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Guided Trail Rides

We Provide Your Own Personalized Adventure

OPEN ALL YEAR ROUND.

Our life is horse tours.  It’s been our passion, all our life. To go out in the nature and be a team with the horse.  To see the beautiful places, and sometimes tough landscape, that molded our beloved Icelandic horse. To have the companionship of other horse lovers, and to just live and breath the fresh air in the nature, and feel the rhythm of life.

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We offer guided horse tours with one of us, the local farmers at Langhus farm, and our assistant guides.  We have well trained horses, steady and obedient, they are our family and work horses, and some of them have been used for competitions, they are happy, well taken care of, and live a fulfilled life.  We take the time to match you with the right horse for you, and to give good instructions about riding so you can enjoy the tour better.  We keep this on a personal level, so people can see the Icelandic nature, the background of the horses and what made them what they are (the sometimes harsh and sometimes wonderful nature, the breeding, the people and the culture), get lessons if they want, get to know excellent horses and visit an Icelandic farm on the real countryside. We operate all year round.

We have several tour options to give ideas. But like when travelling friends are planning a trip, you can design the tour with us.  You choose with us which way you want to go, on what kind of horses, how long, how challenging, you can also come for several days on rides. We can help with accommodation, with other things to do when not riding, etc. Just feel free to contact us and we make something wonderful together, and more important, have fun.

Our groups are usually small and at the speed and difficulty that fits our guests.  But if you have a bigger group, then we can now accommodate groups of 15 riders, and in 2017 we can take bigger groups than that.

Also, it always takes a few minutes extra to prepare you for the tour, and it’s not fun for you to be in a hurry. We do a little riding lesson before the tour itself starts, so if you are beginners you learn a bit about how to ride, and experienced riders learn how to ride the Icelandic horse. That is helpful and fun for everybody.  So, the whole visit here can easily take 30-90 minutes more than the tour itself. On the other hand, if you are on a tight schedule we can do the whole process in a fast way and focus simply on the ride itself.
Animal welfare is also a priority for us, each horse never goes on more than 1 tour per day, and we give them at least 2 days off per week. They also have big grassy pastures to roam on and top quality hay in the winter time.

Browse through our tour ideas, they are a great starting point when creating your own tour

FARM VISITS

Meet the locals, hug the animals, ask about the farming or culture or whatever you want to know about life here.  Here is your chance to get the inside information on life on the countryside in Iceland, and hug the farm animals if you want to.  This is fun all year round, because in the wintertime most of the animals are stabled and close encounters are easier than ever, and in the summer time it is fun to visit the foals and other horses in the pasture.  We end with some local refreshments where you are our guest in the farm house kitchen and we have a good time together.  This is also a popular option if you have a group where some people want to do a riding tour and others want to have a fun experience without riding.  Duration 2 hours.

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AN HOUR’S GOOD TIME, OR LESSON

What are your ideas for an hour’s time with our horses?  Do you have young beginner children and want to have a cool experience with them and the Icelandic horses?  Or want to get a lesson in the paddock, where you learn a bit about how to ride on a horse, and spend an hour with the horse, based on your wishes.  Or get a lesson that can be on the trail, for experienced riders.  This is a cool option for very experienced riders that want an efficient private lesson with a very experienced horse trainer.  This is also fun for people that are maybe a bit scared and want a super safe and calm experience, and everybody else that want an hour’s good time.  Lukka has been a teacher all her life and it’s fun to meet your wishes.  Duration 1 hour.

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THE BEACH RIDE (best seller)

We ride through moors and gorgeous open landscapes, where there is a good opportunity to learn about the nature and the history of our area.  There is abundant birdlife on this trail throughout all summer, and one can see well how people’s lives here are twined together with the nature in a beautiful way.  If the tide is low, we will ride on the beach itself, with the beautiful black volcanic sand.  In a high tide we ride on the coast by the beach, so this is always a lovely ride.  This tour is ideal and popular for both beginners as well as for more experienced riders.  Duration of the ride is ca. 2 hours (and the whole experience can be ca. 3 hours).

