Ride Overview - Fjord Ride
A relaxing Icelandic equestrian vacation with non-riding tours! Borgarnes is a town located on a peninsula on the shore of Borgarfjörður in western Iceland. This town is regarded as the setting for most of the Icelandic sagas. The area’s landscape, nature and culture reflect this heritage and bring history to life is much closer to what some people would term the “real” Iceland. In addition to relaxing trails with amazing views, non-riding tours are also planned to the lava-tube caves at Surtshellir, the waterfalls at Hraunfossar, the Deildartunga hot spring and greenhouse area, Reykholt’s Snorri Sturluson Exhibition, Stedji Brewery, and/or the Haafell Icelandic Goat Centeoak, the Settlement Center and Safnhus Exhibitions as well as shopping for wool clothes at Álafoss and sportswear in Atrund.
“I cannot put into words how amazing our trip was, but I am going to try! The hospitality was one of a kind, the food was superb, the horses were wonderful and the company fantastic. I don’t think this trip could have gone any better. We were welcomed with open arms as soon as we arrived. The weather cooperated, for the most part, and Gudmar understood what we wanted in regards to the horses and he was able to implement it. He was able to pair the correct horse with the rider and gave extra attention to the ones who were a little nervous. Riding 2x a day was perfect and the length of the ride was just enough. We were impressed with the horses’ behavior as well as stamina. There were no serious horse- related issues which was perfect! Needless to say, well done!! You managed to plan a trip for tons of personalities and everyone had a great time. Nancy’s knowledge and love for the culture just shines through when she tells sagas and stories of where we were.” T.A.
Ride Itinerary - Fjord Ride
You will be met at the BSI bus terminal at 10:00 AM. You will then be transferred to the tack shop in Ástund for shopping. Next, you will be driven to the farm in time for a 1:00 PM lunch. From 2:00 – 4:00 PM, you can settle in and explore the farm. At 4:00 PM, you will mount up for a lesson to become acquainted with your horse. At 7:30 PM, dinner will be served.
After breakfast, you will ride from 10:00 AM – noon. Lunch will be served at 1:00 PM. In the afternoon, your group will be driven for a visit to the lava-tube caves at Surtshellir, the waterfalls at Hraunfossar, the Deildartunga hot spring and greenhouse, Reykholt’s Snorri Sturluson Exhibition, Stedji Brewery, and/or the Haafell Icelandic Goat Center. Dinner will be served at 7:30 PM.
At 9:00 AM, breakfast will be served. Afterward, you will ride for 2 hours. Lunch will be served at 1:00 PM. An afternoon ride will begin at 3:00 PM. Dinner will be served at 7:30 PM.
After breakfast, you will ride for 2 hours. Lunch will be served at 1:00 PM. The rest of the afternoon is free to visit Borganes. You can soak in the hot tubs at the public pool, visit the Settlement Center and Safnhus Exhibitions, shop, relax in a café, or walk along the coast. Dinner will be served at 7:30 PM.
Breakfast is planned at 8:00 AM. Next, you will mount up for a trail ride with a picnic lunch along the way. Dinner will be served at 7:00 PM.
After breakfast, you will leave the farm at 10:00 AM. At 11:30, you will visit Álafoss , a waterfall on the river Varmá in Mosfellsbær, Iceland. You will be able to shop for wool clothing here as a wool factory of the same name is adjoined to the waterfall. Back in 1896, a local farmer imported machinery to process wool using the energy from the waterfall. Next, you will be able to shop for sportswear in Ástund.
You will be taken to the bus station. You will then take the bus to the airport or your post-ride hotel.
Ride Details - Fjord Ride
Dates: June 11th – 17th. If you have a group, you will be able to customize this ride.
Meeting Place: Reykjavik BSI Bus Station (there is a flybus which connects the airport to the bus station)
Riding Days: 5
Daily Riding Hours: 3 – 5
Riding Ability: ADVANCED NOVICE/INTERMEDIATE: Confident and in control at all paces including posting trots, two point canters. Comfortable with crossing rivers.
Group Size: 6 – 13
Saddles: Icelandic Trekking
Non-riding Activities: hot tub, glacier tours, golfing, hiking
Accommodations: modern B & B. Some rooms ensuite bathrooms, others are shared.
Price: $2,900.00 per person, double occupancy $600.00 single supplement
Included: 6 nights lodging, all meals, horse, tack, guide, helmets, transfer to and from the bus station
Not Included: airfare, pre or post ride hotel
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