TYPOLOGIES

INTO THE FAR EAST

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DIFFICULTY

High

MIN. AGE

12 Jahre

2.900 €

ON OLD POSTAL ROADS THROUGH THE EAST FJORDS

Breidavik, Húsavik and Lodmundarfjördur in the far east to the farm Geirastaðir.
You have the chance to venture on horseback into the fascinating mountains of Iceland’s eastern fjords. The route is very varied and attractive: on old postal route, over wide sandy areas and steep mountain passes to the small village Bakkagerdi in Borgarfjördur eystri, whose region is known for its magical nature. Here we can expect rhyolite-colored mountain ranges, puffins and a hot pot next to the sea. There are additional evening rides possible to the sea through the black lava sand.

Angelika and Þorsteinn from Geirastaðir operate this tour, click here to get to know them better.

DURATION

9 days - 9 nights - 9 riding days

RIDING SKILLS

Advanced riders

DEPARTURES

Dates 2022: September 2-11

ACCOMMODATION

Accommodation varies from nice guesthouses at the beginning and end of the journey, to cozy mountain huts

NOTE

Bring a sleeping bag and bathing suits

WHAT IS INCLUDED

Domestic flight to and from Egilstadir

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. 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.

    Into the Far East – On old postal roads through the East Fjords

    Detailed Daily Itinerary:

    DAY 1 (2 September ) Arrival in Egilsstaðir, 
    We meet at 1 pm at the domestic airport in Reykjavik from where we fly to the small town Egilsstaðir in the East. There you will be picked up and then drive approximately 40 minutes to Geirastaðir.You will go on a first ride along the river Jökulsá (Overnight stay Geirastaðir)

    DAY 2 (3 September) Geirastaðir - Hóll, (Overnight stay Geirastaðir)

    Now it starts with the whole herd on our tour. On the old postal route over the vast land of the Hróarstunga, first to the beautiful old wooden church at Kirkjubær. Enjoy a hearty lunch break at the sheep farm before continuing along the Lagarfljót river towards the mountains.
    The horses stay at the abandoned farm Hóll in the pasture, we drive back and stay overnight in Geirastaðir

    DAY 3 (4 September)  Hóll - Unaós - Stapavík  (Overnight Geirastaðir)
    A wonderfully scenic and diversified route. First we ride along the open grass and sand plain of the Héraðsandi to the farm Unaósi at the foot of the mountains, where we take a long
    break. The herd stays there and we ride on our favorite horses between the river Selá and the mountains to the sea and enjoy the black sandy beach at Stapavik. In the evening we drive one last time back to Geirastadir

    4th day (5 September) Breiðavík -Borgarfjörður-eystri, (Overnight Hotel Blábjörg, Borg.eystri)
    It goes back over 2 mountain passes towards Borgarfjörður eystri and back to the idyllic village of Bakkagerði, where apart from the bird rock Holmavik there is still much more to discover: an “elf hill” to be walked around, the old church of Bakkagerdi, the cozy Álfacafe
    and finally the hot pot / spa right next to the sea to relax. “Luxury” overnight at Hotel Blábjorg (Admission hot pot / spa inclusive, see http://www.blabjorg.com/)

     5th day (6 September) Borgarfjörður-eystri-Breiðavík (overnight mountain hut Breiðavík)
    Again a beautiful route through the colorful, gigantic mountains around the Borgarfjord. Even now there are about 600 meters to overcome, but this time not quite as steep as on the Gönguskard and on wider, well-fortified gravel roads. Our destination this time is the bay Breidavik, where we spend the night in a cozy hiking hut. If you want, you can ride on your favorite horse to the beach in the evening or the next morning....

    DAY 6: (07 September) Breiðavík - Grund, ovvernight Borgarfjördur eystri in Hotel Blábjorg

    DAY 7 (8 September) Breiðavík – Njarðvík - overnight guesthouse Borg / Njarðvík
    We ride through the fascinating mountain landscape, past the mountain lake Gæsavatn and then downhill again towards Borgarfjörður and forwards to the next fjord. We spend the night directly with the horses in the cozy guest house Borg / Njarðvík

    Day 8 (9 September) Njarðvík – Unaós - Hóll overnight Geirastaðir
    After the breakfast we ride / lead over the steep, scenic mountain pass Gönguskarð with sea views over the last mountain of our tour. On the other side we make on a long rest at the farm Unaós. At Unaós the wide Herað plain opens. We ride across sand dunes and open uneven
    meadow areas and all need to work well together to keep the horses together as a herd. In the evening we drive and stay overnight at our farm Geirastaðir.

    DAY 9 (10 September) Holl – Geirastaðir overnight Geirastaðir
    Last route of the riding tour along the large river Lagarfljót to the old church Kirkjubær, from where an old postal tour leads directly to our farm Geirastaðir. There, the horses are finally allowed on their home pastures and we ourselves celebrate the successful tour with roasted lamb.

    Day 11: Flight back to Reykjavik

    (either in the morning or in the evening, if the guest are interested in a sight seeing tour of the region, Stuðlagíl- Canyon, Hengifoss, Seyðisfjörður harbour, Laugafell etc..))

    Flight ticket to and from Egilstadir is included in the price

    **We reserve the right to change tour route as necessary.

    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.

    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

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