This tour can be made as a longer trail ride (3 hours ride with a refreshments break, and the whole experience can then be ca. 4 hours), as a wonderful longer tour for beginner riders, this has been a very popular option for mixed groups (where groups of beginners and very experienced riders want a good ride together).

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THE VIKING TOUR (Best seller)

Riding the ancient and historic Icelandic horse is something you have to experience at least once in your life, the horse the vikings loved and rode proudly.  On this trail we enjoy the friendly horses on excellent paths while experiencing the wonderful horse imported by the vikings more than a millennium ago.  We ride in green valleys surrounded by striking mountains, in the magnificent Flokadalur valley.  History lovers can get to know the history of Floki the viking, the first man that tried settling Iceland, and later chose to live in what he felt was the most attractive place in Iceland, Flokadalur.  This tour is ideal and popular for both beginners as well as for more experienced riders.

Duration of the ride is ca. 2 hours (and the whole experience can be ca. 3 hours).

This tour can be made as a longer trail ride (3 hours ride with a refreshments break, and the whole experience can then be ca. 4 hours), as a wonderful longer tour for beginner riders, this has been a very popular option for mixed groups (where groups of beginners and very experienced riders want a good ride together).

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ICELANDIC COUNTRY LIFE

In this tour we combine two big experiences.  First we ride on easy paths where it is good to try out the famous gait tolt (the special gait of the Icelandic horse).  Then we do cool off road riding, where you really experience how sure footed these horses are, and how good they feel in the very uneven terrain our nature can offer.  We go up a steep mountainside with spectacular view and visualize how the locals round up the sheep from the huge highlands on these sturdy horses, and live with the beautiful nature here. We also stop for refreshments on the way.  This ride is fun for experienced riders, and sporty novice riders have enjoyed the ride a lot too. Duration of the riding tour is ca. 3 hours (and the whole experience can be ca. 4 hours).

This tour can be made as a longer trail ride, including the Viking tour trail (4 hours ride with a refreshments break, and the whole experience can then be ca. 5 hours).

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THE RIVER RIDE

We do the trail described in the Viking tour, then ride through moors and meadows, and on the riverbanks of the Flokadalsá river, and often we go through it, crossing it once or several times.  Our sure footed horses wade then in up to 80 cm (2 1/2 foot) deep water without hesitation.  The river depth varies a lot depending on how the weather has been the last few days before, so the exact way we go on this ride changes then too, accordingly.  The river banks are full of atmosphere and tranquility, and crossing the river is a thrill.  We also stop for refreshments on the way.  This ride is fun for rather experienced or very experienced riders (you don’t want to fall off into the cold water).  Duration of the riding tour is ca. 3 hours (and the whole experience can be ca. 4 hours).

This tour can be made as a longer trail ride (4 hours ride with a refreshments break, and the whole experience can then be ca. 5 hours).

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THE WILDERNESS RIDE

For 3 months each year, most of the young horses (1-4 year old)  from us and 2 neighbors, go to a remote highland pasture, to spend a big part of their youth in virtually absolute freedom, living the life of their wild ancestors.  We go and visit that area, which is so away from civilization and urban burdens.  The valley is long, with green meadows and surrounded by stark mountains, and we are reunited with peace and our roots.  We also stop for refreshments on the way.  This ride includes the Viking tour and River ride.  This ride is fun for rather experienced or very experienced riders (as it takes some stamina to ride for that long).  Duration usually 5 hours (so the whole experience can then be 6 hours).

This tour can be done so that we take the horses on a trailer (and you in our sturdy jeep, as the road is bad), bypassing the first part of the trail, focusing only on the real highland area, and then the riding tour is about 3-4 hours, including refreshments.  This version of the is fun for both intermediate and experienced riders, is thus ideal when groups have a bit mixed experience levels.

