Game of Horses

ISK 117.000
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Spectacle in Autumn

Leading horses into the highlands and abandoned valleys for the summer is an old Icelandic tradition. In September the farmers collect their livestock and you shouldn´t miss such a great adventure! Even for the locals it´s absolutely essential. You will experience a truly unique atmosphere when following hundreds of horses towards the corral and watching how the farmers try to find their horses again – maybe by their hair style?

Riding Experience

Very good riding skills and good physical condition needed

Duration

3 days / 2 nights – 2 riding days

Departures

27th – 29th September 2019

Minimum age

14 years

Minimum number of participants

4 persons

Price per person (11% VAT incl.)

ISK 117.000

INFORMATION

Itinerary

Day 1: We expect you to arrive at Varmahlíð around lunch time. We are happy to pick you up from the bus station. In case you choose to travel by rental car, we will welcome you in our reception in Varmahlíð.

After checking-in to your cottage, you will be treated to a delicious lunch before heading to meet the horses. You will test your horse and equipment in order to make sure you will feel comfortable on the round-up day, tomorrow. You will choose the equipment and your horse and we will make it all ready for the following day. After the riding you will return to the cottages where the tables are set and the mouthwatering dinner will be served. Why not jump into the hot pot after the dinner?

Day 2: Early breakfast this morning! The horses will travel by lorry, the riders by bus to a farm close to from where you will join the big roundup today. As the time passes by, more and more riders will be joining, coming from all directions. You may also spot a herd of young horses up in the mountains. The riders will chase horses to try and direct them towards the corral, where the roundup will conclude.You will reach the corral around noon and after a lunch break the sorting of the horses will start. You will watch this and enjoy the festive vibe of the corral. The farmers will be singing and you may even learn some new songs! Once the farmers have all their livestock collected they will lead their horses back to their farms and you will ride along one of them. You will then return to your cottage where the candles are lit and the fragrance of dinner fills the air. Tuck in! After the dinner relax in the hot pot and rest after the long, adventurous day.

Day 3: In the morning you will be treated to a delicious breakfast before we drop you off at the bus station in Varmahlíð.

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Included in the price

  • All ground transportation throughout the riding tour
  • Full board during the riding tour, starting with a light meal for lunch on day 1, ending with breakfast on day 3
  • 2 nights in Hestasport Cottage / apartment
  • English and / or German speaking guides
  • Helmets, raingear, saddlebags
  • Accompanying service carrying luggage, food, etc.
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Not included in the price

  • Transfer to and from Iceland
  • Return transfer Reykjavík – Varmahlíð
  • Riding breeches, boots, jackets, gloves
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Accommodation in Reykjavík (but bookable on demand for extra charge)

Practical Information

What to bring

Temperatures in the summer can range from freezing to 20° C, so be prepared for all kinds of weather. Pack warm clothes such as a wind-proof jacket, woollen or fleece sweaters, gloves, thick woollen socks, headbands/earmuffs, scarf, long underwear (thermals) and of course your riding breeches. We recommend riding boots and/or hiking boots for riding. If you are comfortable with walking in rubber boots, you can bring them too. For the cabins/indoor use, slippers are advisable. Also, prepare for warmer weather and bring along lighter clothes and sunblock, and don’t forget your swimsuit (hot pools). If you need them, you should bring a small pillow and all personal medication. Our staff members are not allowed to give out medication except for emergency situations.

If you enjoy alcoholic beverages in the evening, we recommend that you buy them either at home or take advantage of the duty-free shop in Keflavík airport, because alcohol is rather expensive in Iceland and only sold in special state-run shops. Please find information regarding duty-free regulations here.

 

Riding in Iceland

Your riding clothes and boots must be disinfected before you arrive. It is prohibited by Icelandic law to bring used riding gear including saddles, bridles, etc. into the country, as well as used leather riding boots, other leather riding wear or riding gloves. Riding clothes, rubber riding boots and any other gear should be machine-washed (min. 40°) or dry-cleaned (chemically cleaned), and disinfected with VirkonS®. More detailed information can be found here.

On long riding tours, apart from Home at Hestasport, we ride 5-8 hours per day (on Wilderness Expedition sometimes even more) over plains, hills, rocks and rivers. We, therefore, recommend that participants have solid riding experience and are healthy and in good physical condition.

