TYPOLOGIES

HORSE ROUND UP

DIFFICULTY

Medium

MIN. AGE

12 years

1.920 €

RIDING IN NORTH WHICH IS BEST KNOWN FOR ITS BEAUTIFUL LANDSCAPE

Enjoy the amazing autumn colours and adventure of joining Icelanders gathering their wild horses from the mountains.

 

In September and October, Iceland changes costume from the green summer dress over to the multi-colour outfit of autumn! It’s an amazing season to travel around on horseback watching nature slow down for the upcoming arctic winter. This is also the time when farmers gather their sheep and horses down from the wilderness where they have spent the summer running around free in the mountains.

 

This 5-day tour is a combination of a 4-day riding tour where we enjoy the autumn colours and ever-changing landscape of the north, and a visit to the horse roundups “Skrapatungurétt ” and Laufskálarétt where we join the farmers when they drive a herd of 500 young Icelandic horses from the mountains and separate them in the roundups.

 

Bjarni Páll at Saltvík farm operate this tour, click here to get to know them better.

DURATION

6 days - 5 nights - 5 riding days

RIDING SKILLS

Strong Intermediate and advanced riders

DEPARTURES

Dates 2021: September 14-19

ACCOMMODATION

The accomodation on this tour is in 2-4 pers. rooms with made up beds at Saltvík holidayfarm

NOTE

Bring your own sleeping bag!

WHAT IS INCLUDED

Domestic flight from Reykjavík to Húsavik and transfer to/from 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

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 receive a 25% discount off the tour price.

Day 1: Reykjavík - Saltvík - Saltvík

Meeting point in the morning at Eagle air airport in Reykjavík for the domestic flight to Húsavík.

The flight takes about 45 minutes and the airport in Húsavík is located only 5 min. away from Saltvík farm. We pick our guests up at the airport and drive to The farm where the tour starts. After a short introduction meeting with horses and guides in Saltvík, we saddle up and ride along the coastline of the arctic sea north of Iceland, amazing view out to the horizon where the arctic circle lies across the Island, Grímsey, 30 miles north of Iceland. We come back home to the farm in the afternoon where hot pools are waiting for us to relax in after the first riding day!

Day 2: Saltvík - Sandur

We ride nice and easy riding trails along the coastline towards Sandur farm located at the riverbanks of Skjálfandafljót river. We cross sandy lava fields and green riverbanks on our way and enjoy rich birdlife and scenery towards the bay of Skjálfandi north of Iceland. We leave the horses at Sandur farm and head back to Saltvík for the night where hot tubs are waiting again.

Day 3: Sandur – Aðalból (30 km)

We ride up to the hillsides of Hvammsheiði following historic trails used by farmers and travellers through the centuries. Great soft trails of endless tölting! We cross the river Laxá at a passing where the river runs through the lava fields of Aðaldalshraun. We ride along Vatnshlíð near the beautiful lake Vestmannsvatn and enjoy again a totally amazing view and scenery over the valley of Aðaldalur. We end the ride at the farm Aðalból where we leave the horses and drive back to Saltvík farm for the night. In the afternoon we visit the newly established “Geoseas”  Geothermal bathing lagoon for relaxing in the hot seawater.

Day 4: Aðalból – Saltvík (30 km)

We ride in to the birch forest in Vatnshlíð and enjoy the great view. We ride up along Laxá river with the canyons of Laxá aside and then enjoy riding excellent trails along the river Mýrarhvísl all the way back home to Saltvík farm. In the afternoon we leave Saltvík farm and head with our minibus towards the area where the roundups take place. We settle in at our guesthouse and enjoy the evening together sharing stories from the riding adventures we had the past days!

Day 5: Meeting the locals – Round-up day

In the morning we saddle up and ride with the locals towards the roundups. We watch when the herd of 500 young horses come running down from the mountains and enjoy the atmosphere at the roundups where Icelanders come together, sing and enjoy life as well as separating their horses so each farmer can drive his own herd home to his farm in the afternoon.

Day 6: Back to Reykjavík

After breakfast, we drive with our minibus to Reykjavík. We arrive at BSI bus station in Reykjavík at around 13-14:00 in the afternoon.

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.

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 [email protected]

Saltvík Guesthouse

Located 5 km from central Húsavík, Saltvík Guesthouse offers accommodation with views of the surrounding mountains and Skjálfandi Bay.

We offer accommodation in a newly established guesthouse with 7 double rooms with private bathrooms and one small apartment that sleeps 4-5 persons, ideal for families or friends.

We use our old farmhouse for guests that are joining the multi-day riding tours. The old farmhouse has 6 rooms for 2-4 persons each. It features a nice living room and a great view towards the sea along with two shared bathrooms.

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