On our treks, you will really experience the exceptional riding comfort and stamina of the Icelandic Horse. You'll pass across beautiful meadows, over sparkling streams, and through lush woods, and be able to explore many of the features of the mountainous Mad River Valley.
Our tours feature plenty of opportunity to enjoy foliage and activities like studying birds and wildlifeeven fishing if you are so inclined. To loosen up and avoid getting sore we do some hiking while leading our horses. We can explore a tempting swimming hole, stop and pick a mouthful of berries, or just relax while enjoying the scenery.
All tours are led by experienced horse persons with thorough knowledge of the area and its trails. Guides are also trained in emergency health care.
You'll enjoy very comfortable accommodations and gourmet dining, all with a generous helping of Vermont hospitality. Our lodging features a beautiful settings and excellent cuisine. For lunch we bring either a delicious picnic to eat at a pretty spot or we stop at a specially selected restaurant.
This is the perfect escape for those who appreciate comfort and fine dining but still want an active and unusual vacation. You'll return home fit and rested, with the memory of newly found friends and shared adventures. The Icelandic Horse that gave you the overwhelming feeling of floating across the scenic Vermont countryside is likely to keep a special place in your heart forever.
Intermediate riding skills for longer trips are preferred, but custom trips can be arranged for beginners. Children over 10 years old with riding experience are welcome. Groups usually number from four to eight.
Vermont Country Inn Rides
Season runs from May 1 to November 1.
Fall Foliage season runs from mid-September to mid-October. Please call or email for exact dates.
Riding experience required.
|5 days/5 nights (Sun.-Fri.)||$1595|
|Fall Foliage season||$1695|
|4 days/4 nights (Sun.-Thurs.)||$1275|
|Fall Foliage season||$1375|
|3 days/4 nights (Sun.-Thurs. a.m.)||$1050|
|Fall Foliage season||$1150|
|3 days/3 nights (Sun.-Wed. a.m.)||$950|
|Fall Foliage season||$1050|
|2 days/2 nights (Wed. eve.-Fri.)||$675|
|Fall Foliage season||$700|
Weekend Inn Rides
A two-day relaxed trip. Some experience required.
|2 days/2 nights (Fri.-Sun.)||$675|
(please call or email for dates)
|Single supplement:||$75 per day/$85 Foliage|
|Transfer service:||$75 per car, one way|
|Non-Rider price:||$100 per day, includes
breakfast and dinner
Our Inn Ride prices include ride with guide, meals, and lodging based on double occupancy.
Deposit: A 50% deposit is due at the time of booking to secure your reservation.
Cancellations: Trip cancellation insurance is recommended. Because the Vermont Icelandic Horse Farm serves a limited number of guests, our cancellation policy is more restrictive than other vacation providers. In order to protect yourself against unforseen circumstances interfering with your Icelandic riding vacation, we strongly suggest that you purchase the trip cancellation insurance of your choice.
Taxes: Rates are subject to 6% state sales tax.
Gratuities: Staff gratuities are pooled and left to your discretion. A gratuity of 12% to 18% is customary if our staff serves you well.
Riders must weigh 225 pounds or less. Children over 10 years old with riding experience are welcome if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
You may also create your own multi-day tour by booking only the ride with us and arranging your own accommodations. Of course, we'd love the opportunity to be your host at our own Mad River Inn. There's more information here.
For reservations, please contact us by phone, mail, or fax. We welcome Visa and MasterCard and can confirm your reservation by phone or by mail.
|Mail:||Vermont Icelandic Horse Farm|
P.O. Box 577
Waitsfield, VT 05673