Experience riding the world’s most pure-bred horse on a choice of riding excursions close to Hveragerdi, around a half hour drive from Reykjavik. From Eldhestar Horse Riding Centre (Vellir Farm) choose excursions lasting from one to three hours. Riders are matched with horses according to experience.
Safety helmets are provided, as are rain gear and winter overalls, gloves and rubber boots (as appropriate to the season).
20% discount for children 14 yrs and unde. Minimum age for horse riding 7 years old.
Countryside Charm – 1 hr
A short horseriding tour in the Icelandic countryside, only a 30-minute drive from Reykjavik. This tour is ideal for those who would like a ‘taster’ of riding an Icelandic horse, with its unique gait, the ‘tolt’. Explore the gentle riding paths and the meadows around Eldhestar’s farm at Vellir. This tour is offered year-round, on request, starting from Hotel Eldhestar. (no transfers from Reykjavik)
Heritage Tour – 1.5-2 hrs
Ride through meadows and lava fields. Pass by several farms and learn about how agriculture in this area, and particularly horse breeding, has developed in the last decades. This tour offers good opportunities to experience the unique gait of the Icelandic horse on the many paths ideally suited to the speed somewhere between a trot and a canter. At the end of the tour enjoy a coffee and homebaked goodies at Hotel Eldhestar (which adjoins the riding centre). Morning and afternoon departures available (transfers available from Reykjavik).
Meadows and Mountains – 2.5-3 hrs
The tour begins by exploring the lush meadows surrounding Eldhestar’s farm at Vellir. Guide your horse on the old track which runs alongside the Ingolfsfjall mountain, named after the first Norwegian Viking who settled in Iceland. Morning departures available (transfers available from Reykjavik).
Soft River Banks – 2.5-3hrs
In the saddle of your purebred Icelandic horse follow the Olfusa River to an old cemetery and continue down through the meadows. From there, enjoy picture-perfect views of both the river and the volcano Hekla. Ride past a bird sanctuary before returning to the farm Vellir. Morning departures available (transfers available from Reykjavik).
Year round, starting and ending at Hotel Eldhestar for self-drive clients (morning or afternoon)
Alternatively transfers are available from Reykjavik every day at approximately 08:00 and 13:00. Return to Reykjavik at around 13:00 and 17:15.
Important note 110kg max. weight limit for riders
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