Tindfjallajökull – Glaciers & volcanoes

As history lurks nearly every step of the way we ride and we get to see the mighty glacier-fed river Markarfljót. Ride along with a herd between the three mighty glaciers, Eyjafjallajökull, Mýrdalsjökull and Tindfjallajökull, which will be on our…

As history lurks nearly every step of the way we ride and we get to see the mighty glacier-fed river Markarfljót. Ride along with a herd between the three mighty glaciers, Eyjafjallajökull, Mýrdalsjökull and Tindfjallajökull, which will be on our left throughout the tour.

While we ride with the herd of horses, we enjoy the view of Mt. Þórólfsfell which is partially covered with coarse ash from the Hekla eruption of 1947 and with fine ash from the Eyjafjallajökull eruption of 2010.

As we ride west on the far slopes of Tindfjallajökull glacier, we ride paths that take us into a magical world, so fair, into the highland that moves our hearts, and dares us to take in the troll-like atmosphere, and whispers its offer to become one with it; join it completely. Still embraced by the brisk, ruffled highland we continue through the wonderland as it lets us float through the landscape on our surefooted horses.

We ride by the fountain of the river as we descend towards a deserted farm, looking over to Iceland’s most active volcano Hekla; that locals believed were the doors to Hell.

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  • Duration

    8 days, 7 nights & 6 riding days
  • Riding skills

    Advanced riders
  • Departures

    Dates 2020: July 19-26
  • 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

    IH-4

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.
  • 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
  • Bring bags rather than hardcover suitcases
  • Pack light because the transport space is limited.

  • Day by day itinerary
  • Useful information
  • Accommodation

Day-by-Day Itinerary:

Day 1
Pick-up in the afternoon (18:00) in Reykjavík and a bus transfer to farm Efri-Úlfsstaðir, where we get our rooms and dinner. After dinner we have a tour meeting with the guide and the tour manager, to discuss the tour that goes around the Tindfjallajökull Glacier (Peak Mountains Glacier). An early night for most of us after a strenuous travel day is likely to be the choice for most riders.

Day 2
After breakfast and making lunch packs we greet the horses. We will ride the first leg without the loose horses, just to allow riders to get their balance and confidence and get acquainted with their horses. We ride on the banks of Affall river, nice tölting paths along mother nature’s lifeline. After changing horses, the view hit us with all their glory; glaciers and the highland mountains as well as lower grown mountains and hills in the countryside. History lurks nearly every step of the way we ride and we get to see the mighty glacier-fed river Markarfljót for the first time, but not the last. The horses stay at Brú farm but riders return to the luxury of Efri-Úlfsstaðir.

Day 3
Today we start ascending up to the highland. We are getting closer to the glaciers and ahead the mighty Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull catch our welcoming eyes. As we are riding around the Tindfjallajökull glacier, it will be on our left all tour. We make a stop at Mt. Þórólfsfell where we change horses. Overlooking Þórsmörk Nature Reserve and Markarfljót river we enjoy our mounts, driving the loose flock of horses. We stay the night by a peculiarly shaped Mt. Einhyrningur, in a cabin called Bólstaður. Someone might feel the urge to climb the mountain, just because it is there.

Day 4
We ride the Mt. Unicorn’s rather steep slopes, around it and up to the desert-like plateau. Into the mountainous highland, we plunge. We ride paths that take us around smaller mountains and hills, under a nonchalant watch of the glaciers. We continue our trip to Hvanngil cabin on sandy paths, marveling at the beautiful mountains and scenery that we are so lucky to experience.

Day 5
From Hvanngil we ride to the west on the far slopes of Tindfjallajökull glacier. We ride paths that take us into a magical world, so fair, like we never saw before. Mt. Stóra-Grænafjall (Big Green Mountain) catches the eye and we wonder how it was created. We change horses at Krókur cabin, by Hvítmaga river. We pass Skuggahlíðar (Shadow hills) and Mt. Grasleysufjöll on our way to our destination, Hungurfit cabin deep in the highland world that moves our hearts, and dares us to take in the troll-like atmosphere, and whispers its offer to become one with it; join it completely.

Day 6
Still embraced by the brisk, ruffled highland we continue on good paths through the wonderland. Mt. Hafrafell pretends it doesn’t see us as we float through the landscape on our surefooted mounts.  We ride by the fountains of river Eystri-Rangá as we descend towards deserted farm Foss, looking over to Iceland’s most active volcano Hekla; that inhabitants believed were the doors to Hell. Closer to us rises Mt. Þríhyrningur, which reminds us that the Sagas are all around us.

Day 7
Today we feel the horses’ anticipation; they know they are getting closer to home descending from the highlands. We ride between two mountains into valley Vatnsdalur, getting closer to civilization by each smooth step our horses take. Down on the desertic sands that volcanic floods have created decades and ages ago, we realize how vulnerable humans are when facing Mother Nature and its forces. Again, we ride on the banks of Affall river until we reach home. Horses get days off on the grassy fields, riders take a shower and sauna getting ready for the farewell dinner.

Day 8
After breakfast, we will head back to Reykjavík with a bus.

Terms & Conditions:
If you book the tour through the website the full amount is requested. Íshestar requests a confirmation payment upon booking of a minimum of 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.
Children under 12 years receive a 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 traveler. The estimated duration of tours as indicated by km or timing can change according to road or weather conditions.

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