Northern Lights Riding Tour

3 days with riding (34 km.)

On this tour you will take part in many of Elhestar's half-day tours. During the daytime you ride and then warm up at lunch with soup and coffee at our hotel, before we continue riding. You also have the chance to go on a sightseeing tour to the Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir hot springs. In other words, we combine riding with experiencing the fantastic Icelandic landscapes and two of the most impressive natural sights in Southern Iceland! At night, you will be staying at Hotel Eldhestar, which is situated in the countryside. When the sky is clear and the aurora borealis forecast promising, we drive where the chances to see the Northern Lights are the best.

This tour is dependent on weather and sightings are not guaranteed.

This package includes

  • Flights to/from Iceland including tax and luggage.
  • Accomodation for 3 nights at Hótel Eldhestar.
  • 1 night accomodation in hotel/guest house in Reykjavík.
  • 3 days with riding (34 km.).
  • During the rides, breakfast, lunch and dinner is included, with the exception of the last nights dinner.
  • Transfers to and from Vellir to Reykjavík.
  • Guiding in English.
  • Personal service from our knowledgable consultants.
  • Travel guide to Iceland from Promote Iceland (pdf).
  • Travel protection equivalent to ATOL, through Kammarkollegiet, the Swedish statutory travel protection.


​2018: March 12, 26, April 11
​          September 24, October 14, 29, November 12, 26 and December 3
​2019: January 28, Februrary 11, 25, March 11, 25, April 8

Direct flights from Belfast (BHD), Bristol (BRS), Edinburgh (EDI), London Gatwick (LGW), London Heathrow (LHR), London Luton (LTN), Glasgow (GLA) and Manchester (MAN). Connecting flights from other airports in the UK also available.

Optional extras​

  • Transfers from and to the airport.
  • Cancellation insurance should illness occur.


Price information

Prices are per person, based on two people sharing a double room. We always give you the best available price for flights, hotels and excursions. Prices vary according to date and season, so it might be a good idea to search several different dates to get the best price.

Fr. 1.098 £ 4 nights
24 Sep-03 Dec fr. £ 1.119
28 Jan-08 Apr 2019 fr. £ 1.098

Description day by day

Arrival and the Vellir farm

Tour members who arrive at Keflavík Airport should take the Flybus to BSÍ, the final bus station in Reykjavík. Representatives from Eldhestar will greet you outside the bus terminal at 17:30 – 18:00 and arrange transportation to our farm Vellir, near the village of Hveragerði. At the farm you will be lodged at Hótel Eldhestar or a nearby hotel. After dinner, Eldhestar will provide details about the next few days.

Dag 1

Meadows, mountains, soft river beds and Northern Lights

After breakfast we go out to explore Meadows and Mountains (Tour 3a). We ride over meadows and then follow the old route towards Ingólfsfjall Mountain, named after the first Norwegian Viking who settled in Iceland, and finish the ride along the mountain Reykjafjall. Back at our farm Vellir we enjoy a light lunch. After lunch we ride along Soft River Banks (Tour 3b). We follow the river Gljúfurá to an old cemetery and continue down to the the banks of the river Ölfusá. From there, we have a view of the river and, weather permitting, the volcanos Hekla and Eyjafjallajökull. After returning to our farm and visiting the swimming pool in Hveragerði, dinner will be served at the hotel. We check the Northern Lights forecast and if the forecast is favourable, and the sky is clear, we look out for the lights at the farm or go on a hunt!

Day 2

Meadows, lava fields and Northern Lights

After breakfast we ride over lava fields and enjoy the nice bridle paths surrounding the stable area of Hveragerði and continue to the valley Gufudalur. On our way home we pass a geothermal area which expanded dramatically during the big South Iceland earthquake in 2008. At the farm we enjoy a light lunch. After lunch we continue riding on The Heritage Tour (Tour 2a). The tour takes us through meadows and lava fields. On our way we pass several farms which give us an idea of how agriculture has developed in the recent decades. After the riding, coffee and home baked cakes are served. The ride is nicely finished off by enjoying the hot tubs at the hotel before dinner is served. We will check the forecast for the Northern lights again and also have the opportunity to watch a movie about this spectacular phenomena.

Day 3

Midwinter warmth, Gullfoss, Geysir and Thingvellir

The final day offers warmth in mid winter. Let an adorable Icelandic horse heat your body and soul. After one hour on horseback we will stretch out in the big warm hotpot in Hveragerði´s famous swimming pool and experience the geothermal steam sauna. On this last riding tour, you will be riding your favourite horse! The final part of the program will be a sightseeing tour to the famous waterfall Gulfoss and the hots springs at Geysir as well as the Thingvellir National Park. A transfer will then take you to your hotel/guesthouse in Reykjavík. You will be back in Reykjavík at around 18:00.

Day 4

Return home

Breakfast at your hotel. If you have chosen the optional add-on of return transfer to the airport a transfer bus will fetch you at the hotel. You can also buy a ticket for the airport transfer bus on site.

Day 5

Northern Lights Riding Tour

Fr. 1.098 £ 4 nights
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