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“Disappointing Experience Here”

Riding Tours South Iceland
Ranked #1 of 8 things to do in Fludir
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Riding Tours South Iceland take special pleasure in showing visitors the Icelandic unique wilderness together with the horse. We offer horseback riding experience from an hours tour to longer trekking tours. Our horse trips can be suited for all riders, beginners to experienced ones who would like to go riding in iceland. Sydra-Langholt is situated in Hrunamannahreppur, 50 km from Selfoss.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children
Reviewed 26 March 2018

I would love to give full stars to RTSI but unfortunately that's not possible. My partner and I were in communication with them via several emails 5 months prior to arriving for a mid-March visit to Iceland explaining our level of experience and what our goals and wishes were, including riding in tolt and making sure that the beginner rider in my group of two would receive some extra attention so we could ride along together nicely. Due to unpredictable weather conditions in mid-March, we were told to wait and see about planning the type of ride we would take and that seemed understandable. We were also told just to provide a phone number to 'hold' the date, though I offered a credit card number, wanting to secure our date. A few weeks before, we emailed and received no reply. After emailing again several days prior, again we received no reply. Starting to worry about losing our chance to book a ride, I made an expensive phone call and spoke to someone who said she was on holiday and "sort of away from email". I was told to just book online for a one hour volcano tour, and I wondered why we weren't told to do that in the first place, 5 months ago. Fast forward to ride day, and we mounted our horses without much instruction at all. I was experienced, but my partner was not, so we did need some instruction, which we were told we would receive. My partner's horse was misbehaving, tossing his head and making it hard for him to keep his balance, all the while not receiving effective information on how to control and give proper prompts to the horse. I wanted to tolt, but my horse didn't comply, and fell into trot.. perhaps because of improper prompts but, as an experienced rider who used to own a horse and did extensive riding in the English style, with some extra instruction, this should have been possible. We ended up walking the entire time, and we rode on the public road, with no 'tour' of interesting landscapes as advertised, no information about the physical area or about the Icelandic horse even. That is what a tour is after all. Our guide was an absolutely lovely person and very friendly and the ride was not a complete disaster, but she seemed to lack experience and we just did not receive the type of tour we were expecting. Everyone, especially an experienced rider, wants to experience the exhilaration of the smooth tolt on the Icelandic horses across interesting landscapes. Unfortunately we walked nearly the entire time and on a public road. I could have done that in Canada at any stable on an independent ride with no guide for considerably less money. Nice people, but just not organized or diligent enough -atleast in our case this time- to ensure we received a nice tour, especially when we inquired so far in advance.

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Reviewed 26 February 2018

The facility is easy to find, the staff is wonderful, and the horses were sweet, full of personality and very well kept. There was an adorable cat on the premise and everything was picturesque for an icelandic holiday. Simmi is the boss in every sense of the word. He runs the place, and is a skilled horseman. He shared lots of info about iceland and stories about his days as a fisherman. They were fascinating. He also recommended places to visit, and I cant say enough nice things about our experience with the ride itself and his amazing staff.

1  Thank jlamhauge
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Reviewed 21 February 2018

If there is one thing you do when you visit Fludir, you absolutely must arrange a riding tour with Riding Tours South Iceland. Arna and her father provided us with one of the most unforgettable experiences of our lives. This trip was booked for my 30th birthday and to celebrate our engagement and I can honestly say, we were left speechless. The horses are beautiful and very well cared for and the scenery of our route was just absolutely stunning. being first time riders, my partner and I felt completely safe and well briefed, this family truly love what they do :-) a personal thank you to you both for making our trip so memorable. We most certainly hope to be back soon! Martina and Ross from London xxx

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Reviewed 14 February 2018 via mobile

Thank you so much Simmi for an unbelievable horse riding experience. We were lucky enough to spend an hour out under the clear February sky with a professional and experienced guide (Simmi) who soon through the trip became a great friend.

We were a group of 5 inexperienced riders that arrived unannounced. Two other guests arrived at the same time, and yet this was all handled very efficiently and calmly by the team.

We got to help with preparation and when it came to riding we were offered warm clothes and very calm horses. The trip itself was full of surprises, and safe to say we got to experience everything the Icelandic nature had to offer.

Could not recommend this company more!!!

Thank Starrihk
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Reviewed 14 February 2018 via mobile

If combining amazing views, having fun with your friends and discovering Iceland at its best sounds like a good plan to you, then horse riding with Simmi is what you need :)

Thank Smadj99
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