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Icelandic Horse Farm Lýtingsstaðir

Lýtingsstaðir, 560 Varmahlíð

Our holiday and horse-breeding farm Lýtingsstaðir, is situated in the North of Iceland in Skagafjörður. Just 20km away from road#1 you will find our peaceful farm where we share our home with the Icelandic horse.
Whether you want to spend a whole day riding or just 2 hours, we have flexible options to suit you.
We offer shorter and longer riding tours and treks, riding holidays on the farm and horse rental for a short visit, suiting beginners and experienced riders.
Find our options and detailed information about tours and treks on our website.
We have three wooden cottages for self-catering to rent.
In each of our cozy cottages you will find a well-equipped kitchen, en-suite, TV with DVD player, deck furniture and a coal BBQ. Each cottage is ideal for a family and can fit up to 5/6 people.
You´ll be at the heart of Iceland´s nature; take a ride or walk, watch horses, sheep and other animals. Relax to the sound of the horses hoof and explore the valleys and breathtaking mountains.
Lýtingsstaðir is a fully licensed riding holiday company, operating since the year 2000, welcoming you with a warn hospitality and a personal atmosphere.

The Old Stable

Inspired by the long history of the farm, a horse stable and a storage room were built in 2015. The two gabled houses combine turf, stones and wood, and they are masterpieces of traditional, even if nowadays very rare, Icelandic craftsmanship. We want to tell visitors how horses were kept on farms in the old days, and we have a display featuring old tools, tack and other items connected with horses and farming.
Opening time
The stable is open daily from May to September, other times of year on request. Entrance fee for adults, free entry for children under 12.
Horses&Heritage
Step inside the OLD STABLE and make even more of our popular presentation of Horses & Heritage! The program runs every Tuesday evening in the summer, on request all year round for groups and as a guided day tour from Akureyri, see www.ttv.is
Please contact for prices and booking information.

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Hey Iceland

Síðumúli 2, 108 Reykjavík

Hey Iceland is an award-winning, leading expert in travel in the Icelandic countryside with over 30 years of experience.

We offer a wide range of self-drive packages, guided tours and day tours all year round in addition to a vast network of comfortable accommodation in scenic locations - over 170 carefully selected bed and breakfasts, country hotels, self-catering cottages, apartments, and traditional farm stays all around Iceland.

The Hey Iceland Association was founded by farmers in 1980 and the travel agency by the same name is still majority-owned by the farmers themselves, meaning that profits stay local.

Hey Iceland is committed to sustainable tourism.

Browse our selection of self-drive and guided tours, day tours and accommodation and book online today or contact us for an authentic and memorable holiday filled with traditional Icelandic hospitality!

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Friðheimar

Reykholt, Bláskógabyggð, 806 Selfoss

Food Experience

In Friðheimar we create a pleasant Food Experience for our guests where lunch is enjoyed among the tomato plants, as the restaurant is located inside the greenhouse. Enjoy the special experience of entering a greenhouse with its fragrant tomato plants - and then sitting down to a feast of the famous and delicious Friðheimar's tomato based cousine - with tomato plants all around. Some would also like to raise a glass of tomato schnapps!

Visitors can also buy delicious food souvenirs such as tomato jam, cucumber salsa and tomato drink. Everything homemade. We recommend to book a table in advance through email (fridheimar@fridheimar.is) or phone (+354 486 8894)

Greenhouse visit and a Horse show or Visit to the stable

We also offer a Greenhouse Visit where guests are informed how Icelanders are able to grow vegetables the whole year around with help from the nature!

A Horse show or Visit to the stable is available where the history and gates of the Icelandic horse is introduced in a light and professional way in a nice environment. After the show our guests are welcome to the stable where they can meet the horses, take pictures and talk to the riders.

Friðheimar is a farm operated by an Icelandic family who is breeding Icelandic horses and growing vegetables all year around with help from the nature. A visit to Friðheimar is in perfect harmony with the Golden Circle route and is a great entertainment for all age groups and specially people that are curious about family farm life in Iceland.

Please notice that the Greenhouse visit and Horse show/Visit to the stable need to be booked in advance through email (fridheimar@fridheimar.is) or phone (+354 486 8894)

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Sölvanes

Skagafjörður, 560 Varmahlíð

We offer cosy accommodation at a fair price on a traditional sheep farm. The accommodation is available in a renovated older guest house.

Fully made-up beds or sleeping bag accommodation. Shared cooking facilities and two bathrooms.

