On this tour we'll be riding around Lake Thingvallavatn, and through the Thingvellir National Park, the place that Icelanders hold closest to their hearts, not least for its outstanding beauty, but also for its cultural, historic and geological importance. On our ride through woody lava fields and heathlands surrounding the lake, we get magnificent views to the surrounding mountains and volcanos, and we'll see and experience the rift valley created when the land between them subsided, in a major fissure eruption more than 9.000 years ago.
This tour is operated by Hreinn Þ.
5 nights -4 riding days
Dates 2022: September 6-11
Shared rooms in comfortable setting Accommodation after the ride are to be arranged individually.
WHAT IS INCLUDED
Bus transfer from Reykjavík to the farm and back
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.
Pick up starts at 17:30
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
Bring bags rather than hard cover suitcases
Children receive a 25% discount off the tour price.
Day 1: Pick up at BSÍ Reykjavik
Pick-up starts at 17:30 Bus transfer to Torfastaðir for dinner and tour meeting.
Day 1 .. Torfastaðir - Heiðarbær
After breakfast and lunch-pack making, we meet the horses and start the ride towards the great Lake of Þingvallavatn. We ascend up to an old secluded sheep paddock on the hills and then we ride towards farm Villingavatn, where we change horses. From here we ride with views to the mountains and volcanoes, along the lake to Nesjavellir farm, where we see the big steam from a power plant in the bottom of the valley, towered by the ancient volcano Mt. Hengill. After changing horses we ride the Jórukleif pass up to the heathland that provides us with soft mud paths, excellent for our tölting horses. At farm Heiðabær we call it a day. Bus back to Torfastaðir Guesthouse. 33 km. 5-6 hours.
Day 2 .. Heiðarbær - Skógarhólar - National Park
From Heiðarbær we ride north on the fabulous paths of the heathland. Mts. Ármannsfell, Botnssúlur and Hrafnabjörg seem close, but further away we see the sleeping giant, volcano Skjaldbreiður, close to the Langjökull glacier. At Skógarhólar in the vicinity of Þingvellir, where the ancient Icelandic parliament Alþingi was founded in 930, we’ll change horses. Then we leave the herd and go riding through the National Park. Into a canyon and through the woods to deserted farms, a quite lovely experience, returning back to Skógarhólar. 32 km. 5-6 hours.
Day 3 .. Skógarhólar - The Cave - Kringlumýri
From Þingvellir we'll ride beautiful paths through the wood clad lava field with mountain hut Kringlumýri as our destination. Now heading east with the great lake and the majestic Hengill volcano to our right. On our left we have an even greater volcano, Skjaldbreiður, which created the lava field we are actually riding, so many years ago. We leave the herd at Kringlumýri while riding to visit The Cave People, that will tell us the story of the people who lived in the Laugarvatn Cave early in the last century. Bus back to Torfastaðir Guesthouse. 32 km. 5-6 hours.
Day 4 .. Kringlumýri - Torfastaðir
Today we’ll ride on the slopes of Lyngdalsheiði, a cone-shaped hill created by ancient volcano Þrasaborgir, descending to lake Þingvallavatn. We cross the river Sogið on a dam, finding our way towards Mt. Hengill again. We'll make a pit stop at the same paddock we visited the first day, and finally we'll end the tour at Torfastaðir. 27 km. 5-6 hours
Day 5 .. Departure day
Bus transfer to Reykjavík after breakfast. Estimated arrival in Reykjavík at 10:00