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$2,995.00 CAD

ICELAND HORSE RIDING

Reykjavik, Island

Seasonal-Lesbian/Bi - Aug 25 - Sep 2/14

Seasonal-Lesbian/Bi - Aug 25 - Sep 2/14

Guaranteed Departure: August 6 – 14, 2014

 

WHAT’s INCLUDED

  • 9 Day Adventure
  • 7 Full-days on Horseback
  • 8 Nights Accommodation in Mountain Huts, Community Centres and Guesthouses
  • Horses + Riding Gear (helmets, rain gear)
  • Professional Horse Guides
  • All Meals from Dinner Day One to Breakfast Day 9
  • Transfers from airport to Reykjavik and back
  • Lesbian Tour Leader/Guide
  • Small Group Experience
  • All taxes and handling fees

Optional:         Flights
                        Extend your stay in Reykjavik, Iceland

Imagine…horseback riding through the wilds of Iceland; fjords, volcanoes, waterfalls, hot springs.  Imagine the adventure; imagine the stories you’ll tell! And every place you’ll explore in the ‘Golden Circle’ of Southern Iceland in the Snaefellsnes Peninsula has a story. Have you heard of Jules Verne’s novel, Journey to the Center of the Earth? Snæfellsjökull, Iceland’s famous cone volcano is the inspiration for its mythic setting. And Snæfellsjökull will inspire – and awe – you too.  Because as you ride the local trails, there it is: the legendary volcano, always in view, right in front of you; Glacier-capped, fantastic, beckoning, a sentinel guarding the heavens.

This adventure will unleash your imagination and make you feel like you are in a magical fairytale…

Blame it on the wild and romantic landscape: Iceland is famous for its spectacular natural features and all of them are here, in Snaefellsnes Peninsula, where your trip takes place. (Snaefellsnes Peninsula has a story, too: it’s sometimes called “Iceland in a nutshell”.) Gorges, volcanoes, valleys, lava fields, sandy ocean beaches, sea-side cliffs and idyllic meadows – you’ll see and experience them all as you ride through them on horseback.

And the horses, they have a story, too. In a word: VIKINGS! The Icelandic horse was brought here more than 1,000 years ago by Vikings. Herds of Icelandic ponies and horses still roam the valleys – you’ll see them and might even get up close to them but don’t worry, because as wild horses go, they’re more “free” than “feral”. (Icelandic horses and ponies are famous for their affectionate natures.) And the Icelandic horses you’ll be riding are known for their affection, too, as well as their sure-footedness and smooth gait. This trip is suitable for beginners as well as more experience riders.

And after a good long day of horseback riding through the wilds of Iceland, you’ll spend your nights at traditional and comfortable country guesthouses. Along the way, as we ride through the countryside, and we’ll stop for some sightseeing; visit museums, explore a historic village, and at the end of your trip, indulge in a well-earned soak in the healing mineral hot springs of the Blue Lagoon Hot Springs and Spa; because every good story needs a happy ending!

Are YOU ready to ride your way through the wilds of Iceland on a real-life adventure?

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Rainbow “RAYS OF HOPE” Donation Program

WE BELIEVE IN COMMUNITY - As part of our ongoing commitment to community growth, Rainbow High Vacations supports quality of life improvements for LGBT people. We sponsor teams, offer travel-based fundraising programs, and forward donations to organizations on your behalf. (A receipt for tax purposes may be supplied, depending on the organization you choose). 

 

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Golden Circle Horse Riding Adventure 8 Nights
  Single
August 25 - September 2 2014 2995

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ICELAND HORSE RIDING

Day One: 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 the ending busstation BSÍ in Reykjavík. We will greet you at the bus station or at your hotel/ guesthouse in Reykjavik between 17:30- 18:00 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 – Kolvidarhóll

We start the day by getting to know the horses in the paddock. After lunch, we follow the old route from Hveragerdi to Hellisheidi. When we reach the moor, we continue to the Hengill volcano along the Kristnitökuhraun lava field. This lava came from the eruption of Hengill in the year 1000, the same year Iceland officially became Christian. The old folktales say that the eruption was the revenge of the old gods Thór, Ódinn and Freyr. We continue on the track between lava and hills (“milli hrauns og hlidar”), down to Kolvidarhóll, where people have stopped to rest for hundreds of years. We spend the night at the farm. (21 km, 4 hrs)

Day 3: Kolvidarhóll – Heiðarbær

We continue north below the Húsmúli and Hengill mountains. We dismount and lead the horses through the narrow cleft to Marardalur (Valley of Horses). We ride through Dyrfjöll (Door Mountains) and alongside Sköflungur. When we reach the mountaintop, we have a view over Lake Thingvallavatn.  After arriving near Heiðubær, we will end the day with sightseeing at the old Althing (Icelandic Parliament).  From here, it is not far to Skógarhólar, where we spend the night. Iceland’s big national horse competition Landsmæot was held at Skógarhólar until 1978. (38 km, 6-7 hrs)

Day 4: Skógarhólar – Geysir/Myrkholt

Today we ride across the Thingvellir National Park.  From Gjábakki we have an exceptional view over the park. We can see Lake Thingvallavatn, the largest lake in Iceland. This is also the area where the North American and European crustal plates meet. We cross Lyngdalsheidi Moor, where we stop at the Laugarvatnshellir caves. We finish the day’s ride outside the village of Laugarvatn, named after the nearby lake. The lake is heated by underwater hot springs. The bus takes us to our guesthouse Myrkholt and then on sightseeing tour to Gullfoss, one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Europe and to Geysir, in Haukadalur. (35 km, 6-7 hrs)

Day 5: Geysir/Myrkholt – Helgaskáli

From Myrkholt we continue up towards the highlands of Iceland. From Brúarhlöd we have a magnificent view over the white Hvítá River, and we can see how the river, over hundreds of years, has shaped the mountain, flowing deeper and deeper into it. We spend the night in a hut called Helgaskáli beside the Litla-Laxá River. (35 km, 6-7 hrs)

Day 6: Helgaskáli – Hólaskógar

We ride through the highland and listen to the silence until we reach Háifoss, which is with its 122 meters the second highest waterfall in Iceland. Our destination is the Hólaskógar hut, whose environment is very special and varied. (20 km, 4 hrs)

Day 7: Hólaskógur – Fellsmúli

The tour continues along Iceland’s longest river Thjórsá. We pass the Mt. Búrfell, which, in the old days, was the home of trolls, and Tröllkonuhlaup (the place where a troll woman jumped over the river). After some kilometres along the river, we get a magnificent view over Thjófafoss (the Waterfall of the Thieves), about which many stories are told. We can see the Mt. Hekla volcano when we leave the horses at the Fellsmúli Farm. We spend the night at the old community center Brúarlundur. (45 km, 8 hrs)

Day 8: Fellsmúli – Fellsmúli

We go on along Eystri-Rangá River and enjoy riding on soft grass. The whole day we have the Hekla volcano in view, which was once called the way from earth down to hell. We ride in a circle, leaving the horses at Fellsmúli. Around 15:30 we go by bus back to Reykjavik, where the group can spend the evening together. Bed & breakfast accommodation will be in a guesthouse. (24 km, 4 hrs)

Day 9: Departure

After breakfast, tour members can take the bus to Keflavik Airport on your own or continue travelling in Iceland -- If you would like to spend more time in Iceland extended packages can be booked with Rainbow High!

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ICELAND HORSE RIDING