As much boutique hotel as a seventh-generation family-run horse breeding farm, Skálakot is the stuff of the wildest equestrian dreams. Indeed, the undisturbed natural beauty of Iceland's south coast inspires unrestrained adventure - and Skálakot's professional Icelandic horse trainers are consummate guides for beginners and seasoned riders alike.
Guests can venture on any of 100 steeds through the vast mossy lowlands, or up into the rocky Eyjafjöll mountains; skirting volcanoes and waterfalls, wading through lakes or spotting the Westmann Islands beyond. Even more special still are overnight crusades of up to a week, spending most of the day in the saddle and sleeping in huts used by sheep herders.
Back at Skálakot, the 14-bedroom hotel is in fact an extension of the farmhouse the family lives on, with its rooms and suites blending a homely welcome with 20th-century design. Incredible ocean and mountain views – and a feeling of absolute freedom – await.
Families of all ages
An escape to the outdoors
Things to do at Skálakot:
Relax in the steam bath and hot tub
Try fresh Icelandic fare at the restaurant
Revel under the Northern Lights or midnight sun
Things to do nearby:
Fresh water fishing for Arctic char, sea trout or salmon
Visit black sand beaches
Swim in geothermal pools
Venture across magical glaciers on a snowmobile
Take a helicopter tour for a different perspective
Seljavallalaug natural geothermal pool 10 minutes drive
Black sands of Iceland's south shore near the Skógafoss waterfall 20 minutes drive
2 hours 30 minutes drive
The idea for Red Savannah was always based on a clear market need. A small team of the most experienced travel designers, supported by the latest technology and delivered with the lightest touch. In short, a travel company redefined for the 21st century.