About Us

We are a fresh thinking privately owned fully licensed Booking company delivering a customer focused approach to finding the right holiday for you. From a short horse trip around the capital to a horse trip in the wilderness or a hike all around Iceland, we offer a lot‘s of choice. This choice, combined with expert, impartial advice, and unbeatable special offers, means that you get the perfect holiday that suits you.You have the choice of using our website or alternatively, you can speak to one of our fully qualified and caring consultants who are experienced in offering packages, flexible and tailor-made holidays to your destinations.We looking forward to helping you find your perfect holiday

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Þverholti 2
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Iceland

Payment information

For Day tours is paid upon arrival at the site or on our website www.tophorses.is .

For longer riding tours you have to pay 30% of the price on confirmation of the booking, you will receive payment information once the booking has been sent, the  tours has to be paid in full 60 days before the beginning of the journey.
All prices are the best possible rates for these trips and include all taxes and other charges.

All our trips are organized and undertaken by local people, you will newer pay Tophorses for longer tours, you will always pay the tour organizer, who has all permits as a tour operator .

 

Terms & Conditions

All trips offered are subject to Tophorses.is standard terms and conditions. Please review the terms and conditions carefully prior to completing your reservation. Our terms and conditions are set out below to draw your attention to the fact that our obligations to you are limited. All tours and activities are very weather and condition dependent. Tophorses has the right to change the itinerary or cancel tours if necessary. Weather in Iceland changes fast so last minute changes or cancellations might come up. Please respect the decisions made – Safety is always our priority! If tours are canceled due to weather or another factor outside our control before the tour starts, you will be offered a different date for the tour. If that is not possible you will receive a full refund. All tours are undertaken entirely at guests / clients own risk and they must take proper responsibility for their own risk. Short days ride and accommodition.

Regulation´s about payment, if you book the tour or accommadition through the website the full amount is requested at booking.

All longer tours payment.

Regulation´s about payment, Tophorses.is will newer charge you for longer tours, we only recommend about tours that we know are the best tours each time that we know about and are always organized by local people who always has all permits as a tour operators

General Conditions

our partnerss disclaims responsibility for any loss, damage, accidents, sickness or changes in schedules caused by weather, strikes or any other irregularity outside control. We reserves the right to alter routes, itineraries or departure times, without prior notice, should the necessity arise. In the case of any changes in flights (domestic and international), the passenger has to pay any additional cost caused by this, at the time the service is provided (extra hotel nights, meals, transfers etc). We advise all clients to have insurance, as clients are on their own responsibility on optional tours.

Liability

We reserves the right to alter routes, itineraries or timetables should the necessity arise, including irregularities due to adverse weather or road conditions. No responsibility is taken for losses or expenses due to delay or changes of flights, injury, damaged, negligence, weather, war or other unforeseeable causes. The estimated duration of tours as indicated on our website are standard times and can vary according to road or weather conditions. Punctuality is a key objective in our operation. However, delays may occur for unforeseen reasons. The company cannot be made responsible for losses that a passenger may face due to delay, regardless whether the loss is direct or indirect. Tophorses.is does not operate any tours but directs you tours operated by operators and service providers in Iceland. Neither does Tophorses.is charge users any fees, and as such, can not be liable for any accidents, losses, injuries, damages, delays, expenses due to any action or inaction on the part of the operator, guide or his/her services.

Validity of Prices

All rates quoted or shown in our tariffs are based on current purchasing prices in Euros. Tophorses.is reserves the right to increase prices already quoted or published in our price lists without notice,if government taxes,increases. Any eventual changes in rates will not be made with less than 8 weeks’ notice prior to arrival. After the invoice has been issued the price is guaranteed against any surcharge unless an increase is due to government laws. Our partners will absorb an amount equivalent to 5% of the package price. Amounts that exceed the 5% will be charged and clients will be entitled to cancel their booking with a full refund if the surcharge exceeds 10%.

Cancellation

All cancellations must be made by e-mail. In conformity with business practices within the Icelandic travel industry, the travel agent is obliged to charge cancellation fees to passenger(s) as follows (in addition to deposit):

Cancellation – Individuals or small groups

10% of the price of your tour is nonrefundable, this percentage reflects our cost of booking & preparing your tour.Cancellation made more than six weeks notice is subject to 10% of the tour price. Cancellation made less than six weeks but more than three weeks notice is subject to 30% of the tour price. Cancellation made less than six weeks but more than one week’s notice is subject to 50% of the tour price. Cancellation made less than one weeks notice means that the full price will be collected.

