Ishetar Riding Tours

Jan 12th, 2006, 04:03 AM
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Ishetar Riding Tours

Has anyone used this company for riding tours in Iceland? I am looking at #41 which is a short ride, then a soak in the Blue Lagoon before heading to the airport to return home. I just wondered about the time schedule. They advertise that it is something that is possible before a flight back. What does anyone think?


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Jan 14th, 2006, 03:01 PM
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I did a tour with them. If you have experience with horses and would like to experience riding an Icelandic Horse - forget it!!!

If you have experience with horses and REALLY enjoy trail rides no matter the nag you may get - go for it.

If I remember correctly, this tour operates rain or shine. So if you feel horizontal rain is a fair exchange for viewing the unique Iceland countryside - you'll probably enjoy the tour no matter what.
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Jan 15th, 2006, 05:10 AM
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I guess it advertises better than it is. I think a soak in the Blue Lagoon might be better for a quick trip. We arrive late afternoon from CDG for one night then leave next day for BOS at 4:45. I am thinking of Blue Lagoon on arrival and spending the day I leave walking around Reykjavik. Anyone else had this amount of time to plan in Reykjavik?
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Jan 16th, 2006, 10:29 AM
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There tour is really dependent on whether you have experience with horses. I showed horses, so I was really looking forward to the opportunity of trying the 5th gait of this breed. And for some reason I was stuck on stupid and completely forgot how much I dislike trail rides. I even noted my stupidity on my Christmas cards that year. The other people on that tour seemed to enjoy it.

If you ride and expect that you will need your horsemanship skills on this tour, it's going to be a disappointment. If you don't have experience with horses or have taken previous horse riding excursions and enjoyed them, you'll probably enjoy this one also. It is a wonderful experience to get out in the countryside. It's a very different landscape!! It was worth it alone to see the landscape. I was disappointed because I didn't actually have to work at riding.

That's about the same amount of time we had. I have heard the nightlife is really something in Reykjavik. I'm not into the club scene & I was traveling with my grandmother, so I haven't experienced it first hand.

Maybe plan to explore downtown (there's a very interesting cemetary)and have a nice evening on the town. Wash Europe off you at the lagoon and have lunch there before heading to the airport. I think the airport is between Reykjavik and the lagoon. Going directly from the lagoon to the airport could save you some time.

I will be stopping over in Iceland after I trip to Russia to unwind and relax before getting back to the states. I am taking Iceland Air out of Minneapolis not only for the price but because of the opportunity partake in the Take a Break deal!!
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Jan 16th, 2006, 12:08 PM
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I'll probably decide what to do right before I go. I am definitely doing the Blue Lagoon just for the experience. I'll leave the horses for another day.
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Jan 16th, 2006, 04:42 PM
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A friend of mine did this and complained that the horses were the worst slugs she had ever seen (but then she's used to riding her own retired jumper). Perhaps if you don;t mind the usual slugs you get in public stables.
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