The fabled ‘Golden Circle’ of Southern Iceland is a never-ending story–above and below! Iceland is famous for its dramatic volcanic and geothermal landscape full of fissures and evolution. The expansive valleys and mountains make for ideal and exceptional riding conditions.
Lava fields and steaming fumaroles fold into valleys that gently fall into the black sand coastlines. Ribbons of waterfalls pound into the earth, pockets of hot springs invite weary riders at every turn. Riding through this ever-changing landscape on an Icelandic horse makes the experience indelible.
The affectionate and sure-footed horses have a deeply steeped story too. They were introduced to the island by Vikings more than 1,000 years ago and herds of Icelandic horses still roam the valleys today, untethered.
The Icelandic horses you’ll be riding are known for their distinctly smooth gait. This trip is suitable for women with novice skills who are open to learning as the style is quite different. More experienced riders will appreciate the introduction to the trot and signature tölt and flying pace.
After rewarding days of horseback riding through the undeniable enchantment of Iceland, you’ll spend your nights in the sanctuary of eco-friendly farm guesthouses and cozy mountain huts (*you’ll find more info about the rustic ‘powder rooms’ at the end of the daily itinerary under Additional Cowgirl Information–be prepared for shared outdoor-access facilities, cold water and no showers!)
Expect saddlebag picnics, a historical interlude at Thingvellir National Park, the wow of Gullfoss, geysers, hot spring soaks and a sneak peek at the life of the ‘cave people’ of Laugardalshellir caves. This trip is a beautiful balance of riding, landscape, geological wow factor and authentic Icelandic cuisine. And, sweet-as-all-get-out Icelandic horses!