Description day by day
Tour members arrive at Keflavík Airport, Iceland and take the Flybus from Keflavík to Reykjavík (BSÍ Bus terminal). They will be greeted by representatives of Eldhestar between 17:30 and 18:00, who will arrange further transportation to the farm Vellir in the neighborhood of Hveragerði. A hand out with a detailed description of the following days will be offered upon arrival. The tour is arranged so we can enjoy a warm lunch at our hotel i.e., we are offering two half day tours during the riding days.
Meadows and Mountains
After breakfast we go out to explore the meadows and mountains. We ride over meadows and then follow the old route towards Ingólfsfjall Mountain, named after the he first Norwegian Viking who settled in Iceland, and finish the tour along the mountain Reykjafjall. Back at our farm at Vellir we will enjoy a light lunch. After lunch we explore the soft river banks. We will follow the river Gljúfurá to an old cemetery and continue down to the banks of the river Ölfusá. From there, we have a view of the river and the volcanos Hekla and Eyjafjallajökull, weather permitting . Back at our farm coffee and home baked cake will be available.
After breakfast you will ride in the footsteps of the first settler Ingólfur Arnarsson along the mountain Ingolfsfjall which is named after him on a tour we call Ingolfs Trail or The Long Mountain Tour. On the way we might have the option to see the replica of a viking long house before returning to the Hotel for a warm lunch. After lunch we will enjoy the nice riding paths surrounding the stable area of Hveragerði and then continue to the valley Gufudalur. On your way home you pass by a geothermal area which expanded dramatically during the big South Iceland earthquake in 2008. After the riding coffee and home baked cake will be served.
Riding and Adventure
After breakfast we go out on Eldhestar's The Pot Luck Tour. As the name indicates, we will choose our best alternative in the morning. After lunch you have a chance to go for *Whale Watching in the bay next to Reykjavík, or have a relaxing time at the *Blue Lagoon, according to your choice. After we pick you up in Reykjavík at the BSI bus terminal between 17:30 and 18:00 we will drive back to our farm and dinner will be served at the hotel.
*The fee for Whale Watching or entrance to the Blue Lagoon is not included in the package price. This can be paid on site.
Midwinter warmth, Gullfoss, Geysir and Thingvellir
The final day will deliever midwinter warmth. After one hour on horseback, we will enjoy the big and warm hotpot in Hveragerði‘s famous swimming pool and steam sauna. We pick you up for a light lunch at Hotel Eldhestar that you can enjoy after checking out of your room. The final part of the program will be a sightseeing tour to the famous waterfall Gulfoss and the hot springs at Geysir as well as the National Park Thingvellir before the bus will take you and your suitcases to your hotel/guesthouse in Reykjavík. In other words, we combine riding with experiencing three of the most impressive natural sights in South Iceland. You will be back in Reykjavík around 18:00.
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.