Day by Day Itinerary Horse Riding - Landmannalaugar Southern Highlands of Iceland

Day by day Itinerary

Horse Riding - Landmannalaugar


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.