This tour is an ideal opportunity for everyone who wants to enjoy a comfortable ride through different types of landscape. We ride through unspoilt nature and you will get an excellent insight into Icelandic history whilst listening to stories from the age of the Sagas.
Duration: 5 days
Departure time: 07:30
Group maximum: 16 persons
Available: Jun - Aug
Age limit: 12 years
Difficulty: Intermediate riders
Accommodation: 2-4 bed units. Accommodation before and after the ride to be arranged individually.
Note: Knee-high rubber boots are recommended for this ride.
Included: Transport to the farm and back to Reykjavik. 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 in advance. All riders make their own packed lunch from the breakfast table. Rain wear, saddle bag and riding helmet.
Not included: Individual travel insurance is not included in the tour price. We encourage clients to obtain relevant travel insurance before visiting Iceland. Flights to and from Iceland are not included
Bring with you: Warm clothes, sturdy shoes.
Riding a horse across smooth sandy areas is such a joy for the rider and his mount. There is plenty of time to enjoy the unique gait "tölt" while exploring nature and the history of this outstanding area.
We start the ride at the Hvammur Farm, crossing Vatnsdalsá River on our way to Sveinsstaðir Farm. We visit Borgarvirki, an impressive fortress made out of basalt strata. Riding through water, as we make our way across the lagoon called Lake Hóp, accompanied by a herd of horses running free ahead of us is such a thrilling experience. A visit to a seal colony on the North Atlantic coast is also something you really would not want to miss. Another highlight of this tour is the bus trip back to Reykjavik following the highland route of Kjölur. We drive between two glaciers and stop to enjoy bathing in the natural hot pool at Hveravellir. We also visit the Geysir hot spring area and the majestic Gullfoss Waterfall before returning to Reykjavik.
Accommodation during the ride in 2 - 4 bed units at the Hvammur Farm, where a warm outdoor tub awaits us after a long day spent in the saddle.
Day by Day itinerary
Monday: Reykjavik – Hvammur – Vatnsdalur – Sveinsstadir
We travel by bus from Reykjavik to the farm Hvammur, where we will meet up with our horses and guides. We will start our adventure by riding through Vatnsdalur Valley. This beautiful Valley is where one of the Icelandic Sagas, Vatnsdaela-Saga, took place. We then ride along the riverbanks ofVatnsdalsa River, before crossing over to the western side of the valley. We say goodbye to our horses at Sveinstadir Farm, and we then drive to Hvammur Farm where we spend the night. (25 km)
Tuesday: Hvammur – Sveinsstadir – Hop – Borgarvirki
We leave Sveinsstadir farm in the morning and ride alongside the lake Hop. The black sand at the beach is ideal for riding tolt, the special gait of the Icelandic horse. This shore trail is great practice for the beautiful lagoon we will cross tomorrow. We will also ride along the riverbanks of Vididalsa River and cross over it. Before leaving our horses at Stora Borg, we ride past Borgarvirki, a fascinating fortress from the Viking ages. We spend another night at Hvammur Farm. (30 km)
Wednesday: Hvammur – Hvitserkur – North Atlantic – Thingeyrar
Today we will explore the amazingly beautiful Vatnses Peninsula as well as follow black dunes on Sigridarstadasandur towards the North-Atlantic. Just off the shore we see Hvitserkur, a basalt rock formation, that is also a nesting place to many seabirds. This area is the home to a large number of seals, and hopefully we can see some of them resting and playing on the beach. Today we will also cross the Lake Hop where we follow a safe trail through the water. We then head to Thingeyrar Farm, which used to be the site of a monastery founded in the 12th century. End the day relaxing in the outdoor hot tub at Hvammur Farm. (40 km)
Thursday: Hvammur - Thingeyrar – Hunavatn – Hvammur
Today we start our adventure by visiting the historic Thingeyrar Church. We also cross Lake Hunavatn on a safe trail in the water, and enjoy seeing how excited the horses get once they have returned to the black sand on dry land. We will ride on the east side of Vatnsdalur Valley, past Hvammsfoss Waterfall, where we are surroudned by impressive basalt columns. This is our last riding day, so we celebrate the successful return in the evening with a great barbecue feast in the barn - "Icelandic Style". (25 km)
Friday: Hvammur - Reykjavík
Today we travel back to Reykjavik, where you will be dropped off at your accommodation. Approx. arrival in Reykjavik is 12:30 pm.
Knee-high rubber boots are recommended for this tour.