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, or 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 day tour with us.  You choose with us which way you want to go, on what kind of horses, how long, how challenging.  Just feel free to contact us and we make something wonderful together, and more important, have fun.  Sometimes people also book more than one day tour. On our website you also find information about what accommodation is in the neighborhood, ideas about what to do when not riding etc.

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 20 beginner riders, and 25 if some in your group are experienced.  We also have programs for even 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/experience here can easily take 30-90 minutes more than the tour itself. On the other hand, if you are very experienced and 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 get at least 2 months of vacation every year.  They have big grassy pastures to roam on and top quality hay in the winter time.  They live a very natural life in big herds.
Eco-consciousness is also a priority on our farm, to minimize trash, pollution and strain on nature.
What to bring

Tour options:

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. 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).

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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.   We ride in green valleys surrounded by striking mountains, and in a pretty forest with good views, in the magnificent Flokadalur valley.  And you can ask and hear more about the culture and everything your heart desires regarding Iceland.  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).

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A LITTLE BIT OF EVERYTHING TOUR (best seller)

In this tour we combine experiences from several of our most popular tours, the beach ride, the viking tour, even the river ride.  We’ll ride in a big circle,  through land with meadows, on the beach, go up the beautiful and striking Flokadalur valley, overlooking a lake and mountains and highlands, crossing a river one or two times, go at slow speed and faster speed, and take a good break for refreshments, chatting, and a bit of commentaries or questions, whatever your heart desires.  Good for both experienced riders and sporty beginners.

It’s 3,5-4 hour total. (where the whole experience can be 4,5 hours).

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FARM VISITS (a super option for groups)

Meet the locals, hug the animals, ask about the farming or culture or whatever you want to know about life here, get a variety of Icelandic very oldstyle but super delicious Icelandic snacks, without riding horses.  Here is the chance for your group to get the inside information on life on the countryside in Iceland, and hug the farm animals if they 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 see the horses outdoors for a great petting and photographing time.  We also offer local pastries and snacks, coffee and tea, in our lounge, so your group gets a light lunch, which is great when then travelling on further excursions.  Travel agencies love the farm visits for their bigger groups.  Our stable and lounge is easily accessible so this also fits well for f.ex. elderly people.  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 of the Farm visit can be 2 hours.

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THE FAMILY TIME – GREAT OPTIONS FOR FAMILIES WITH SMALL CHILDREN (best seller)

For people that want to have a fun experience with the Icelandic horse, even if they have children that are too young to go out on a long ride.  The age limit for the two hour tours is 8 years, but you can still ride by taking the Family time tour (in the paddock, and possibly on the trail).  Everybody gets in close contact with the horses, the children help us with brushing the horses and saddling them up, we lead them on the horses in a paddock and teach them to control the horse, and the adults of course learn at the same time, and we chat and share experiences and info about the Icelandic horse and everything. The adults also get the chance to ride a bit if they want.  We have several different popular options described, just push on the Read more button.  Duration 1 hour, and the visit can be made into a 1 1/2 or 2 hour experience.

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THE SHORT TOUR

Are you short on time, but want to squeeze in a fun experience and ride the famous Icelandic horse?  We offer a tour that, designed to be an enjoyable experience for beginners that do not have much time.  The whole experience begins with an intro on how to ride the Icelandic horse, then a lesson where you ride your horse and practice how to control the horse so you and the horse can be a good team for the ride.  Then you go out on a 1 hour ride at a slow and safe speed (the horse goes in the gait “walk”).

Duration of the whole experience (intro, lesson, ride) is ca. 1 1/2 hours.

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HORSE ROUND UP TOUR

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 700 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.  Usually people choose, for this big occasion, to add on some more tours in the days before the roundups, making this an unforgettable experience.

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WE MAKE YOUR IDEA A REALITY

Do you want some different kind of day tour?  Are you planning for a small or big group and have vague or clear ideas about what you’d want them to experiences?  Do you want us to do something that fits especially for your group?  Bring on your wishes and we’ll plan a fun tour for your group.

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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 ride on an ancient and historic medieval trail on a mountainside.  The view is spectacular, and we go from the green lowlands up to a barren mountain 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.  Duration 4-5 hours.

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THE LESSON (OR “WHAT CAN WE DO FOR YOU?”).

What are your ideas for an hour’s time with our horses?  This is a very popular choice for experienced riders that want to do more than go on a tour, they want instruction about how to ride the Icelandic style, how to ask for and ride the four different gaits of a good Icelandic riding horse (the walk, trot, gallop and the famous Icelandic horse gait, the tölt), first in a paddock, and then to go out on the trail for an extra thrill.  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 a special experience with designed for them.  Lukka has been a teacher all her life, we also have good staff that can give great instructions too, and it’s fun to meet your wishes.  This can be a 1 hour experience, or 2 hour experience.  And this can be a private tour for one, or it can be with more people.  The price can variate a bit depending on how long time you want, if you are one or several, if you want a guaranteed private tour or not.  Tell us your ideas, we’ll give you the price and do something super fun with you.

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THE WINTER EXPERIENCE (HORSES, TRAILS, AND POSSIBLY AURORA).

In December-April it varies a bit what trails are available.  The beach ride is available all through the winter, and a good part of the Viking tour, sometimes all of it.  You see the strongest Aurora borealis in Iceland, and in the world, here in the neighborhood at Langhus.  If you book yourself accommodation in our neighborhood, then you can ride with us during the day, and possibly see the Aurora borealis from the warm indoor facilities in the guesthouse in the night.  We are right in the middle of the aurora belt.  Be welcome here, also in the middle of the winter.

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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 tour is ca. 3 hours (and the whole experience can be ca. 4 hours).

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Discounts:

A 10 % discount is given if there are 4 or more adult people coming as a group on a ride.

Children younger than 14 years old get a 10% discount.