us, we are hear to help you (30 EUR booking fee per person).
If you like to see more of Iceland there are buses from Reykjavik to Akureyri (approx. 6 hours). Some guests prefer to hire a car to be able to see even more of the beautiful Icelandic nature. Get in touch with us to get more information.
Transfer: Book in advance with HorseXplore.
You will be picked up from Akureyri normally around 6.00 PM on arrival day.
On departure day, the transfer back to the airport is at 4.00 PM at the latest.
Season: June - September
Currency: Island kronor (ISK).
Credit card: The riding centre accept credit cards.
Electricity: Standard EU 2 plug.
Wifi: Yes, in the guest house at the farm and in the rooms even if it can be quite slow there.
Group size: Min. 2 on Summer Farwell and whale watching and Around the Midnight Sun. Min. 4 on Between the Valley and Fjord, Autumn Colours and Nothern Lights. Min. 10 on North Iceland Trail Ride. Max 16-18.
Age limit: Children should not be younger than 8 and used to riding if they want to come to one of the longer tours. Always with at least one parent.
Child discount: 8-12 years - 30% discount. 13-18 years - 15% discount. Travel with at least 1 adult.
Misc.: Good quality helmets, gloves and rainwear are available for loan. Iceland has a strict regulatory framework in order to prevent travelers to bring infections that can spread among Icelandic horses. The center therefore does not want you to bring your own helmet. Leather boots, chaps etc should be new and unused. Other riding clothes should be descinfected.