Trail of Hope
Day by Day
Duration: 4 nights – 4 riding days – Approx. 120 km
Meeting place: Reykjavík. Accommodation before and after the ride are to be arranged individually.
Note: Knee-high rubber boots are recommended for this ride.
Reservation code: IH – 18
This tour is an ideal opportunity for anyone wanting to enjoy a comfortable ride in a variety of landscapes. As we ride through unspoiled nature our guide introduces us to Iceland´s heroic past with tales of bloody conflict, revenge and love from the ancient Sagas.
Cantering along seemingly endless sandy stretches with the sea air in one´s face is an exhilarating experience for both rider and mount. There´s plenty of time to try the horse´s unique gait known as “tölt” while enjoying nature and learning something of the rich history of this beautiful and remote area.
We start the ride at Hvammur Farm in Vatnsdalur valley. Sense the adrenaline kick as we ride across the waters of Lake Hóp, driving a herd of free-running horses ahead of us. A visit to a seal colony on the North-Atlantic coast is something you don´t want to miss.
Day 1: Reykjavík – Hvammur – Vatnsdalur – Sveinsstaðir
Pick up between 07:30 and 08:30 in the morning from pick up points in Reykjavik www.busstop.is. Please be ready at the earliest pick up time and be ready in your riding clothes. Transfer by bus from Reykjavík to Hvammur Farm, where we meet horses and guides. We start our ride through Vatnsdalur valley. This beautiful valley is the setting of the Vatnsdæla-Saga. We ride along the banks of River Vatnsdalsá before crossing over to the western side of the valley. Our ride ends at Sveinsstaðir Farm and we return to Hvammur Farm for our overnight stay. (Approx. 25 km)
Day 2: Hvammur – Sveinsstaðir – Hóp – Borgarvirki – Þverá - Hvítserkur
We leave Sveinsstaðir Farm and ride alongside the lagoon Hóp. The black sand at the beach is ideal for riding tölt, the special gait of the Icleandic horse. This trail along the shore gives us an idea of the beautiful lagoon we are going to cross tomorrow. We ride along the banks of Víðidalsá River and cross over it. We take a break at Stóra-Borg where our lunch break is and drive to Borgarvirki, a fascinating fortress from the Viking ages. Then we continue our ride to the sheep pen Þverárétt. It is used by local farmers to sort the sheep in the autumn. Before returning to the guesthouse we take another excursion to the shore where we see Hvítserkur, a basalt rock formation, nesting place to many seabirds. This area is home to large numbers of seals and hopefully we see many of them resting and playing on the beach. We spend the night again at Hammur Farm. (Approx. 30 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.
2 - 4 bed units, beds with bed linen. Accommodation before and after the ride are to be arranged individually.
Knee-high rubber boots are recommended for this ride.
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.
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.