Imagine free and spirited horses rushing down from their highland summer pastures to be returned to their owners.
Duration: 5 days
Group maximum: 20 persons
Available: Sept - Oct
Difficulty: Advanced riders
Riding time: 4 days (120km)
Accomodation: Rooms with bed linen in 2-4 bed units at the farm.
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 and riding helmet.
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.
Bring with you: Warm clothes, sturdy shoes.
Join the farmers in this great autumn adventure. Ride alongside them when they drive the herd, sort the horses and celebrate the successful return of horses and men. The varied terrain includes the highland moors and green valleys just turning into their autumn colours of burnished red and yellow, deep blue lakes and rivers and the gorge of Kolugljúfur where a troll woman resided in the olden days.
From Hvammur Farm in the North we will follow good riding tracks until we meet the Icelanders who have already been gathering horses for some days. We will join them and help them to drive the herd down to the Víðidalstungurétt corral. When this task has been fulfilled the locals celebrate the successful round-ups with a ball "réttardansleikur" and we are welcome to join in the fun. The next day the horses are sorted. Experience the excitement of both men and horses when the horses and foals are selected from the herd and returned to their rightful owners.
Day by Day itinerary
Wednesday: Reykjavik – Hvammur – Sveinsstadir – Hvammur Farm
We travel by bus from Reykjavik to the farm Hvammur. On our way to the farm we visit a factory outlet with woolen goods. At Hvammur farm we will meet the horses and the guides. We then start our ride through the beautiful Vatnsdalur Valley. We will ride along the banks of River Vatnsdalsa before crossing over to the western side of the valley. We end our ride at Sveinsstadir Farm before returning to Hvammur Farm for our overnight stay. (25 km)
Thursday: Sveinsstadir – Daeli – Hvammur
This long and exciting riding day takes across Glufura River. We travel through the friendly countryside of Vestur-Hop and into the beautiful valley Vididalur. We follow Vididalsa River to Daeli Farm where we leave our horses. We continue one to Hvammur farm for our overnight stay. We will eat a hearty dinner and can go hot tubbing outdoors as well. (40 km)
Friday: Daeli - Kolugil – Vídidalstungheidi – Hvammur
Today we ascend towards the highland plateau Vididalstunguheidiand meet the horses coming down from their pastures in the highlands. We will enjoy a warm lunch at a mountain shelter before we join the farmers in driving the herd down the mountains. Afterwards we stop at Kolugili Farm for refreshments, before ending our ride at Stora-Asgeirsa. (32km)
Saturday: Vididalstungurett – Lake Hop – Hvammur
We start the day at the round up place Vididalstungurett where the horses are sorted out. An auction is held on the premises and we can join the farmers in their joyful singing, and celebrating the return of their horses. Later in the afternoon we join up with our horses close to Borgarvirki, and we ride towards Lake Hop. You can feel the excitement of the horses as they reach the open plain. Our trail leads us right across Lake Hop, Icelands fifth largest lake, on a safe track across the water. We will also ride past Thingeyrar, a place of great historic importance and into Vatnsdalur Valley. We then say goodbye to our horses and we return to Hvammur. 30 km)
Optional (not included in the tour price):
"Stóðréttardansleikur" dance at Viðihlið, where everybody relaxes after the excitement of the day and celebrates yet another successful round up.
Sunday: Return to the South – Reykjavik
Departure from the North and return to Reykjavík. Approx. arrival at the hotel at approx. 14:00.