Midsummer Yoga and Riding Retreat

RIDING AROUND THINGVALLAVATN

On this tour we take you around Lake Thingvallavatn, Iceland´s biggest lake and important part of the Thingvellir National Park. Ride through geothermal areas, moss covered lava fields and on the shores of the lake.

This tour is operated by Hreinn Þ.

This tour will be accompanied by morning Kundalini Yoga sessions by Annette Fahrtmann and will end with an extra day for a hike or to relax in the morning and a Sweat-Lodge in the afternoon/evening.

Yoga & Riding Retreat

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From 1.990 €


    DURATION

    6 nights -4 riding days - 1 day retreat

    RIDING SKILLS

    Intermediate

    DEPARTURES

    Dates 2022: June 17-23

    ACCOMMODATION

    Shared rooms in comfortable setting. (Single, Double, Triple/Quadruple). Accommodation after the ride are to be arranged individually.

    NOTE

    WHAT IS INCLUDED

    Bus transfer from Reykjavík to the farm. Additionally we offer an airport transfer from Keflavik airport in the afternoon of the 17 June and back to the airport in the early morning of the 23 June.

    Every morning we start with a Kundalini-Yoga session with Annette Fahrtmann before breakfast. On the last day we also offer a Sweat-Lodge in the afternoon.

    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 on request when booking. All riders make their own packed lunch from the breakfast table.

    Alcoholic beverages are not included in the tour price and are hard to get in the highlands. They can be bought at a reasonable price in the Duty Free Store at Keflavik Airport upon arrival.

    Rain wear, water bottle, saddle bag, riding helmet.

    ATTENTION

    Individual travel insurance is not included in the tour price. We encourage clients to obtain relevant travel insurance before visiting Iceland.

    Flight to and from Iceland is not included

    Day 1: Pick up at the airport or Reykjavik
    Pick-up starts at 17:30 Bus transfer to Torfastaðir for dinner and tour meeting.

    Day 1 Torfastaðir - Nesjavellir
    Morning Yoga and breakfast
    After refreshments and lunch-pack making, we meet the horses and start the ride towards the great Lake of Þingvallavatn. We ascend up to an old secluded sheep paddock on the hills and then we ride towards farm Villingavatn, where we change horses. From here we ride with views to the mountains and volcanoes,  along the banks of the lake to Nesjavellir farm, where we see the big steam from a power plant in the bottom of the valley, towered by the ancient volcano Mt. Hengill. Bus back to Torfastaðir Guesthouse. 22 km. 4-5 hours.

    Day 2 Nesjavellir - Kárastaðir
    Morning Yoga and breakfast.
    From Nesjavellir we ride the Jórukleif pass up to the heathland that provides us with soft mud paths, excellent for our tölting horses.
    We pass farm Heiðabær on our way to Kárastaðir farm, where we leave the horses and return to the guesthouse by bus. 20 km. 4-5 hours

    Day 3 Kárastaðir – Kringlumýri

    Morning Yoga and breakfast

    We will continue our ride towards Þingvellir, where the ancient Icelandic parliament Alþingi was founded in 930 AC. From Þingvellir we'll ride beautiful paths through the wood clad lava field with mountain hut Kringlumýri as our destination. Now heading east with the great lake and the majestic Hengill volcano to our right. On our left we have o an  even greater volcano, Skjaldbreiður, which created the lava field we are actually riding, so many years ago. Bus back to Torfastaðir Guesthouse.
    22 km. 4-5 hours

    Day 4 Kringlumýri - Torfastaðir
    Morning Yoga and breakfast.
    Today we ride in the slopes of Lyngdalsheiði, a cone-shaped hill created by ancient volcano Þrasaborgir, descending to lake Þingvallavatn. We cross the river Sogið on a dam, finding our way towards Mt. Hengill again. We'll make a pit stop at the same paddock we visited the first day, and finally we'll end the tour at Torfastaðir.  27 km. 5-6 hours

    Day 5 Relax and Sweat
    The morning leaves time to relax or to go for a hike. In the afternoon we start the famous sweat lodge. This ceremony includes meditation, the 4 rounds in the sweat and a communal nutritious and vegan feast afterward. It takes place in the beautiful surroundings of the farm.

    Kundalini Yoga

    The morning Kundalini Yoga is equally suitable for beginners and advanced practitioners.

    Kundalini yoga is also called the yoga of consciousness.
    It strengthens and balances your body systems, brings your own energies into better flow and has a holistic effect on body, mind and soul.

    If you have any questions about the Yoga sessions, please contact Annette (yoga@a-fahrtmann.de)