Nupshestar

Nupshestar, Selfoss: Address, Phone Number, Nupshestar Reviews: 5/5

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Nupshestar – Riding Tours offer a horse rental and horse riding tours in South Iceland. In offer are short riding tours and a few days riding tours in Thjorsa Valley. We welcome any kind of experience riders. We also offer custom tours for all kind of groups.
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Breidanes, Selfoss 801 Iceland
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Cathrine Frederiksen
15 contributions
Jul. 2020
This summer I was on a six days trip to Landmannalaugar with Núpshestar and had the time of my life!

I travelled in a mixed group with both experienced riders and total beginners. Everyone had a spectacular time - no matter their level of experience. The horses are amazing and many of them bred by the farmers themselves, so they know their horses so well! Every horse comes with a story - this especially makes the experience very personal and extremely authentic. The farmers carefully match the horses with the riders to ensure that everyone experiences the perfect level of challenge. We travelled with the farmers themselves, who tended to all our needs - from ensuring everyone was happy and comfortable on horse back, cooking wonderful meals every evening and creating a warm and embracing atmosphere at every cabin. Hostmanship on the highest level!

We rode from camp site to camp site for approx. 5-7 hours a day depending on the distances that needed to be covered. Most of the trip we rode with the herd of horses running free - guessing we were 10 riders with 25 horses. It was such an amazing experience, and so much fun and a great learning experience taking part in herding the horses. We also rode with “hand horses” - meaning being on horse back and holding two additional horses by your side.

Núpshestar’s horses are amazing! During the six days I tried nine different ones - all incredible, gentle and highly skilled creatures. All of them extremely well-trained in the famous Icelandic fourth gait: Tölt. I also experienced the fifth gait: Pace, which was absolutely incredible. Even as an experienced rider I learned so much from these horses - not to mention the farmers, who were great in giving advice and instructions on how I could improve my skills and connection to the individual horses.

The scenery on the trip was otherworldly. The beauty of Iceland simply cannot be put into words. We travelled through areas covered in blue lupin flowers, black sand deserts, wild rivers, mountain ridges with snow and the most incredible views. I’ve been to Iceland five times before this trip and have visited both the South, North, East and the highlands, but never have I experienced this magnificient country in such an amazing way as I did on horse back.

After returning to Denmark I’ve shared my experience with multiple Icelandic horse back riding enthusiasts similiar to myself. Some of which have been on similar horse back riding trips in Iceland with other, larger, competing companies - and been very dissapointed. Apparently a lot of the other companies don’t allow you to travel with the herd of horses, but just drive you by bus each day to the location where the horses are. I guess if you want the true and authentic Icelandic horse back riding adventure you go with Núpshestar! Here you truly get a taste of the real horse herding, cabin living, cowboy life close to nature.

My trip for next summer is already booked and I can’t wait!

Ps. Both pick up and drop up from Reykjavík was included and I didn’t even have to worry about taking pictures while on horse back - the farmers and their staff did that as well!
Written October 27, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

VerenaDresen
Innsbruck, Austria19 contributions
Aug. 2020
The best horse farm in Iceland. Our inquiry by email was answered immediately and very friendly. On the booked tour we were all alone and it was perfectly suited to us. Elvira was super friendly and explained everything to us. The horses are well trained. Everything is clean and tidy. We will come back next year and then for the 6-day tour.
Best riding experience in Iceland. We enjoyed it very much.
Written September 14, 2020
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Mike K
Helsinki, Finland5 contributions
Aug. 2020
So we came to Nuphestar after comparing many different options in Iceland. We were a group of 5 from a mix of countries, Finland, Australia and Luxemborg, only one of us had experience riding horses.

The reason we chose Nuphestar initially was because after emailing many locations and asking some questions, the response we received from Nuphestar was the best. The lady writing the emails was very kind, and very flexible which was great as we were arriving from another city some hours away. She was willing to offer a ride tailored specifically to our needs!

When we arrived we were quickly welcomed and the staff were very friendly. It didn't take long for us to have an introduction to the horses, their names, and given equipment (like helmets and raincoats) and information on how to ride. A nice touch was that we took several extra horses with us so we could try multiple different horses and give them a rest, which comfortably trotted alongside us as we rode the "horse highways." It was a funny experience to be riding a horse for the first time and also be leading two others. The horses were very calm and friendly, I quickly felt comfortable despite never having ridden a horse.

We took a five hour ride where we got to cross rivers, climb hills, and see some great river rapids.

The two staff, Maddie and Andrea, who led the tour were incredible. They gave us tips, kept us talking, and told us some history about Iceland as we rode along. Along the ride they also made sure we stayed positive and happy. I have rarely met staff that were as positive and bouncy as these two were, which made the ride greatly enjoyable.

Along the ride we got to experience the many gaits Icelandic horses are a capable of, including the famous "tölt" which only Icelandic horses are capable. The more bold of us got to try the canter and "Flying" pace, which is similar to a gallop.

