Into the Far East – On old postal roads through the East Fjords
Detailed Daily Itinerary:
DAY 1 (31. August ) 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 (1. 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 (2. 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 (3. 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 (4. 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: (5. September) Breiðavík - Grund, ovvernight Borgarfjördur eystri in Hotel Blábjorg
DAY 7 (6. 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 (7. 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 (8. 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: (9. September) 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.