Ride Overview - Iceland Rift Valley Waterfall Ride
This Icelandic horseback riding vacation embraces the rugged mystical scenery of both the Lord of the Rings and the Game of Thrones! Secluded lava and birch lined trails found between the North American and Eurasian continental plates will provide you with a magnificent insight of the fascinating geology and history of Iceland. Your itinerary includes riding through the volcanic Hengill Valley, the high mountain plateau, into the Rift Valley and Gullfoss Waterfall. Non-riding activities include tour of the famous historical Þingvellir, hot steam bath over a hot spring, a Finnish dry sauna and different hot tubs in the Fontana SpaFontana Spa. Your vacation can be extended to include whale watching, beach riding or just enjoying the local culture. You have a choice of either 3*** or 4**** lodging. Your mount is a sturdy Icelandic Horse whose special gait, the tölt, is a very comfortable four beat gait similar to the rack of the American Saddlebred. The horse can go very fast in this particular gait and gait is ideal for long distance traveling. In spite of their small size (about 140 cm), they are considered horses not ponies and carry easily a full-grown adult. RIDING IN ICELAND
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Ride Itinerary - Iceland Rift Valley Waterfall Ride
Transfer from the airport to your pre-ride Reykjavík hotel. This pre-ride lodging is not included in the cost of your ride.
Day 2: You will be met by your guides at Reykjavík hotel at 9:00 AM. Today’s ride will take you through a stunning mountain landscape that takes your mind right towards the settings of the magical Lord of the Rings films – tuffed cliffs, green moss, a deserted valley closed by mountains and beautiful mountain views. The ride ends at the geothermal area of Nesjavellir, south of Lake Þingvallavatn. By car back to your hotel accommodation (riding distance ca. 18 miles/30 km)
After breakfast, you will mount up for a ride along the shores of Lake Úlfljótsvatn to the beautiful high mountain plateau of Kringlumýri. Here the horses will stable at a typical rustic mountain hut while you will be returned to your more luxurious hotel accommodation. Expect to see wonderful views during this ride! (ca. 15 miles/25 km)
Today´s ride will take you on a exciting adventure “in between the continents“ as you will be riding in the rift valley between the diving plates of North America and Eurasia! During the ride, your group will visit two abandoned farms with lots of history. After the ride, you will visit the famous historical Þingvellir National Park. This place is really the heart of the Icelandic Nation! Here is where Icelanders met for their annual Thing meeting from 930 AD to the end of the 18th century. It is here where they decided to take on Christianity in the year 1000 and declared independence in 1944. Your tour will give you a perfect view of all the historical sights (ca. 11 miles/18 km).
In the morning, you will be riding through breathtaking landscape and filming locations for the famous series Game of Thrones at Þingvellir National Park! After the ride, a hot lunch will be served at a local cozy restaurant. Next, you will taken by car to visit the famous sites of the Golden Circle – the Golden Waterfall Gullfoss and the erupting hot spring Geysir. Then you will relax in a hot steam bath over a hot spring, a Finnish dry sauna and different hot tubs in the Fontana Spa – all with a view over beautiful Lake Laugarvatn!
Today will be a day to enjoy fast rides in tölt, the Icelandic Horse´s special gait on wonderful secluded trails from Skógarhólar south of Lake Stíflisdalsvatn to Hrafnhólar. Far away from traffic we will enjoy the briddle paths used by Icelanders throughout the centuries when they traveled to Þingvellir for their annual summer Thing meetings! In the late afternoon, you will be transferred back to Reykjavík for either a check-in to your post-ride hotel or to the airport for departure.
Optional: Add another riding day!
Option A: Add a beach ride near Reykjavík & whale watching
Option B: Add a beach ride near Reykjavík & a fun Reykjavík Food Walk
Option C: Ride all the way to Reykjavík through incredible nature in Reykjavík´s backyard!
Please contact us for prices and availabilties for all three options!
The guide reserves the right to alter routes, itineraries or timetables should the necessity arise. The estimated duration of tours as indicated by km or timing can change according to road or weather conditions.
Ride Details - Iceland Rift Valley Waterfall Ride
Dates: June 18 – 22nd, July 2nd – 6th, July 30th – August 3rd
Best Months to Ride: July and August. February, March, September and October are typically the best time to see the Northern Lights.
Airport: Keflavík International
Meeting Place: BSI bus terminal or your pre-ride hotel in Reykjavik
Riding Days: 5
Daily Riding Hours: 3 – 5
Riding Ability: INTERMEDIATE: Confident and in control at all paces including posting trots, two point canters and gallops in open spaces.
Group Size: 2 – 6
Weight: 242 lbs. 110 kg.
Saddles: English Trekking
Non-riding Activities: hot tub, thermal pool,river rafting, river jet
Accommodations: 5* Hotel Grimsborgir or 3* Country Comfort Hotel
Price: 5* lodging $3,669.00 per person, double occupancy $420.00 single supplement
3* lodging $3,575.00 per person, double occupancy $470.00 single supplement
*Price is based on USD/ISK exchange rate and will be fixed at final payment.
Included: lodging, horse, guide, tack, all breakfasts and lunches,
Not Included: airfare, dinners, pre-ride hotel, non-riding activities, transfer from airport to Reykjavik (ISK5.6800 per person round trip)
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Iceland Rift Valley Waterfall Ride