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Golden Circle

Experience of a lifetime

This tour was nominated by CNNgo as one of the 15 greatest horse treks in the world!

What better or more unique way to do the popular Golden Circle Tour than by riding through the lovely countryside of South Iceland. The three key attractions on this classic tour are the hot spring area of Geysir, Gullfoss or the Golden Waterfall and Thingvellir National Park. Each one guaranteed to take your breath away. Thingvellir National Park is now on the UNESCO World  Heritage List based on its historical, geological and cultural importance.  

This tour is perfect for families and those not having the required riding experience for our highland tours. Keep in mind that riding days can be long so you should be in good physical shape and have the basic horsemanship skills.  

On the first riding day you get acquainted with the unique Icelandic Horse and its special extra gait as we take an easy trek along the banks of the majestic Thjórsá River. We continue towards Gullfoss Waterfall with its thundering waters and the hot spring area of Geysir. After a relaxed day´s riding in that locality we next explore some of the more remote places, well off the beaten track. We cross the highland moor of Hrunaheiði and enjoy good riding tracks when trekking past iconic basalt columns at Hrepphólar on our way back to Kálfhóll Farm.  

Part of this tour can be booked as a 5-day tour/4 riding days - see our tour IH-13.  

Price

€ 1.884,- per person

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What is included

• Airport transfer if you participate in the tour program as described.
• Accommodation in Reykjavík before and after the riding tour, includes breakfast only, not lunch and dinner. Traditional Icelandic stew is served on the arrival day.
• Transfer to the farm and back to Reykjavík
• During the ride full board is provided. Our menu consists of a large breakfast and traditional Icelandic meals (fish or lamb). Vegetarian meals are available if requested in advance. All riders make their own packed lunch from the breakfast table.
• Rain wear, saddle bag and a riding helmet

  • Duration: 8 days ( 6 riding days )

  • Riding skills: Challenging

  • Departure: 0:00

  • Transfer: Keflavík International Airport

  • Accommodation: Hotel accommodation in shared rooms in the Capital area. 2 – 4 bed units with shared facilities.

  • Optional: Snowmobile drive on Langjökull glacier, fee to be paid locally.

  • Reservation code: IH-6

  • Day by day itinerary
  • Useful information
  • Accommodation

Day 1

Saturday: Arrival in Iceland - Keflavík Airport –Reykjavík

Individual transfer with Flybus from Keflavík Airport to your hotel in Reykjavik. (Included in price). Welcome meeting at Íshestar riding center where you meet  your fellow riders. Pick up for the welcome meeting at 18:00 at included hotel. Please see useful information regarding airport transfers.

Day 2

Sunday: Reykjavík – Thingvellir – Kálfhóll – Fossnes Farm

Pick up at the hotel in the morning. Transfer from Reykjavík via Thingvellir National Park to Kálfholl Farm. After an introduction to the Icelandic horse and its special gaits we start our ride along the pleasant trail at Thjórsá glacier fed river. We leave the horses at Sandlækjarmýri field and drive to Fossnes Farm. This day is the perfect start to get to know your horse and the Icelandic way of trail riding in a relaxed atmosphere. Enjoy the outdoor hot tub at Fossnes Farm before a hearty dinner. (15 km)
 

Day 3

Monday: Fossnes – Hvítárdalur – Kjóastaðir Farm

We leave the farm and drive back to the horses. From there we head off to the fertile farmlands of neighbouring community Hrunamannahreppur. We drive spare horses along in a free running herd, enabling us to change our mount regularly and traveling at a brisk space. We cross the well know Salmon River Stóra-Laxá and stop for our picnic lunch at Hrunaréttir, a corral used for the annual sheep round-up in autumn. Our horses stay behind at Hvítárdalur Farm and we drive to Kjóastaðir farm where we stay for next three nights. (30 km)

Day 4

Tuesday: Hvítárdalur – Gullfoss – Kjóastaðir Farm

We continue our ride on soft trails ideal for tölting towards the majestic canyon Brúarhlöð where milky green water passes through bizarre rock formations. Alongside Hvítá River we follow the ever deepening canyon on to the impressive Golden Waterfall Gullfoss and continue to the famous Geysir hot spring area . We end the day at Kjóastaðir farm (21 km)

Day 5

Wednesday: Geysir – Haukadalur – Haukadalsheiði – Kjóastaðir FarmFarm

Our ride takes us through Haukadalur valley with its beautiful birch forest. Cross clear little streams on the way and enjoy the rich vegetation of wild mountain flowers that bloom during high summer. While you ascend to a highland plateau you will notice the changes in nature as you reach higher ground. A breathtaking view of the mountain ranges and glaciers of the highland around awaits you when you reach the top of Haukadalsheiði. Rest of the day is spent at the Geysir area. You have plenty of time to explore this highly interesting area with its countless bubbling hot springs. (20 km) Optional (available at an extra charge): Snowmobile drive on Langjökull glacier Enjoy the white ice field of Langjökull glacier up-close. A 4x4 vehicle take us to a base camp where we change into warm gear. After safety instructions we drive into the white world of ice and snow. Two people share a snowmobile during the 1 hr. drive and both get to drive the vehicle (a valid driver´s license is necessary to drive a snowmobile, younger participants and children can sit in the back). Minimum: 6 participants. Price per person EURO 85. Children younger than 12 years receive 50% discount.

