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Kjölur

Between the glaciers! If you want to see as much as possible of our beautiful country then you should ride across the heart of Iceland on the ancient trail Kjölur.

Riding across the heart of Iceland 

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Step back in time and ride along the ancient Kjölur trail as Icelanders did over the centuries when traveling to the annual summer parliament at Thingvellir, first held in 930 AD. We visit this historic site where the heart of the nation beats and which became Iceland´s first National Park in 1930. When we arrive at the south we will visit and enjoy the Geysir hot spring area and Gullfoss Waterfall.

Traveling from south to north or vice versa right across the heart of Iceland we find ourselves traversing sandy deserts close to the mighty Langjökull and Hofsjökull Glaciers. Sheltered green valleys come as a surprise in this rugged terrain. Hveravellir is a geothermal area in the highlands where we can soak in a long hot bath under the Midnight Sun.

If you want to see as much as possible of the unspoiled Icelandic highlands, this tour, which has been in operation since 1983, is a perfect choice.

For 2018 we have added the first night and welcome dinner at the farm so now the tour is 7 nights and 6 riding days. 

  • Duration

    7 nights -6 riding days
  • Riding skills

    Advanced riders
  • Departures

    Dates 2018 Saturday - Saturday June 23 – 30 • June 30 – July 7 • July 7 – 14 • July 14 - 21 • July 21 – 28 • July 28 – Aug 4 • Aug 4 – 11 • Aug 11 – 18
  • Accommodation

    2-4 made up beds in each room at Hvammur Guesthouse and Myrkholt. Shared rooms in simple mountain cabins and sleeping bag accommodation during the ride. Accommodation after the ride are to be arranged individually.
  • Note

    Please bring your own sleeping bag! Tours operate alternatively from north to south, the next tour being from south to north.
  • Reservation code

    IH-7

What is included

  • Bus transfer from Reykjavík to the farm.
  • 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 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
  • Please bring your own sleeping bag with you on the tour
  • Bring bags rather than hard cover suitcases.
  • Pack light because transport space is limited.

  • Day by day itinerary
  • Useful information
  • Accommodation

Day-by-Day Itinerary  South – North:

Saturday: Reykjavik – Myrkholt
Pick up at BSÍ Bus station in Reykjavik or at Reykjavik official bus stops near your accommodation (see: www.busstop.is) between 17:30-18:30 where our Íshesta bus will transfer you and your fellow riders to Myrkholt Guesthouse, where horses and staff are waiting for us. After a lovely introductory meal where we get to know each other we relax and rest so we are well prepared for the adventure ahead of us.

Sunday: Myrkholt Farm –  Gullfoss – Fremstaver Mountain Cabin
The ride starts off towards the majestic glacier Langjökull and our first stop is the beautiful Gullfoss waterfall. Our ride today leads us to a mountain called Bláfell. There we spend the night and rest the horses at Fremstaver Mountain Cabin. (Approx. 25 km)

Monday: Fremstaver – Árbúðir Mountain Cabin
Our ride continues along the slopes of Mt. Bláfell. This area was roamed by outlaws in the old days. We cross River Hvítá and enjoy the view to the glacier fed lake Hvítárvatn. Tonight we stay at Árbúðir, situated right on the banks of river Svartá. (Approx. 35 km)

Tuesday: Árbúðir -Gíslaskáli Mountain Cabin
We ride along the river Svartá in a beautiful scenery on historical grounds with a spectacular view of two impressive glaciers Langjökull and Höfsjökull. As we continue our ride beside the rough lava field Kjalhraun the special highland vegetation with its vulnerable flowers catches our attention. The soft and sandy riding paths bring us to Gíslaskáli, which is situated at one of the most beautiful locations of the legendary Kjölur route. We enjoy the great peace and mystic of the surroundings. (Approx. 25 km)

Wednesday: Gíslaskáli – Hveravellir Geothermal Area, Mountain Cabin
Today we cross Kjalhraun where we hear a tragic story about two brothers who froze to death in October 1780 on their way to Skagafjörður with a flock of sheep.  During the ride, we enjoy the magical unspoiled and extreme nature. We pass the cave where the ancient superhero, Grettir the strong´Ásmundarson lived. He spent most of his life as an outlaw, roaming the mountains. The destination of today’s ride is Hveravellir, a unique geothermal area between Hofsjökull and Langjökull glaciers. Here in this rough but extremely beautiful nature the most famous outlaw Fjalla Eyvindur survived for years. At the mountain cabin, a natural hot pool invites us to a deserved relaxing bath. (Approx. 30 km)

Thursday: Hveravellir – Áfangi Mountain Cabin
Our route today leads us further to the north over the beautiful river Seyðisá. Further, the horses run free with us on the soft paths of this mystical highland area. We pass the mountains Sandkúlufell and Sauðafell before reaching our destination. It is easy to see that we follow a historical route.  All the way back to the early settlement of Iceland, people traveled on horseback on exactly the same trails as we do today. Our well-equipped cabin for the night has a hot tub next to it.  It is named after the hill Áfangafell which offers great views of the big glaciers behind us and towards the high mountains of the North ahead of us. Up to mid-July the sun hardly sets in this part of the country. (Approx. 35 km)

