Kirkjufell Comfort

On this new comfort tour we introduce you to the Northern part of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, home to hidden waterfalls, mystical folklore and small fishing towns.  Our ride leads along colorful volcanoes and takes you through the haunting 4000 year old Berserk lava field that consists of variable shaped lava rocks, and that is also where a part of the well known Eyrbyggja saga happened.⁣

On our journey we ride around Mt Kirkjufell, considered as being the most beautiful mountain on the Snæfellsnes peninsula and yet most recognized as being “ArrowHead Mountain '' on the TV series, Game of Thrones.⁣

We get to visit  the fascinating area at Bjarnarhöfn and take a look at the Shark Museum just before enjoying the views of the Islands of Breiðafjörður. We will spend our nights at the outskirts of a small fishing town, Grundarfjörður and is probably the only town in the world that has a special allotment dedicated to the hidden people of Iceland.⁣

Depending on the preferences of the riders there are also additional activities possible, like visiting the shark museum or taking a splash in the local swimming pool, sea kayaking or whale watching.  And on the last night of the tour we will all dine at local restaurant Bjargarsteinn known for delicious local food.

Kirkjufell Comfort

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2.090€


    DURATION

    4 nights - 5 days

    RIDING SKILLS

    Intermediate and Advanced riders

    DEPARTURES

    Departure 2023: 12.6-16.6

    ACCOMMODATION

    Comfortable shared rooms in a farm house accommodation with made up beds. Accommodation before and after the ride are to be arranged individually.

    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. They can be bought at a reasonable price in the Duty Free Store at Keflavik Airport upon arrival or at the liquor store in Grundarfjörður.

    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

    Day 1: On the traces of Games of Thrones

     

    Today we arrive at Snæfellsnes around 12 pm.  We have  lunch and enjoy our free time until we get the horses saddled up for the first ride.  We start single horse on a trail just outside of Grundarfjörður, a small beautiful town situated in the north of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula.  We continue our ride towards Kirkjufell, the most distinct mountain in Iceland, considered one of the top 10 most beautiful mountains in the world, and yet most recognized as being “ArrowHead Mountain” on the TV series Game of Thrones. On the way we stop at the majestic waterfall Kirkjufellsfoss, take a selfie and enjoy the pristine nature around us. Then the ride leads us to the roots of Mt Kirkjufell where we make our way around this unique natural wonder, riding on the beach and grassy fields.

     The timing of the ride around Kirkjufell depends on the tide. In some cases, we need to start the ride very early in the morning or we have to wait until the afternoon

     

    Accommodation: Hellnafell Guesthouse

    Riding distance: 15 km.

     

    Day 2: Fjordhopping: Grundarfjörður- Kolgrafafjörður – Bjarnarhöfn

     

    We start our ride into the mountains passing Grundarfjörður,  following the old postal route towards Kolgrafarfjörður bay. We bring the herd with us today and ride through green grasslands and cross rocky grounds.  We rest the horses at the  foot of the mountain range Axarhamar, before we take the steep way up the mountain Tröllaháls.  The ride leads into the beautiful Hraunsfjörður fjord where we ride pass deserted farms and through the mystical Berserk lava, named after two unruly Berserks that were betrayed by an Icelandic farmer in the 10th century, and end our day at the farm Bjarnarhöfn.  

     

    Accommodation: Hellnafell Guesthouse

    Riding distance: 26 km.

     

    Day 3. Between summit and sea: Around Bjarnarhafnarfjall back to Hraunsfjörður

    We continue our ride from Bjarnarhöfn surrounded by mountains on one side and the sea on the other, riding on private land. On the way we enjoy the view of the islands of Breidafjörður venturing off the beaten path. Today we ride rather slowly due to rocky grounds and also to keep the sheep in the area calm. We will make our way towards Mjósund fjord and ride next to the first bridge that was built over a fjord  in Iceland.  After that we make our way back to Hraunsfjörður enjoying the spectacular views of lava fields covered in moss as well as impressive mountain ranges.  When we return to Bjarnarhöfn, we can explore the shark museum and get to know everything about the Greenland shark and try the (in-)famous “hákarl”(a.k.a. fermented shark)

     

    Accommodation: Hellnafell Guesthouse

    Riding distance: 30 km

     

     Day 4. Landing on the Moon: Ride to lake Selvallavatn

    Dinner at Bjargarsteinn 

    Today's route leads us from Bjarnarhöfn on a marvelous lava trail called Berserkjargata where the two unruly Berserks are buried. We pass craters and ride on soft paths up to lake Selvallavatn, with a spectacular view of the colorful Berserk lava field and variably shaped landscape around. This lava field is around 4000 years old. On our way you spot a hidden waterfall; just another proof that this area is magical.. We continue our ride through the lava field and return to Bjarnahöfn. We head back to Grundarfjörður and have a dinner at Bjargarsteinn that is a local restaurant well known among Icelandic people. 

     

    Accommodation: Hellnafell Guesthouse

    Riding distance: 25 km.

    Day 5.  

    We return to Reykjavik in the morning. 

    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. 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.

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