Into the Far East – On old postal roads through the East Fjords

Our 7-day riding tour with free-range herd takes us from the secluded fjords Breidavik, Húsavik and Lodmundarfjördur in the far east to the farm Geirastaðir. You have the chance to venture on horseback into the fascinating mountains of Iceland’s eastern…

Our 7-day riding tour with free-range herd takes us from the secluded fjords Breidavik, Húsavik and Lodmundarfjördur in the far east to the farm Geirastaðir.
You have the chance to venture on horseback into the fascinating mountains of Iceland’s eastern fjords. The route is very varied and attractive: on old postal route, over wide sandy areas and steep mountain
passes to the small village Bakkagerdi in Borgarfjördur eystri, whose region is known for its magical nature. Here we can expect rhyolite-colored mountain ranges, puffins and a hot pot next to the sea. There are additional evening
rides possible to the sea through the black lava sand

  • Duration

    8 days, 7 riding days
  • Riding skills

    Strong Intermediate riders
  • Departures

    Departure 2021: 15-22 July
  • Accommodation

  • Note

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What is included

Included

  • Domestic return flight Reykjavik – Egilstadir
  • 7 riding days (about 20-40 km per day) mainly with free-roaming herd, 2-3 riding horses per
    person, 1 departure day
  • 3 nights in twin or triple bed rooms on our farm Geirastaðir
  • 3 nights in shared rooms or mattress rooms in the cosy mountain huts from Víknaslóðir
  • 1 “luxus” night in the hotel Blábjorg with hot pot and spa directly by the sea
  • Transfer from / to domestic airport Egilsstaðir. Luggage transport to the respective
    accommodations (informations about the domestic flight Reykjavik-Egilsstadir you will find
    on
    www.airicelandconnect.com )
  • Full board from afternoon arrival day from lunch arrival day ( July 15 ) to lunch departure day ( July 22 ) :
    consisting of an extensive breakfast, lunch package on the way as lunch, coffee with pastries
    and a warm dinner, partly traditional Icelandic. Preferences of participants (e.g. vegetarian)
    are gladly considered.)

 

Not included: alcoholic drinks, entrance to swimming pool in Egilsstaðir or Vök

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Into the Far East – On old postal roads through the East Fjords

Detailed Daily Itinerary:

1st day, July 15 Arrival in Egilsstaðir, drive to Loðmundarfjörður
Overnight mountain hut Lodmundarfjördur
We meet at 07.00 at the domestic airport in Reykjavik from where we fly tof the small town Egilsstaðir in the East. There you will be picked up and then drive approximately 150 km to the start point of the trail. This is a scenic route into the beautiful fishing village Bakkagerdi in Borgarfjördur eystri, where we make leisurely a lunch break at the puffin rock Holmavík.
Then it’s about 2 hours on serpentine paths in the enchanted, lonely Lodmundarfjord where
our horses have been accommodated since Tour 1. After coffee break we will go to the first
horse ride to the sea to get to know the horses before it starts with the whole herd the next
day. We spend the night in the cozy hiking hut in Lodmundarfjörður next to the small church
Klyppstaðir with a magical view of the surrounding mountains.

2nd day, July 16 Loðmundarfjörður – Húsavík, Overnight mountain hut Húsavík

 

Now it starts with the whole herd on our tour. A very beautiful route over the steep mountains
to the next mountain hut in Húsavík.
From there we can in the evening ride or drive again to the sea and visit the small beautiful

Húsavík Church.

 

3rd day, July 17 Húsavík –Breiðavík, Overnight mountain hut Breiðavík
We ride from the hut in Húsavík through a fascinating mountain landscape, past the striking
liparite-rich rock Hvitserkur and the mountain lake Gæsavatn, down into the next fjörd
Breiðavík. The hut is very close to the sea and you can ride again in the evening to the beach

with your favorite horse.

 

4th day, July 18 Breiðavík -Borgarfjörður-eystri, Overnight Hotel Blábjörg, Borg.eystri
It goes back over 2 mountain passes towards Borgarfjörður eystri and back to the idyllic
village of Bakkagerði, where apart from the bird rock Holmavik there is still much more to
discover: an “elf hill” to be walked around, the old church of Bakkagerdi, the cozy Álfacafe
and finally the hot pot / spa right next to the sea to relax. “Luxury” overnight at Hotel
Blábjorg (Admission hot pot / spa inclusive, see http://www.blabjorg.com/)

5th day, July 19 Borgarfjörður-eystri –Unaós, Overnight Geirastaðir

 

After the delicious breakfast buffet in Blábjörg, we start from Bakkagerdi on the country road
along the sea to Njarðvík, where we take a leisurely break at the sheepfold. Then we ride or if
necessary lead the horses over the steep, scenic mountain pass Gönguskarð with sea view over
the last mountain of our tour. On the other side we leave our horses at the farm Unaós and

drive to our farm Geirastadir.

6th day, July 20 Unaós-Hóll, Overnight Geirastaðir
At Unaós the wide Herað plain opens. We ride over sand dunes and open uneven meadow
areas and all have to work well with each other to keep the horses as herd together. Today’s
track is not very long – so we will maybe have time to spent the afternoon in Egilsstaðir with
shopping, swimming pool visit or a short hike to the waterfall Fardagafoss. In the evening we
drive back and stay overnight on our farm Geirastaðir.

7th day, July 21 Hóll –Geirastaðir, Overnight Geirastaðir
The last part of the riding tour along the big river Lagarfljót to the old church Kirkjubær, from
where an old postal tour leads directly to our farm Geirastaðir. There the horses are allowed
finally on their native pastures and we ourselves celebrate the “made” tour Roasted lamb.
On the morning of the 22th of July we drive the participants to the domestic airport
(departure 9.00) in Egilsstaðir – and wish a good home journey or even onward journey in
Iceland.

Flight ticket to and from Egilstadir is included in the price

**We reserve the right to change tour route as necessary.

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