Cancellation – Groups with 10 or more people

10% of the price of your tour is nonrefundable, this percentage reflects our cost of booking & preparing your tour. Less than 8 weeks and more than 6 weeks: 75% refund Less than 6 weeks and more than 4 weeks: 20% refund Less than 4 weeks prior to arrival: no refund If a service which has unconditionally been confirmed is canceled by our partners, for example, due to insufficient participation, cancellations must be made with at least 4 weeks notice on Tophorses.is/partners behalf. Tophorses.is/partners shall make every effort to provide similar alternative arrangements without additional cost to the buyer. Should those alternatives not be to the buyer’s satisfaction, a full refund shall be made to the amount paid. If a volcanic eruption in Iceland keeps you from getting to Iceland, you will get a full refund. If Tophorses.is or our partners cancels your tour you get a full refund.

Cancellation Insurance

We strongly recommend you purchase cancellation insurance to protect yourself from unexpected circumstances that may cause you to cancel your trip.

Cancellation by our partners

Our partners reserves the right to cancel any trip at any time for any reason determined by our sole discretion, including if there are too few participants, or if the quality of the trip or the safety of travelers is judged by our partners to be compromised. In such a case, refund of payments received by our partners shall constitute a full and final settlement.However in most cases, if that happens, we can in most times find you another trip, similar to that you have ordered at the same time.

Refunds

No partial refunds will be given for unused hotel rooms, meals, sightseeing trips or other arrangements for any reason whatsoever. Prices are quoted as a package and credits are not given for services not used—unless written arrangements have been made with our partners or staff prior to departure.

Insurance

Before traveling on a trip, we strongly recommend you review your personal insurance and health insurance to ensure you have coverage appropriate to meet your needs, and the needs of your family and dependants, in the case of any loss of property or illness, injury or death.

Unexpected Costs

The cost of delays is not included, if any trip has to be delayed because of bad weather, trail conditions, road conditions, transportation delays, government intervention or sickness for which our partners or its agent, can not make alternate provisions for. Tours costs are subject to increase without prior notice, even if you have signed up for the trip and are paid in full. We publish our prices well in advance of departure, often more than half a year in advance. Between that time and the time of the trips actual departure, we are occasionally faced with significant cost increases that we cannot absorb, i.e., international currency fluctuations and increases in costs of services. We regret should such a situation occur, but sometimes it is unavoidable.

Responsibility of ride participants

Ride participants have a certain responsibility to our partners and to the other members of the ride. Participants are responsible for understanding the requirements of the ride, and for selecting a ride appropriate to their ability. Participants with medical problems or special dietary needs are responsible for informing our partners of these issues well in advance. For the protection of all participants, the ride leader reserves the right to prevent anyone from riding who displays insufficient ability, or whose behavior endangers the safety of other riders, themselves, or the horses. No refund will be made to a participant who is rejected for any such reason, or who is unwilling or unable to complete a tour. Participants are responsible for understanding what is and is not included in the price as outlined in the detailed ride itineraries.

Rating your horseback riding ability

This is a critically important first step in choosing a riding tour. For most of our multi-day riding trips, you must have a good knowledge of the basics and some experience in riding cross-country. The tour guide has full authority to exclude a rider from a trip for inability to ride or behavior that endangers the other riders or the horses. No refunds will be made under these circumstances.

Caution!

It is the rider’s responsibility to assess their own level of riding proficiency. If uncertain, please check with Tophorses or our partners before booking your tour. Please also note that riding is at your own risk. Maximum weight of rider is 120 kg Our partners reserves the right to change and adjust riding routes should weather conditions or other external circumstances make the original route unsafe or even dangerous which are not refundable. Please note that some guesthouses do not serve breakfast for passengers of early morning flights (departure 5.00). We reserve the right to change programs when absolutely necessary (e.g. extreme weather conditions). Please understand that we cannot repay for services provided, that you don’t wish to use. Confidentiality The seller promises the purchaser as confidential all information he gives up in connection with the transaction. Information will not under any circumstances be given to third parties. Some of the Personal Information we collect is shared with our service partners (e.g. tour operators) who are directly involved in fulfilling the purchases you have made from us. We only provide our service providers with your name and your local contact details, if you provide them (e.g., your hotel name for pick-ups and drop-offs, your local phone number, your mobile phone number, etc.) We do not provide our service providers with any other Personal Information. If you decide to provide any Personal Information directly to a service provider, we recommend that you review the service provider’s privacy policy to determine how such service provider may use or disclose your Personal Information.

