Our ride starts in the beautiful and renowned Fljótshlíð area south-east of Hvolsvollur town and we ride alongside the Markarfljót glacier River up into the mountains. The tour starts strongly and from the first day in the saddle – we are surrounded by breathtaking landscape and scenery!
We are in ancient Viking country, home to one of our most renowned and tragic sagas, The Saga of Njáll. Looking south on a bright day you can see the Westman Islands, home to some 4.300 people and one of Iceland´s largest puffin colony. We follow good riding tracks through black ash from Mt. Hekla’s past eruptions but Hekla is one of Iceland’s most active volcanoes, as we venture out into the heart of the Fjallabak Nature Reserve.
We continue across the black sand desert Mælifellssandur and into lava fields originating from Laki’s craters during Skaftáreldar, a devastating eruption in the 18th century. About 135 craters erupted on a huge fissure and they covered the area with lava and the whole country with ashes for about two years. Animals succumbed to hunger or volcanic poisoning, a large part of the human population died and only 38.500 people survived the disaster. We spend a day close to Eldgjá, the biggest volcanic canyon in the world before returning home.
This tour is part of the ISHESTAR Special Tour Forces of Nature. You can decide to take the full experience on the round tour (9 riding days), or just the Southern route (4 riding days) or the Northern route (5 riding days).
This tour is operated by Kiddi and Birna.