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SO we have good news, we’re stoked to be launching an additional Wilderness Expedition ride in Iceland based on the sheer demand from YOU, our globetrotters. We have a second departure date (August 17 to 24, 2018) where we’ll meet you in Reykjavik on August 15, 16 before you begin your epic Icelandic riding expedition. Rest assured, after our exploratory tour, we’ll liaise with our Icelandic hosts to change or tweak the itinerary with our Globetrotter’s best interests in mind.
I literally can’t contain my excitement that we’ve managed to secure a SECOND departure date so we don’t have to turn any globetrotter away. And in terms of horse culture Iceland is off the richter scale.
The Icelandic horse (not pony – even though they don’t stand higher than 14 hands) fascinate me with their plucky demeanour, wild-eyes, free-flowing mane and their fifth gait – the tolt. This gait can only be described as a four-beat lateral amble and is awesome for explosive acceleration and speed – while being comfortable for the rider.
It will be amazing, thrilling and life-altering astride these big-hearted horses exploring the dramatic, raw and unkept Nordic landscape of volcanoes, geysers, hot springs and lava fields with a free-running herd of Icelandic horses.
Be still my globetrotting heart!
Our riding partners in Iceland are the oldest riding tour operator, established for over forty years, their reputation proceeds them. We’ll be completing their ‘Wilderness Expedition’ which is a 8 day, 7 night itinerary, with seven full days in the saddle.
They describe this tour as ‘a real horse-adventure in the Icelandic wilderness. If you prefer untouched, stunning nature over luxury, this is your tour! In true Icelandic style you will be driving a free running herd of horses through vast grasslands, stony mountains and a moonlike volcanic landscape towards the glacier. You lead the herd across rivers and explore new tracks, as the old ones may have vanished in the last winter.’
Sounds insanely good, right?
time in saddle: on average between 6 to 8 hours in the saddle per day (this is also dependent on weather, where you may be in the saddle for up to 10 hours)
breed of horses: Icelandic horses
pace: the pace varies on a daily basis, expect to mostly trot and tölt with the occasional gallop
riding ability: you need to be an intermediate to experienced rider who is up for an adventure and can handle riding up to 6 to 8 hours each day. You need to not only be riding fit but physically fit to whole-heartedly enjoy this ride.
weight limit: 110kg maximum (depending on height, physical condition and riding ability)
accommodation: on days 1, 2 and 7 guests will stay in comfortable cottages made up of two to four bedrooms and shared facilities. The remaining four nights guests will be staying in remote, rustic, one-room mountain huts with bunk beds. There is no hot water for showering in these mountain huts.
group size: maximum 12 guests
ride length: 8 days, 7 nights with 7 full days riding
2019 departure dates and rates:
Stay tuned for our 2019 departure dates and rates as these will be released very soon!
*The price includes all ground transportation throughout the riding tour, transfers to and from the capital of Reykjavik on day 1 and day 8 of the tour, full board during the tour starting with a light meal for lunch on day 1 and ending with breakfast on day 8, and a domestic flight from Akureyri to Reykjavik on day 8 of the tour.
*Sleeping bags, mats, helmets, raingear and saddlebags are provided.
*The price does not include alcoholic beverages, international flights, travel insurance and any additional activities outside the itinerary.
Accepted payment is by credit card only. There is a 2% surcharge on all credit card payments. Since you’ll be paying in a foreign currency, in this case EURO, we believe paying via credit card is the most cost effective and easiest option for you.
Why is the price quoted in European Euro?
With our overseas riding destinations (rides other than in Australia), the currency is dictated by our partner in that country. Therefore due to fluctuating exchange rates we have to quote in the same currency.
Guests will take a public bus from Reykjavik to Varmahlíð on day 1 of the ride where they will be met by their guides and driven to the Hestasport cottages for a light lunch before heading to the riding stable, which is located 1 km outside of Varmahlíð. This will be your first glimpse into the world of Iceland, the landscape, the people and the culture. On day 8 you will be dropped off at Akureyri airport where you’ll take a regional flight back to Reykjavik (included in the ride price).
FURTHER READING AND VIEWING
Meet Katrin, one of the guides on this ride who is passionate about her country, the horses and her job. Click here.
Find out where to stay and things to see and do in Iceland before and after your ride click here.