Day by Day
Step back in time and ride along the ancient Kjölur trail as Icelanders did over the centuries when travelling 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. Before heading off into the wilderness of the interior we stop to enjoy the Geysir hot spring area and Gullfoss Waterfall.
Horseback riding 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. At Hveravellir, a geothermal area in the Highlands, 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.
This is the South-North version of the tour, The North_South version is the other way around.
Sunday: Reykjavík – Thingvellir – Geysir – Myrkholt Farm – Gullfoss – Fremstaver Mountain Cabin
Pick up between 07:00 – 08:00 from your accommodation in the morning. Please dress already in riding clothes. We drive to the Farm, visiting the historical site Thingvellir and the well-known Geysir Hot Spring Area on our way. The ride starts off towards the majestic glacier Langjökull and our first stop is at 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
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 at the banks of river Svartá. (Approx. 35 km)
Tuesday: Árbúðir -Gíslaskáli Mountain Cabin
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 lavafield 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 sourroundings. (Approx. 25 km)
Wednesday: Gíslaskáli – Hveravellir Geothermal Area, Mountain Cabin
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 todays 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. 30 km)
Thursday: Hveravellir – Áfangi Mountain Cabin
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 travelled 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 wich 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
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 higland. 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 rest in the green fields of the valley). We celebrate a successful tour with a great farwell dinner, storytelling and singing. We stay overnight at Hvammur Guesthouse. The hot tub offers a nice relaxation after todays ride. (Approx. 35 km)
Saturday: Hvammur – Reykjavík We say good-bye to our farmer and his crew. Transfer back to your accommodation in Reykjavík. Approx. return at 14:00.
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.
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.
Please bring your own sleeping bag.
For more information please contact us.
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.