Have you been on a horseback riding vacation in Iceland? I'm ready!
Experiencing the tölt on a horseback riding vacation with Lýsuhóll
As we walked, trotted and (oh so briefly) tölted back to the barn, we chatted with our guide, who was not Icelandic, but German. Wishing to experience a ride on the unique Icelandic horses, she applied to be a summer farm worker at Lýsuhóll in exchange for room and board. The farm owner eagerly accepted her offer, and for the last six months she’d been leading horseback riding vacation tours, riding for 5-6 hours per day.
Guest Cabins for a horseback riding holiday at Lýsuhóll, Iceland
On our way back to the barn, I noticed a small group of buildings clustered on a hillside not far from the main house. They turned out to be the guest cabins. For 16,500 ISK per night (about $150 US) guests can stay in the cottages, or in one of the rooms of the four-room houses, which feature kitchens, Jacuzzi tubs, and spectacular views of the Snaefellsnes glacier.
Prices for rides at Lýsuhóll start at 4500 ISK for 90 minutes, and 3600 for every additional hour. Full-day horseback rides, with a light lunch, are 19,500 ISK per person. They also offer eight-day trekking tours that include lodging at the farm, starting at 1,500 euros per person.
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Katie Hammel writes BootsnAll’s WhyGo Iceland site – a one-stop guide for planning a visit to Iceland, including information on cheap flights to Iceland, the country’s best natural wonders and all the outdoor activities this beautiful country has to offer. Photos courtesy of Katie Hammel.