CREAM TOUR

Riding Löngufjörur Estuary .. the Cream of Creams

DEPARTURES IN 2022 This is a Special Tour in terms of the many riding days offered; custom made for riders that come frequently, even yearly to ride in Iceland. The routes take us from the South to the West and back, where the highlights are the Löngufjörur Estuary, a dream come true for every rider that loves the breeze in the hair, the salt on the lips and wet feet up to the knee.
IT IS ALSO POSSIBLE TO BOOK 8 RIDING DAYS .. AND WE HAVE ONLY TWO SLOTS LEFT!!  Please contact our agents for booking.
This tour is operated by Hreinn Þ.

Cream Tour

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€ 6.228


    DURATION

    17 nights - 16 riding days

    RIDING SKILLS

    Advanced riders

    DEPARTURES

    Dates 2022: August 8.-25.

    ACCOMMODATION

    A mix of shared rooms in sleeping bags, and cozy guesthouses.

    NOTE

    Please 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 on request 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

    Pick up Monday 8.8. at 17:30, at BSÍ - Reykjavík Bus Central.

    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.

    Children,  12 yrs and younger, receive a 25% discount off the tour price.

    Cream Tour 2022

    8.8. Arrival day

    Pick up at BSÍ at 17:30. Bus transfer to Torfastaðir Guesthouse, for dinner and a cosy evening. Made-up beds in rooms of 2-4. Showers. Hot tub.

     

    9.8. Day 1 .. Torfastaðir - Kringlumýri

    The paths take us towards lake Þingvallavatn, up to a sheep paddock and down good tölting paths to river Sogið, which we cross on a dam. Then we ride old paths in the heathland created by Þrasaborgir volcano. We will visit the Cave People who tell us the story of the people that lived in the caves early in the last century. We stay the night at the mountain cabin Kringlumýri. No showers. Shared sleeping quarters. 34 km. 5-6 hours.

     

    10.8. Day 2 .. Kringlumýri - Gatfell

    We ride the path through the lava field in the direction of Lake Þingvallavatn. At Gjábakki farm we’ll ride into the woods towards Mt. Ármannsfell, where we change horses. We pass through Hofmannaflöt and by Meyjarsæti, which are names from our parliamentary history. We leave the horses at Gatfell hut, and take the bus to Skógarhólar guest-cabins. Showers. Rooms for 5-6, sleeping bags. 30 km. 5-6 hours.

     

    11.8. Day 3 .. Gatfell - Oddsstaðir

    From Gatfell we take the paths to Borgarförður area in the western part of Iceland. We ride up Uxahryggir hills and then descend down to valley Lundarreykjadalur, riding along the river Tunguá. Accommodation in Brautartunga community center. Sleeping bags in a shared hall. Swimming pool and showers. 36 km. 5-6 hours. 

     

    12.8. Day 4 .. Oddsstaðir - Eskiholt

    This day takes us through the fertile countryside of Borgarfjörður. Along the banks of Grímsá river and over the old bridge over Hvítá river and to the farm Eskiholt. Accommodation in cottages. Hot tub and showers. 25 km. 5-6 hours.

     

    13.8. Day 5 .. Eskiholt - Grímsstaðir

    In the morning we are still in the countryside, but we head to the mountains along the banks of the precious salmon river Langá. We get great views towards the ocean and the edge of the highlands, majestic mountains and a glimpse of the glacier. We find farm Grímsstaðir at the edge of the highland, on the slopes of Mt. Grímsstaðamúli. Sleeping bags in rooms of 4.  Showers. 34 km. 5-6 hours.

     

    14.8. Day 6 .. Grímsstaðir - Kálfalækur

    Today's direction is set towards the beaches and the ocean. We ride through woody lava fields and farmlands to Guesthouse Køalfalækur where we’ll bunk for the next 6 nights. Made up beds in rooms of 2-4. Hot tub. Showers. 26 km. 5-6 hours.

     

    15.8. Day 7 .. Kálfalækur - Kolviðarnes

    Since the tides control our time schedule we don’t start riding until afternoon.
    We have leisure time on our hands, these days in Kálfalækur and we’ll take the bus for some kind of sightseeing. We haven’t made a plan yet, but trust us on this one. You can of course also choose to lay around or hit the hot tub, instead of driving around.
    When we have mounted the horses the ride takes us to the beach. The long, endless, glorious beach. Through the muddy, clayish, wet but firm estuary. Crossing rivers, some shallow, some deeper ensuring wet feet, at least for the long legged riders. What kind of footwear to wear, hmmm? We will experience paths through various types of land and landscape. Smiling. Feeling happy. Heart pounding in sheer joy.  Kolviðarnes farm is the destination for the horses. Riders take the bus to Kálfalækur. 30 km. 5-6 hours.

     

    16.8. Day 8 .. Kolviðarnes - Staðarstaður

    This day we continue the adventure sought for in a Snæfellsnes tour, enjoying the beach ride. We might even be lucky enough to see an eagle or two. There is also the Saltnesáll channel to cross. That can be deeper than the rivers, maybe too deep to cross. What will we do then?? The answer: We will think safety first.

    The day comes to completion at Staðarstaður church farm, where the horses rest overnight. Riders take the bus to Kálfalækur. 30 km. 5-6 hours.

     

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    17.8. Day 9 .. Staðarstaður - Kolviðarnes

    Today we’ll do yesterday’s ride in reverse. Experiencing the landscape so differently that we might imagine we were in a totally different location. Destination Kolviðarnes. Riders take the bus to Kálfalækur. 30 km. 5-6 hours.