  • Free WiFi
  • Charging station for electric cars

Breakfast as well as dinner with the family featuring local produce can be booked in advance. Farm animals and stable visits - sheep, horses, a cat, dog, rabbit, hens and ducks.

Walking tracks and beauty spots in the farmland, along the river Svartá or to the hills above the farm. For a real hike try the summit of Maelifell, Hamraheidi, Molduxi, Tindastoll or travel a bit further to the rural and peaceful valley Austurdalur.

Emphasis on a relaxing, family-friendly atmosphere. Close to a horse rental/Old Stable , white water rafting, hand craft sale and a nature bath.

Please contact us for more information and bookings.

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The Icelandic Goat Center Háafell

Háafell, 320 Reykholt í Borgarfirði

The Icelandic goat is an endangered species and the Icelandic Goat Centre at Háafell is working towards protecting and maintaining the goat stock in Iceland. Visitors receive a warm welcome from the goats, which are very people-friendly.

Other animals on the farm are horses, sheep, Icelandic chickens, silkie chickens, dogs and cats.

Toilet facilities available. Local Food store. Goat products, bath products, creams, soaps, leather and handcrafts.

Open June 1st - August 31st from 13:00 to 18:00 and upon request.

For a guided tour around the farm we charge 1500 isk for adult and 750 isk for kids 7 - 17 years.

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Vogafjos Farm Resort

Vogum , 660 Mývatn

Welcome to Vogafjós Farm Resort

The resort is located on the east coast of lake Mývatn. It consists of a cosy family-owned guesthouse, a restaurant next to a cowshed and a small boutique with unique local products.

The guesthouse is located in a beautiful area, surrounded by lava rocks and birch trees. It is the perfect location for northern lights scouting. In good conditions the lights can be seen easily from outside the rooms. All our rooms have a private bathroom and a wireless internet connection. The reception is located on the other side of the road, inside Vogafjós Restaurant.

Restaurant

Vogafjós Restaurant is located beside our cowshed. We offer homemade local food such as smoked trout, lamb shanks, beef burgers, mozzarella and salad cheese made from our own milk and our homemade Geysir rye bread which is baked in our underground bakery. The restaurant is fully licensed and specializes in high quality and healthy products. While enjoying your meal you can experience the great view of lake Mývatn or watch through a glass window when the cows are milked, at 7:30 am and 6:00 pm. Guests are also allowed to go inside the cowshed to pet the calves and even try the fresh milk.

Vogafjós Farm Resort is open all year round.

Vogafjós Resort

Tel: (00354) 464 3800

vogafjos@vogafjos.is

www.vogafjos.is

facebook.com/vogafjosfarmresort

www.instagram.com/vogafjosmyvatn

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Hólar Petting Farm

Hólar, 371 Búðardalur

At our lovely little farm Hólar you can expect to find a variety of animals, including horses, dogs, cats, rabbits, a cow, ducks, sheep, chickens, turkeys, goats, a pig and even a raven!

We would love to welcome you and show you around our farm, introducing you to Icelandic style farming. Feel free to pet the animals.

Open 16th June - 9th August from 11:00 to 16:00. Closed on Tuesdays.

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Rúnalist Stórhól - Art craft and animals

Stórhóll, 560 Varmahlíð

Local hand craft for sale. Natural Icelandic materials from Skagafjörður, leather, fish leather, hides and wool.

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Brunastadir

Brúnastaðir, Fljót, 570 Fljót

Please contact for prices and booking information.

Visti us on Facebook here.

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Snow Dogs

Vallholt, 650 Laugar

Snow Dogs offers dog sledding tours, cart rides and Kennel visit at our Kennel Vallholt between Lake Mývatn and Akureyri, North Iceland.

Visit the pack at our kennel and get to know how joyful, intelligent and gentle they are. Get to know their love to pull and work and of course to cuddle and play.

We have created a unique sled dog environment where we emphasize respect for the dogs and focus on their well being.

We keep them unchained so they can socialize in fences at our kennel. In our kennel are about 25-30 dogs so we can give each dog a lot of attention.

Snow Dogs welcomes families with children all ages. And people with special challenges.

Usually we start our dog tours from our farm Vallholt. Sometimes when conditions are difficult we move the tours to other locations near by.

