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The Golden Highlights of the South

5.0 (8)
days 8 days nights 7 nights
Iceland
Difficulty
Challenging
Comfort
Basic+
Weight limit
120 kg / 265 lb

This trip features a diverse range of landscapes and leads us not only to the most renowned natural attractions in southern Iceland but also to more remote areas in the highlands. We traverse narrow pathways amidst lava covered in moss and verdant hills surrounding the Hengill volcano, making our way to the concealed Valley of Horses. Our journey continues through gentle grasslands to the stunning and shimmering Lake Thingvallavatn.

We visit the ancient site at the Thingvellir gorge, where Icelanders gathered from 930 to hold their parliament, and ride through forests and across the heather towards the hot springs at Geysir. Later we visit the Gullfoss waterfall and our route carries us into the uninhabited highland expanse, with the Langj√∂kull glacier as a majestic backdrop. While heading eastward, we traverse the highland desert situated between the glacial rivers Hvit√° and √ěj√≥rs√°‚ÄĒthe longest river in Iceland.

US$ 2 995
per tourist for 8 days
Date of Travel
Number of tourists
up to 14 tourists over 15 years old
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Photo Hr√≥√įmar B.
Hr√≥√įmar B. is the provider and guide of this trip
The provider speaks: English
I am one of the founders and owners of our organisation. I am an economist, have worked with horses in Iceland and abroad and also enjoy guiding wilderness tours.

Tour highlights

Discover hidden natural treasures
Giant waterfalls, uninhabited highlands, glacial rivers, black lava fields and mmuch more awaits you!
Follow the old folktales routes
The old folktales say that the eruption was the revenge of the old gods Th√≥r, √ďdinn and Freyr.
Experience the diversity of the Icelandic horse
Icelandic horse in natural environment, far from civilization. That is how Icelanders travelled in the old days with a herd of free-running horses.

Route details

Day 1
Arrival

Tour members who arrive the same day to Iceland should take the Flybus from the airport to the final bus station BS√ć in¬†Reykjav√≠k. We will greet you at BSI or at your hotel/ guesthouse in Reykjavik between 17:30- 18:00 and drive you to our farm. There you will be lodged in our new¬†Guesthouse or¬†Hotel as you choose.¬†

We will get to know each other during dinner at our Hotel. The day will end with a detailed description of the tour (might be next morning).

Day 2
Hveragerdi ‚Äď Kolvidarh√≥ll
Day 3
Kolvidarh√≥ll ‚Äď Hei√įarb√¶r
Day 4
Sk√≥garh√≥lar ‚Äď Geysir/Myrkholt
Day 5
Geysir/Myrkholt ‚Äď Helgask√°li
Day 6
Helgask√°li ‚Äď H√≥lask√≥gar
Day 7
H√≥lask√≥gur ‚Äď Fellsm√ļli
Day 8
Fellsm√ļli ‚Äď Fellsm√ļli
Difficulty
Challenging
Tour provider's comments

This tour requires basic riding skills with a secure, balanced seat and a good physical condition. We ride up to 45 km per day mostly in the gait tölt and take a herd of free-running horses with us part of the tour, which requires a certain speed.

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Accommodation

Comfort
Basic+
Guest House
2 nights
Camp Site
5 nights

Accommodation at guesthouse (2 nights) in shared rooms and sleeping bag accommodation in farmhouses and a simple mountain hut (5 nights in shared rooms), full board.

2 nights
Our Guesthouse

Accommodation in a Guesthouse in 2-4 bedrooms (shared rooms) with made up beds and shared facilities.

The guesthouse offers a comfortable living room, shared bathroom facilities, tea kettle that can also be used to make instant coffee, and small refrigerator, however, we do not offer cooking facilities. Guests that stay at the guesthouse are welcome to use all facilities and services of the Hotel, including the hot tub and restaurant.

5 nights
Farmhouse

Travel recommendations

Group meeting place

Capital Region, sveitarfélög Reykjavíkurborg, Reykjavík Airport

Tour conditions

Included

  • English speaking guide;
  • riding and safety equipment;
  • transfer from/to Reykjavik;
  • accommodation at our guesthouse\farmhouse;
  • full board.

Extras

  • flights;
  • tips;
  • transfer from Keflav√≠k to Reykjavik;
  • personal expenses;
  • lodging tax per room per night (please inquire);
  • dinner on the last evening;
  • single supplement.

Group size

up to 14 tourists

Duration

8 days
7 nights

It's important to know

Personal equipment you need for the tour

Good shoes, comfortable pants (riding pants not necessary), gloves and a buff is recommended and if you want to bring a camera, please bring a small waist bag as backpacks cannot be taken on horseback. 

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Tour reviews

5.0
Based on 8 reviews
  • B
    Brit
    12 Mar, 2024
    about provider
    This ride was my first activity in Iceland and turned out to be a great start! The staff is very well prepared and the horses are very easy to ride - especially the tölt which was fun to try! We got on the horses right away and spent almost the whole duration riding. That was great!
    12 Mar, 2024
  • K
    Kathy
    2 Mar, 2024
    about provider
    The establishment was well-structured and professional, with guides who were friendly, helpful, and very knowledgeable. The horses were charming and impeccably behaved. Among our group, three members possessed considerable riding expertise, while one had limited experience. Nonetheless, our guide adeptly matched our mounts to our respective skill levels and adjusted the difficulty of the ride accordingly, ensuring a delightful experience for all. Even our less experienced rider found the tolt technique comfortable and enjoyable. The excursion lasted 1.5 hours, meandering through picturesque countryside, encompassing a serene river crossing, and offering stunning views of the surrounding mountains and glaciers. We delighted in spotting whooper swans and ravens during our journey. Our guide also stopped for photos of us on horseback. Riding the Icelandic Horse was truly a pleasure, the team ensured it was so enjoyable. Thank you for a lovely equine experience on our trip to Iceland.
    2 Mar, 2024
  • P
    Philline
    26 Feb, 2024
    about provider
    It was an amazing experience! Anna made it perfect! We did the horse riding first and went to the hot springs after. It was just wonderful!
    26 Feb, 2024

Dates and Prices

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