In the north of Iceland near Varmahlid, Hestasport have six individual wooden chalets grouped around a natural spring hot tub. They can organise white water rafting, whale watching and glacier visits in beautiful fjordland scenery. I was on an optional riding package and found Icelandic horses the most huggable in the world. But the highlight for me was an exhilarating climb to the flat, grassy top of Drangey Island, summer home to a large puffin colony. I suffer from vertigo but the guide was angelic in her determination that I would make it. If you only have a week in Iceland, as I did, you needn’t miss out on the better-known sights of the “Golden Circle” because the highland bus back down to Reykjavik includes time at the geothermal area at Hveravellir, Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir.
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