Law and venue

This agreement is in accordance with Icelandic law. Any legal action because of his shall be brought for the District Court of Reykjavik . Thanks for reading this information and have a nice and safe travel in Iceland on a horse.

If you need any assistant, don’t hesitate to contact us.

About Iceland

Is it difficult to get to Iceland?

Not at all! Frequent flights operate to Iceland from main cities in Europe and North America and many gateways are served daily. Flight times to Europe are two to four hours. Most flights connect at Iceland´s Keflavík International Airport (45 km from Reykjavík) to give good stopover opportunities for transatlantic travelers.
How cold does it get?

Thanks to the Gulf Stream, Iceland isn´t as cold as it sounds. Temperatures are moderate year-round. Average July temperatures are around 11°C in Reykjavík – the north and east are often the warmest parts in the summer. Snow is not the norm and only settles intermittently in Reykjavík but tends to stay longer in the north. Fine winter skiing areas are found on the higher ground outside many towns, however. Average January temperatures in Reykjavík, at around zero, are actually higher than those in New York.
How should I dress?

In the summer, light clothing is often all you need – but always be prepared for both cold and wet weather at all times of the year. The weather can be extremely changeable. Icelanders often say, “If you don´t like the weather, just wait 15 minutes.” And always bring a bathing suit, whatever time of the year you visit. A favorite pastime is year-round outdoor swimming in countless geothermally heated pools and lagoons, with a typical temperature of 25-28°C.
Do Icelanders speak English?

Most Icelanders (especially those from their teenage years through their fifties) speak fluent English. In fact, they welcome the opportunity – so never be shy about approaching an Icelander.
What are the accommodation and food like?

Excellent! Iceland´s hotels and guesthouses are almost invariably clean and comfortable. The seafood and lamb are of outstanding natural quality and served in imaginative European style. There are also plenty of fast food establishments.
When is it daylight in Iceland?

Summer visitors who arrive at a bright midnight sky and ask when it gets dark in Iceland are sometimes told: “in the middle of August.” The sun barely sets in the summer in Reykjavík and it´s light round-the-clock in the north at the peak of summer. In mid-winter, expect only about four to five hours a day of daylight. Spring and autumn daylight hours are more or less “normal”.
What is there to see besides nature?

Nature is obviously a big part of the Icelandic experience – but it´s by no means the only part. Reykjavík is one of the liveliest, safest, most sophisticated and modern cities there is, and its nightlife and cultural activities have earned an exciting reputation. Other towns such as Akureyri in the north are worth visiting in their right too. For those who want to see both city and nature, the wilds begin just outside urban communities and a wide range of sightseeing tours are on offer from most of them.
Will my mobile phone work in Iceland?

Most European cell phones work on Iceland´s GSM network; North American ones use a different standard. But you can rent cell phones in Iceland. Iceland now has the highest rate of cell phones use in the world. Mobiles work in towns and on virtually all main travel routes.
Facts about Iceland
The Country.

Iceland is an island of 103.000 km2 (39,756 sq.miles), about one-third larger than Scotland or Ireland. Its highest peak, Hvannadalshnjúkur, rises to 2.119 m and over 11 percent of the country is covered by glaciers, including Vatnajökull, the largest in Europe.
Energy.

Situated on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, Iceland is a hot spot of volcanic and geothermal activity: 30 post-glacial volcanoes have erupted in the past two centuries, and natural hot water supplies much of the population with cheap, pollution-free heating. Rivers, too, are harnessed to provide inexpensive hydroelectric power.
People.

Out of a population numbering more than 300.000, half live in the capital Reykjavík and its neighboring towns in the southwest. Keflavík International Airport has located about 50 km from the capital. The highland interior is uninhabited (and uninhabitable), and most centers of population are situated on the coast.
Language.

