We visit this historic place which has since become a National Park. We then leave civilisation behind us and head for the rugged wilderness of the interior, we stop at the Geysir hot spring area and to admire the majestic Gullfoss Waterfall.
Travel back in time and ride along the historic Kjölur trail as Icelanders did throughout the centuries whilst travelling to the big summer parliament at Thingvellir, first held in 930 AD.
Duration: 9 days
Departure time: 17:30
Available: Jun - Aug
Difficulty: Advanced riders
Note: Tours operate alternatively from North to South, the next tour being from South to North
Accommodation: Shared rooms in simple mountain cabins and sleeping bag accommodation during the ride.
Included: 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, riding helmet and sleeping bag with a sheet.
Excluded: 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.
Optional: Boat trip on Hvítárvatn glacier lagoon, fee to be paid locally.
Bring with you: Warm clothes, sturdy shoes, sleeping bag.
Travelling from south to north or vice versa right across the heart of Iceland we find ourselves riding in sand 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 relax in a long hot bath beneath the midnight sun! If you want to see as much of the highlands of Iceland as possible then this tour, which has been in operation since 1983, might be the perfect choice for you.
Kjölur - Facts and History
Kjölur is a plateau in the highlands of Iceland, roughly defined as the area between the Langjökull and Hofsjökull glaciers. It lies at an altitude of about 600–700 metres.
At the northern end of the Kjölur road we find the hot springs of Hveravellir providing a warm and almost surreal oasis. The colorful mountain range Kerlingafjoll is situated not far from this geothermal oasis.
During the 18th century an outlaw named Fjalla Eyvindur stayed there warm and safe for 20 years with his wife. He was a sheep thief. The hot springs allowed for a somewhat comfortable life. Later, in the 20th century, many plays were made about him and his wife dwelling in Hveravellir.