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Icelandic Arctic

5.0 (6)
8 days 7 nights
Iceland
Difficulty
Challenging
Comfort
Basic+
Weight limit
110 kg / 243 lb

Exploring the remote and picturesque region of North Iceland is an adventure full of natural wonders and cultural experiences. The combination of stunning landscapes, rich geological features, and the unique phenomenon of the Midnight Sun creates an unforgettable journey.

The Öxarfjörður Fjord offers breathtaking mountain vistas, setting the stage for an immersive experience in Iceland's rugged beauty. As you travel along the coast, the small fishing villages add a touch of local charm, providing insight into the traditional way of life in this remote corner of the world.

The Peninsula of Melrakkaslétta, reaching almost to the Arctic Circle, is a haven for birdwatchers and geology enthusiasts alike. Being situated atop the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, where the North American and Eurasian plates diverge, offers a rare opportunity to witness the forces shaping our planet firsthand. 

Halldór and Elín, along with their family, provide genuine hospitality and a deep connection to the land. 

US$ 3 059
per tourist for 8 days
Departing from
Reykjavík Airport
Tour starts
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Number of individuals
up to 20 tourists over 12 years old
Only in the Horse Tours Club
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Photo Heiðdís S.
Heiðdís S. is the provider of this trip
The provider speaks: English
Our Company is owned by local Icelandic farmers, and our tours are organized by them. Our farmers live in almost every part of Iceland so we offer riding tours in a diversified landscape.

The tour guides you'll probably meet as well

Photo Halldór
Halldór
Elín and I have resided in our farm since the early 1900s. We raise horses and sheep, and my nickname from fellow farmers is 'Mountain King'!
Photo Elín
Elín
Halldór and I are breeders of both horses and sheep. Welcome, we strive to truly unmatched hospitality.

Tour highlights

Experience the Midnight Sun
Experiencing the sun's constant presence during these summer months is a phenomenon that captivates visitors and locals alike
Horses in the field
Visit the Wonder of Nature
A horseshoe-shaped canyon - the god Odin rode his giant horse Sleipnir who left this shoe print
Icelandic nature
Closer to the Arctic Circle than ever!
Ride to the Hraunhafnarviti Lighthouse, only 3 km away from the Arctic Circle

Route details

Day 1
Reykjavik to Húsavík and Its Wonders

Meeting place is in Reykjavík airport at 07:30.  

We fly to Húsavík and drive to Halldór's Farm.  

Please dress already in riding clothes and bring your passport or other identification for your domestic flight. 

Bus transfer to Halldór's Farm, where we meet up with the guides and horses and have lunch. 

After a short introduction to the horses, we set out through Kerlingaskógur´s low bushy and enjoy great views over the Fjord Öxarfjörður and the famous Lake Skjálftavatn which suddenly appeared over night after a strong earthquake 28 years ago when the land had been lowered by 4 meters overnight. 

During our ride to Presthólar, we stop at Tungurétt round-up place and Kvíar (Fjárborgir) Canyon. 

Overnight at Halldór's Farm and on our way there, we stop at Lundur swimming pool. Approx. 34 km

Hot spring
Day 2
Presthólar – Blikalón
Day 3
Blikalón – Raufarhöfn
Day 4
Raufarhöfn – Flautafell
Day 5
Sightseeing Around Langanes
Day 6
Flautafell – Halldór's Farm
Day 7
Jökulsárgljúfur
Day 8
Back to Reykjavík
Difficulty
Challenging
Tour provider's comments

Comfortable and in control at all paces, firm seat, comfortable in the saddle for up to 7 hrs. per day. Who rides regularly and is capable of handling horses in an open country.

horse

Accommodation

Comfort
Basic+
Guest House
7 nights

Shared rooms in mountain cabins and sleeping bags.

7 nights
Halldór's Farm

Farm, home of Halldór and Elín is situated in the low bushy area of Kerlingaskógur, close to the glacial river Jökulsá á Fjöllum and Dettifoss Waterfall. You will enjoy great view over the Fjord Öxarfjörður and the famous Lake Skjálftavatn which suddenly appeared overnight after a strong earthquake 28 years ago. Halldór and Elín, breeders of both horses and sheep will welcome you with open arms and their warmth and hospitality is indeed second to none.

  • Number of beds: 23
  • Outdoor jacuzzi: Yes
  • Number of showers: 4
  • GSM connection: Yes
  • WiFi: Yes

Travel recommendations

Group meeting place
Reykjavík Airport
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Tour conditions

Included

  • bus transfer from Reykjavík to the farm;
  • accommodation;
  • full board; 
    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.
  • rainwear;
  • saddle bag, riding helmet;
  • water bottle.

Extras

  • flight tickets to Iceland;
  • insurance;
  • alcoholic beverages -  hard to get in the highlands. They can be bought at a reasonable price in the Duty-Free Store at Keflavik Airport upon arrival.

Group size

up to 20 tourists

Duration

8 days
7 nights

It's important to know

Personal equipment you need for the tour

You should be ready for all kinds of weather as the weather can change very quickly.

We recommend that the following items are included when preparing for our longer tours:

Warm jacket or overcoat.
Warm (woolen or fleece) sweater.
Warm socks and gloves, at lest two pairs, scarf and a cap or hat.
Warm underwear, long if possible (protects also from chafing).
For the ladies – sports bra.
Riding trousers.
A pair of slippers to wear in the accommodation (Icelanders take off their shoes when entering a house).
Swim suits, towels, soap etc.
A small camera to take with you on the ride.
Band aids and second skin plasters for chafing.
Insect repellent, gnat net head cover.
Chocolate or glucose sweets for strenuous riding days.
Sun lotion for face and lips (with high sun factor).

Additionally for sleeping bag accommodation: Sleeping bag, Small pillow to sleep on, Ear plugs.

We provide: Saddle bags, Rain wear and Safety helmet.

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Tour reviews

5.0
Based on 6 reviews
  • L
    Lena
    15 Apr, 2024
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    Friendly horses, enjoyable guided tours and an authentic Icelandic experience that feels welcoming, like being at home. Thank you!
    15 Apr, 2024
  • W
    Wolfram
    10 Mar, 2024
    about provider
    Wir haben jetzt schon zum fünften Mal eine Tour gemacht. Alle Touren sind richtig gut organisiert. Die Pferde sind super und die Strecken sind echt schön anzusehen Wir übernachten auf isländischen Bauernhöfen und die Atmosphäre ist total familiär und toll. Diese Touren sind nur für erfahrene Reiter geeignet Das Team ist großartig und alles ist top organisiert
    10 Mar, 2024
  • A
    Annette
    5 Dec, 2023
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    I consider them to be the top horse riding company in Iceland. This was my fourth experience with them, and I am already making plans for a trip in 2024!
    5 Dec, 2023

Dates and Prices

  • US$ 3 059
    1 – 8 Jul 8 days 7 nights
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