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Horse Round Up in Iceland


Horse Round Up in Iceland
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Imagine free and spirited horses rushing down from their highland summer pastures to be returned to their owners. Mares and their foals, young horses and geldings make their way through rough territory, not really willing to give up their freedom yet before winter returns once again.
Join the farmers in this great autumn adventure driving the herd, sorting the horses and celebrating the successful return of horses and men. The varied terrain includes the highland moors, green valleys just turning into their autumn colors of burning red and yellow, deep blue lakes and rivers.
The ancient tradition of rounding up horses is only kept alive in the north of Iceland. This departure rounds up horses into the round-up pen at Skrapatungurétt. The locals celebrate the successful round-ups with a ball “réttardansleikur” in the adjacent community hall, where farmers and friends celebrate by singing and dancing the night away.

Skrapatungurétt Round Up:

The first ride is already on the arrival day and takes 2 hours from our Riding Centre in Hafnarfjörður. This is a good opportunity to get to know the Icelandic horse and prepare for the coming days. The additional riding day takes place in the North and leads through the beautiful Vatnsdalur Valley.
When you arrive in the North you will meet our partners Haukur and Sonja at Hvammur Farm in beautiful surroundings. After a day in the mountains we can relax in a comfortable warm outdoor tub. Accommodation for all nights at the farm is in cosy 2 - 4 bed units and in Reykjavík in hotel rooms with private facilities.

Víðidalstungurétt Round Up:
In the North you will meet Eggert Pálsson from Bjargshóll Farm with his staff and horses and at Dæli Farm the hosts, Sigrún and Víglundur. All these people have taken care of this tour since we started it in 2001 and they will do their outmost to make your ride an unforgettable adventure.
Accommodation for three nights at the farm is in cosy dbl. rooms and at Gauksmýri and in Reykjavík in hotel rooms with private facilities. After a day in the mountains we can relax in comfortable warm outdoor tubs before a hearty, home cooked dinner is served.

Skagafjördur Round Up:
From the Skagafjördur area we ride through beautiful valleys and mountains to Laxárdalur valley. Here we become one with the Icelanders and help gathering the horses and driving them down from the mountains to Skrapatungurétt corral. When this task has been fulfilled the locals celebrate the successful round-ups with a ball “réttardansleikur” and we are welcome to join in the fun. The round-up continues the next day when the horses get sorted at the corral and we help returning some of them to their home meadows.


Horse Drive
Progressive Ride (no camping)
Suitable for riders over 210 lbs

Meeting: Keflavik Airport
Airport: Keflavik Airport
Transfer: From Keflavik airport included
Riders: Min 8 riders
Max 16 riders

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    Horse Round Up in Iceland
    Tour Code: IT-ICRT24
    7 days / 6 nights ~$2,030.00
    Dates : September/October

    Difficulty : Riding Level
    Riding Level Explained
    ABeginner
    Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
    BNovice
    Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
    CIntermediate
    Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
    D Strong Intermediate
    Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
    EAdvanced
    All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
    Lodging: Standard
    Lodging Level Explained
       
    = Facilities in lodges, estancias, haciendas, resorts, etc.
       
    Basic lodging - some with shared bathroom facilities, usually no AC or room service.
    Regular standard room - usually with private bath.
     Accommodations with superior comforts.
       
     = Trips with nights in tent camps. Sometimes the first and last night are in hotels.
       
    Basic tent camping - everyone helps out with camp chores.
    Regular standard with some camp amenities and camp cook.
    Camping facilities with superior comforts like camp shower, bathroom facility..
       
     = Trips that combine nights in hotels and camping.
       
    Basic accommodation and basic camping facilities can be expected.
    Regular standard with some nicer amenities.
    Only assigned to hotel and camping facilities with superior comforts.

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    A 2016 09/14 - 09/20 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP Skrapatunguré... 8 /16 Expired
    A 2016 09/27 - 10/03 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP Skrapatunguré... 8 /16 Reserve
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    Tack: Icelandic
    Horses: Icelandic
    Pace: Daily rides are 4-6 hours - 80 miles

    Airport: Keflavik Airport
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