Friday: Áfangi – Vatnsdalur Valley  – Hvammur Farm
We continue our ride over the Auðkúluheiði Moor. The valleys with the farms in the north are getting closer as our horses run freely over the soft riding paths of the northern highland. It is impressive to see the fertile valley Vatnsdalur with all its fields and vegetation.  As we ride down to the valley the canyon of the Vatnsdalsá river appears with some of its many beautiful waterfalls. Our horses stay at Forsæludalur Farm which is the first farm to reach in this area when you come from the highland. We say goodbye to our horses (as they get to rest in the green fields of the valley). We celebrate a successful tour with a great farewell dinner, storytelling and singing. We stay overnight at Hvammur Guesthouse. The hot tub offers a nice relaxation after today’s ride. (Approx. 35 km)

Saturday: Hvammur – Reykjavík
We say goodbye to our farmer and his crew. Transfer back to your accommodation in Reykjavík. Approx. return at 14:00.

– We reserve the right to alter the itinerary if necessary –

Day-by-Day Itinerary       North – south:

Saturday: Reykjavik – Hvammur
Pick up at BSÍ Bus station in Reykjavik or at Reykjavik official bus stops near your accommodation (see: www.busstop.is) between 17:30-18:30, where our Íshesta bus will transfer you and your fellow riders to Hvammur farm in the north Iceland where horses and staff are waiting for us. After a lovely introductory meal where we get to know each other we relax and rest so we are well prepared for the adventure ahead of us.

 

Sunday:  Vatndalur Valley  – Áfangi Mountain Cabin
Today is our first riding day and a long one as well. As we ride up the valley the canyon of the Vatnsdalsá river appears with some of its many beautiful waterfalls. We ascend up to the mountain plateau Auðkúluheiði. and leave the fertile valley, our horses run freely over the soft riding paths of the northern highland. We enjoy the magnificent view over the impressive Highland mountains and the glaciers around us. We stay overnight at the mountain cabin Áfangi, beside the big man-made lake Blöndulón. A Hot tub is outside next to the cabin. (Approx. 35 km)

 

Monday: Áfangi – Hveravellir Geothermal Area, Mountain Cabin
On our ride today we pass the mountains Sandkúlufell and Sauðafell. It is easy to see that we follow a historical route.  All the way back to the early settlement of Iceland, people traveled on horseback on exactly the same trails as we do today.  Our route today leads us further to the south over the beautiful river Seyðisá. The horses run happily with us on the soft paths of this free and mystical highland area. The destination of today’s ride is Hveravellir, a unique geothermal area between Hofsjökull and Langjökull glaciers. Here in this rough but extremely beautiful nature the most famous outlaw Fjalla Eyvindur survived for years. At the mountain cabin, a natural hot pool invites us to a deserved relaxing bath. (Approx. 35 km)

Tuesday:  Hveravellir – Gíslaskáli Mountain Cabin

Today we cross Kjalhraun where we hear a tragic story about two brothers who froze to death in October 1780 on their way to Skagafjörður with a flock of sheep.  During the ride, we enjoy the magical unspoiled and extreme nature. We pass the cave where the ancient superhero, Grettir the strong´Ásmundarson lived. He spent most of his life as an outlaw, roaming the mountains. The destination of today’s ride is Gíslaskáli, which is situated at one of the most beautiful locations of the legendary Kjölur route. We enjoy the great peace and mystic of the surroundings. (Approx. 30 km)

Wednesday: Gíslaskáli – Árbúðir Mountain Cabin
As we ride, on soft and sandy riding paths, besides the rough lava field Kjalhraun the special highland vegetation with its vulnerable flowers catches our attention. We continue our ride along the river Svartá in a beautiful scenery on historical grounds with a spectacular view of two impressive glaciers Langjökull and Höfsjökull. Tonight we stay at Árbúðir, situated right on the banks of river Svartá. (Approx. 25 km)

 

Thursday: Árbúðir – Fremstaver Mountain Cabin
We follow river Svartá for a while before crossing the river Hvítá. Our ride continues along the slopes of Mt. Bláfell. During the last centuries, traveling through the remote Highland was a dangerous trip due to outlaws waiting to rob the riders. We spend the night and rest the horses at Fremstaver Mountain Cabin. (Approx. 35 km)

Friday: Fremstaver – Gullfoss Waterfall – Geysir Hot Spring Area – Myrkholt Farm
We saddle up again and ride by the canyon of Hvítá river heading southwards to the lowlands. Our horses bring us in their soft and strong gates the last part of the journey.   We explore the world famous natural wonders, Geysir and the majestic Gullfoss waterfall. We say goodbye to our horses as they get their rest on some of the farm’s fertile fields. We celebrate a successful tour with a great farewell dinner, storytelling and singing. (Approx. 25 km)

Saturday: Myrkholt – Reykjavík
We say good-bye to our farmer and his crew and return back to Reykjavík. On our drive back to Reykjavík to your accommodation, we visit the historical site Thingvellir, Iceland’s first National Park. Approx. arrival at 13:00.

