Power of Creation - Horse Riding Tour
Day-by-day itinerary: West – East
Monday: Arrival in Iceland – Keflavík Airport – Reykjavík
Individual transfer with Flybus from Keflavík Airport to your hotel in Reykjavik. (Included in price). Welcome meeting at Íshestar riding center where you meet your fellow riders. Pick up for the welcome meeting at 18:00 at included hotel. Please read the information regarding transfers attached.
Tuesday: Reykjavík – Geysir – Gullfoss – Eyvindarmúli – Einhyrningur Mt. Cabin
Pick up at the hotel at 08:00 in the morning. We visit the well-known sights of Iceland, Geysir hot spring area and Gullfoss waterfall on our way to Eyvindarmúli Farm in the historical Fljótshlíð area, where we meet staff and horses and start our ride alongside the Markarfljót River. We ascend into the mountains to Einhyrningur Mountain Cabin for an overnight stay. Enjoy the great view of Eyjafjallajökull Glacier and Thórsmörk Nature Park. (25 km)
Wednesday: Einhyrningur – Emstrur Mountain Cabin
This day takes us across the mighty Markarfljót River (on a bridge). We ride through the scenic Emstrur area. This sensitive grazing area in the highlands pleases our horses and we spend the night in a mountain cabin. At the cabin we leave the herd behind and continue on individual horses to explore the area some more. We ride into the beautiful Botnar valley and stop at a cave used in earlier times as a shelter for farmers when gathering the sheep. Before heading back to the cabin we stop at a hilltop and enjoy the great view of Mýrdalsjökull Glacier and the notorious Katla crater. (30 km)
Thursday: Emstrur – Glacier Mýrdalsjökull – Lambaskarðshólar
We follow the Fjallabak Trail across Mælifellssandur, a black sand desert north of Mýrdalsjökull Glacier. Through Álftavatnskrókur grazing area and past Lake Álftavatn we continue our ride and cross several small glacier fed rivers on our way to the cabin at Lambaskarðshólar. This is our longest riding day that features an ever changing landscape. We end our ride at Lambaskarðshólar cabin, close to River Skaftá. Hot showers are available tonight. (55 km)
Friday: Lambaskarðshólar – Skaftárdalur Farm
Our horses rest in the morning and we enjoy the beautiful nature at Lambaskarðshólar. It is only a short walk to Silfurfoss waterfall, also called “little Gullfoss”. After lunch we follow Skaftá River down to Skaftárdalur Farm where we spend the next two nights in summer houses. Now we have entered the area that was most effected by the Skaftáreldar eruption in the 18th century, when the river canyons were filled by lava, causing the water to cascade on top of the lava field since. (25 km)
Saturday: Skaftárdalur – Leiðólfsfell – Lakagígar Lavafields - Skaftárdalur
We follow old trails towards Mt. Leiðólfsfell, reaching high above fertile grassland. At this place we experience close encounters with the huge lava fields from the devastating Laki eruption. About 135 craters erupted on a huge fissure and they covered the area with lava and the whole country with ashes for about two years. Animals succumbed to hunger or volcanic poisoning, a large part of the human population died and only 38.500 people survived the disaster. We take another route back to Skaftárdalur for another night’s stay and our farewell dinner. (45 km)
Sunday: Skaftárdalur – Reykjavík
Transfer back to the Capital area for the last overnight stay in a hotel. Return at approx. 15:00.
Monday: Departure from Iceland – Reykjavík – Keflavík Airport
Transfer by bus to Keflavík Airport in time for the return flight home.