Landmannalaugar – Mt. Hekla

On this exciting tour we see the mountain Hekla towering over the region and every day we see evidence of its numerous devastating eruptions throughout the ages.

Horseback riding in Spectacular Volcanic area

Mount Hekla is a highly active volcano often titled the “Queen of Iceland”. The mountain towers regally over the region and every day we see evidence of its numerous devastating eruptions throughout the ages. In the old times, people actually believed it to be the gateway to hell. Landmannalaugar is a geothermal wonderland in the Southern Highlands. It’s natural bathing pools are only one of the highlights which make this area one of Iceland’s most popular destinations for nature lovers.

Our ride starts along the river banks of the mighty glacial river Thjórsá, with a magnificent view on glacier Eyjafjallajökull and Volcano Hekla. The beautiful area Landmannahellir is a fitting outpost in the central highlands before going on to enjoy the colorful rhyolite mountains in Landmannalaugar, surrounded by black lava fields.

Our way back to civilization leads us down from the mountains and into black lava and green valleys. The spirited and sure-footed horses make this tour an experience of a lifetime for anyone seeking a challenging highland adventure. 

Gestur and family at Kálfhóll farm offer this tour.

2019 Departures are ready!

  • Duration

    6 nights - 6 riding days
  • Riding skills

    Advanced riders
  • Departures

    Dates 2019: June: 25 – July 1 July: 30 – Aug 5 Aug: 27 – Sep 2
  • Accommodation

    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
  • Reservation code

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.


  • 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

Tuesday: Reykjavík – Kálfhóll
Pick up at BSÍ Bus station in Reykjavik or at Reykjavik official bus stops near your accommodation (see: between 18:00 and 19:00, where our Íshesta bus will transfer you and your fellow riders to Kálfhóll farm 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.

Wednesday: Kálfhóll – Glacier river Thjórsá- Réttarholt Guesthouse
We ride on fantastic riding paths along the mighty glacial river Þjórsá, with views of the glacier Eyjafjallajökull and the volcano Hekla. We stay at Réttarholt Guesthouse and relax in the hot tub outdoors. (approximately 30 km)

Thursday:  Réttarholt Guesthouse – Mountain hut Hólaskógur
Today we ride along the lovely river Sandá through the National Forest Skriðufellskógur into the beautiful and famous valley of Thjórsárdalur. The mountain Dímon towers over the vast lavender blue lupine fields along the sandy tracks. We stop at Stöng,  the ruins of a medieval farmhouse excavated in 1939. In 1104, Mt Hekla erupted for the first time in the recorded history of Iceland. The eruption destroyed at least 20 farms in the valley Thjórsárdalur, among them the farm Stöng. After a short stop at Gjáin, a mystical canyon with lots of small waterfalls and famous setting for Games of Thrones, we head for the cozy mountain hut Hólaskógur with a prime view of Volcano Hekla. (approximately 30 km)

Friday: Mountain hut Hólaskógur – Landmannahellir Mountain hut
We ride over narrow tracks through black lava north of Valafell mountain. Our sure-footed horses carry us comfortably through rough terrain through the Lambaskarð mountain passage. We continue on sandy paths close by lake Sauðleysuvatn and through the moon-like desert towards Mountainhut Landmannahellir, where we will spend two nights. (approximately 30 km)

Saturday: Landmannahellir – Landmannalaugar – Landmannahellir Mountain hut
Today we ride to the famous Landmannalaugar, with its natural hot pool, surrounded by colorful mountains and lava from 1480. Our horses rest in a paddock and we have a good part of the day to relax in the hot pools or visit the numerous sights, before returning to Landmannahellir.  This day will be without a doubt, one of the highlights of this tour. (approximately 40 km)

Sunday: Landmannahellir – Mountain hut Klettur/Hólaskógur
We leave the beautiful area of Landmannahellir and ride on towards the Herbjarnfell mountain. Today´s route takes us over varying landscape. We ride across sanders, sharp lava, huge pumice fields in many colors and over green grazing fields where the farmers drive their sheep during summer. We stay overnight in the solitary mountain hut Klettur with a perfect view of the Hekla volcano. Here we get the feeling of being “on top of the world”. (approximately 40 km).

Monday: Mountain hut Klettur/Hólaskógur – Réttarholt Guesthouse – Kálfhóll – Reykjavík
Today we ride over the rich green mountain fields over Seljamýri to Fögruskógar and Þrengslasandur towards Réttarholt Guesthouse. Here we have to say goodbye to horses and staff. The bus will take us back to Kálfhóll farm for coffee & cake. We then drive back to your accommodation in Reykjavík. (approximately 20 km)

– 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.

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.

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.

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  • Landmannahellir Mountain Cabin

    Landmannahellir is located in a peaceful area in Fjallabak and  has for many years been one of the main dwelling place for sheep gatherers when they round up the sheep each autumn that have been grassing in this area during the summer.

    • Number of rooms:  1
    • Number of beds:  24
    • Outdoor jacuzzi:  No
    • Number of showers:  2 in separate building
    • GSM connection:  No
    • WiFi: No
    • Made up beds: No
    • Number of WC:  2 (in the building)


  • Réttarholt Guesthouse

    Is located on the edge of the highlands in the small village Árnes. There are nice cabins to sleep in.

      • Number of rooms:  5
      • Number of beds:  24
      • Outdoor jacuzzi:  No
      • Number of showers:  3 in a separate building
      • GSM connection:  Yes
      • WiFi: No
      • Made up beds: Yes
      • Number of WC: 4


  • Hólaskógur


    Is a big mountain cabin in Þjórsárdalur, close to the glacier river Þjórsá. It is used in the autumn for the sheep herders but is open for travelers during the summer.

      • Number of rooms:  1
      • Number of beds:  50
      • Outdoor jacuzzi:  No
      • Number of showers:  2
      • GSM connection:  yes
      • WiFi: No
      • Made up beds: No
      • Number of WC:  2
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