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SIGLUFJORDUR MOUNTAIN ROUTE

Going from almost sea level up to 630 m height, you really start appreciating how sure footed, sturdy, smart and careful the Icelandic horse is as it takes you safely and comfortably over landscape that is probably rougher than you’ve ever ridden in before.  We take our horses on a trailer to a meeting point, where there’s spectacular view over the ocean already by the parking spot.  We ride on a ca. 60 cm. (1-2 feet) wide medieval trail on a mountainside.  This trail used to be the main road to the Siglufjordur fishing village, throughout the history of Iceland.  The view is spectacular, and we go through landscape with heather and moss, up to an area so high that there is a tiny glazier there right on the trail on most years.  We also stop for refreshments on the way.  This ride is fun for rather experienced or very experienced riders, but sporty novice riders have also enjoyed it a lot.  Duration 4-5 hours.

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LAUFSKALARETT ROUND UPS

The Laufskalarett horse round ups are an event like nothing else.  We can go and become a part of everything on this famous day: We can ride in a big group of people to see and even join the people rounding up the 500 horses in the Kolbeinsdalur highland pasture, then we join the group of people (usually several hundred riders) that drive the horses to the corral.  In the corral the horses are, one by one, identified and put in their owner’s part of the corral, while around 1000 horse enthusiasts watch, and chat with other horse people.  This day is one long fun adrenaline rush for horse enthusiasts.  The program for this tour is 3 days total.

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HORSES AND AURORA BOREALIS

You see the strongest Aurora borealis in Iceland and in the world here at Langhus.  We are right in the middle of the aurora belt.  Do you dream about the Icelandic horses, and the northern lights?  You can enjoy both of them in one amazing day and evening, when you come in the wintertime here.  You join us during the day, on a fun ride (the Beach ride or the Viking tour) in the amazing arctic beauty, with cuddly horses and in one of our comfortable winter suits.  And at the Gimbur guesthouse you enjoy the northern lights in a comfortable and warm room with huge windows, and/or in the cosy hot tub.  The guesthouse offers an unique chance for enjoying the northern lights at their best, in comfort.

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BIRDWATCHING

Láki (Þorlákur Sigurbjörnsson) is an avid birdwatcher, and has been bird ringing here at Langhus for decades.  He offers bird watching tours in the neighborhood of Langhus.  Transportation can be included, depending on the size of the groups.  Contact us with your ideas about group size and length of tour.  Harlequin ducks and long-tailed ducks (oldsquaw) and more special birds can be seen right here in our area.  Doing a 2 or 3 hour guided birdwatching tour, driving included, is an awesome combination with a horse tour (can be done on two consecutive days).

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COMBO TOURS

Do you love riding for several days.  We can make a package deal for you, on for example 3 tours on 3 days, where you can ride your heart out during the day, and relax in the comfortable accommodation of your choice in the neighborhood.  Choose your favorite rides and have fun.  Contact us for more information for us and from us.

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Finding Your Dream Horse

– Personal assistance –

– No agency or service costs –

In our area, Skagafjordur, there are thousands of horses, and a few dozen very good breeding farms and training farms. You can join me (Lukka) in my car and I take you to a group of farms, looking at maybe 20-30 handpicked horses (depending on what kind of horse(s) you are looking for) during 2-3 days, and it’s free for the horse buyer.  We have run this service since 1997, and built up a reputation and history for horse-knowledge, honesty, credibility and experience.  Our history of happy customers says it all.  And, people ask me all the time, isn’t export complicated?  But, export is easy, I help with the whole process.  It is easy to come to us, you can come with a bus, or take a domestic flight to Akureyri (town close to us), where we can fetch you.

The group of sale prospects in our area is so big and changes fast, so we just have a handful of horses on the saleslist on our page.  So, you might see an interesting prospect here below.  If not, we might know about your dream horse, several that are prospects, or, given a bit of time, we will usually find it.

How the process works

Ísafold from Langhúsum

Ísafold is a trained mare with good pedigree, but not fully trained tolt, so the price is fair.  This mare has a good go, nice energy and is a joy to ride for the experienced rider, [...]

Gabríel from Sómastöðum.

Gabriel is an experienced riding horse, very happy, and smooth, 8 year old gelding, he loves to work and play, and for a fun loving rider he's without stress but with a lot of fun 🙂  Gabriel [...]