Day 6

Thursday: Geysir – Tungufellsdalur – Kaldbakur – Fossnes Farm

We leave the Geysir area and ride along green pastures back to the bridge at Brúarhlöð canyon where we cross mighty Hvítá River. Now we head towards the interior and follow beautiful Tungufellsdalur valley onto Hrunaheiðar heath plateau and we experience riding along the edge of civilisation. Our horses spend the night at Kaldbakur Farm, while we drive to Fossnes Farm and spend the night. We will for sure enjoy the nice outdoor tub after this exciting riding day. (30 km)

Day 7

Friday: Fossnes – Kaldbakur – Hrepphólar – Kálfhóll – Reykjavík

Our last day of riding includes yet again terrific scenery. Today we follow good riding tracks past Mt. Galtafell and see the amazing basalt columns at Hrepphólar. We cross River Laxá before we reach the Reykjaréttir corral. We turn towards the banks of Thjórsá River and follow them to Kálfhóll Farm. (40 km) Here we say goodbye to our guides, staff and horses and return to Hotel Cabin for an overnight stay. Approx, arrival at 19:00.

Day 8

Saturday: Departure from Iceland – Reykjavík – Keflavík Airport

Individual transfer by Fly-bus to Keflavík Airport in time for the return flight home (included in price).


  - We reserve the right to alter the itinerary if necessary -  

Airport transfers from/to Keflavík International Airport with flybus to the Capital area is included for Golden Circle tour. 

Arrival day/Saturday:
  • Pick up for the welcome meeting at included hotel at 18:00
  • Welcome meeting at. 18:30
Sunday morning: 
  • Departure from Hotel Cabin is at 09:30 to Kálfhóll farm
  • Bus drive takes approx. 2 hours
  • Please dress already in Riding Clothes

Terms & conditions:
If you book the tour through the website the full amount is requested. If you book via e-mail or phone. We
request a 30% confirmation payment upon booking to be able to confirm a seat. When we have received the
confirmation payment the seat is secure. The remaining balance is due six weeks before the tour starts.
Children’s under 12 years receive 25% discount on our multi day tours.

Liability:
Íshestar reserves the right to alter routes, itineraries or timetables without prior notice, should the necessity arise. No liability is accepted for loss or expenses due to delays or changes of arrival or departures of flights or other services, injury, sickness, accident, strikes, damage, negligence, weather, wars or other causes outside the control of Íshestar. All such losses and expenses are the personal liability of the traveller. The estimated duration of tours as indicated by km or timing can change according to road or weather conditions.

For more information please see also our Frequent Asked Questions and/or contact us at ishestar@ishestar.is

 


Fossnes

Fossnes farm is located in South Iceland, close to the beautiful Þjórsárdalur valley. The host is Mrs Sigrún Bjarnadóttir who used to operate our Golden Circle tour. 

  • Number of rooms:  8 (2-4 bedded)
  • Number of beds:  18
  • Outdoor jacuzzi:  Yes
  • Number of showers:  3
  • GSM connection:  Yes but weak
  • WiFi: No
  • Made up beds: Yes/No
  • Number of WC:  5

Kjóastaðir farm

Kjóastaðir is located between the famous Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir hot spring area.  It is operated & owned by the lovely couple Ása & Hjalti. It is safe to say that they have made the place unique and welcoming. Ása seems to have magic in her hands when it comes to decorating and crafting

The barn has been transformed to become something quite magical where you can sit, relax and enjoy your wonderful visit to the farm.
Icelandic hand knitted woolen sweaters & hats can be bought at the farm. The rooster and the hens might greet you right on the parking lot as they roam freely around.

The heart of the farmhouse is the dining room where people get together before and after the wonderful stay at Kjóastaðir.

  • Number of rooms:  10 (2-4 bedded)
  • Number of beds:  22
  • Outdoor jacuzzi:  No
  • Number of showers:  4
  • GSM connection:  Yes
  • WiFi: Yes
  • Made up beds: Yes/No
  • Number of WC:  4

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Hotel Cabin, Reykjavík

Hotel Cabin ** is located in Borgartún, the bank district of Reykjavik.  It is 30 min walk by the seashore to downtown Reykjavik or 10 minutes by the City bus (the bus stop is opposite the hotel).  There are several restaurants in the area and also at the hotel.

Address:  Hotel Cabin - Borgartún 36 - 105 Reykjavik.  Tel: (+354) 511-6030

  • Number of rooms: 242
  • Number of beds:  Single to Triple
  • Outdoor jacuzzi:  No but swimmingpool in walking distance
  • WiFi: Yes
  • Reception: 24 hours
  • Bar: Yes
  • Resturant: Yes
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Testimonials from happy riders

Possibly the best holiday I have ever been on! I can´t wait to come back again on another Ishestar tour. Thank you all.

G.G from United Kingdom

IH-6 Golden Circle tour