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Beach and Mountain ride

This is a shorter version of the Snæfellsnes tour. Through lava fields and along hillsides we ride down to the shore and continue our ride on the beach. This traditional trail, only revealed by the tide, offers horses and riders great opportunities to perform the smooth gait “tölt” over long distances.

Horseback riding tour on stretchy beaches and beautiful mountains

The beautiful Snæfellsnes Peninsula extends far out into the Atlantic from the west coast. You can find many features of the Icelandic nature in this part of the country. At Stóri-Kálfalækur Farm we start our ride into the mountains and enjoy the rich colors of nature in Hítardalur valley. Passing through lava fields and along hillsides, we ride down to the shore and continue along the expansive beach. This traditional trail, only revealed when the tide is out, offers horse and rider an ideal opportunity to try their skill at “tölting” over long distances. For 2018 we have added the first night and welcome dinner at Stóri Kálfalækur farm so now the tour is 4 nights and 4 riding days. 

Participants on this tour join the longer Snæfellsnes Tour for four days and return to Reykjavík in the evening while those on the longer ride continue.

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  • Duration

    4 nights - 4 riding days
  • Riding skills

    Intermetiate - Advanced riders
  • Departures

    Dates 2019: June: 1 – 5 • 15 – 19 • 29 - July 3 • July: 13 – 17 • 27 - 31 Aug: 10 – 14 • 24 – 28
  • Accommodation

    Accommodation in made up beds in shared rooms. Accommodation after the ride to be arranged individually.
  • Note

    Knee-high rubber boots are recommended for this ride.
  • Reservation code


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. 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.


  • 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

Day 1: Reykjavik – Stóri Kálfalækur
Pick up at BSÍ Bus station in Reykjavik or at Reykjavik official bus stops near your accommodation (see: www.busstop.is) between 18:00-19:00, where our Íshesta bus will transfer you and your fellow riders to Stóri-Kálfalækur Farm, where horses and staff are waiting for us. After a lovely introductory meal where we get to know each other we relax and rest so we are well prepared for the adventure ahead of us.

Day 2: Stóri-Kálfalækur – Grímsstaðir
After an introduction to the Icelandic horse and its special gaits, we 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. 25 km)

Day 3:  Grímsstaðir – Hítarhólmur
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! We leave the horses at Hítarhólmur farm and drive back to Stóri-Kálfalækur, where the hot tub is waiting. (approx. 25 km)

Day 4:  Hítarhólmur – Kolviðarnes
We continue our ride through this mystical volcanic valley. We stop at the sheep gathering place Hítardalsrétt and if you take a good look you can see the troll woman Hít who was turned into stone returning late from a date. We proceed west across Hítará River and travel through an area well known as the hideout of Iceland’s most famous outlaw, Grettir. At Kolviðarnes Farm we leave the horses and drive back to Stóri-Kálfalækur. (approx. 45 km

Day 5:  Kolviðarnes – Traðir – Reykjavík
After rejoining the horses, we start our beach ride on Löngufjörur, the famous horse trail on the seashores of the Snæfellsnes peninsula. View majestic Snæfellsjökull Glacier ahead of you and feel the horses’ excitement and take part in their joy on this extraordinary trail released by the tide. After the riding day and dinner, we leave our riding companions behind and drive back to Reykjavík with a Íshestar bus either early or late in the evening depending on the tide. (approx. 30 km)

– 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.

NOTE: Knee-high rubber boots are recommended for this ride.

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 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.

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

  • Stóri Kálfalækur Farm

    Stóri-Kálfalækur Farm, the home of our farmers Siggi and Ólöf is situated in rich farmland close to the ocean and the wonderful beaches of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. It’s a renovated farmhouse with a sleeping up to 20 persons so it’s plenty of space for everybody. Large kitchen and a spacious dining room. Together with the well-known hospitality of your hosts this will make an excellent place to stay.
    • Number of rooms:  8 (2-4 bedded)
    • Number of beds:  20
    • Outdoor jacuzzi:  Yes
    • Number of showers:  5
    • GSM connection:  Yes, but not good
    • WiFi: No
    • Made up beds: Yes
    • Number of WC:  5
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Testimonials from happy riders

We made a tour through a breathtaking landscape, with a funny group and a very cool tour guide of Íshestar. I’ll never forget this adventure. L.W., CH.