Season:
June - August
Price from:
£ 1,935.- Per person
Duration:
7 Nights-6 Riding days
Departure:
Saturday

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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SATURDAY: REYKJAVIK – MYRKHOLT

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Pick up at BSÍ Bus station in Reykjavik or at Reykjavik official bus stops near your accommodation (see: www.busstop.is) between 17:30-18:30 where our Íshesta 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.

SUNDAY: MYRKHOLT FARM – GULLFOSS – FREMSTAVER MOUNTAIN CABIN

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The ride starts off towards the majestic glacier Langjökull and our first stop is the beautiful Gullfoss waterfall. 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)

MONDAY: FREMSTAVER – ÁRBÚÐIR MOUNTAIN CABIN

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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)

TUESDAY: ÁRBÚÐIR -GÍSLASKÁLI MOUNTAIN CABIN

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We ride along the river Svartá in a beautiful scenery on historical grounds with a spectacular view of two impressive glaciers Langjökull and Höfsjökull. As we continue our ride beside the rough lava field Kjalhraun the special highland vegetation with its vulnerable flowers catches our attention. The soft and sandy riding paths bring us to Gíslaskáli, which is situated at one of the most beautiful locations of the legendary Kjölur route. We enjoy the great peace and mystic of the surroundings. (Approx. 25 km)

WEDNESDAY: GÍSLASKÁLI – HVERAVELLIR GEOTHERMAL AREA, MOUNTAIN CABIN

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Today we cross 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 the magical unspoiled and extreme nature. We pass the cave where the ancient superhero, Grettir the strong´Ásmundarson lived. He spent most of his life as an outlaw, roaming the mountains. The destination of today’s ride is Hveravellir, a 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. 30 km)

 

THURSDAY: HVERAVELLIR – ÁFANGI MOUNTAIN CABIN

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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)

FRIDAY: ÁFANGI – VATNSDALUR VALLEY – HVAMMUR FARM

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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 say goodbye to our horses (as they get to rest in the green fields of the valley). We celebrate a successful tour with a great farewell dinner, storytelling and singing. We stay overnight at Hvammur Guesthouse. The hot tub offers a nice relaxation after today’s ride. (Approx. 35 km)

SATURDAY: HVAMMUR – REYKJAVÍK

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

FLIGHTS, TRANSFERS AND ACCOMMODATION

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FLIGHTS, TRANSFERS AND ACCOMMODATION

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We help you plan flights, transportation and accommodation before and after the trip. Ask us for advice before ordering and we will find the best solution for you.

Prices in GBP

High Season Low Season
£ 2,105.- £ 1,935.-

High Season: 29.06.2019 - 20.08.2019


You can request the holiday you would like to book, and we will check the availability and contact you via e-mail within 48 hours to confirm the availability.


Tour Code 0203

Prices Includes

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 6 riding days
  • Bus transfer from Reykjavík to the farm.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner all riding days
  • Rain wear, water bottle, saddle bag, riding helmet.

Prices Excludes

  • Free Cancellation
  • Travel Insurance
  • Flights to and from Iceland
  • Transfer from the international airport to Reykjavik
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Sleeping bag (Please bring you own)