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The Northern Lights Ride

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The Northern Lights Ride

6 days riding & activities; 5 nights

This trip combines riding with visiting some of the most beautiful natural areas in Iceland; also included are activities such as hiking, hot-spring bathing and whale watching. We ride six half-days, enjoy a relaxing bath in the hotel´s hot tubs or even in a natural warm river and visit the beautiful Gullfoss waterfall, the hot springs at Geysir and Thingvellir National Park. When the sky is clear and the Aurora Borealis forecast promising, you can just walk outside to watch this stunning phenomena or we can drive to a spot where the chances of seeing the Northern Lights are the best. Bring your swimsuit!

Horse ride to see the northern lights, Iceland. Horse ride northern lights Iceland

Winter riding during the Northern Lights Horse Ride, Iceland

Horse ride northern lights Iceland

Day 1: Arrival

Arrive at Keflavík Airport and catch the “Flybus” to the BSÍ bus station in Reykjavik. There you will be greeted around 17:30–18:00 by our driver who will take you to our farm. The day ends with dinner at farm’s private guesthouse.

Northern Lights horse ride, Iceland

Riders silhouette

Day 2 – Meadows, Mountains & Winter Warmth

After breakfast meet your guide in the indoor school. You will need winter riding gear, but if you’re missing anything we can provide it. Trial ride to match horse to rider and a couple of turns around the paddock, then off into the countryside!

Today we ride 4 ½ hours: follow the soft trails that lead through meadows; this is a great opportunity to get familiar with the special gait of the Icelandic horse, the “tölt”. Continue along the riverbank towards the volcanic mountains Reykjafjall riding between the ocean and volcano. Back at the farm we warm up with light lunch before we choose horses for the afternoon ride. A short ride then swap horse for Jeep and drive to the thermal swimming pool. Soften up in warm geothermal water, relax in the steam sauna and take a swim in the warm outdoor pool, sometimes with snow falling on your head! Afterwards, coffee and home baked cake will be served in the cozy environment of the hotel. We check the Northern Lights forecast and if favourable, and the sky is clear, we look out for the lights at the farm or go on a hunt!

Day 3 – Horses and Hot Springs; Hike into Reykjadalur Valley

After breakfast ride across the slopes of Reykjafjall Mountain and through a forest, passing many colourful geothermal hot springs. We visit a neighbour’s farm for a hot drink and a bite, and learn more about the Icelandic horse, before riding back to our farm for lunch.

A short drive takes us to the roadhead and access point for a walk into the magnificent geothermal valley of Reykjadalur. We pass the ice-filled Djúpagilsfoss waterfall and many colourful hot springs. You also have the opportunity to take a relaxing bath in a warm river, an unforgettable experience (Bracing when you get out!). Stunning views on the return walk with snow-capped volcanoes all around and the coast away in the distance. We check the Northern Lights forecast and if favourable, and the sky is clear, we look out for the lights at the farm or go on a hunt!

Foal, northern lights horse ride, Iceland

Foal in winter

Day 4 – Ride a.m. & Whale Watching p.m.

Hack away from the farm through meadow trails, lava fields and across a small river. Farmland gradually gives way to volcanic mountains and we call in at a remote farm for a warm-up and light lunch. In the afternoon transfer to the old harbour in Reykjavik for a 3 hour whale-watching cruise in Faxaflói Bay. This is one of the best places in Europe to see whales, and as a bonus you get stunning views of Reykjavik and the mountains surrounding the capital. Return to the farm for dinner. We check the Northern Lights forecast and if favourable, and the sky is clear, we look out for the lights at the farm or go on a hunt!

Horse ride northern lights Iceland

Northern Lights swooshing

Day 5 – Siggi & the River Banks

Siggi is the term used for the trails across our farm and the neighbour’s land. Depending on the weather and wind, we will ride for 2 hours through the surrounding areas. After a light lunch, and fresh horses, we follow the River Gljúfurá to the confluence with the mighty glacial river Ölfusá. From here you have a grand view of the famous volcanoes Hekla and Eyjafjallajökull rising behind the icy rivers (weather permitting!). Upon your return to the farm, dinner will be served.

Day 6 – Ingólfstrail & Gullfoss, Geysir and Thingvellir

This morning’s trail follows in the footsteps of the first settler Ingólfur Arnarsson, who settled in Iceland in the 9th century at the foot of the table mountain Ingólfsfjall. Return to the farm for lunch and after checking-out drive to the Golden Waterfall, Iceland’s iconic geyser, Gullfoss waterfall and Thingvellir National Park. Drive back to Reykjavík to arrive around 18:00 for onward travel or an overnight stay in the capital.

Geyser blowing seen during northern lights ride, Iceland

Geyser blowing

Notes

The accommodation is in the farm’s guesthouse in 2, 3 or 4-bed rooms.
Facilities are shared.
This ride is weather-dependant: sightings of the northern lights are not guaranteed.
Dinner on the last day and accommodation in Reykjavik are not included in the price.
Riding time per day is about 2 ½ hrs; 15 Km.
Full board throughout (3-course dinner; special meals on request).