Day by Day
HORSEBACK RIDING IN SPECTACULAR VOLCANIC AREA
This tour was nominated by the Sunday Times as one of the 10th best trails in the world.
The North of Iceland is known for its spectacular natural sights and diverse landscape. Our tour goes from Bjarnastaðir Farm near Húsavík to the Lake Mývatn area, famous for its volcanic features and rich birdlife. Ásbyrgi Canyon, Dettifoss, Europe’s largest waterfall, and the strange rock formations at Hljóðaklettar are just some of the gems of nature we´ll be seeing on this amazing tour.
An optional whale watching tour concludes the selection of natural attractions on and off shore.
We ride along soft riding tracks ideal for “tölting”, the unique extra gait of the Icelandic Horse. The first day we spend in Jökulsárgljúfur National Park and visit both Dettifoss Waterfall and Ásbyrgi Canyon.
From rich green pastureland we head towards the Gæsafjöll Mountains and spend a night in a mountain cabin at Theistareykir. Through an area scarred with cracks and fissures from earthquakes and volcanic activity the route takes us to Lake Mývatn where bubbling mud pools and eerie lava formations are a reminder of the powerful energy right beneath our feet. We have the opportunity to bathe in the warm geothermal water of the outdoor pool at the Mývatn Nature Baths.
Tuesday: Reykjavík – Kálfhóll
Pick up at BSÍ Bus station in Reykjavik or at Reykjavik official bus stops near your accommodation (see: www.busstop.is) between 18:00 and 19:00, where our Íshesta bus will transfer you and your fellow riders to Kálfhóll farm 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.
Wednesday: Kálfhóll – Glacier river Thjórsá- Réttarholt Guesthouse
We ride on fantastic riding paths along the mighty glacial river Þjórsá, with views of the glacier Eyjafjallajökull and the volcano Hekla. We stay at Réttarholt Guesthouse and relax in the hot tub outdoors. (approximately 30 km)
Thursday: Réttarholt Guesthouse – Mountain hut Hólaskógur
Today we ride along the lovely river Sandá through the National Forest Skriðufellskógur into the beautiful and famous valley of Thjórsárdalur. The mountain Dímon towers over the vast lavender blue lupine fields along the sandy tracks. We stop at Stöng, the ruins of a medieval farmhouse excavated in 1939. In 1104, Mt Hekla erupted for the first time in the recorded history of Iceland. The eruption destroyed at least 20 farms in the valley Thjórsárdalur, among them the farm Stöng. After a short stop at Gjáin, a mystical canyon with lots of small waterfalls and famous setting for Games of Thrones, we head for the cozy mountain hut Hólaskógur with a prime view of Volcano Hekla. (approximately 30 km)
Friday: Mountain hut Hólaskógur – Landmannahellir Mountain hut
We ride over narrow tracks through black lava north of Valafell mountain. Our sure-footed horses carry us comfortably through rough terrain through the Lambaskarð mountain passage. We continue on sandy paths close by lake Sauðleysuvatn and through the moon-like desert towards Mountainhut Landmannahellir, where we will spend two nights. (approximately 30 km)
Saturday: Landmannahellir – Landmannalaugar – Landmannahellir Mountain hut
Today we ride to the famous Landmannalaugar, with its natural hot pool, surrounded by colorful mountains and lava from 1480. Our horses rest in a paddock and we have a good part of the day to relax in the hot pools or visit the numerous sights, before returning to Landmannahellir. This day will be without a doubt, one of the highlights of this tour. (approximately 40 km)
Sunday: Landmannahellir – Mountain hut Klettur/Hólaskógur
We leave the beautiful area of Landmannahellir and ride on towards the Herbjarnfell mountain. Today´s route takes us over varying landscape. We ride across sanders, sharp lava, huge pumice fields in many colors and over green grazing fields where the farmers drive their sheep during summer. We stay overnight in the solitary mountain hut Klettur with a perfect view of the Hekla volcano. Here we get the feeling of being “on top of the world”. (approximately 40 km).
Monday: Mountain hut Klettur/Hólaskógur – Réttarholt Guesthouse – Kálfhóll – Reykjavík
Today we ride over the rich green mountain fields over Seljamýri to Fögruskógar and Þrengslasandur towards Réttarholt Guesthouse. Here we have to say goodbye to horses and staff. The bus will take us back to Kálfhóll farm for coffee & cake. We then drive back to your accommodation in Reykjavík. (approximately 20 km)
– We reserve the right to alter the itinerary if necessary –
WHAT IS INCLUDED
Bus transfer from Reykjavík to the farm.
During the ride full board is provided. Our menu consists of a large breakfast and traditional Icelandic meals (fish or lamb). Vegetarian meals are available if requested when booking. All riders make their own packed lunch from the breakfast table.
Alcoholic beverages are not included in the tour price and are not possible to get in the highlands. They can be bought at a reasonable price in the Duty Free Store at Keflavik Airport upon arrival.
Rain wear, water bottle, saddle bag, riding helmet.
You can buy your Flybus ticket to and from Reykjavík at the Airport. The Flybus departs from Keflavík airport 35-40 minutes after each arrival. Busses are located right outside the terminal building.
Shared rooms in simple mountain cabins and sleeping bag accommodation during the ride. Accommodation after the ride are to be arranged individually.
TERM AND CONDITIONS
GoTrackriding requests a confirmation payment upon booking of minimum 30% of the tour price. When the confirmation payment is received the seat is secure. The remaining balance is due 6 weeks before the tour departs.
Children’s under 12 years receive 25% discount on our multi-day tours.
The Tour operator in Iceland reserves the right to alter routes, itineraries or timetables without prior notice, should the necessity arise. No liability is accepted for loss or expenses due to delays or changes of arrival or departures of flights or other services, injury, sickness, accident, strikes, damage, negligence, weather, wars or other causes outside the control of Íshestar. All such losses and expenses are the personal liability of the traveler. The estimated duration of tours as indicated by km or timing can change according to road or weather conditions.
For more information please contact us.
Please bring your own sleeping bag.
ATTENTIONIndividual travel insurance is not included in the tour price. We encourage clients to obtain relevant travel insurance before visiting Iceland.Flight to and from Iceland is not included.Please bring your own sleeping bag with you on the tour.Bring bags rather than hard cover suitcases.Pack light because transport space is limited.