Wonders of the Kjölur 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…
2290 per pers.
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.
Duration7 nights -6 riding days
Riding skillsAdvanced riders
DeparturesDates 2021: July 10-17, 17-24
AccommodationShared rooms in simple mountain cabins and sleeping bag accommodation during the ride. Accommodation after the ride are to be arranged individually.
NotePlease bring your own sleeping bag!
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.
- 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
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 (Tour 1) Myrkholt – Fremstaver
The trails are soft and the views are impressive into Haukadalur, where we look over the entire Geysir hot-spring area and the Árnessýsla county. We head east towards the river Sandá, where we spend the night.
Day 3 Fremstaver – Árbúðir Mountain Cabin
We start the ride at the river Sandá, the sandy river. In the distance we see the Blue Mountain, we will be riding to the west of it. 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 are officially in the Icelandic wilderness! 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 4 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 5 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 Hveradalir, 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. Take a look around and enjoy! In the evening we can again bath in the warm pool.
Day 6 Kerlingarfjöll – Stakamúli – Árbúðir
We are all well rested after yesterday. And we’d better be – we will be riding fast today for a long stretch! We are heading west towards the big glacier, Langjökull. We are crossing the big lava field Kjalhraun, which is over 7000 years old and stretches through half of the Kjölur plateau.
Day 7 Árbúðir – Fremstaver
We are heading south, and you can feel it riding the horses – they know they are on their way back home! After a short ride we pass a special place called in the nearby glacial river called Skipholtskrókur. It may sound strange, but many believe this is the place where the Holy Grail Jesus drank from in the Last Supper can be found. It is supposed to be kept in a large secret vault in the area. As we are heading south notice how the vegetation changes from moon-like to more and more green. Look around and enjoy the view! The night we will stay just south of the mighty Bláfjall mountain.
Day 7 (Tour 2) Fremstaver – Haukadalsheiðin – Myrkholt
Now we are riding back home -The trails are soft and the views are impressive into Haukadalur, where we look over the entire Geysir hot-spring area and the Árnessýsla county. We head down through Haukadalsskógur forest, the biggest of its kind in Iceland, and towards the Geysir area. There we unsaddle and leave our horses in a paddock in one of the most well-known geological hotspots in the world, where we visit the world-famous geysers Geysir and Strokkur before returning to Myrkholt.
Day 8: Departure to Reykjavik in the morning
Note that Tour 1 (10. July) starts from Myrkholt and ends in Fremstaver and Tour 2 (17. July) starts in Fremstaver and ends in Myrkholt
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.
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.
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 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