Day by Day Itinerary Kjölur North-South - Horse riding Iceland

Day by day Itinerary

Horse Riding - Kjolur North-South

Sunday: Vatnsdalur Valley – Afangi Mountain Cabin
You will be picked up from your Reykjavik accommodation between 07:00 - 08:00 in the morning. Please be dressed in your riding clothes. We drive from Reykjavik and to the North of Iceland where we meet up with the horses, a farmer, and the farmer's team. Today is our first riding day, and it is a long one as well. We will ride up a valley, close to Vatnsdalsa River. This area has many beautiful waterfalls. We ascend to the mountain plateau Audkuluheidi. We enjoy the magnificent view over the impressive highland mountains and the glaciers around us. We spend the night at the mountain cabin Afangi, beside the big man-made lake Blondulon. We can go hut-tubbing outside of the cabin where we spend the night. (35 km)
 
Monday: Afangi – Hveravellir Geothermal Area, Mountain Cabin
On today's ride, we will pass the mountains Sandkulufell and Saudafell. It's clear that we are following a historical route. During the early settlement of Iceland, people traveled on horseback on these exact trails. Our route leads us further to the south over the beautiful river Seydisa. The horses run happy with us on the soft paths of this free and mystical highland area. The destination of today's ride is Hveravellir, a unique geothermal area between Hofsjokull and Langjokull glaciers. Here in this rough, but extremely beautiful nature, the most famous outlaw in Iceland, Fjalla Eyvindur, survived for years. At the mountain cabin, a natural hot pool invites us to a deserved relaxing bath (35 km)
 
Tuesday: Hveravellir – Gislaskali Mountain Cabin
Today we cross Kjalhraun Lava Field, where we hear a tragic story about two brothers who froze to death in October 178, on their way to Skagafjordur Fjord, with a flock of sheep. During the ride we will enjoy the magical, unspoiled, and extreme nature. We pass the cave where the ancient superhero, Grettir 'the strong' Asmundarson lived. Grettir spent most of his life as an outlaw, roaming the mountains. The destination of today ride is Gislaskali, which is situated at one of the most beautiful locations of the legendary Kjolur route. (30 km)
 
Wednesday: Gislaskali – Arbudir Mountain Cabin
Today we ride on soft and sandy riding paths, beside the rough lava field Kjalhraun. The special highland vegetation in this area, with its vulnerable flowers, catches our attention. We continue riding along Svarta River. Here we are riding on historical grounds, with a spectacular view of to impressive glaciers, Langjokull and Hofsjokull. We spend the night in Arbudir, situated right at the banks of river Svarta. (25 km)
 
Thursday: Arbúdir – Fremstaver Mountain Cabin
Today we follow the river Svarta for a while before crossing the river Hvita. Our ride continues along the slopes of Mt. Blafell. During the last centuries, travelling through the remote highland was a dangerous trip due to outlaws waiting to rob the riders. We spend the night at Fremstaver Mountain Cabin. (35 km)
 
Friday: Fremstaver – Gullfoss – Geysir – Myrkholt Farm
We saddle up again and ride by the canyon of Hvita River. We will explore the world famous natural wonders Geysir Geothermal Area, and the majestic Gullfoss Waterfall. Here we say goodbye to our horses, as they get their rest on some of the farms fertile fields. We celebrate a successful tour with a great farewell dinner, storytelling and singing. (25 km)
 
Saturday: Myrkholt – Reykjavik
We say good-bye to our guides and farmer, and return to the Capital area. On our drive back to Reykjavik for the last overnight stay we visit the historical site Thingvellir, Iceland’s first National Park. Approx. arrival at 13:00.