• Ride through beautiful southern Iceland
  • Farmhouses, hotels with hot tubs!
  • Made up beds
  • 6 riding days
  • ...2016

The Golden Circle Tour

You might also look at The Geysir Gullfoss Special
(with 4 riding days)
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Riding Iceland’s famous horses to visit Iceland’s major sights
This popular ride is ideal for families and new riders or those who want a less strenuous pace than the longer countryside tours. You see a lot of Iceland, but at a pace that allows you to enjoy some of the most impressive sights in Iceland. Accommodations are simple but comfortable, in made up beds in farmhouses and guesthouse, and the hot tubs will be very pleasant after a day’s ride! There’s also a shorter version - the Geysir Gullfoss Special available!

Friday
Leave the US
Travelers from North America leave for Iceland on an overnight flight with an early morning arrival at Keflavik Airport in Iceland.

Saturday:
Arrival in Iceland -
Keflavík Airport - Reykjavík

You’ll be met at the airport on your arrival and taken to your guesthouse in Reykjavík. You’ll have a bit of time to explore Iceland’s capital, then in the late afternoon, you can go to the outfitters Riding Center, where you will meet other riders in the late afternoon, and have a traditional Icelandic soup supper.

Sunday:
Reykjavík - Fossnes Farm - Gnúpverjahreppur
You’ll head out from Reykjavík, have a stop at Thingvellir National Park, and then on to Kálfholl farm, situated in beautiful surroundings, where you’ll meet horses and guides. After an introduction to the Icelandic horse and its special gaits the ride starts along pleasant trails along Thjórsá glacier fed river. This day is the perfect start to get to know your horse and the Icelandic way of trail riding in a relaxed atmosphere. Enjoy the outdoor hot tub at Fossnes Farm before a hearty dinner. (20 km) (4 - 5 hours in the saddle)

Monday:
Fossnes Farm - Hvítárdalur -
You’ll ride into the fertile farming lands of Hrunamannahreppur, crossing the Stóra-Laxá River to Hvítárdalur Farm. There will be a lunch stop at Hrunaréttir where farmers gather their sheep in the autumn. A few extra horses will be ponied along so it might be possible to change mounts during the day. Overnight back at Fossnes. (6 - 7 hours)

Tuesday:
Fossnes - Hvítárdalur - Kjoastadir farm
The ride continues to the gigantic canyon Brúarhlöð where white water through unusual rock formations. Then on to mighty Gullfoss Waterfall, one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the country, and continue to the famous Geysir hot spring area The next two nights will be spent at Kjóastaðir farm, located just 2 km from the Geysir. 25 km

Wednesday:
Geysir - Haukadalur - Haukadalsheiði
The ride ascends through Haukadalur valley and along forested hillsides towards the highland moors. Witness the changes in nature as higher ground is reached. Breathtaking views of the mountains and highlands are revealed while riding Haukadalsheiði heath. (20 km)

Optional (available at an extra charge): Snowmobile drive on Langjökull glacier
Enjoy the white ice field of Langjökull glacier up-close. A 4x4 vehicle picks us up and takes us to a base camp where we change into warm gear. After safety instructions we drive into the white world of ice and snow. Two people share a snowmobile during the 1 hr. drive and both get to drive the vehicle (a valid drivers license is necessary to drive a snowmobile, younger participants and children can ride in the back). Minimum: 6 participants. Price per person EURO 85 (about $120).

Thursday:
Geysir - Tungufellsdalur- Kalfholl Farm

You’ll leave the Geysir area, and ride back along the Brúarhlöd canyon, across the Hvita. You’ll head towards the interior as you follow the beautiful Tungufellsdlaur valley onto Hrunaheidar heath. The horses will then spend their night at Kaldbakur farm, while riders will return to Kaldbakur Farm, for a hot soak and dinner. (30 km). (6 - 7 hours)

Friday:
Kalfholl-Kaldbakur – Hrepphólar – Kálfhóll - Reykjavik

A last day of great scenery! Cross the Stóra Laxa River at Laxargljufur canyon at Hunakrokur. You’ll ride through vast green meadows through the Laxardalur valley, and wind back to Fossnes farm.Today you’ll follow good riding tracks past Mt. Galtafell and see the amazing basalt columns at Hrepphólar. Next you cross River Laxá before reaching the Reykjaréttir corral, then turn towards the banks of Thjórsá River and follow the tracks back to Kálfhóll Farm. (30 km) Here you’ll say goodbye to your guides, staff and horses and return to the hotel in Reykjavík for an overnight stay. Approx. arrival in Reykjavík at 7 PM.

Saturday:
Farewell to Iceland
You’ll have a long morning to relax, explore Iceland’s capital city, visit geothermal swimming pools, cafes, museums and shops, before taking the bus to Keflavik Airport in time for your flight back home.

This popular tour is ideal for families and new riders. Less strenuous than the longer countryside tours, it offers a nice amount of riding, at a relaxed pace. Accommodations are simple but comfortable, and the hot tubs will be very nice after a day of riding!

There is a PDF of the Golden Circle and Geyser - Gulfoss Riding Tours you can down load and print

Travel Dates
The Golden Circle Tour will run 12 times in 2016. Below are travel dates but we can arrange for you to arrive earlier or depart later. Your arrival day in Iceland is always a transfer day, which allows you to rest from the short night of sleep on the flight before you start riding on the second day.

Travel Dates for Golden Circle Tour.
Fri June 3 to Sat June 11
Fri June 12 to Sat June 18
Fri June 17 to Sat June 25
Fri June 24 to Sat July 2
Fri July 1 to Sat July 9
Fri July 8 to Sat July 16
Fri July 15 to Sat July 23
Fri July 22 to Sat Jul 30
Fri July 29 to Sat Aug 6
Fri August 5 to Sat Aug 13
Fri Aug 12 to SatAug 20
Fri Aug 19 to Sat Aug 27

The price is $3712 pp/do, $3918 single.(on pre- and post-ride night)

*Price includes round trip airfare, including fuel surcharge and departure taxes from Boston, New York, and Washington Dulles Internation Airport. Ask about prices from Minneapolis, Denver, Seattle, Anchorage, and Toronto. Price also includes all transfers while in Iceland, all nights in made up beds in guest and farm farmhouses with shared facilities, two nights in a country hotel with private baths, all meals, tack and equipment while on the tour, and a first and last night in a hotel in Reykjavik, with private bath, tv, internet connection, and breakfast.

*NOT included are travel insurance, breakfast and lunch on the day of arrival in Iceland, dinner on your last riding day back in Reykjavik, lunch the day of departure and the cost of any extra and additional travels

What's the difference between the this ride and the Geysir Gullfoss Special?
The main difference is length - as the Golden Circle offers 6 days of riding, while the Geysir Gullfoss special is 4 days. Both are suitable for riders with less riding experience, but also work very well for those who just want a relaxing pace. The shorter tour starts with a night in a hotel, in Reykjavik with meals on your own, with private baths, while the longer one offers rooms in a guesthouse with shared facilities. The shorter tour is probably more convenient for those who want an additional tour in Iceland, but of course, either one is great fun!

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a There is a PDF of the Golden Circle and Geyser - Gulfoss Riding Tours you can down load and print


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