We are honored that this trip, Iceland Horseback Riding, was selected by National Geographic Traveler magazine as one of their 2013 “50 Tours of a Lifetime”!
As the summer sun skims the midnight horizon, an Icelandic sunset melts into sunrise in this country that is also home to 100,000 horses. And what horses! Brought by the Vikings over 1,000 years ago, Icelandic horses, legendary equines, have played a vital role in the history of this land, which was without roads and bridges for centuries. Today, the Icelandic horse is considered to be truly unique by horse enthusiasts from around the world. With long, wondrously flowing manes and tails, these sure-footed and affectionate horses are known for their smooth gaits, especially their tölt, or running walk. Ideal for days of long overland travel, the tölt is what brings horseback riders back to Iceland again and again. While Europeans have long admired and respected the diverse qualities of the Icelandic horse, American riders are just beginning to recognize these wonderful animals.
Watch this video: “Saddling up for a morning ride includes a kiss from Anne DePrez’s horse!”
There is no better way to visit the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, often called “Iceland in a nutshell” because of its diversity of landscape, than to horseback ride through it! This beautiful region of western Iceland, the Borgarfjörður and Mýrar area, takes us horse riding through fertile farmlands and lush green valleys, along stunning rivers and across mighty lava fields. The majestic glacier-covered cone volcano, Snæfellsjökull (the inspiration for Jules Verne’s novel Journey to the Center of the Earth), rises ahead of us when we traverse traditional riding trails known only by the locals. We’ll hear stories of the Saga ages and the island’s Viking history. We learn about Icelandic traditions and the Icelandic way of life, and see where the world’s first parliament was held. Included during our time are two sessions of riding lessons (to practice how to get your horses into their famous gait, the tölt!); a visit to Deildartunguhver, the highest-flowing hot spring in Europe; the lava waterfalls Hraunfossar; and an exciting snowmobile tour on top of Europe’s second largest glacier, Langjökull.
Americans, for the most part, know little about Iceland, although this extraordinary country is only a 4½ hour flight from Boston! Even with its chilly name, Iceland is rapidly becoming one of the hottest destinations in Europe. It is the greatest wilderness area in all of Europe, and has a sparse population (320,000 folks) with a passion for the outdoors. Due to its abundant geothermal energy, Iceland is pristine and unpolluted.
We horseback ride approximately 12 – 20 miles per day through Iceland’s surreal landscapes. Each woman rides 3 to 5 horses during the trip; the entire herd of nearly 70 Icelandic horses accompanies us on most days.
Check out this video to get a good idea about what it is like to ride an Icelandic Horse on our Award Winning adventure ride (be sure to TURN UP YOUR SOUND!):
Accommodations are in a farm guesthouse and one very nice hotel in Reykjavik. Participants must be strong intermediate to experienced riders with English and/or Western riding experience, and be in very good physical condition.
Lush meadows and snow-capped mountains, hot springs and geysers, braided flood plains and frozen lava fields, plus glaciers on volcanoes have all been forged to create Iceland, a feral land of earth, fire, water, and ice! With the North Star close at hand, join ADVENTUREWOMEN on our 6th, award-winning and extraordinary Icelandic horseback riding odyssey!
- Experience the pleasures of riding the wondrously gaited and friendly Icelandic horse, legendary equines that have played a vital role in the Viking history of Iceland.
- Stay at a traditional Icelandic farm in the countryside and eat hearty Icelandic food.
- Ride in the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, called "Iceland in a nutshell," through mighty lava fields, craters, dramatic landscapes, and wide-open stretches of fertile farmland near the Atlantic Ocean.
- View the mythical glacier-covered cone volcano, Snæfellsjökull, that became famous through Jules Vern's novel Journey to the Center of the Earth.
- Spend our last afternoon at the famous mineral hot pools of the “Blue Lagoon.”
- Explore a pristine country that Americans know little about and is only a 4.5 hour flight from Boston!
What You'll See and Do!Cultural Exploration, Horseback Riding, Hot Springs, National Parks, Natural History, Photography, Sightseeing, Snowmobiling
What You'll See and Do
- Cultural Exploration
- Horseback Riding
- Hot Springs
- National Parks
- Natural History