TYPOLOGIES

Golden Circle Advanced

DIFFICULTY

Low, Medium

MIN. AGE

12 years

€ 1990

On this tour, we take you around to the major sights of the Golden Circle. We have long riding days (30-45 km per day) and a herd of loose running horses with us.

This tour is operated by Hreinn.

DURATION

6 Days - 5 Nights - 5 Riding Days

RIDING SKILLS

Intermediate Riders

DEPARTURES

Dates 2022: July 3-8

ACCOMMODATION

Shared rooms in comfortable setting & sleeping bag accommodation in mountain huts. Accommodation after the ride are to be arranged individually.

WHAT IS INCLUDED

Bus transfer from Reykjavik to 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.

Rainwear, saddlebags, water bottles, riding helmet

ATTENTION

Bring your own sleeping bag.

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.

Children receive a 25% discount on the tour price.

Golden Circle Advanced

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Day 1 .. Reykjavik to Torfastaðir

 

Pick-up in Reykjavík is at 18:00
Bus transfer to Torfastaðir Guesthouse, where we settle in.

 

Day 2 .. Torfastaðir - Sel

You start riding up to a sheep paddock, getting a view over Lake Þingvallavatn and then cross river Sogið on a dam. We ride further into the heathland to sheperds' cabin Kringlumýri. For there we continue our trip to Lyngdalsheiði, created by the volcano Þrasaborgir, with extraordinary views to the mountains at the edge of the highlands. When ascending the heath we can take in the beautiful Icelandic countryside, with lakes, steam, woods, mountains and farming fields and houses. Our destination is nice and cozy Farm Guesthouse Sel. We accommodate in rooms and cottages with made beds.
Showers. 45 km. 6-7 hours.

 

Day 3 .. Sel - Myrkholt

We ride through farmlands and heathlands by Creek Andalækur, which we zig-zag over. We change horses at Austurhlíð farm and head on to the mountains and the highlands, towards the famous geyser 'Strokkur' that we can see erupting from the back of our horses. From there we ride to the farm guesthouse in Myrkholt. We go on a short drive to see the impressive waterfall Gullfoss, another cornerstone of the Golden Circle.
Showers. 35 km. 5-6 hours.

 

Day 4 .. Myrkholt - Helgaskáli

Today we ride the countryside until we reach the magnificent Brúarárhlöð canyon, where we certainly get the chance to use our cameras. From there we start ascending up to the highlands. When we have reached the plateau we send the herd to Helgaskáli cabin, but turn our mounts to investigate another big canyon Laxárgljúfur, for a photostop. Back at Helgaskáli we enjoy our dinner in the sheperds' cabin.
No showers. 33 km. 5-6 hours.

 

Day 5 .. Helgaskáli - Áfangagil

Today you ride down from the highland again, with great views over to the volcano Hekla. The lava landscape is rugged and vast and you wonder how it looked when it was in the making ages ago. We will stop to see the impressive waterfall Háifoss on the way down to Hólaskógur cabin where we make a pit stop. Onwards we go crossing mighty Þjórsá river, riding through even more lava fields to finally reach Áfangagil cabin.
Showers. 33 km. 5-6 hours.

 

Day 6 .. Áfangagil - Minni-Vellir

We ride towards Mt. Búrfell, which stands on the opposite bank of Þjórsá river, Hekla has an eye on us to our left. We might get a glimpse of Þjófafoss waterfall on our way to deserted farm Skarfanes, where we change horses. Mt. Skarðsfjall will get closer and closer by every step we take towards south, and finally we'll pass it and reach  Minni-Vellir farm where the tour comes to an end.
45 km. 6-7 hours

Bus will take us back to Reykjavík in the evening.

The right to change the itinerary if necessary, is reserved

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

 

Pick up:
Please be ready at the pick-up. Your pick-up place might be the first one for pick up.

 

Terms & conditions:
Íshestar request a confirmation payment upon booking of minimum 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. If you book the tour through the website the full amount is requested.
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 traveller. 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 [email protected]

Torfastaðir Guesthouse

Sel

Myrkholt farm

Helgaskáli

Hólaskógur

Minni-vellir farm