Eyrir from Þúfum

Eyrir is a very talented riding horse, with excellent speed range, fast tolt and trot, and excellent footlift.  Good competition prospect for club competition or youth competition in tolt or 4-gait.  He has a good [...]

Lukka from Fitjum

Lukka is a trained and experienced mare, probably homozygous pinto (so all her foals will become pinto and colorfull), and with good temperament.  She's courageous, has good energy and willing to go, but very easy for [...]

Gjörð from Grófargili

Gjörð is started under saddle, a bit inexperienced but with very good temperament, and courageous for her training stage. She's friendly in pasture, trailer loads easily.  Has been ridden for 2-3 months, both in paddock [...]

Glóbjört from Hömluholti

Cremello mare (so all her offspring should become palomino/isabella, or buckskin or smoky black), a little bit trained but not ridden yet, with good pedigree, and easy temperament. Meaning of name: Glowing brightly. Age: 4 (born 2012) [...]

HORSES FOR SALE AT LANGHUS FARM
“3 month ago i bought my first horse, Fiton, and fulfilled a long dream of mine. Originally he is from your stud. He is a wonderful horse. very friendly, adorable and a great horse for the whole family. I love him a lot and I hope that we will be a great team for the rest of our lives. I only wanted to say this. Thank you”
Marie, Germany
“Lukka, I am very happy with you ♥ and these 6 horses, you found really perfect ones for my purposes!!! 🙂 They all listen well, are not hard from the mouth, nice and easy to ride and kind with people! 🙂

I surely can recommend and I already have recommended you to many people!!! You are very kind, professional and you know a lot of the horses and owners around, and what is also good, there are so many horses around Saudarkrokur!

Big hugs to you too my dear icelandic friend :)”

Pipsa, Finland
“Just wanted to let you know news of Gjof. She is great, I have ridden her about 6 times now and we are learning together. She is exactly what i had hoped for, calm and not spooky but fun and talented.

Wanted to thank you for your help in finding her.”