– We reserve the right to alter the itinerary if necessary –

Here you can book your Flybus ticket to and from Reykjavík. The Flybus departs from Keflavík airport 35-40 minutes after each arrival. Busses are located right outside the terminal building. Book my ticket.

Kjölur tour operates alternatively from south to north, the next tour being from north to south.Please send us a request for day by day itinerary North-South at ishestar@ishestar.is

Terms & conditions:
Íshestar request a confirmation payment upon booking of minimum 30% of the tour price. When the confirmation payment is received the seat is secure. The remaining balance is due 6 weeks before the tour departs. If you book the tour through the website the full amount is requested.

Children’s under 12 years receive 25% discount on our multi-day tours.

Liability:
Íshestar reserves the right to alter routes, itineraries or timetables without prior notice, should the necessity arise. No liability is accepted for loss or expenses due to delays or changes of arrival or departures of flights or other services, injury, sickness, accident, strikes, damage, negligence, weather, wars or other causes outside the control of Íshestar. All such losses and expenses are the personal liability of the traveller. The estimated duration of tours as indicated by km or timing can change according to road or weather conditions.

For more information please see also our Frequent Asked Questions and/or contact us at ishestar@ishestar.is

 

  • Árbúðir Mountain hut

    Arbudir is a mountain cabin right beside the Kjölur route on the banks of the river Svartá. The cabin has sleeping-bag accommodation for 30 overnight guests.

    • Number of rooms:  2
    • Number of beds:  30
    • Outdoor jacuzzi:  No
    • Number of showers:  1
    • GSM connection:  Yes but weak
    • WiFi: No
    • Made up beds: No
    • Number of WC:  2

    Website with photos:

    PLEASE NOTE!  Following departures will not be staying at Árbúðir:  04 July – 11 July – 18 July

    Instead they will be staying at this nice place:  See photos here

    • Number of rooms:  6 room (2×2, 2×4, 2×6)
    • Number of beds:  24
    • Outdoor jacuzzi:  No
    • Number of showers:  2
    • GSM connection:  Yes
    • WiFi: Yes
    • Made up beds: No
    • Number of WC:  2
  • Hvammur farm

    Hvammur farm is situated in the beautiful Vatnsdalur Valley which is so full of the old Sagas and has the famous salmon fishing river Vatnsdalsá running down the middle. The farmhouse was renevated 4 years ago and has a hot tub in the garden with a view over the river.

    • Number of rooms: 6 rooms
      Number of beds: 2 – 4 beds in each room, altogether max 19
      Outdoor jacuzzi: Yes
      Number of showers: 2
      GSM connection : Yes
      WiFi: Yes
      Made up beds: Yes
      Number of WC: 2
  • Hveravellir Mountain hut

    Hveravellir is a beautiful geothermal hot spot located in the western highlands of Iceland. Íshestar groups stays in the „Old hut” next to the geothermal area and the „geothermal pool”.  Please note the stables/horses are in 15 min walking distance from the hut.

    • Number of rooms:  2 (8-12 bedded)
    • Number of beds:  20  (bunk beds)
    • Outdoor jacuzzi:  Yes (Geothermal)
    • Number of showers:  1  (sharing with campsite)
    • GSM connection:  Yes
    • WiFi: No
    • Made up beds: No
    • Number of WC:  3 (sharing with campsite)

    Website with photos

  • Myrkholt

    Myrkholt is located just between Gullfoss waterfall and the hot spring Geysir. Very nice farm and guesthouse.

    o    Number of rooms:  8

    o    Number of beds:  32

    o    Outdoor jacuzzi:  No

    o    Number of showers:  8

    o    GSM connection:  Yes

    o    WiFi: Yes

    o    Made up beds: Yes

    o    Number of WC:  4

  • Fremstaver

    Fremstaver is a cozy hut on the south slopes of the mountain Bláfell. The cabin is situated in beautiful surroundings that offer many sight-seeing possibilities. Climbing the mountain Bláfell is a long but rewarding walk. The top offers views wide and far on a good day.

    • Number of rooms:  1
    • Number of beds:  25
    • Outdoor jacuzzi:  no
    • Number of showers: 0
    • GSM connection: yes
    • WiFi: no
    • Made up beds:
    • Number of WC: 2
  • Gíslaskáli

    Gíslaskáli is located in a beautiful and unspoiled landscape on the Kjölur tour. Nearby is the source of Svartár river which is a beautiful crystal clear spring water. 

    o    Number of rooms:  1

    o    Number of beds:  40

    o    Outdoor jacuzzi:  No

    o    Number of showers:  

    o    GSM connection:  Yes

    o    WiFi: No

    o    Made up beds: Yes

    o    Number of WC:  

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A wonderful adventure with amazing horses and breathtaking landscape!! CR., FR.