Annette Musker review 22 Jun 2017
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
Excellent throughout. We rode (mainly tolting and walking, but some cantering once the guide was certain of our riding ability) across varied terrain, which
was wonderful, and each tried out several different ponies, selecting our favourite for riding on the last day. Our final day's riding ended with a magnificent gallop along a deserted beach, after crossing estuarine waters.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Be honest about your riding ability. Don't pretend to be more experienced than you really are, as you won't last beyond the first day of riding. Also, all new groups of riders are assessed when they first mount and ride around an arena and non-riders will soon be spotted and could be asked to join a less-experienced group. The welfare of the ponies is paramount, so tell the truth about your weight too. Icelandic ponies are sturdy, but there are limits to how much weight they should carry.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Yes, as many local people are employed there, and recycling and environmental protection is evident everywhere.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
Excellent. I'd like to go again, and, now I'm certain that I could cope with it, perhaps try one of the trail rides last several days, instead of the daily circular
routes of this holiday.
Read the operator's response here:
Dear A.M. I am pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit to Iceland; it really is a fantastic destination, and the Icelandic horses are great characters! You and I had a good long chat before you booked and I thought this would be a destination you'd enjoy; matching rider to destination, as you say, is so important. I'm plesed that my Viking partners looked after you and your daughter well! Best wishes,