TYPOLOGIES

SPRENGISANDUR – INTO THE WILD

DIFFICULTY

High

MIN. AGE

18 years

3.090 €

TRUE WILDERNESS EXPERIENCE IN THE HIGHLANDS OF ICELAND

The mystery trail over Sprengisandur was hidden and feared by Icelanders for centuries, mainly because of the countless stories of elves and outlaws that were supposedly waiting for lonely travellers passing by. The trail connects the north and south parts of Iceland and leads in between the mighty glaciers Vatnajökull and Langjökull. Every rider in Iceland knows the song “Á Sprengisandi”, the tale of a lonely traveller riding from south to north, describing his frightening experience on the way.

The contrasts of nature are really magnificent on this trail. We ride from the green valleys of the north until we meet the rocky desert of Sprengisandur with magnificent views of the surrounding Glaciers. We begin to experience what it is like to be a lonesome rider during long days in the saddle!

The accommodation varies from nice guesthouses at the beginning and end of the journey, to cosy mountain huts, with the Laugafell oasis in the middle of the tour. In Laugafell, a warm natural pool awaits us after our ride through the desert. Those who love the wilderness and pure unspoiled nature will enjoy this tour to the utmost

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

DURATION

8 days - 7 nights - 7 riding days

RIDING SKILLS

Advanced riders

DEPARTURES

Dates 2021: August 10-17

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

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 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: Saltvík – Akrar (35km)
We start our ride from Saltvík after a short introduction to the staff and horses. The first day takes us through the green vegetation of North Iceland farmland along Hvammsheiði, following a 10 km highway of Tölters on soft tracks along the heath! Then we cross the river Laxá at the Þúfuvað passing where the river is about 100m wide but luckily shallow and still. We ride beside lake Vestmannsvatn through the old birch forest in Vatnshlíð, before we reach the farm Akrar where we leave the horses. We then drive back to Saltvík, where we spend the first night. In Saltvík we can relax in the hot pools and get the strain out of our muscles before the adventures of the following day!

Day 2: Akrar – Mýri (50 km)
We cross Fljótsheiði and ride towards the waterfall Goðafoss where we have a good lunch break and take our time to visit the beautiful waterfall and enjoy the scenery. After that, we start riding up along the river Skjálfandafljót which we follow for the rest of the day riding soft riverbanks until we arrive at our guesthouse Kiðagil.

Day 3: Mýri – Fossgilsmosar (45 km)
From Mýri we start the journey across the wilderness, following the historical trail marked with “stonemens” piles of rocks which led the way across the highland!

We end the ride at Fossgilsmosar at the edge of the desert where we leave the horses for the night and drive back to guesthouse Kiðagil where we spend another night.

Day 4: Fossgilsmosar – Laugafell (45 km)
We start the ride from Fossgilsmosar by riding aside the famous canyon Kiðagil, best known from the song “Á sprengisandi” which is the song of riders travelling anywhere in the highlands. Kiðagil was the destination of travellers of the past when crossing the wilderness of Sprengisandur .

We follow old waypoints, the stonemen of Sprengisandur when crossing this huge desert on our way to Laugafell .

Laugafell is a true oasis in the desert with green grass and a geothermal hot pool well deserved after a long day in the saddle!

Day 5: Laugafell – Háumýrar (50 km)
From the oasis of Laugafell we ride on with the huge glaciers Vatnajökull, Tungnafellsjökull and Hofsjökull in sight the whole day!

We ride across the rivers Bergvatnskvísl and Fjórðungskvísl and arrive at our destination at Háumýrar in the afternoon. Háumýrar was before the last post of southern grasslands and a camping place of travellers at the edge of the southern highlands.

Day 6: Háumýrar – Versalir (40 km)
We are now coming down to the southern regions of Sprengisandur. The trail leads to the nature reserve of Þjórsárver in Þjórsárver is one of the layers of Iceland´s most famous Outlaw Fjalla Eyvindur who spent 17 years of his life out in the wilderness of Iceland in the 18th century. We ride with the great Mountain Arnarfell at our side the whole day and the glacier Hofsjökull shines with its huge icecap sliding down to the wasteland. Overnight we stay at a nice mountain hut at Versalir.

Day 7: Versalir – Þóristungur (45 km)
Coming down from the wilderness to our final destination of Þóristungur. We follow the glacial river Kaldahvísl and enjoy the mountain view towards the mighty glaciers on both sides. We spend the last night at a nice guesthouse nearby and celebrate in the evening our journey across the highlands telling stories and singing songs about our adventure!

Day 8: Þóristungur – Reykjavík
After breakfast, we drive to Reykjavík with our minibus / after the reverse tour ( South-North ) flight from Húsavík to Reykjavík. Arrival in Reykjavík around 11.00 am.

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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