Note: We reserve the right to alter any itinerary in the guests’ best interest and for reasons of safety. This will not reduce the quality of our tours! 

 

Meals and Accommodation*

Our staff will prepare all meals and you’ll get the chance to taste traditional Icelandic specialities such as fresh and smoked lamb, trout, salmon and a variety of cheese and other dairy products. Depending on the tour you choose, you may stay in mountain cabins or our Hestasport Cottages. Sleeping bag accommodation during the Wilderness Expedition tour includes mattresses with a sheet and accommodation is shared, sometimes with the whole group.

*Does not apply to Home at Hestasport and Mountain Challenge

 

Insurances

We strongly recommend that you have your own personal insurance when joining a riding tour in Iceland.

Booking and cancellations

Booking

Please use the “Book now” button on the corresponding tour’s page to book a long riding tour or contact us by email or phone. We’ll contact you with the specifics and will be happy to answer all your questions. 

Once you have decided to participate in the tour and we have agreed on the details, you are kindly asked to secure your booking by making a (down) payment. We require a down payment of a minimum 25% to reserve your place on the tour. The rest of the payment is due no later than 4 weeks prior to the agreed departure. 

Cancellation

We only accept cancellations by email. 

If you cancel your multi-day tour 4 weeks or more before departure, 25% of the total price of the tour will be charged as a cancellation fee. 

If you cancel less than 4 but more than 2 weeks before departure, the cancellation fee will be 50% of the total price. 

If you cancel less than 2 weeks but more than 48 hours before departure, you will be charged 75% of the full price. 

In case of cancellation within less than 48 hours of the scheduled departure or in case of no-show the full price of the reservation will be charged. 

Terms and conditions

Safety rules
  • The minimum age for long riding tours varies according to the level of difficulty, please refer to the individual tour for information.
  • Pregnant women are riding at their own risk. In case of an accident, we do not assume liability for harm caused to the mother or the unborn child.
  • People under the influence of alcohol or intoxicating drugs are not permitted on the riding tours.
  • Please note that the weight limit for our riders is 110 kg (240 lbs)
  • All clients must participate in the riding tour by their own free will and they are obliged to inform the tour guide of any condition that might affect their ability to participate in the tour.
  • Children who cannot communicate in English or German must be accompanied by their parents.
  • All customers are obliged to listen to and acknowledge the safety instructions.
  • Backpacks or bags cannot be taken on the ride.

With your security in mind, we have done everything in our power to ensure that these trips will be enjoyable and safe, and we ask you to confirm the following when making your booking:

  • I am taking this trip of my own free will.
  • I consider myself physically and mentally able to take part in this trip.
  • I agree to follow the instructions of the guide in every respect.
  • I am aware that this trip/these trips can involve some danger.
  • I agree to notify the tour guide of any illnesses that could affect my ability to take part in this trip (i.e. epilepsy, asthma, diabetes) and the medication that I take for them.
  • I am aware that the operator’s liability extends only to accidents that derive from defects in or incorrect use of equipment by the company’s employees and/or carelessness on their part. I myself bear all responsibility for damage caused by me due to my carelessness or failure to follow set/given/published instructions.
  • I am liable for all personal property taken by me on this trip.
  • I am not under the influence of alcohol or intoxicating drugs.
Liability

Hestasport reserves the right to alter routes, itineraries or timetables without prior notice, should the necessity arise. We reserve the right to cancel the tour or exclude individual riders if we deem it in the person’s or group’s best interest. No liability is accepted for loss or expenses due to delays or changes of arrival or departures of flights or other services, injury, sickness, accident, strikes, damage, negligence, weather, wars or other causes outside the control of Hestasport. All such losses and expenses are the personal liability of the traveller. The estimated duration of tours as indicated by km or timing can change according to road or weather conditions.

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Please note that your tour has not been confirmed until you receive a confirmation email from Hestasport Riding Tours. When your tour has been confirmed you will receive payment information.

Riding Experience - If you are booking for more than one person, please indicate the appropriate level of experience for each rider

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Contact information

info@riding.is
+354 453 8383
Varmahlíð, 560 Varmahlíð