Eftirtaldir aðilar eru ekki skráðir þátttakendur í Ferðagjöf:

Kaffi Kú

Garður, 601 Akureyri

We offer entertainment, good coffee, food directly from the farm and many different kinds of waffles. What makes our cafe different from others is the entertainment, location and the interior view. You can watch 300 cows and calves in a relaxed environment where the cows lie on mattresses, go to massage and get milk when they want. Come and experience one of the most beautiful countryside areas in the country. Unique experience for everyone! Kaffi Kú is located only 10 to 12 minutes' drive from Akureyri.

Click here to see a live feed from the cows

Dalur-hestamiðstöð ehf.

Dalland, 271 Mosfellsbær

Dalland horse breeding farm and its horsecenter Dalur is located in Mosfellsbær in a green peaceful lowland surrounded by trees, vegetation, ponds and lakes. No other horse breeding farm is closer to the capital of Iceland. It only takes 15 minutes to drive from the center of Reykjavík to Dalland / Dalur. Already in 1978 horsebreeding and training began in Dalland / Dalur and many of the best and most successful trainers in Iceland have worked at the Horse Center of Dalur. Horses from the Dalland breeding and other horses which have been bought to the farm have been successful in competitions and breedingshows through the years both in Iceland and abroad. Today (2013) Halldór Guðjónsson is the manager and head trainer in Dalur.

Please contact for further information.

Vorsabær 2

Vorsabær 2, Skeiðum, 804 Selfoss

Holiday house
Cosy holiday house in the country side where up to 7 people can sleep. Vorsabær 2 is situated only 80 kilometers from Reykjavík. In the house there are 2 bedrooms, one of which has a double bed and the other a bunk bed. Besides there is a 18 m2 sleeping loft with 3 beds. We also provide a crib on request, free for children up to 2 years old. There is floor heating in the house and the kitchen is equipped with all necessary tableware and is included in a spacious living room with a TV. Outside the living room is a patio with garden furniture and a gas barbecue. The view from the house is breathtaking, looking east you can see the volcano Hekla and in winter there is a good chance to witness amazing northern lights!

Horse back riding with personal service
It is ideal for families and small groups of friends. Everyone can take part and the guides can lead the youngest childrens by the rein during the trip. We always start inside the riding arena where we will teach you all the basics and then we go outside and ride with you. There are good horses for both unexperienced riders and as well for experienced riders. You can choose between 1, 2 or 3 hours trips and even a day-trip for experienced riders which are 5 hours.

We also provide children tours where we lead their horses by the rein inside the riding arena for about 10 minutes.

We accommodate guests to visit our farm animals and see a real icelandic farm! We guide you on the farm for about 1 hour and you get the opportunity to spend some time with our animals to get to know them and pet them.

Geislar Gautavík - Open farm

Gautavík, 766 Djúpivogur

The farm Geislar Gautavík has a variety of activities.

Geislar Gautavík - Open farm is a 20-25 minutes drive from Djúpivogur to the north

Open every day 11-16. Groups can come outside of that time if agreed in advance.

Entrance fee (does not apply to the store)

Included: Approx. an hour-long guided tour of the breeding grounds, the breeding center and the animals. After that, people are free to enjoy everything else on offer.

Adults: ISK 1,500

Children 6-17 years: 750 ISK.

• Shop with your own handicrafts and a selection of snacks, e.g. from small scale food producers

• Industrial hemp and aquaponics: Indoor and outdoor cultivation and training centers. Guidance.

• Zoo: Horses (not for riding), piglets, sheep and lambs, laying hens, ducks, trout and dogs. Guidance.

• Golf: Homemade 7 hole, par 3, golf course.

• Outdoor toys.

• Homemade indoor sports area in the barn for children.

• Ancient trading post: A walk to the antiquities.

• River, beach and cove to enjoy and play in.

SEA LIFE Trust Beluga Whale Sanctuary

Ægisgata 2, 900 Vestmannaeyjar

Visit the world's first beluga whale sanctuary and learn more about its first residents; Little White and Little Grey.

Explore the Visitor Centre, home to Iceland's only puffin rescue centre and local species aquarium. In summer months, book a guided boat trip to the sea sanctuary in nearby Klettsvik Bay.

Sveitagarðurinn - petting zoo and activity park

Stóri-Háls, 801 Selfoss

Sveitagarðurinn is a petting zoo and activity park which opens Saturday 2.June 2018 at our farm Stóri-Háls. We are located 15 km from Selfoss town and 7 km from the Golden circle. The park will be open every during summer from 12:00 - 18:00.

In sveitagarðinum are horses, calves, pigs, sheep, goats, chickens, ducks, pigeons, rabbits, and kittens.

