Northern Lights Comfort tour

Riding and relaxing in geothermal water, underneath the Icelandic winter sky ablaze with dazzling stars and the dancing Aurora Borealis.

Horseback riding by day and Northern Lights by night

For all those who want to travel with a bit more comfort we are pleased to offer for a fist time a four-day autumn and winter tour with hotel accommodation during the whole tour. All rooms with shower/wc and the little bit of extra privacy requested by many of our guests. This tour is equally suited for riders and non-riders since there is always the option of taking part in non-riding activities. Riding, hiking and relaxing in geothermal water underneath the Icelandic winter sky ablaze with dazzling stars and the dancing Aurora Borealis. Bonfire, Traditional Stories and great Icelandic food combined with visits to the Secret Lagoon and a Northern Lights hunt in the saddle in the dark are fascinating features of this tour! On the way to Reykjavik we stop and visit Gullfoss and the Geysir Hot Spring Area.

  • Duration

    2 nights – 2 riding days
  • Riding skills

    Intermediate riders
  • Departures

    2017: Oct 19 – 21 • Oct 26 – 28 • Nov 2 – 4
  • Accommodation

    3 star hotel accommodation in rooms with private facilities
  • Note

    Entrance to Secret Lagoon and museums, special Icelandic evening
  • Reservation code

    IH-27

What is included

  • Bus transfer from Reykjavík to the farm.
  • 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 when booking. All riders make their own packed lunch from the breakfast table.
  • Alcoholic beverages are not included in the tour price and are hard to get in the highlands. They can be bought at a reasonable price in the Duty Free Store at Keflavik Airport upon arrival.
  • Rain wear, water bottle, saddle bag, riding helmet.

Attention

• Individual travel insurance is not included in the tour price. We encourage clients to obtain relevant travel insurance before visiting Iceland.
• Flight to and from Iceland is not included

  • Day by day itinerary
  • Useful information
  • Accommodation

Thursday: Reykjavík – Secret Lagoon – Kálfhóll farm
Pick up between 16:00 – 17:00 at your accommodation or BSÍ bus station. The tour starts with taking a refreshing bath at the Secret Lagoon (entrance fee and towel included, please bring your own bathing suit). After one hour in the mineral-rich water the transfer continues to Kálfhóll farm where we meet the farmers for a “baðstofukvöld” with Icelandic traditional dinner, Icelandic songs, stories from the countryside and some “specialty treats” (dried fish, hákarl, brennivín). Late at night look out for the Northern Lights. Transfer and overnight at Fosshótel Hekla .

Friday; Riding in the morning – Þjórárdalur – Northern lights hunt from horseback!
After breakfast we drive to the farm Kálfhóll. After a short instruction we go for a ride along the banks of the mighty glacial river Þjórsá. (Alternative for non-riders: Individual walk along the river). After a good and warming Icelandic soup we take the bus for a trip to Þjórsárdalur valley where we visit the spectacular waterfall Hjálp and the Open Air Museum farm Þjóðveldisbær (Þjóðveldisbær not included in all departures). A short hike in the Skriðudalurforest takes us to the hidden grave of a Mountain King and his beloved horse Blesi. At the farm we feast on a typical Icelandic Buffet. While warming hands and souls at a bonfire outside we look for the Aurora Borealis – the Northern Lights!

As soon as we spot them we take to the saddles and go for a short ride in the dark beneath the Northern Lights! (1 hour). Alternative for Non-riders: Northern Lights spotting from the HotPot at Kálfhóll. After the ride: Return to Fosshótel Hekla for the night.
Saturday: Kálfhóll farm – Reykjavik After breakfast, transfer to Kálfhóll farm. We go for another 2-3 hours ride through the lovely countryside (Alternative for Non-riders: Visit to the small Countryside Samansafnið Museum at Sólheimar) before we have lunch at the farm and head back to Reykjavík.
– We reserve the right to alter the itinerary if necessary –

Here you can book your Flybus ticket to and from Reykjavík. The Flybus departs from Keflavík airport 35-40 minutes after each arrival. Busses are located right outside the terminal building. Book my ticket.

Please be ready at the earliest pick up time. Your accommodation might be the first one for pick up.

Terms & conditions:
Íshestar request a confirmation payment upon booking of minimum 30% of the tour price. When the confirmation payment is received the seat is secure. The remaining balance in is due 6 weeks before the tour departs. If you book the tour through the website the full amount is requested.

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

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