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Black Lava and White Sand

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Sample itinerary - Subject to changes

Day 1: Arrival
The tour starts in the evening. Tour members who arrive the same day to Iceland should take the flight bus from the airport to BSÍ main bus station in Reykjavík (not included). We will greet you at the bus station or at your hotel/ guesthouse in Reykjavik for 17:30 and drive you to our farm Vellir near Hveragerði. There you will be lodged at our new guesthouse. We will get to know each other during the dinner at our Hotel Eldhestar. The day will end with a detailed description of the tour.

Day 2: Hveragerdi – Borgarnes – Grímsstaðir
A bus takes us over the highlands from Hveragerdi to the town Borgarnes, in the west part of Iceland, where the riding starts. The riding tour begins from the stable area just outside Borgarnes and into the area of Snæfellsnes. On the way we cross the Langá River, one of Iceland’s best salmon rivers. The riding ends at the old farm Grímsstaðir, where we spend the night.
Riding 20 km, 4 hrs.

Day 3: Grímsstaðir – Snorrastaðir
From Litlu-Gröf we ride along the Grimsstadamúli Mountains. We continue west, and near the opening of the Hitárdalur Valley, we pass through lava on narrow paths. The Hitará River is crossed near the palagonite mountain Grettisbæli, and the route continues along Mt. Fagraskógarfjall, with a view over the Mýrar District and the coastline at Löngufjörur. We stay overnight at the farm Snorrastaðir close to the picturesque crater Elborg á Mýrum.
Riding 36 km, 5-6 hrs.

Day 4: Snorrastaðir – Skógarnes
The ride is mainly along the sandy beaches of Löngufjörur, and in the morning we must depart before high tide. We wade across the mouth of the Haffardará River near the farm Stóra-Hraun and take a break on a small island in the delta. The route then leads inland, and the horses are left at day’s end at the farm Langaholt. We go back to Snorrastaðir by bus and spend the night there.
Riding 22-25 km, 5 hrs.

Day 5: Skógarnes – Skógarnes
Today we take some hand horses with us and ride in the scenic surroundings of Skógarnes and at the beach. The horses stay at the farm Langaholt and we spend the night in Hótel Eldborg in Staðarsveit, where we have the possibility to take a bath in a thermal swimming pool.
Riding 20 km, 4 hrs.

Day 6: Skógarnes – Langaholt
From Skógarnes the sandy beaches of Löngufjörur continue all the way to the farm Stakkhamar. From there towards the Stadará River, the route proceeds near the sea, along the shore or up shore banks. The last leg of the day’s journey is along the main road of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. We leave the horses at the farm Langaholt and spend the night at Hótel Eldborg again. 
Riding 40-42 km, 7 hrs.

Day 7: Langaholt – Búðir – Langaholt
We continue the ride out to Snæfellsnes, crossing the Búdarós delta at tide. Our goal is Búðir. Here we leave the horses in a paddock and go for a walk to the picturesque church and then out to the rocks by the sea. After a picnic we turn back to Langaholt along the sandy beach. In the afternoon we take the bus back to Reykjavik. End of tour. Riding 20-23 km, 4 hrs.

Please note:
The second tour goes in the opposite direction.
When riding on the beach we might have to ride very early in the morning or late evening, because of the tide.

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Black Lava and White Sand
Tour Code: IT-ICRT-E14
7 days / 6 nights ~$2,715.00
Dates : July

Difficulty : Riding Level
Riding Level Explained
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
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.
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.
All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
Lodging: Basic
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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Tack: Icelandic
Horses: Icelandic Horses
Pace: Daily rides are between 4-7 hours (20 ...

Airport: Keflavik Airport
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