You can pet the horses and try sitting on one, holding the rabbits and kittens, say hello to the other animals and get to know them.

Finnsstaðir

Finnsstaðir 1, 701 Egilsstaðir

Horse rental

Finnsstaðir Horse Ranch boasts quality horses who tölt on demand. Whether or not you are an experienced rider, they have the right horse for you.

They ride out in small groups and choose a trail depending on the mood and the weather.

All emphasis is put on the safe and pleasant experience of both humans and animals.

You can choose between a one or two hour tour.

Guesthouse

Finnsstaðir has a house for rent at the ranch. The house is spacious and equipped with all standard modern comforts, e.g. washing machine and dryer, stove, microwave,
television, and Wi-Fi.

Outside there is nothing but nature with plenty of interesting hiking paths and a
petting zoo in the farmyard.

For groceries and other services, there is only a 5-minute drive to Egilsstaðir. Guided HORSE RIDING TOURS comes at a special price for guests who stay at the ranch. If you stay over five nights you get a free riding tour!

Petting zoo

Finnsstadir Petting Zoo houses sheep and lambs, cows and calves, pigs and piglets, ducks and ducklings, horses, hens, and roosters and is open from 10 am to 5 pm every day, from 1 May to 30 September.

The animals at Finnsstaðir love people, especially little people, from all parts of
the world.

Hestaleigan Stóra Ásgeirsá

Stóra Ásgeirsá, 531 Hvammstangi

On the farm Stóra-Ásgeirsá in Húnaþing vestra (4 km from road no.1) you can visit the animals, pet them and spend time with them. You can go horseback riding in the beautiful nature around Stóra-Ásgeirsá and have a nice time in the countryside of Iceland.
Stóra-Ásgerisá offers cosy accommodation up to eleven people in 4 made-up bedrooms, breakfast and free wifi.
Regional attractions: Hvítserkur, Kolugljúfur og Borgarvirki.

Please contact us for more information and bookings.

Bjarteyjarsandur / Touch Iceland

Bjarteyjarsandur, 301 Akranes

The Bjarteyjarsandur farm is owned and operated by three different families, all specializing in their different fields; i.e. farming, tourism, education, food processing, and machine work. The farm is situated in a beautiful by the fjord with a lovely seashore. The same family has lived in Bjarteyjarsandur since 1887.

The Bjarteyjarsandur Family Farm welcomes guests all year round for seasonal farm visits and activities, local food, and guided tours. There is accommodation available for all guests on our friendly campsite, in our mountain cottages, and in the old farmhouse. We welcome you to visit a working sheep farm, where you can experience real Icelandic sheep farming. A great way to dive into Icelandic culture and experience the crisp fresh air of rural Iceland. Activities such as sheep shearing, wild mussel picking, and more, vary from season to season, however tours run year-round. Bjarteyjarsandur Farm emphasises high quality products, produced in an environmentally sustainable way. We produce free-range lamb, pigs, and chicken, organic vegetables, wild berries, and a variety of produce from our protected seashore.

Guided tours - Hvalfjordur is an area with an abundance of hiking trails and possibilities. Whether you are looking for a short relaxing walk or a long and challenging hike, Hvalfjordur has something to offer. The nearby fjord has a rich history and offers a beautiful view of the local nature, geology, and cultural monuments. Bjarteyjarsandur is a tour operator, offering guided tours around the fjord with a designated Geographer in charge of guiding and organizing tours.

Cottages - at Bjarteyjarsandur you can rent fully equipped cottages with two to three bedrooms, a kitchen, a bathroom, a "hot pot", and a barbecue on the patio. The cottages are located on the mountain above the farm, and they have a beautiful view. There are several good hiking trails in the neighbourhood and guided tours are available for groups or individuals. The cottages are rented out on a weekly and/or daily basis.

Camping - Bjarteyjarsandur offers a homey, friendly, and quiet atmosphere at our campsite, which is located below the farm houses. It is an ideal place for hikers, bikers, and families alike. Campers have the option to cook their own meal (upon request), or buy local food from the farm. Using the shower and Wi-Fi, is included in the price. Guests can take a short walk to the seashore in the evening sun or morning breeze, which we highly recommend! The beach has a very relaxing atmosphere for walks, and if you ask the locals, they may let you use their 'Hot Pot,' which is one of Iceland's best kept secrets.

