TYPOLOGIES

BEACH AND MOUNTAIN RIDE

DIFFICULTY

Medium

MIN. AGE

12 years

1.550 €

HORSEBACK RIDING TOUR ON LONG BEACHES AND BEAUTIFUL MOUNTAINS

Experience riding on the black and golden sand on this traditional trail on Löngufjörur beach. View the mystical Snæfellsjökull Glacier in a distance and mighty Eldborgarhraun lava field on your way back to the farm. Enjoy riding the Icelandic way with a herd of free horses running along.

The beautiful Snæfellsnes Peninsula extends far out into the Atlantic from the west coast. You can find many features of 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. 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.

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.

It is also possible to book this the full tour or partially i.e. Snæfellsnes or days 5-8 see our tour Löngufjörur Beach Ride

Ólöf and Siggi at Stóri-Kálfalækur operate this tour, click here to get to know them better.

DURATION

4 nights - 4 riding days

RIDING SKILLS

Intermediate - Advanced riders

DEPARTURES

Dates 2021: June 12-16 • 26-30 • July 3-7 • 15-18* • 24-28 • August 7-11 • 21-25

ACCOMMODATION

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

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 on request 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

Knee-high rubber boots are recommended for this ride.

Children receive a 25% discount off the tour price.

Day 1. Reykjavík – Stóri-Kálfalækur
After an afternoon drive from Reykjavik to Stóri-Kálfalækur Farm, where we’ll meet up with the horses and the staff, we’ll have dinner and prepare 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.

Day 3. Grímsstaðir – Staðarhraun
The ride today leads through multi-colored mountains and along breathtaking hillsides and valleys.

Day 4. Staðarhraun – Kolviðarnes
We continue our ride through the mystical volcanic valley enjoying the scenery and local myths of trolls and outlaws.
NB: Next day we ride on Löngufjörur beach where timings depend on the tide. In some cases, we need to start the ride very early in the morning or in the afternoon.

Day 5. Kolviðarnes – Gaul
We start our beach ride on Löngufjörur, the famous horse trail on the seashores of the Snæfellsnes peninsula with the view of majestic Snæfellsjökull Glacier ahead of us. After the riding day, we leave our riding companions behind and drive back to Reykjavík either early or late in the evening depending on the tide.

*Note that the tour from 15-18 July will follow a slightly different route (still includes Beach and Mountains) and pick up is on the first riding day:

Day 1: Kálfalækur – Kaldárbakki
Day 2: Kaldárbakki – Hítarhólmur
Day 3: Hítarhólmur – Staðarhraun
Day 4: Staðarhraun – Kálfalækur

We reserve the right to alter the itinerary if necessary

The Flybus departs from Keflavík airport 35-40 minutes after each arrival. Busses are located right outside the terminal building.

 

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

 

Terms & Conditions:
If you book the tour through the website the full amount is requested. Íshestar requests a confirmation payment upon booking of a minimum of 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.
Children under 12 years receive a 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 [email protected]

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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