Iceland was settled by Nordic people in the 9th century – tradition says that the first permanent settler was Ingólfur Arnarson, a Norwegian Viking who made his home where Reykjavík now stands. The Icelanders still speak the language of the Vikings, although modern Icelandic has undergone changes of pronunciation and, of course, of vocabulary! Iceland is alone in upholding another Norse tradition, i.e. the custom of using patronymics rather than surnames; and Icelander´s Christian name is followed by his or her father´s name and the suffix -son or -dóttir, e.g. Guðrún Pétursdóttir (Guðrún, daughter of Pétur). Members of a family can, therefore, have many different “surnames”, which sometimes causes confusion to foreigners!
History.

In 930, the Icelandic settlers founded one of the world´s first republican governments; the Old Commonwealth Age, described in the classic Icelandic Sagas, lasted until 1262 when Iceland lost its independence, and in 1944 the present republic was founded. The country is governed by the Althing (parliament), whose 63 members are elected every four years. four-yearly elections are also held for the presidency; President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson was elected in June 1996 to succeed Vigdís Finnbogadóttir and was re-elected in June 2000. The head of state plays no part in day-to-day politics.
Health.

Life expectancy, at 81.3 years for women and 76.4 for men, is one of the highest in the world, and a comprehensive state health-care system aims to keep it that way.
Tallest mountains.

Hvannadalshnjúkur 2119 m, Bárðarbunga 2000 m,Kverkfjöll 1920 m,Snæfell 1833 m.
Longest rivers.

Þjórsá 230 km, Jökulsá á Fjöllum 206 km, Ölfusá / Hvítá 185 km, Skjálfandafljót 178 km
Largest glaciers.

Vatnajökull 8300 km2,Langjökull 953 km2,Hofsjökull 925 km2,Mýrdalsjökull 596 km2,Drangajökull 200 km2
Largest lakes.

Þórisvatn 83 km2,Þingvallavatn 82 km2,Lögurinn 53 km2,Mývatn 37 km2

Useful information

Accommodation

Accommodation is pleasant and comfortable, where possible. On the way, we sleep in plain guesthouses and youth hostels with double-/multi-bedrooms. especially when riding we also spend some nights in simple but clean and warm huts and village halls (mattress camp), old farmhouses and 2-person huts equipped with cooker, cooking utensils and provisions.

Meals

What does full board mean? As a rule, this means breakfast, substantial picnic or warm lunch, as well as warm dinner. We value typical Icelandic food, whenever possible. Typically Icelandic – most of all means healthy: Vegetables and salad from geothermic hothouses, fresh fish from the sea or our clean rivers, delicious dairy products which are not mass produced and lamb from absolute free-range animals.

En route, there is almost no possibility to spend extra money. But do take along some money for possible short-transfers in Reykjavík on departure-day. In most of our tour‘s is no alcohol drinks included in the tour price and in the highlands it is hard to get, that can be bought at the duty free store at keflavik airport upon arrival.

Luggage in horse tours.

Luggage will be transported in the kitcen van, pack light because transport space is limited, bring bags rather then hard cover suitcases.

Rating your horseback riding ability

This is a critically important first step in choosing a riding tour. For most of our multi-day riding trips you must have a good knowledge of the basics and some experience in riding cross-country.Maximum weight of rider is 120 kg

Horsetours : riding skills

Beginners: with a basic knowledge :

It is no problem for you to ride a safe horse in all gaits in the country. It is possible to take children or anxious riders into consideration.

Intermediate riders :

Comfortable and in control at all paces,firm seat,comfortable in the saddle for 4- 7 hours ride a day.

Experienced riders :

We are riding at a lively pace with free-running horses (pack-horses, exchange horses, young horses) and we appreciate it when our guests help driving and keeping the herd together.

For all our riding programs participants need to be fit and healthy.

Caution!

It is the rider’s responsibility to assess their own level of riding proficiency. If uncertain, please check with Tophorses or tour operator before booking your tour. Please also note that riding is at your own risk. Maximum weight of rider is 120 kg

we reserves the right to change and adjust riding routes should weather conditions or other external circumstances make the original route unsafe or even dangerous which are not refundable.

Please note that some guesthouses do not serve breakfast for passengers of early morning flights (departure 5.00).

We reserve the right to change programs when absolutely necessary (e.g. extreme weather conditions).

Please understand that we cannot repay for services provided, that you don’t wish to use.

Thanks for reading this information and have a nice and safe travel in Iceland .

