Hekla Volcano, often called the "Queen of Iceland" towers over this fascinating area and every day we will be reminded of the numerous devastating eruptions through the ages. The beautiful colours within nature are truly amazing at Landmannalaugar in the southern highlands.
A natural bathing spot is just one of the highlights which makes this area one of Iceland’s most popular destinations for adventurous souls and all nature lovers.
Riding time: 6 days (175km)
Accommodation: Hotel accommodation in Reykjavík. Shared rooms in simple mountain cabins and sleeping bag accommodation during the ride.
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.
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.
Bring with you: Warm clothes, sturdy shoes, sleeping bag
Hekla and Landmannalaugar - 6 days / 5 nights
On our way to the farm we visit Gullfoss Waterfall and the hot springs of Geysir. From Kálfhóll Farm we head off through fertile farmland and enter the beautiful trail along the mighty river Thjórsá.
The ride continues towards the highlands along good riding tracks, through black ash from the eruptions of Mt. Hekla to the mountain cabin at Hólaskógur. We continue to the beautiful area of Landmannahellir, a fitting outpost in the central highlands before we enjoy the colourful rhyolite mountains in Landmannalaugar.
Our way back leads us though lava fields and mountains down to green valleys and back to civilization again. The spirited, yet well trained horses make this tour enjoyable for everyone who is looking for a challenging highland adventure.
Accommodation on this ride is in mountain cabins and a holiday farm in sleeping bags.
Day by Day itinerary
Wednesday: Reykjavik – Kalfholl – Rettarholt Guesthouse
We will pick you up at your Reykjavik accommodation between 09:00- 10:00 in the morning. Please be dressed in your riding clothes. We will drive to Kalfholl Farm where we will meet the staff and the Icelandic horses. Today we will ride on fantastic riding paths along the glacial river Thjorsa, where we will have a great view of the glacier Eyjafjallajokull and the volcano Hekla. We will spend the night at Rettarholt Guesthouse where we can also relax in an outdoors hot tub. (30 km)
Thursday: Rettarholt Guesthouse – Mountain Hut Holaskogur
We will spend today riding along the wonderful river Sanda, through the National Forest Skridufellskogur, and into the beautiful valley Thjorsardalur. We will ride on sandy tracks along vast lavender blue lupine fields and the mountain Dimon. We make a stop at Stong, which is the ruins of a medieval farmhouse excavated in 1939. In 1104, Mt. Hekla erupted for the first time in the recorded history of Iceland, and the eruption destroyed at least twenty farms in the area, among them the farm Stong. We will make a short stop at Gjain, a mystical canyon with many small waterfalls. Gjain is also a famous setting for the TV-show, Game of Thrones. We end the day by heading to the cozy mountain hut Holaskogur. Holaskogur has prime view of Hekla Volcano. (30 km)
Friday: Mountain Hut Holaskogur – Landmanahellir Mountain Hut
Today we will ride over narrow tracks through black lava, north of Valafell mountain. Our surefooted horses carry us comfortably through rough terrain. We ride through the Lambaskard mountain passage, and continue on sandy path close by Saudleysuvatn Lake. Lastly we ride through the moon-like desert towards Mountain hut Landmannahellir where we will spend the next two nights. (30 km)
Saturday: Landmannahellir - Landmannalaugar – Landmannahellir Mountain Hut
Today we will visit the very famous Landmannalaugar. Landmannalaugar is an area with a natural hot pool, that is surrounded by colorful mountains and lava from a 1480 volcanic eruption. Our horses wil rest in a paddock while we relax in the hot pools, or visit numerous sights in the area. Exploring Landmannalaugar is without a doubt one of the highlights of this tour. We then return to Landmannahellir Mountain Hut where we spend the night.
Sunday: Landmannahellir – Mountain Hut Klettur/Holaskogur
We leave the scenic Landmannahellir area and ride north of Mt. Hekla volcano down from the mountains. Today's route takes us over diverse landscapes. We ride across sanders, sharp lava, huge pumice fields in many colors, and over green grazing fields where the farmers drive their sheep during the summer. We spend the night in a solitary mountain hut Klettur. 40 km)
Monday:Mountain Hut Klettur/Holaskogur – Rettarholt Guesthouse – Kalfholl – Reykjavík
On our last day, we ride over the rich green mountain fields and over to Seljamyri, to Fogruskogar, and Threngisandur, towards Rettarholt Guesthouse. Here we will say goodbye to our horses and staff. A bus will be waiting for us to take us back to Kalfholl farm for coffee and cake. We then take you back to your Reykjavik accommodation. (50 km)
Monday: Departure from Iceland – Reykjavík – Keflavík Airport
Transfer by bus to Keflavík Airport in time for the return flight home.