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post #21 of 40 Old 09-04-2019, 07:54 PM Thread Starter
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You're killing me, @gottatrot !
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post #22 of 40 Old 09-04-2019, 07:58 PM
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You're killing me, @gottatrot !
We went because I googled photos of Iceland, LOL. If you can't tell, I wish I could go!! But only so much travel $$ and DH to consider, with other places in the world to see before we die...
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post #23 of 40 Old 09-05-2019, 12:04 AM
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Following this with interest! This is the sort of thing the goodewyfe and I have been thinking of now that we are retired. Iceland wasn't on the radar, but pony trekking certainly is.
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post #24 of 40 Old 09-05-2019, 08:31 AM
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If you can't tell, I wish I could go!! But only so much travel $$ and DH to consider, with other places in the world to see before we die...
I am right there with you!
And our yearly trips to Switzerland to visit family devour our travel budget...
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post #25 of 40 Old 09-06-2019, 02:44 AM
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I've been saving up some thoughts. Here they are.

I feel like the overall tone of my post is negative. Don't get me wrong. Iceland is an absolutley amazing place and I'd go back in a heartbeat. These are just some useful things to know.

1. You canít bring your own tack or riding gear. Horses in Iceland have no immunity to most equine diseases. When I went on my ride, they were hesitant to even let me wear the gloves I had been riding in, until I told them I had washed them since the last time I rode in them, in hot soapy water.

2. Your flight will be 5-7 hours long, which isnít enough time to really get any decent sleep. You will be super tired when you get there. Your hotel will not let you check in early. They arenít being jerks, itís just that every hotel room in Iceland is booked every day in the summer, and your room isnít ready yet. If itís important to be able to go to sleep as soon as you get in, you can make your reservation start the night before you arrive. Just make sure your hotel knows what youíre planning on doing, so they donít give your room away.

3. Reykjavik is the capitol and Keflavik is the small town thatís near the airport. It used to be a navy base (my dad was stationed there!) and now itís just a small town. If you donít need to be in Reykjavik, I would maybe look into staying in Keflavik. I think it would probably be cheaper.

4. Getting from the airport to Reykjavik is expensive, I guess unless you hitchhiked. I think the best option is to take a bus. They have some service like the airport shuttle, except obviously way more expensive. You need to book in advance.

5. Donít make the mistake I did and book your car rental out of the Reykjavik airport Ė this is a small airport thatís in town. Or, if you do want to pick up your car in town, be sure thatís where you are getting it. I got the two airports mixed up and went all the way out to the main airport just to learn that my car wasnít waiting for me.

6. Reykjavik is a relatively small city and very walkable. You can see all that youíd want to see in half a day, honestly. The big church is kind of cool, for like five minutes. There arenít many old buildings. Up until about a hundred years ago, people were forbidden to live in cities on the coast. You can read about why if youíre interested, but this means that there arenít any cute old cities like in most of Europe.

7. Public transportation in Iceland is really bad. Iceland is the first country in Europe where I had to drive. The only alternative to driving is busses, but busses tend to be very few and far between, and often late. There are no proper bus stops outside of cities, so you will probably be standing in the rain for at least an hour, wondering where your bus is.

8. If you go with someone else, you need to take turns driving. Itís hard to drive and gawp and the same time, and literally every time you turn a corner youíre going to want to be gawping.

9. If you are going to be driving, take half an hour and learn the basics about driving in Iceland. One big thing is that once you get far enough out of Reykjavik, a lot of the bridges on the main highway are one-lane bridges. So you have to know how to tell who has the right-of-way.

10. I didnít personally do any driving outside of the main highways and towns. I donít have a lot of experience fording rivers and driving on cliffside roads with no fencing, plus I was by myself with a crappy phone, and I didnít want to get stuck anywhere. You might feel differently.

11. Everywhere I went people spoke English, but I didnít go very far off the beaten path.

12. Every single (natural) thing is worth seeing, and honestly worth seeing twice. There wasnít one thing I saw that wasnít amazing. The cities and towns were mostly meh.
Great info. Thanks. Any suggestions on footwear? From what you say, bringing your own riding boots is likely out of the question.
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Hi @Avna

I have been to Iceland in June for 8 days and of course went for a horse ride 1 day and it was amazing.
Icelandic horses are amazing, fearless, comfortable to ride and strong. Even though I did not know the horse and we were just in 2 people out (me and the guide) I did not feel unsafe with the horse not even for 1 second, and Lolly was just super cute <3 . And the view!!! WOW, no words.

Iceland is all beautiful but if you want to go take at least 8-10 days and even though the south/south-east area is the one with most attractions, I would suggest you to go in the north or west part of Iceland. Way less people, especially for horse back riding. I went to https://saltvik.is/horse-riding/ and I think they are really well organized and open with schedules etc, we arrived without booking and a girl was immediately willing to come out with me (it was not high season so they just opened to tourists). They also have a guest house in case you need it. The staff, generally in a lot of places, is not from the country. Most of them (in my case, all the riders/guides I met) were foreigners living in Iceland for 7/9 months a year, and the weird thing is that most of them they just loved Iceland so much that they are going back every year to work there.
But yes, it is true.. you cannot bring anything with you that you used with horses out of Iceland. The tour guide told me that she had to wash her boots, gloves and riding-clothes multiple times when she arrived at the farm.

Btw, in the same town we also went whale watching, absolutely something to do.


Personally, we rented a mini van and we slept in camp sites...way cheaper and I just loved it. And no issues at all with English speakers everywhere, not even in small supermarkets on the way. Of course I am sure not EVERYONE speaks it perfectly but we never had communications issues with locals :)

If you manage to go, you will not regret it. I am sure about it :)
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oh yes, I forgot that they are so funny too. Tolting is not super easy, but once you get how to do it it is just so FUN!!! I enjoyed all the almost 3 hours of ride and when I will go back, because I will go back , I will definitely do it again :)
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Great info. Thanks. Any suggestions on footwear? From what you say, bringing your own riding boots is likely out of the question.
Waterproof hiking boots. I'm not sure if you'd want to wear them for riding, but you're going to want waterproof shoes if you're planning on doing about anything else outdoors. Also wool socks. I bought wool socks partially for this trip, but I'm now a wool sock convert and wear them for all of my hikes, even in Texas in the summer.
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post #29 of 40 Old 09-06-2019, 07:39 AM
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I've been to Iceland but never pony trekking. It's something my partner and I wanna do and if you end up organising something for next year be happy to tag along!
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i've been to iceland but never pony trekking. It's something my partner and i wanna do and if you end up organising something for next year be happy to tag along!

September 2020 in Iceland!
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