     

    18.8. Day 10 .. Kolviðarnes - Kálfalækur

    Another happy day, the last one on the beach. Surely a great ride with different views. Due to ever later departure times we will do this day a little bit differently than before, obeying the tides  Destination Kálfalækur. 30 km. 5-6 hours.

     

    19.8. Day 11 .. Kálfalækur - Hítarhólmur

    We ride towards the mountain valley of Hítardalur, through farmlands and lava fields, finally departing on a daytime schedule. Views to the edge of the highland and to the great Snæfellsjökull in the west. We leave the horses at Hítahólmur and take the bus to Kálfalækur, for our last night there. 30 km

    20.8. Day 12 .. Hítarhólmur - Brekka

    After packing all our stuff in the trailer, and driving to Hítarhólmur, we ride the seldom taken paths through Þórarinsdalur into a valley where lake Langavatn resides in the peaceful mountain surroundings. By cabin Torfhvalastaðir we’ll change horses and munch on our lunches. On we ride through mountain valleys until we reach farm Brekka, where the horses rest for the night. Riders take the bus to Þverárrétt community center. Showers. Sleeping bags in shared quarters. 35 km. 5-6 hours.

     

    21.8. Day 13 .. Brekka - Kópareykir

    Riding through the farmlands all day today. Destination Kópareykir farm for the horses. Riders take the bus for the short drive to Logaland community center. Showers. Sleeping bags in a shared hall. 42 km. 6-7 hours.

     

    22.8. Day 14 .. Kópareykir - Brunnar

    From Kópareykir we ride up the valley through farmlands at first, but then we head south up to the mountain paths in the slopes of Ok glacier. Destination Brunnar cabin, where we leave the horses for the night. Riders take the bus to Skógarhólar guest-cabin. Showers. Rooms for 6, sleeping bags. 43 km. 6-7 hours

     

    23.8. Day 15 .. Brunnar - Heiðarbær

    As we are in the near vicinity of Þingvellir we ride the paths that chieftains and priests rode in the past, when going to and from parliament meetings. We ascend up to the heathland and then descend to farm Heiðarbær, by the great lake of Þingvallavatn. It is a sheep farm that also relies on the trout in the lake to make a decent living. Here we leave the horses, but the riders take the bus to Skógarhólar. Rooms of 5-6. Showers. 30 km. 5-6 hours.

     

    24.8. Day 16 .. Heiðarbær - Torfastaðir 

    Through the wood clad lava fields we ride along the banks of the lake. Ascending the heath to change horses and have lunch at a sheep paddock. Descending the hetahland again on excellent paths with views to the big lake, rivers and volcanos and mountains of various sizes, near and far. Destination Torfastaðir Guesthouse. Made-up beds in rooms of 2-4. Showers. Hot tub. 35 km. 5-6 hours.

     

    25.8. Departure day .. Torfastaðir - Reykjavík

    Departure at 9:00 after breakfast, to BSÍ bus center in Reykjavík

    We reserve the right to alter the itinerary if necessary

    The Flybus departs from Keflavík airport 35-40 minutes after each arrival. Busses are located right outside the terminal building. B

    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:
    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

    Torfastaðir Guesthouse

     

    Torfastaðir is a spacy, newly renovated old farmhouse in the countryside in the neighbourhood of Selfoss Town. They have a hut tub and a sweat lodge just by the house.

    • Number of rooms:  9 (2-3 bedded)
    • Number of beds:  22
    • Outdoor jacuzzi:  Yes
    • Number of showers: 3
    • GSM connection:  Yes
    • WiFi: Yes
    • Made up beds: Yes
    • Number of WC:  3

    Kringlumýri Mountain hut

     

    Galtará Mountain Hut is owned and used by shepherds in the autumn when they go gathering up their sheep.  This convenient cabin doesn't provide hot water or showers showers, but they have water toilets.

    • Number of rooms:  1 big hall
    • Number of beds:  24
    • Outdoor jacuzzi:  No
    • Number of showers:  0
    • GSM connection:  Yes but weak
    • WiFi: No
    • Made up beds: No
    • Number of WC:  1
    • Website:  No

    Skógarhólar

     

    Skógarhólar is located in the slopes of Mt. Ármannsfell, just 3-4 km from  the beautiful parliamental site of Þingvellir. Nearby thegreat lake Þingvallavatn lies in thre wood clad lavafield, in a valley between two ravines.  

    • Number of rooms: 5 (5-6 bedded)
    • Number of beds:  30
    • Outdoor jacuzzi:  No
    • Number of showers: 2 
    • GSM connection:  Yes
    • WiFi: No
    • Made up beds: No
    • Number of WC:  2

    Brautartunga

    Brautartunga is a community center, with good facilities, and a swimming pðol. 

    • Number of rooms:  1 shared hall
    • Number of beds:  30, matressses
    • Outdoor jacuzzi:  No
    • Number of showers: 2
    • GSM connection:  Yes
    • WiFi: No
    • Made up beds: No
    • Number of WC: 2

    Eskiholt

     

    Eskiholt is a farm with cottages in the Borgarfjörður countryside, not far from Borgarnes Town.

    • Number ofcottages:  5
    • Number of beds:  25
    • Outdoor jacuzzi:  yes
    • Number of showers: 5
    • GSM connection: yes
    • WiFi: no
    • Made up beds: yes
    • Number of WC: 5

    Grímsstaðir

     

    Grímsstaðir is a deserted farmhouse by the edge of the higlands. 

    • Number of rooms:  5 (4-5 bedded)
    • Number of beds:  25
    • Outdoor jacuzzi:  No
    • Number of showers:  1
    • GSM connection:  Yes
    • WiFi: Yes
    • Made up beds: No
    • Number of WC:  2