The ride also included a lunch which was great, as riding can have you build up quite an appetite, the lunch was quite nice and Nuphestar was nice enough to accommodate some of the specific dietary needs of the group.

When we returned to the stables we got a nice hot chocolate to warm us up and a small snack, which was greatly appreciated after several hours of riding, which at times became quite chilly. The staff at the stable debriefed us and asked how we enjoyed it and again kept us chatting.

I would highly recommend to choose Nuphestar for the amazing experience they provided. The horses were great, and the staff were the best. Which is what really made it an excellent choice for us.

5/5 I would go to the same place again.
Written August 31, 2020
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Árni J
Reykjavik, Iceland47 contributions
Jul. 2020 • Family
Went to Núpshestar with my 7year old wich dreams of horses and she or I where not dissapointed.
Very nice welcome and the ride was great.
Along the river and great landscape had my girl smiling all day.
The guide Andrea was great answearing every question a 7year old can dream up.
Ended up after 2 hours wich is in my opinium is minimum getting the horses clean and ready for rest..
Great ride and great service😁
Written July 27, 2020
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Revhedge
Marana, AZ67 contributions
Aug. 2019
Near the beginning of our trip around "Ring Road", my 10-year-old daughter and I went on a very nice Icelandic horse ride with another company, but we didn't get to "tolt" (a particular gait that is unique to Icelandic horses). Since my wife and son did a different activity at that same time, we decided we would try to go again, this time all together. We had an opening on the very last full day of our trip. I saw that Nupshestar had great ratings, and so we called. Elwira, the owner, was glad to set us set up for a 2-hour ride in the late afternoon. She was so helpful on the phone, and also when we arrived, and so I was a bit disappointed when she turned us over to another person for the ride. But that didn't last long, because the person she turned us over to - Jenna - was absolutely delightful. She made sure we were taken care of the entire time. She looked back all the time to make sure we were doing good, and smiled and talked with us a lot. She led us in "tolting" many times during the trip, which was amazing. I loved the geography of the area, too, with a great view of the Hekla volcano (with Eyjafjallajökull in the distance). We even saw some beautiful swans as we rode near the Olfusa River. At the end of our trip, another person, Andrea - equally kind and helpful as the other two people - got us some refreshments and took our very reasonably-priced payment.
This was a super way to end our vacation.
Written August 17, 2019
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Pete D
16 contributions
Aug. 2019 • Family
We came to Iceland on a family once in a lifetime trip. We have a full itinerary of activities and one that was planned was this horseback riding excursion. There are 9 of us in our group, 4 adults and 5 teenagers. We had a reservation for 11:00am, and when we arrived everything was ready for us. All the horses were saddled up, and with a great tutorial from Elvira, which included very interesting information about Icelandic horses, we were ready to meet our horses and get riding. The ride lasted over an hour and took us along the river with swans in the background. All of this with mountains and volcanoes as a backdrop, it couldn’t have been better! Our group had a lead rider and a rider in the back to keep us all together. At a few points during the ride we were able to trot the horses which was exciting! All of the horses were so friendly, apparently we were told that these horses in Iceland like to be with other horses, so they all kept together. The lead rider told us when she goes riding by herself, she has to bring 2 other horses along so she can go farther. Otherwise her horse won’t leave the barn without the company of the other horses! There are also no natural predators to these horses, so they have amazing trust. They have strict rules that protect these horses, which include exporting them too, so if you want to get one, it is nearly impossible to do.

If you are ever in Iceland near Selfoss, and love horses, you won’t be disappointed booking here
Written August 16, 2019
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Robyn
Morgantown, WV3 contributions
Aug. 2019 • Family
This is a must do in Iceland! This farm is run by a wonderful family. They care greatly for their horses, which are amazingly gentle. The guides are knowledgeable about both the horses and the landscape. You will learn about the culture, history, and environment of Iceland.
Written August 7, 2019
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Nathalie
Lausanne, Switzerland4 contributions
Jul. 2019 • Couples
As an experienced rider I was careful to look for a place where I'd be sure horses would be well-treated and happy: this this was it. Beautiful horses, a kind and very helpful guide, amazing landscapes along the river Þjórsá - Nupshestar really is the perfect place to try icelandic horse riding, whether you're a beginner or an experienced rider. I had so much fun tölting and galloping in the fields - thanks for this awesome experience, I'll definitely be back for a longer tour!!
Written July 16, 2019
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evenema41
Rotterdam, The Netherlands4 contributions
Jun. 2019 • Business
We’ve booked two day tours at Nupshestar and had an amazing experience! The owners are very friendly and the horses are all lovely and reliable.
We would fully recommend this location for both beginners and more experienced riders!
Written July 7, 2019
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Line R
2 contributions
Jul. 2019 • Family
We had an amazing experience with perfect guides incredible nature and sweet and beautiful horses. Highly recommendable! :-)
Written July 2, 2019
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