New Tour in 2021

Wonders of the Highlands

Glaciers, mountains, black deserts, hot springs and glacier rivers: On this tour you get to see and experience the best things Iceland has to offer. It will take you over the Kjölur plateau on one of the oldest routes in…

Glaciers, mountains, black deserts, hot springs and glacier rivers: On this tour you get to see and experience the best things Iceland has to offer. It will take you over the Kjölur plateau on one of the oldest routes in Iceland. You will cross rivers and ride alongside a lava field into the mountain range of Kerlingarfjöll. Riding around that remote part of Iceland you will get to see the spectacular geothermal area ‘Hveradalir´with its hots springs and rhyolite mountains. The paths will allow for log stretches of fast tölt and the views on the high plateau and the mountain ranges are breathtaking, with two big and many small glaciers in sight.

  • Duration

    7 nights -6 riding days
  • Riding skills

    Advanced riders
  • Departures

    Dates 2021: July 10-17
  • 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.
  • 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

Day 1. Reykjavík – Myrkholt
Afternoon drive from Reykjavik to Myrkholt where horses and staff are waiting for us. We will get to know each other, have dinner, and gather strength for the adventure that lies ahead. So do the horses that are grazing in the nearby field.

Day 2. Sandá – Árbúðir Mountain Cabin
We cross Hvítá (White river) and enjoy the all-surrounding scenery and the view to the glacier-filled lake Hvítárvatn, from where Hvítá flows. We will spend the night in Árbúðir on the banks of river Svartá (The Black river). The tracks we are riding have been ridden by Icelanders through the centuries. If only they could talk!

Day 3. Árbúðir – Kerlingarfjöll
We continue our ride along the rough lava field Kjalhraun enjoying the spectacular view of the two striking glaciers: Langjökull to the west and Hofsjökull to the east. The terrain is soft and sandy – ideal to ride the tölt!  The ride takes us towards Kerlingarfjöll, “The Old Woman’s (or witches) Mountains”, a beautiful cluster of rugged colorful mountains. People did not travel these mountains in the old days since they were believed to be a hiding place for outlaws. They might still be! We enter a valley where there is a beautiful geothermal pool for us to dive into.

Day 4. Around Kerlingarfjöll

This day we will ride without the herd and the ride will take us higher up in the mountain range, above the famous Hverardalir, the “valley of hot springs. “ The valley is surrounded by yellow and red rhyolite mountains and is one of the largest and most fascinating geothermal areas in Iceland. You can see tuff stone pillars, steaming vents, clay geysers, and bubbling hot springs.

Day 5. Kerlingarfjöll – Árbúðir 

Day 6. Árbúðir – Sanda

Day 7. Sanda – Myrkholt

Riding back through forested landscape into the geothermal Geysir area.

Day 8: Departure

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:
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.

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

 

  • Árbúðir

    Árbúðir is a simple mountain cabin beside the Kjölur road. 

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

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

    • Number of rooms:  8
    • Number of beds:  32
    • Outdoor jacuzzi:  No
    • Number of showers:  8
    • GSM connection:  Yes
    • WiFi: Yes
    • Made up beds: Yes
    • Number of WC:  4
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