riding on ice
February 23 – 26
March 9 - 12
February 23 – 26
March 9 - 12
Have you ever dreamed of speed tölt and flying pace on ice?
Now you have the opportunity to join our partners Ingólfur and Unnur Erla at their farm Dýrfinnustaðir, home to the famous stallion Hágangur frá Narfastöðum. Their farm lies above the Héraðvötn, a lake like river formed by the glacial rivers Austari- and Vestari Jökulsá. In February and March these rivers are frozen solid and riding on ice – sometimes even in moonlight and under the Northern Lights is an experience of a lifetime. This is also the time when the farmers train their young horses and the stables are filled with promising youngsters.
We ride to the neighboring farms over the ice for a chat over horses, some of them might even join us on our way home and we can go for some serious speed tölt competition with the locals! Enjoy the famous hospitality of the Skagafjörður people and ride, eat, sing and party with us! This tour is only recommended for experienced riders that feel comfortable riding in all gaits over rough terrain. Ideal for those that already have some tölt and pace experience and want to try out these amazing gaits on very different grounds.
Type: Daytours from farm Dýrfinnustaðir
Duration: 4 days / 2,5 riding days – Thursday – Sunday
Level of expertise required: Only experienced riders in good physical shape.
Area: Skagafjörður, North Iceland
Accommodation: 3 nights in made up beds in double rooms with shared facilities and hot tub. Accommodation in Reykjavik not included but can be arranged.
Meals: Full board during the ride.
Max: 8 guests. Min: 4 guests.
Guide: English speaking.
Maximum Weight: 110 kg
Day by day itinerary
Day 1 Thursday: Reykjavík – Skagafjörður – Riding on Ice
Meet & Greet with Exploring Iceland at BSÍ bus terminal in Reykjavík at 8 am. If preferred we can arrange a pick up at your accommodation in the capital area between 7 and 8 am. Bustransfer along the #1 Ringroad to the farm Dýrfinnustaðir in Skagafjörður. Here we are greeted by the family and enjoy a typical Icelandic Lunch while we talk about our riding experiences and the kind of horses we would like to try. After lunch we head out to the stables and take our first ride on ice! After an exciting ride with fast tölt and even some speed pace on the frozen lakes and rivers we return to the farm for a hearty dinner and look out for the northern lights from the cozy outside hotpot.
Day 2 - 3 Friday – Saturday: Riding on Ice
Every day we saddle up and ride along the frozen river and lakes and practice the fast tölt on very different surfaces. We ride to the neighboring farms for a chat over horses and horse training. Some of them might even join us on our way home and we can go for some speed tölt competition with the locals. Enjoy the famous hospitality of the Skagafjörður people and ride, eat, sing and party with us!
Day 4 Sunday: Skagafjörður – Reykjavík
After a good breakfast we go back to Reykjavík by bus. Return to Reykjavík in the afternoon and drop off at BSÍ or your accommodation in the capital area. We are more than happy to arrange your Reykjavík accommodation for you.
Exploring Iceland reserves the right to alter routes, itineraries or timetables should the necessity arise. The estimated duration of tours as indicated by km or timing can change according to road or weather conditions.
To find the price in your currency: Currency converter
- Transfer from Reykjavík to Skagafjörður and back.
- 3 nights in made up beds in double rooms with shared facilities and hot tub.
- Full pension during the tour starting with lunch on the first day and ending with breakfast on the last day.
- 2,5 riding days according to programme.
- English speaking guide.