Saddle up and join the farmers of Vididalstungutungurett in this great horseriding adventure in Iceland. Ride alongside and help drive the herd down across a varied Icelandic terrain of highland moors, autumnal valleys, deep blue lakes and the spectacular Kolugljufur gorge before joining the locals to celebrate the successful round-up with a ball or ‘rettardansleikur’.
Arrive Reykjavik. Transfer from the airport to the Ishestar Riding Center. The tour begins with a short (1.5 – 2 hours) introductory ride towards Mt. Helgafell Volcano (8 km).
Drive to the North, visiting a factory outlet with wollen goods along the way before meeting Eggert and his horses at Bjargsholl Farm. The ride goes alongside the river Midfjardara to the ocean and from there underneath Vatnsnesfjall Mountain to Gauksmyri Farm to stay overnight in a cozy country hotel. (B,L,D) (25 km)
This long and exciting riding day heads into the countryside of Vestur-Hop, past a lake and into the beautiful valley of Vídidalur. Follow Vídidalsa River to Daeli Holiday Farm, beautifully located in Vididalur Valley, close to Kolugil canyon and enjoy the hospitality of the owners, Sigrun and Viglundur. Relax in the outdoor hot tubs and tuck into a hearty dinner. (B,L,D) (35 km)
Ascend towards the highland plateau Vididalstunguheidi and meet the horses coming down from their pastures in the highlands. Enjoy a warm lunch in the mountains before joining other guests and locals as they follow the farmers driving the herd down from the highlands. Stop at Kolugili Farm for refreshments before ending at Daeli Farm for dinner. Spend time with farmers and other guests and join in their singing, dancing and celebrating of this great event. (B,L,D) (32 km, 7-8 hours)
The day begins at Vididalstungurett. Enjoy an auction and join the farmers in celebrating the return of their horses. In the afternoon ride to Bjargsholl Farm and return the horses to their meadows, before driving back to Daeli for dinner. (B,L,D) (30 km)Optional: Stodrettardansleikur dance at Vidihlid, where everybody relaxes after the excitement of the day and celebrates yet another successful round up.
Transfer from Daeli back to Reykjavik and check in to the hotel for an overnight stay. (B)
Transfer by Flybus airport shuttle bus to the airport and fly back to the UK. (B)
7 day tour, from £1655 per person
- Return flights in economy class with Icelandair from London Heathrow
- All airport taxes
- Return airport transfers by airport shuttle service
- Accommodation in double/twin room
- Meals as specified
- Sightseeing with English-speaking guides
- All riding equipment including: rainwear, water bottle, saddle bag and riding helmet.
- Tips and gratuities
- Meals not specified in the itinerary and optional excursions
Group size: Max. 20 passengers
Suitable for strong intermediate riders, 4.5 riding days – 130 km
Icelandair offers flights to Iceland from Birmingham, London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester, Aberdeen and Glasgow so please contact us for further information. A pre or post tour night’s accommodation maybe required – speak to one of our Iceland Specialists for more information.
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