Season:
June - August
Price from:
£ 2,340
Duration:
9 nights-6 riding days
Departure:
-

RIDING ACROSS THE HEART OF ICELAND

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Step back in time and ride along the ancient Kjölur trail as Icelanders did over the centuries when traveling to the annual summer parliament at Thingvellir, first held in 930 AD. We visit this historic site where the heart of the nation beats and which became Iceland´s first National Park in 1930. When we arrive at the south we will visit and enjoy the Geysir hot spring area and Gullfoss Waterfall.

RIDING ACROSS THE HEART OF ICELAND

TRAVEL DESCRIPTION

Traveling from south to north or vice versa right across the heart of Iceland we find ourselves traversing sandy deserts close to the mighty Langjökull and Hofsjökull Glaciers. Sheltered green valleys come as a surprise in this rugged terrain. Hveravellir is a geothermal area in the highlands where we can soak in a long hot bath under the Midnight Sun.

If you want to see as much as possible of the unspoiled Icelandic highlands, this tour, which has been in operation since 1983, is a perfect choice.

ITINERARY

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Arrival – Reykjavik

Reykjavik © Patrick Güller

Arrival at Keflavik International Airport. Coach transfer to your accommodation in Reykjavik. Depending on your flight schedule, you can visit the Blue Lagoon Spa on your way to the city. 

REYKJAVIK – MYRKHOLT

© Islandshestar

Pick up at BSÍ Bus station in Reykjavik at 17:30 where our bus will transfer you and your fellow riders to Myrkholt Guesthouse, where horses and staff are waiting for us. After a lovely introductory meal where we get to know each other, we relax and rest so we are well prepared for the adventure ahead of us.

MYRKHOLT FARM – GULLFOSS – FREMSTAVER MOUNTAIN CABIN

Gullfoss

The ride starts off towards the majestic glacier Langjökull and our first stop is the beautiful Gullfoss waterfall and the hot spring area Geysir. Our ride today leads us to a mountain called Bláfell. There we spend the night and rest the horses at Fremstaver Mountain Cabin. (Approx. 25 km)

FREMSTAVER – ÁRBÚÐIR MOUNTAIN CABIN

© Islandshestar

Our ride continues along the slopes of Mt. Bláfell. This area was roamed by outlaws in the old days. We cross River Hvítá and enjoy the view to the glacier-fed lake Hvítárvatn. Tonight we stay at Árbúðir, situated right on the banks of river Svartá. (Approx. 35 km)

Árbúðir – Hveravellir Geothermal Area, Mountain Cabin

Hveravellir

We ride along the glacier-fed river Fúlakvísl through huge rugged lava fields of Kjalhraun where we hear a tragic story about two brothers who froze to death in October 1780 on their way to Skagafjörður with a flock of sheep. During the ride, we enjoy magnificent views of the glacier Langjökull. We continue into the world of Thjófadalir, or Valley of Thieves, a grassy valley surrounded by high mountains, a true oasis in the wilderness. The destination of today’s ride is Hveravellir, a very unique geothermal area between Hofsjökull and Langjökull glaciers. Here in this rough but extremely beautiful nature the most famous outlaw Fjalla Eyvindur survived for years. At the mountain cabin, a natural hot pool invites us to a deserved relaxing bath. (Approx. 50 km)

Hveravellir – Áfangi Mountain Cabin

© Islandshestar

Our route today leads us further to the north over the beautiful river Seyðisá. Further, the horses run free with us on the soft paths of this mystical highland area. We pass the mountains Sandkúlufell and Sauðafell before reaching our destination. It is easy to see that we follow a historical route.  All the way back to the early settlement of Iceland, people traveled on horseback on exactly the same trails as we do today.  Our well-equipped cabin for the night has a hot tub next to it.  It is named after the hill Áfangafell which offers great views of the big glaciers behind us and towards the high mountains of the North ahead of us. Up to mid-July the sun hardly sets in this part of the country. (Approx. 35 km)

Áfangi – Vatnsdalur Valley – Hvammur Farm

© Islandshestar

We continue our ride over the Auðkúluheiði Moor. The valleys with the farms in the north are getting closer as our horses run freely over the soft riding paths of the northern highland. It is impressive to see the fertile valley Vatnsdalur with all its fields and vegetation. As we ride down to the valley the canyon of the Vatnsdalsá river appears with some of its many beautiful waterfalls. Our horses stay at Forsæludalur Farm which is the first farm to reach in this area when you come from the highland. We stay overnight at Hvammur Guesthouse. The hot tub offers a nice relaxation after today’s ride. (Approx. 35 km)

Hvammur – Forsæludalur – Vatnsdalur – Hvammur

© Thorsten Henn

Great riding tracks along the banks of Vatnsdalsá river give us the opportunity to enjoy a fast ride in the soft tölt! Vatnsdalur is one of the most beautiful valleys in Iceland and the setting of one of the ancient sagas, Vatnsdælasaga. On our ride to Hvammur we hear tales from Iceland´s heroic past of bloody conflict, revenge, and love. We say good-bye to our horses as they get to rest in the green fields of the valley. We celebrate a successful tour with a great Farwell dinner, storytelling and singing. (Approx. 20 km)

HVAMMUR – REYKJAVÍK

Reykjavik Harpa

We say goodbye to our farmer and his crew. Transfer back to your accommodation in Reykjavík. Approx. return at 14:00.

DEPARTURE

Airport transfer by coach from Reykjavik. Depending on your flight schedule, you can spend time in the capital or visit the Blue Lagoon before your departure flight.  

FLIGHTS AND EXCURSIONS

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FLIGHTS AND EXCURSIONS

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Prices in GBP

High Season Single Room in Reykjavik Double Room in Reykjavik
Prices in £ 2,460 2,340

Dates 2022:

June: 19 - 26 & 26 - July 3 
July: 1 - 8 & 8 - 15 & 15 - 22 & 22 - 29
August: 5 - 12 & 12 - 19

 

High Season: June - Aug.


Please note that the itinerary and overnight lodges may be altered if necessary during the riding tour.


Tour Code 0203

Prices Includes

  • Coach transfer to and from Keflavik Airport
  • 2 nights in accommodation in Reykjavik incl. private facilities and breakfast
  • 7 nights in shared rooms in mountain cabins during riding tour
  • 6 riding days
  • Bus transfer from Reykjavik to the farm
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner all riding days
  • Rainwear, water bottle, saddle bag, riding helmet

Prices Excludes

  • Flights to and from Iceland
  • Free cancellation
  • Travel insurance
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Sleeping bag (please bring your own)