Fjallabak Tour

  • Trip Duration
  • 9
    days
  • 8
    nights
  • Riding Time
  • 8
    days riding
  • 4-8
    hrs per day riding
  • Group Size
  • 6 - 15
    Guests per group
Fjallabak Tour- ride Icelandic horses on this equestrian holiday in Iceland

Fjallabak Tour

Ride Overview

Nowhere on earth are the forces of nature more evident than here in the “land of fire and ice” and the Fjallabak tour enables you to experience them in depth.  Wild volcanic landscapes next to snow-capped mountains, vast lava deserts amid multicolored hills, and immense snow fields leading to soothing hot springs make up some of the extremely diverse and unique landscapes of Iceland.  The most isolated nation in the Western World, Iceland is situated just south of the Arctic Circle between Greenland and Norway. The clean, fresh air and the natural beauty of the wide, untrammeled spaces make this relatively undiscovered island a rare and striking experience for visitors who have a taste for uninhabited areas.

Riding is an integral part of the traditional Icelandic scene and the naturally gentle Icelandic horse provides excellent riding opportunities ­­— especially through the wild and otherwise inaccessible areas of Iceland. A purebred descendant of its Viking ancestors, the Icelandic horse is a product of isolation and a thousand years of breeding for good riding qualities, resulting in a gentle, friendly disposition and calm manner that make them a delight for anyone to ride.

Their two unique gaits, the tölt and the pace, provide a remarkably smooth way to travel over rugged terrain, making long hours in the saddle more comfortable.  The tölt is what makes riding Icelandics such a pleasure, with its flowing 4-beat gait providing the sensation of floating while being seated firmly in the saddle. There will also be fast canters and gallops. You will have the unique experience of riding with a herd of 30-50 horses running free with the riders which allows for several horse changes throughout the week to ensure freshness of the horses. This is an Icelandic tradition and the horses are comfortable with it.

Accommodations

During the ride you will stay in dormitory type lodging in mountain huts. Many of the mountain huts do not have electricity or artificial lighting. However, they are designed to take full advantage of the long daylight hours. Showers are available only every few days but there are chances to swim in the hot, sulfurous springs.

Meals & Drink

A typical menu will consist of the following:
Breakfast: Milk, yogurt, cereals, several kinds of bread, cheeses, jams, coffee and tea.
Lunch: Picnic with varied sandwiches, fruit, cold and warm drinks.
Dinner: A hot meal with meat or fish, vegetables, milk products and fruit.
Please note that meals consist of many dairy products. Riders who are lactose intolerant or vegetarians need to notify Equitours in advance. Also, this is a “dry” tour with alcohol only available to purchase in Landmannalaugar.

Ride & Horse Details

  • Overview:
    Icelandic horses are short (about 13.2 hands average) but stout and strong, weighing 800 to 1000 pounds and are quite capable of carrying large and heavy people over rough distances at a brisk rate. The horses are usually in snaffle bits - loose rings with snap-on, one-piece reins. English-type saddles are used with the Icelandic style of saddle seen as somewhat of a cross between a dressage and an endurance saddle. The saddle is set further back on the horse. You will have the unique experience of riding with a herd of 30-50 horses running free with the riders which allows for horse changes throughout the week to ensure freshness of the horses. This is an Icelandic tradition and the horses are comfortable with this.
  • Horse Breeds:
    Icelandic
  • Trip Pace:
    moderate
  • Tack:
    Icelandic
  • Weight limit:
    225 lbs

Activities for Non - Riders

This is not a recommended option for non-riding companions.

Meeting Point

BSI bus station in Reykjavik at 6PM on the first day. Transfer back to Reykjavik, leaving the outfitters farm at 5PM, on the last day.

With first-hand knowledge of the exciting tours we offer, the ride consultants at Equitours look forward to answering any questions you might have about this ride. We want to help make sure that you select the trip of your dreams. Please call or email and get ready to pack your bags for a wonderful adventure!

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