Useful InformationHere is a short list about what to bring, what to expect and other things that you might want to know.
The tour catalog covers a season from late february until early October. During this period of time, there can be a great variety in weather conditions and especially in the mountains, the weather changes surprisingly quickly. The range can extend from warm and sunny summer days (most likely in July and August) to rain and wind up to gale and even snow at the end of the season. It is vital to bring suitable clothes to be well equipped for all eventualities. For further information see our recommended packing list below which is based on the propositions of well experienced Iceland riders.
CLOTHING AND NECESSARY EQUIPMENT
All items that you don’t need during the ride in the mountains can be left behind and picked up again at the farm where we start our tour. The luggage will be transported by the kitchen van. It is recommended to pack light and use the soft holdall type of bags rather than hard shell suitcases since space in the van is limited.
Heavy raingear, a helmet, lunchboxes and drinking bottles will be provided.
Beyond that, your bag should contain:
- Long functional underwear, both pants and shirt
- Minimum of two pairs of warm socks (preferably woolen)
- Warm, waterproof/-resistant and comfortable riding shoes/hiking shoes
- Riding pants (soft shell if available)
- A light middle layer sweater or shirt
- A warm sweater (preferably woolen, fleece also possible)
- A functional warm (rain) jacket
- Warm and watertight riding gloves
- A "buff" or headband thin enough to wear under helmet
- A small med-kit containing ointment and second-skin patches for sore spots.
- Dextrose or chocolate for quick energy shots on long riding days
- Set of comfortable clothes to wear at night, for example a gym suit
- A pair of inside shoes/flip-flops/sandals
- Swimsuit and towel
- Small pillow and ear plugs
DISINFECTION OF THE RIDING GEAR
Riding gear (riding boots, riding trousers, jackets, hats, etc.) needs to be washed (40°C) or dry cleaned. Used riding clothes and boots that cannot be placed in a washing machine or dry cleaned should be washed and disinfected as follows:
- Rinse thoroughly with detergent
- Spray with 1% VirkonS ® (10g per liter of water)
- Store for at least 5 days prior to bringing the clothes into contact with horses in Iceland
Saddles, bridles and other used leather gear may not be brought into the country, as well as used riding gloves. Please understand that these precautions are necessary because there are no contagious animal diseases in Iceland. Horses are not vaccinated and are therefore susceptible to infectious agents from abroad.
WHAT IS INCLUDED
Transfer will be arranged from and to your hotel in Reykjavík on tours starting in the south. When a domestic flight is included, the tours start and end at the domestic airport. All transportation during the tours is included.
The flights to and from Iceland and transfer from the airport to your hotel are not included in the tour fees as well as hotels and meals before or after the tour.
All meals from tour start til end are included. Alcohol however is very expensive in Iceland, so you might want to visit the duty free shop at the airport to bring a small stash.
INFORMATION WE REQUIRE
To find the right tour and later also the best horse for you we reserve the right to inquire information about age, weight, height and riding experience. Please let us also know about dietary requirements, vegetarianism and allergies in advance.
At least one qualified professional guide will be present on every tour. He will be accompanied by experienced Iceland riders in cases where needed. All guides are dedicated to the Icelandic nature and passionate horse riders. They will be happy to share their cumulative knowledge about Glacier Rivers, Table Mountains, volcanic activity, the lively birdlife and the Icelandic history and culture with you during the ride.
GSM connectivity is nowadays almost everywhere available Iceland – even in the very remote areas – in case of emergency. Full Medical Insurance is required to join our tours.
SIZE OF RIDES
Group size ranges from 10 to 20 riders according to types of tours. We usually calculate to bring 3 horses for every rider.
The tours are attended with relatively high physical demands. Please make sure you are fit to join. The minimum riding ability required is mastery of the basic aids and the ability to control the horse at all paces and in the open country. It is a great advantage if you are a proficient rider. We do not accept absolute beginners but would be happy to offer help in finding a more suitable tour.
We do accept children but they must be strong competent riders. We offer 25% discount for children up to 12 years old if travelling with an adult familymember.
The mean length of the day is 4-6 hours in the saddle and can sometimes be longer than that. We start shortly after breakfast when all necessary preparations are done. Whenever the terrain allows it, we enjoy the fast but still comfortable Tölt of the Icelandic horse. We take short breaks every hour or two to stretch our muscles and allow the horses to rest a bit. During a long break at midday, we have lunch and change horses before we continue to the destination of the day.
TERMS AND CONITIONS
We request a 30% non-refundable confirmation payment upon booking to be able to confirm a seat. When we have received the confirmation payment the seat is secure. The remaining balance is due six weeks before the tour starts. We accept all major credit cards.
We usually spend the first and last night at a well equipped farm, where we enjoy the luxury of showers and regular beds. During the ride, we sometimes stay in remote mountain huts, where the whole group has to share a room in some cases. It might be comfortable to have ear plugs to be forearmed in case there are snorers among us.
The day starts with a hearty high energy breakfast (usually including warm porridge). We then pack our lunchboxes for days the car won’t reach us in the wilderness. On days we meet the car we might even get a small hot snack. The dinner is aimed to be one of the highlights of the day where we explore the healthy and fresh Icelandic cuisine.
Iceland’s landscapes offer a wide variety of landscape, ranging from rough rocky mountain passes to smooth and wide heath land, flowery meadows, swamps and stony deserts. The sure footed Icelandic horse is perfectly fit to carry us even through difficult terrain. Our aim is to find the remotest spots that remain beyond the reach of any vehicle or hiker.
Although our priority is riding, we might reserve some time to visit interesting sites in case they are reachable from our camp like geysirs, waterfalls or hot water pools. There is usually no entrance fee for natural wonders in the Icelandic mountains, it might however come in handy to have a small stash of Icelandic Kronas, in case you want to visit swimming pools in the civilized areas.
All guests must have adequate medical and travel insurance.
We reserve the right to change the route of the tours if needed based on conditions of the riding trails, critical weather conditions, amount of water in the rivers and other factors that can affect the safety of guests and horses