About the Iceland horse

Thousands of people in Iceland own horses for the simple pleasure of riding out and enjoying the companionship of their horses. Travel on horseback is growing in popularity and Icelandic horsemen are respectful and considerate when it comes to nature, just as they are with their horse. All sorts of competitions are on offer and everyone can find a level that suits them, from novice fun classes up to top class national competitions. The Icelandic Horse can be used in all the traditional Icelandic disciplines as well as in classic equestrian sports such as dressage and jumping. Whatever your preference – you will always find an Icelandic horse to fulfill your dream!

Story of the horse

The history of the Icelandic Horse can be traced right back to the settlement of the country in the late 9th century. Viking settlers brought with them their best horses, from various origins, though mostly of Germanic descent. Some sources say that the Icelandic Horse is a descendant of a Northern European breed, “Equus Scandinavicus”, while others claim that the horse is closely related to the English Exmoor pony. Although the origin of the breed was mixed, today this is one of the most purebred horse breeds in the world, due to its isolation. The breed has remained pure for over a thousand years and thus today there is only one breed of horse in Iceland – The Icelandic Horse.

The Heard

Raising horses in this manner, in herds that roam free in wide open fields and highlands, is the key to shaping the personality and character of the Icelandic Horse. Since the breed has been isolated in Iceland for a thousand years none of the major infectious horse diseases are found in Iceland.

The Five Gaits

The Icelandic Horse is unique amongst horse breeds because it masters five gaits; walk, trot, tölt, canter/gallop and flying pace. The masters five gaits; walk, trot, tölt beat smooth gait, the “tölt”, that is very comfortable for the rider and elegantly displayed by the horse. It is an unforgettable experience, riding a horse that is so connected to the nature and landscape and where you can climb mountains, gallop across fields, cross rivers and enjoy the bright Icelandic summer nights.

Export

Ielandic horses were first exported as working animals decades ago. They were used for farm work and mining and tens of thousands of horses were exported for that purpose. The 1950s saw the first exports of riding horses, and since then the Icelandic Horse has grown in popularity in Europe and North America. An international association of Icelandic horse owners, FEIF, comprises 18 member countries: Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, the Faeroe Islands, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland and the USA. There are more than 100,000 Icelandic horses abroad, most of them in Germany and Scandinavia. The growing popularity of the Icelandic Horse has made horse breeding a valuable business and it has boosted the agricultural community in Iceland.

 

sourcer:The Icelandic horse, published by The Horse Breeders Association of Iceland.

 

What to bring

This is for all riding and hiking tours

Travel Insurance Remember to take out travel insurance before your journey. Please note that all riding and hiking is at your own risk. Residents of the EU/EEA countries should bring their European Health Insurance Card (E-111 form) in case of illness and need for medical care.

This is only for longer riding tours

Caution!

Used boots, riding wear, saddlebags etc., must be disinfected before arrival in Iceland. That is because infectious disease can easily be brought into the country, which poses a great threat for the horses. Further information at www.mast.is . How to Clean and Disinfect Riding Gear:

Riding wear is normally washed and shoes and leather articles are washed and cleaned with iodine or some other fluid disinfectant.

 

You should be ready for all kinds of weather as the weather can change very quickly.

We recommend that the following items are included when preparing riding tours:

  • Riding boots – preferably rubber, because of the rivers we cross.
  • Warm jacket or overcoat.
  • Warm (woolen or fleece) sweater.
  • Warm socks and gloves, at least two pairs, scarf and a cap or hat.
  • Warm underwear, long if possible (protects also from chafing).
  • Riding trousers.
  • Track suit.
  • A pair of slippers to wear in the accommodation. (Icelanders take off their shoes when entering a house).
  • Swim suits, towels, soap etc.
  • A small camera to take with you on the ride.
  • Band aids and second skin plasters for chafing.
  • Insect repellent, gnat net head cover.
  • Chocolate or glucose sweets for strenuous riding days.
  • Sun lotion for face and lips (with high sun factor).
  • Sleeping bag and a sheet, and a small pillow
  • Lunch box
  • Ear plugs. Some people snore!!!

This is only for hiking tours

Comfortable well-fitting water-proof hiking shoes, an extra pair of shoes or boots for crossing especially damp areas as in our tour Water, Wideness, Wilderness, slippers, rain-proof clothes (jacket and trousers), hiking-bag, gloves and cap, bathing costume or trunks, sunglasses, sleeping bag (moderade only), warm, functional clothing, trekking-rucksack (moderade only), hiking-sandals or similar shoes for river-crossings (moderade only).