Hekla Midsummer Adventure

Hekla volcano is one of Iceland's most active volcanoes and got the name ´Gate to Hell´ in the Medieval time, due to its explosive eruptions. While being feared, the lava and ash from the eruptions also provided fertilization of the soil and created rich pastures in the area around the volcano. You will explore the lava fields from different Hekla eruptions as well as the lush pastures on this tour. A herd of horses will run with you and you change horses throughout the day. You stay at a beautifully renovated farmhouse and always have Hekla in sight!

Hekla Adventure

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€1.890


    DURATION

    3 nights - 4 riding days

    RIDING SKILLS

    Intermediate riders

    DEPARTURES

    Departure 2023: June 22-25

    ACCOMMODATION

    3 nights in double rooms (and sleeping loft) in a beautiful private cottage

    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

    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

    Pick-up in Reykjavik between noon and 1 pm.

    Day 1: Minnivellir- Skarðsfjall - Hellar - Minnivellir (ca. 20 km)

    We drive up to the former farm Minnivellir (1,5 hours) where we settle in. After a short brief, we will catch our horses from the field next to the house, get acquainted with the gear and ready for the first ride. This ride takes us through lush fields – fertilized through the ash from the eruptions of the Hekla volcano – to the farm Hellar at Skarðsfjall mountain range. There we take a break and visit the biggest men-made cave in Iceland. We finish our visit with homemade snacks from the farmer, who´s family has lived there for centuries before we head back to Minnivellir. We take a different route this time and ride alongside the shores of the mighty river Þjórsá.

    Day 2: Minnivellir - Skarfanes - Rjupnavellir (35-40 km)

    On our second day we prepare some lunch for the ride before we head towards the shores of river Þjórsá. We ride alongside the mighty river and around the big lava field ‘Merkurhraun’, that is about 6000-8000 years old. We end our ride on the Western slopes of Hekla volcano, leave the horses there and drive back to Minnivellir for dinner and the night.

    Day 3: Rjupnavellir - Foss (35 km)

    After the breakfast we are driving to Rjupnavellir where we start our riding day. Our ride leads us south of Mt. Hekla volcano and shows both sides side of Mt. Hekla eruptions: rocky lava fields and fertile farmland. We ride through lush green fields  and cross the rivers Ytri-Rangá and Eystri-Rangá. For parts of the day we follow the well-known Hekla Trail and ride on good riding tracks where it is easy to enjoy the tölt. We leave the horses on a field and drive back to Minnivellir for the night.

    Day 4: Foss - Torfastaðir (Fljótshlið) (ca. 15 km)

    On our last day we pack up our things and Minnivellir and head to Foss, where we left the horses. Our ride takes us alongside Fiská river and the slopes of the landmark mountain Þrihyrningur (Three horns) into the region of Fljótshlið, just South of the Tindfjallajökull glacier. At the farm Torfastaðir we have a picnic lunch and then say good bye to the horses and drive back to Reykjavik.

    Airport Transfer

    We recommend that you book your transfer with airport direct, as they have more flexible options.

     

    Keflavik - Reykjavik (Bus hostel)

    Reykjavik (Bus hostel) - Keflavik

     

    Terms & Conditions:
    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.

    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 sales@ishestar.is