The family time

Description:

A visit with the horses designed for families with small children, that want to meet and get to know on a personal level the Icelandic horse, and also ride some.

For families with a child (or children) younger than 8 years old (tour A):

  • The children help us brush the horse, and to put the saddle on the horse, and be with us putting the bridle on the horse.
  • We talk with you all, and show you, fun facts about horses in general, like the hooves, the names for different parts of the horse, how their body parts are.  This is of course all based on the age of the children, and what is fun for the children and parents to learn about.
  • We also share our wonderful horses with the parents, their history, the special features of this oldest purebred breed in the world.  The breed that was the horse of the vikings, and then got isolated here for 1100 years, evolving in their own special way, depending on the climate here and on our peaceful society and culture, so the horses got friendly, strong and good survivors.
  • The children get to ride, if they are younger than 10 years old we usually lead the horses, but teach them how to control them, so slowly they start steering the horses and enjoy the thrill of riding, all in a safe and controlled way.  Often we ask the parents for a bit of help then, to hold on to the child even if it’s riding, so all is as safe as possible.
  • As we teach the child how to ride the horse the parents hear and see and learn along with the child how to steer the horse.  Then the parent also gets to ride a horse and have fun steering their horse, for maybe 10 minutes each, which is of course so fun.
  • After the riding the children can help us unsaddling the horse and taking it out where we release the horse and can go out to play.
  • If there is one younger and one older child (as an example a 5 year old child and a 12 year old child) they of course do all of this together with their own personal horse.
  • After the tour there is complementary breakfast tea and instant coffee for the parents and popsicles and a “Svali” fruit drink for the children… or instant hot chocolate for everybody.
  • This whole program takes ca. 1 hour, and for f.ex. two parents and one or two children the price is 17 000 isk.

For families with a child (or children) that is 6-10 years old – extended Family time (tour B):

  • We can add on going out on a little ride on the trail, a maybe 20-30 minute tour, where one of our guides will lead the horse that the child rides, so all is safe, and another guide also rides along with the rest of the family to help them if needed.
  • The tour is all done so that the horse moves in walk, that is, a slow speed.
  • This whole program takes ca. 1 1/2 hour, and for f.ex. two parents and one or two children the price is 25 000 isk.

For families with a child (or children) that is 8 years old or older – a very extended Family time (tour C):

  • We can instead of going on the little ride go on a one hour tour where one of our guides will lead the horse that the child rides, so all is safe, and another guide also rides along with the rest of the family to help them if needed.
  • The tour is all done so that the horse moves in walk, that is, a slow speed.
  • This whole program takes ca. 2 hours (first in paddock, then on the trail, then helping out with unsaddling and releasing horses, then getting refreshments and a further chat with a guide), and for f.ex. two parents and one or two children the price is 34 000 isk.

Add-on option for all ages:  The geothermal mineral bath:

On top of this it is super popular by the families to add on going to our indoor geothermal mineral bath (where you also can take a shower) for relaxation and fun, for maybe an hour.  You get that as a very cheap add-on option to the Family time tour for 4000 ISK for the whole family.

Add-on option for all ages:  Icelandic traditional waffle lunch with great drinks:

On top of this it is super popular by the families to add on getting Icelandic waffles with a choice of toppings.  Either homemade blueberry jam, or the traditional Icelandic way (with homemade rhubarb jam), also whipped cream (if you like), or simply Nutella chocolate spread. Also with good real coffee, a choice of teas, or excellent quality dark hot chocolate (with cream if you like).  You get that as a very cheap add-on lunch option to the other options for 1500 ISK per person.

Meeting point:

The Langhus farm, where the roads 76 and 787 cross. Gps dots are N66°03.653 and W019°07.280 or 66,060942 and 19,121477

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