Ride Overview - Snæfellsjökull Volcano
A wonderful horseback riding vacation in western Iceland! The Snæfellsjökull National Park is where you find one of Iceland´s most beautiful and emblematic sights – the glacier-covered cone volcano Snæfellsjökull. This horseback riding vacation is definitely the best way to see the astonishing nature of the peninsula. The mystery and spiritual aura of this still active volcano were made famous through Jules Verne’s novel “Journey to the Centre of the Earth.” Many of the great Sagas are located in this very area. Today the remote beauty and rich bird life draw visitors from all over the world. The peninsula itself is often called “Iceland in a nutshell” because of its diversity of landscape. Experiencing “tölt”, the unique extra gait of the Icelandic Horse, is made easy for you on this tour as your trails are good riding tracks. The long stretches of smooth sandy beaches make this tour a delight for both horses and riders. This equestrian vacation takes you through a landscape of extensive lava fields, craters and ash from ancient eruptions in Hítardalur Valley. You will also enjoy wide-open stretches of light-colored sand at Löngufjörur Beach, where only the tide sets a limit to the freedom of horse and man. The impressive 50-meter deep crater Eldborg is a distinctive landmark, where the light sand turns black once you reach its lava field.
“We made a tour through a breathtaking landscape, with a funny group and a very cool tour guide. I’ll never forget this adventure.” L.W., CH
Ride Itinerary - Snæfellsjökull Volcano
You will transfer from the airport to the BSÍ Bus station in Reykjavik or at Reykjavik official bus stops near your accommodation between 18:00-19:00 where the bus will transfer you and your fellow riders to the farm, where horses and staff are waiting for you. After a lovely introductory meal, where you will meet your fellow riders, you can relax so you are prepared for your upcoming adventure.
After an introduction to the Icelandic horse and its special gaits, you will start our ride into the mountains through fertile farmlands and along good riding tracks to Grímsstaðir Farm with its proud history dating back to medieval times. Overnight at Stóri-Kálfalækur in made up beds, showers and a hot tub on site. (approx. 15 miles)
The ride today leads through multi-colored mountains and along low bushy hillsides. Hítardalur is a geological paradise. Vast lava fields, soft tracks through ashes and the high palagonite (tuff) mountains give you the impression of taking a ride on the moon! You will leave the horses at Hítarhólmur farm and drive back to Stóri-Kálfalækur, where the hot tub is waiting. (approx. 15 miles)
Your group will continue our ride through this mystical volcanic valley. A stop at the sheep gathering place, Hítardalsrétt will allow you to see the troll woman Hít who was turned into stone after arriving late from a date. Your trail will proceed west across Hítará River and travel through an area well known as the hideout of Iceland’s most famous outlaw, Grettir. You will leave the horses at Kolviðarnes Farm and drive back to spend the night at Stóri Kálfalækur. (approx. 28 miles)
NB: Next three days, you will ride on Löngufjörur beach where timings depend on the tide. In some cases, you will need to start the ride very early in the morning or in the afternoon.
After rejoining the horses, you will start your invigorating beach ride on Löngufjörur, the famous horse trail on the seashores of the Snæfellsnes peninsula. You can view the majestic Snæfellsjökull Glacier ahead of you while you feel the horses’ excitement and take part in their joy on this extraordinary trail released by the tide. You will spend the night at Stóri Kálfalækur. (approx. 19 miles)
Another day´s ride on the yellow colored, sandy beach, the same directions as the day before a unique experience for everyone with lava-fields and mountains on one side of the trail and the Atlantic Ocean on the other. We leave the horses at Kolviðarnes Farm and drive to Stóri-Kálfalækur, where we spend the last two nights. (approx. 19 miles)
Last day on the beach and yet a new experience. The sand turns black as we follow the outline of Eldborgarhraun lava field. Imagine the black lava still on the move on your way back to dry land. The ride ends at Stóri-Kálfalækur Farm, where we enjoy Ólöf’s farewell dinner. (approx. 19 miles)
Transfer back to Reykjavik to your accommodation. Approximate arrival is 11:30 AM.
– The guide reserves the right to alter the itinerary if necessary –
Ride Details - Snæfellsjökull Volcano
Dates: Saturday – Saturday: June 9th – 16th, June 23rd – 30th, June 30th – July 7th, July 21st – 28th, August 11th – 18th, August 25th – September 1st
Meeting Place: Reykjavik Bus Station or pre-ride Reykjavik hotel
Riding Days: 6
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 – 18
Weight: 242 lbs. 110 kg.
Saddles: English Trekking
Non-riding Activities: hot tub,
Accommodations: B & B’s made-up beds in shared rooms during the ride.
*Price: $2,797.00 per person, double occupancy Single occupancy may be available
*Price is based on USD/EURO exchange rate and will be fixed at final payment.
Included: lodging, all meals, transfer to and from Reykjavik, rainwear, water bottles, saddlebag, riding helmet
Not Included: airfare, pre or post ride hotel, transfer to and from the airport
• Bring bags rather than hardcover suitcases
• Pack light because transport space is limited.
• Please bring high rubber boots for this ride.
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