Rates 2021:
Adults: 1.700,- kr.
Children, 4 - 14 years: 750,- kr.
Children, 3 years and younger: free
Electricity: 1.000,- kr. pr night

Sleeping Bag Accommodation / The Old Farmhouse - Bjarteyjarsandur farm has an old farm house, built in 1930, in which you can stay in if you are looking for sleeping-bag accommodation. There are 2 rooms available on the second floor of the house, one family room with a double bed and two single beds, and the other room is very small with 2 single beds. There is a self-catering kitchen on the ground floor, as well as a small bathroom/WC. The shower is located in the service building next door, which also facilitates the Farmhouse Restaurant and gift shop. The service building also offers TV and Wi-Fi.

Agriculture - at Bjarteyjarsandur, we try to work in a way which promotes an ecological and sustainable way of life. We are respectful of nature and try to minimize the impacts we have on the surrounding environment. We inform our guests and customers about the different values of the area we live in and how to be respectful of them.

Farm animals - Bjarteyjarsandur is a sheep farm with roughly 600 sheep. There are also other animals on the farm such as; Icelandic settlement hens, Border Collie dogs, Icelandic horses, rabbits, 2 feisty goats, and free range pigs during the summer time.

Refreshments - the farmhouse restaurant is in a building that used to be a barn, which is where its namesake comes from; Hlaðan (The Barn). The menu consists of local products from the farm and its surroundings. It is possible to book a farm visits, meals, and other services, with 3-4 days' notice.

Farm food direct /Gallery - at Bjarteyjarsandur farm you can also buy seasonal products such as jams, chutneys, or even meat. Local craftspeople also sell some of their art at Bjarteyjarsandur, like wool sweaters, jars and plates from clay, greeting cards, candles and much more.

Please note, that May is an extremely busy time at the farm due to lambing season. During that period it is necessary to book a Farm visit/Hug a lamb tour in advance.

Reykjavík Park and Zoo

Múlavegur 2, 104 Reykjavík

The Family Park and Zoo in Laugardalur is open all year. The Zoo includes most Icelandic animals, both wild and domesticated, from foxes, reindeer and seals to cattle, horses and sheep. 19 animal species counting about 150 individuals live in the Zoo. We emphasize on showing as much variety in colours and variations as well as both genders and its young ones. The Zoo serves as a rehabilitation centre for wild animals in need before they are set free again.

The Family Park section has small family rides as well as other activities and facilities for a great day out for the whole family. In summer the Family Park offers many rides and play equipment for children of all ages. Outside the summer season the Family Park remains open as a play area.

Opening hours:
Summer (June 1 - August 10): every day 10:00-18:00
Other seasons (August 11-May 31): every day 10:00-17:00

Daladýrð

Brúnagerði, 601 Akureyri

Gjóska is an Icelandic design company run by the teacher and textile designer Birna Kristín Friðriksdóttir and her husband the farmer Guðbergur Egill Eyjólfsson. They live on the Farm Brúnagerði in North Iceland, where Gjóska's workshop is located but they also run a shop on Skólavörðustígur 20, downtown Reykjavík.

On the farm they run a petting zoo where guests can enjoy Icelandic farm animals like horses, sheeps, puppies, kittens, goats, geese, ducks, and chickens and more.

Also small cafe with emphasis on products from the farm.

Slakki Mini Zoo

Laugarás, 801 Selfoss

A lovely and friendly petting zoo with cute animals to pet, puppies, kittens, rabbits, pigs, ducks, parrots, artic foxes and much more.

Erpsstaðir Travel service

Erpsstaðir, Miðdölum, 371 Búðardalur

Erpsstadir is a dairy farm in Northwest Iceland, run by farmer Thorgrimur Einar Gudbjartsson and his family. Erpsstaðir are best known for their ice cream but they also produce the Icelandic Skyr, caraway cheese, white and wet cheese and various other dairy products which the "Cream Shop" at Erpsstaðir processes. All the milk for the production is from the dairy cows on the farm. For other ingredient we strives to use local, seasonal flavors whenever possible, such as rhubarb, dandelion honey, and blueberries from the Westfjords. The farmers at Erpsstaðir are pleased to offer visitors the chance to take a closer look at the world of milk production by seeing and learning of different shape the milk can take. Here you can experience a real Icelandic farm and buy homemade artisan dairy products firsthand. We are not distributing the products widely so far the best bet is to access the products directly from the farm.

Open daily May 15th - June 14th from 13:00 to 17:00, 15th June - 14th August from 11:00 to 18:00, 15th August - 15th September from 13:00 to 17:00 and September 16th - May 14th open upon request.

At other times call 868 0357 to arrange a visit.