Horse Riding: Autumn Adventure – Sheep Gathering
Friday: Transfer to Landmannahellir – Landmannalaugar (3 – 4 hrs.)
We will pick you up at your Reykjavik accommodation between 9 and 10 in the morning. We then travel to Landmannahellir where we will meet the horses and our fellow riders. We then ride into the famous Landmannalaugar Area. Landmannalaugar is a natural gem in the highlands of Iceland with a very stunning landscape. Landmannalaugar area has a natural geothermal hot pool, colorful mountains, and black lava field. This day is a shorter riding way, which allows us plenty of time to get acquainted with the terrain and to learn about the journey ahead. We spend the night in Landmannalaugar.
Saturday: Jökulgilid – Landmannalaugar (8 – 9 hrs.)
Today's destination is Jokulgilid. Jokulgilid is a long and shallow valley with many color and rock formations. The valley is surrounded by mountains and glaciers. The area us mostly barren, but it has grass coverings here and there. The grass attracts shep who seek into this remote area far away from any human contact. A glacier fed river makes it hard to access this valley during the summertime, so this time of year is the only time we can search for sheep that have been grazing there all summer.
Sunday: Landmannalaugar – Landmannahellir (8 hrs.)
Today we will explore the area between Landmannalaugar and Landmannahellir. Even though these two places are not too far apart, the area is covered with lava fields, craters, and lakes, so we can find sheep all over. Because of this, it is important to keep your place in the human chain to make sure that no sheep stays behind. We will spend another night in Landmannalaugar.
Monday: Landmannahellir and surroundings (8 hrs.)
We start the day early in the morning when we leave Landmannalaguar. We pack our belongings into a transport vehicle and we ride back to Landmannahellir, driving our spare horses along in a free running herd. We will spend today exploring the surroundings of Landmannahellir, which has a long tradition as a night resting place for those gathering sheep. Originally there were two caves that were used as shelters for both horses and men.
Tuesday: Mt. Hekla volcano (10 hrs.)
Today we explore the area around Mt. Hekla Volcano. Mt. Hekla is an active volcano that has erupted regularly, spewing lava, pumice, and ash into the sky. Sheep can be found in sheltered valleys, and we need to make sure that they all find their way home. Some of us will stay in the wilderness looking for sheep while others drive the flock to Mt. Valahnjukar. We spend the night in Landmannahellir.
Wednesday: Afangagil – Galtalaekur Farm (8 hrs.)
Today we travel to Afangagil. The round pen where the sheep will be sorted in tomorrow is in Afangagil. On our way to this are, we make sure there are no stray sheep left behind. We spend our last night at Galtalaekur Farm, underneath the towering Mt. Hekla Volcano.
Thursday: Day of the round-up
Today is the last and most celebrated day of the round-up. At noon we start the sorting of the sheep, and it lasts until every single sheep has returned to its owner. We participate in sorting the sheep, pass the falsk around, and join in the singing and celebrating after a successful ride in the mountains. Once the sorting is finished, we head back to Reykjavik where this great tour will come to an end. You will be dropped off at your accomodation at approximately 18:00.