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Laufskálaréttir Horse Round Up

5.0 (6)
5 days 4 nights
Iceland
Difficulty
Moderate
Comfort
Basic+
Weight limit
110 kg / 243 lb

Explore the heart of Icelandic tradition and horse culture at Laufskálarétt, one of Iceland's most famous roundups. This event brings together people from all corners of Iceland and the world to share in the excitement.

In the stunning countryside of the northwest, you'll join a lively group of riders to guide a herd of horses across the rugged terrain. It's an exhilarating experience as you gallop alongside these beautiful creatures, soaking in the natural beauty of Iceland.

But the fun doesn't stop there. In Sauðárkrókur, you'll enjoy a lively horse show featuring the impressive skills of Icelandic horses. 

Whether you're a horse enthusiast or just looking for an authentic Icelandic experience, Laufskálarétt offers something special for everyone. Join us for a celebration of adventure, friendship, and the timeless bond between humans and horses.

US$ 2 207
per tourist for 5 days
Departing from
Capital Region, Reykjavík
Tour starts
Available dates
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 Haukur
Haukur
Haukur and family live in a Farm in Vatnsdalur in North Iceland. Haukur along with his daughters operates several of our tours. Haukur has four children and many many horses. His wonderful family and staff helps him operate the tours. Haukur is always cheerful and it’s so much fun when he takes out his guitar starts playing and singing with our guests.

Tour highlights

Horse round up
Visit the Laufskálarétt
One of the most famous round ups in Iceland
Enjoy the Company of Riders from All Over the World
The round ups and horse show in Sauðárkrókur track guests from all over Iceland and travelers from all over the world
Iceland waterfalls
Admire Icelandic Nature
Ride with extremely beatiful views enjoying the nature like no other!

Route details

Day 1
Arrival

Pick up at BSÍ bus stop in Reykjavík at 8:30 am. 

We will meet our hosts and horses in Haukur's Farm. 

On this exciting day we will ride by Lake Hóp in a very beautiful area. We will pass the place where the dramatic story of the last execution in Iceland took place and was made famous in the bestseller book “Burial rights”. 

We cross the rivers Gljúfurá and Víðidalsá on our way to our friends farm Stóra Borg where we leave the horses for the night. 

On our way back home we will visit Borgarvirki, an old basaltic cliff which was used as a fortification back in the days of the Vikings.

Day 2
Vaðhvammur and the horse show
Day 3
The round up
Day 4
Back to Haukur's Farm
Day 5
Back to Reykjavík
Difficulty
Moderate
Tour provider's comments

Comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length trots (tölt) and short canters.

horse

Accommodation

Comfort
Basic+
Guest House
4 nights

Shared rooms in mountain cabins and sleeping bags.

1 night
Haukur's Farm

Haukur's Farm is situated in the beautiful Vatnsdalur Valley which is so full of the old Sagas and has the famous salmon fishing river Vatnsdalsá running down the middle. The farmhouse was renovated 4 years ago and has a hot tub in the garden with a view over the river.

  • Number of rooms: 6 rooms
  • Number of beds: 2-4 beds in each room, altogether max 19
  • Outdoor jacuzzi: Yes
  • Number of showers: 2
  • GSM connection: Yes
  • WiFi: Yes
  • Made up beds: Yes
  • Number of WC: 2
2 nights
Þingeyrar Farm
1 night
Stóra Borg

Travel recommendations

Group meeting place
Capital Region, Reykjavík
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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

5 days
4 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
    about provider
    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
    about provider
    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$ 2 207
    26 – 30 Sep 5 days 4 nights
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