TYPOLOGIES

INTO THE FAR EAST

DIFFICULTY

High

MIN. AGE

12 Jahre

2.550 €

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

8 days - 8 nights - 7 riding days

RIDING SKILLS

Advanced riders

DEPARTURES

Dates 2021: July 15-22

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 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.

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

    Detailed Daily Itinerary:

    DAY 1 (July 15 ) Arrival in Egilsstaðir, drive to Loðmundarfjörður
    Overnight mountain hut Lodmundarfjördur
    We meet at 07.00 am 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 150 km to the start point of the trail. This is a scenic route into the beautiful fishing village Bakkagerdi in Borgarfjördur eystri, where we make leisurely a lunch break at the puffin rock Holmavík.
    Then it’s about 2 hours on serpentine paths in the enchanted, lonely Lodmundarfjord where
    our horses have been accommodated since Tour 1. After coffee break we will go to the first
    horse ride to the sea to get to know the horses before it starts with the whole herd the next
    day. We spend the night in the cozy hiking hut in Lodmundarfjörður next to the small church
    Klyppstaðir with a magical view of the surrounding mountains.

    DAY 2 (July 16) Loðmundarfjörður – Húsavík, Overnight mountain hut Húsavík

    Now it starts with the whole herd on our tour. A very beautiful route over the steep mountains
    to the next mountain hut in Húsavík.
    From there we can in the evening ride or drive again to the sea and visit the small beautiful Húsavík Church.

    DAY 3 (July 17) Húsavík –Breiðavík, Overnight mountain hut Breiðavík
    We ride from the hut in Húsavík through a fascinating mountain landscape, past the striking
    liparite-rich rock Hvitserkur and the mountain lake Gæsavatn, down into the next fjörd
    Breiðavík. The hut is very close to the sea and you can ride again in the evening to the beach with your favorite horse.

    4th day, July 18 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/)

    DAY 5 (July 19) Borgarfjörður-eystri –Unaós (Overnight Geirastaðir)

    After the delicious breakfast buffet in Blábjörg, we start from Bakkagerdi on the country road
    along the sea to Njarðvík, where we take a leisurely break at the sheepfold. Then we ride or if
    necessary lead the horses over the steep, scenic mountain pass Gönguskarð with sea view over
    the last mountain of our tour. On the other side we leave our horses at the farm Unaós and drive to our farm Geirastadir.

    DAY 6 (July 20) Unaós-Hóll (Overnight Geirastaðir)
    At Unaós the wide Herað plain opens. We ride over sand dunes and open uneven meadow
    areas and all have to work well with each other to keep the horses as herd together. Today’s
    track is not very long – so we will maybe have time to spent the afternoon in Egilsstaðir with
    shopping, swimming pool visit or a short hike to the waterfall Fardagafoss. In the evening we
    drive back and stay overnight on our farm Geirastaðir.

    Day 7 (July 21) Hóll –Geirastaðir, Overnight Geirastaðir
    The last part of the riding tour along the big river Lagarfljót to the old church Kirkjubær, from
    where an old postal tour leads directly to our farm Geirastaðir. There the horses are allowed
    finally on their native pastures and we ourselves celebrate the “made” tour Roasted lamb.

    DAY 8 On the morning of the 22th of July we drive the participants to the domestic airport
    (departure 9.00) in Egilsstaðir – and wish a good home journey or even onward journey in
    Iceland.

    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.
    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]

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