Yvonne
“I have bought 5 horses from Lukka over the years! Lukka has been a very nice and helpful guide and friend and she never gives up on finding the right horses. She always has good suggestions and always eager to help and find answers on my sometimes a little crazy questions. She and her family have always been very friendly and I really appreciate very much their hospitality when I have visited them on their beautiful farm at Langhus looking for or visiting horses. She puts her heart into her business and I always feel a great trust and happiness doing business with her.”
Eva, Sweden
“I have been buying horses from Lukka and Langhus for 14 years and have always been so happy. Lukka is honest and fair. I give her and her farm a huge thumbs up for those looking for an Icelandic horse.”
Kelly, USA
“Honesty. Unfortunately, all too rare in the horse world, but Lukka has it. Our mare from Langhus has given us much joy as a riding horse and she also gave us two wonderful young offspring to ride. Credit where credit is due.”
Stan, USA
“Hersir is very well. He is wonderful horse that I really love: ) He is so fine, very lively and curious, very willing to please. You wrote me a good description of him and he has just all those good qualities : ) Last year was succesful competition year. We got at Finnish Championchips silvermedal in fourgait and fith place in T1. We were chosen in Finnish Team to ride in Norway at NC, but I decided not go to so heavy journey. We also competed in Speedpace and got many medals from these too. Hersir does also work couple of hours a week with disabled children and enjoying it. He is just a lovely personality, the horse of my life :)”
Soile, Finland
“Djasn is a very lovely horse with an super character, big temperament and easy to ride. Thank you very much for this beautiful horse. “
Jutta, Germany
“Hi Lukka, all the horses that came from you are very nice horses and we get along well with them.
All the horses are very nice to handle for all riders. Thank you very much for finding these fantastic horses, they are just the right kind for us, good family-horses.”
Anita, Finland
“Just want to tell you, that Kvistur is a great joy. Everyone who watches me ride him, admires him and the few trainers and icelandic horse people I allowed to ride him, really liked him a lot. His tolt is coming along nicely. He works for me without being hectic, is friendly and pretty. Has grown a lot and gets stronger every day. Nothing to be desired. “
Christian, Germany
“We are very content with Paeja. Yesterday the trainer here started to train Paeja a bit and feels the same as us. He smiled all the time. She is very talented for her age and former training. She is fast in tölt and everything, and she has an absolutely clean beat in all tempos and she has very wellseparated gates. Her spirit is very high and she will be a great riding horse that everybody can ride. But of course a good looking competition horse and breeding horse too. She is confident and not afraid of anything, just a little bit young horse that needs to be educated a bit. And she also begs politely for sweets!!??? We love her. Thank you Lukka for a super horse.”
Katarina, Sweden
“Lukka, jeg er så glad for Dama. Vi lærer hinanden at kende fra dag til dag. Hun tølter fint afsted i middeltempo, og selv når det er sand og bakket i klitterne, så kan jeg holde hende i den dejligste tølt. Hun og jeg bliver bare bedre fra hver ridetur. I dag har Dama været med til årets juleridetur i silende regn. Med over 30 heste. Hun gik i traileren uden nogen problemer. Det hele var meget spændende og hun var levende og nysgerrig. Da hun havde fundet sig til rette i flokken “slappede” hun af, og var super skøn at have med. Der red en ung pige op på siden af hende og sagde til mig, at Dama var meget smuk – så ædel ud. Selv synes jeg hun er verdens smukkeste hest, men sådan er det vel med de stolte ejere. “
Dorte, Denmark
“Här går det så fint med Skissa, och jag har nu äntligen fått tid att prova Skissa! Hon var MYCKET TREVLIG att rida, hon gick tryggt fram över järnvägen, förbi konstiga soptunnor, postlådor….utan att ens titta! Hon kändes väldigt trygg & säker att rida!”
Lilian, Sweden
“Aska har det fint, hun er en super hest og meget dejlig at ride. Jeg rider nu på hende 2-3 gange om ugen og rider meget i skoven – det har hun helt vænnet sig til. Hun har det bedste sind og hun er meget villig til at gå – jeg er meget meget glad for hende.”
Rikke, Denmark

NEWS FROM THE LANGHÚS FARM

Icelandic sheepdog puppies for sale (ISD).

There were born many puppies on our farm this summer, purebred Icelandic sheepdogs, which are wonderful family dogs, playful, very friendly, smart and calm.  We [...]

Icelandic sheepdog puppies – ISD – puppies for sale 🙂

We have two litters of purebred Icelandic sheepdogs for sale, 10 puppies total.  All the parents have a good show record, and are gentle and [...]

We have open all year round.

We at Langhus horse tours have open all year round 🙂 Even at Christmas and Easter 🙂 Be welcome here.

Horse tours in Landsmot week.

WE HAVE A FEW SPACES LEFT ON OUR HORSE TOURS ON 29. JUNE, 30. JUNE, 3. JUNE AND 5. JUNE, that is, in the LANDSMOT [...]

It’s daylight for riding 24 hours per day now.

Taken at 10 PM this evening (22:00), and it's not even starting to get dark. When the midnight sun is here, it is never too [...]

Icelandic sheepdog puppies for sale.

We have puppies for sale 🙂  Born 4. May, and so cute and friendly 🙂  And show all signs of growing out to become gorgeously [...]

ICELANDIC SHEEPDOG PUPPIES FOR SALE

Update, 2017 puppies born. Icelandic sheepdog puppies for sale. The breed is: Friendly, loves people, medium size, loves to play and hike, loves to relax [...]

Icelandic sheepdog puppies on the way.

We have purebred Icelandic sheepdog, this ancient breed which has been here in Iceland since the time of the settlers, around year 900 AD.  Our [...]

Work/internship on the farm.

WE HAVE AN OPEN POSITION from ca. 1. January 2017. We are looking for somebody that is ready to stay for at least about a [...]

Our horse tours are open all year round.

Our horse tours are open all year round. The beauty and the peace at this time of the year are virtually without limits. Here we [...]