We start in the riding hall, then ride out onto the comfortable bridle paths around Kálfholt. Parents are welcome to come along, either on foot or on horseback – after all, someone has to take the photos! Children who are used to riding or have been on a riding course can ride independently, while a lead rein is used for those with less experience. After their ride the children have the chance to groom their horses – and Hallgerður Loppa the cat and Embla the dog may be around as well!
Autumn/Winter Programme (1 October - 30 April)
We welcome guests in autumn and winter, just as we do at any other time of the year. Anyone with an interest in the Icelandic horse will find something to suit them. We offer an introduction to the Icelandic horse, riding lessons, short rides, and weekend programmes.
An ideal ride for beginners, offering a unique opportunity to experience the remarkable character and qualities of the Icelandic horse. We ride at walking pace on comfortable bridle paths around the farm of Kálfholt. If all goes well and our riders are keen, we may try out the livelier tölt, a smooth running gait characteristic of the Icelandic horse.
A ride to suit both novices and more experienced riders. We ride at a leisurely tölt – the smooth running gait characteristic of the Iceland horse – from the farm of Kálfholt along the banks of the mighty Þjórsá river, surrounded by breathtaking mountain landscapes – with the accompaniment of the burbling of the river flowing by – while all around we see fields of graceful mares, powerful stallions and this year’s long-legged foals – all adding up to an unforgettable experience. The ride is followed by home-baked treats back at the farm.
The programme begins with an introduction from the hosts about their life with the Icelandic horse through the year. They explain the five gaits of the Icelandic horse, with special emphasis on the tölt, a smooth running gait. This is followed by a ride of about half an hour, for those who wish, in the vicinity of the farm of Kálfholt. After the ride, visitors are served warming hot chocolate, coffee and home-baked treats.
On this two-hour programme, visitors receive instruction in how to ride a horse to achieve the desired gait. We place emphasis on the rider experiencing the prized tölt, the smooth run which is characteristic of the Icelandic horse. We begin the session in the riding hall, then go for a ride in the vicinity of the farm of Kálfholt.