TYPOLOGIES

3 Riding Days

+ 1
DIFFICULTY

Medium

MIN. AGE

12 years

1.190 €

On 19th March 2021, a volcanic eruption started only 30 km from our main stables just outside of Reykjavik. The volcano, Fagradalsfjall (e. mountain of the beautiful valley), had been dormant for over 6000 years and this was the first eruption on the Reykjanes peninsula in 800 years. This unexpected eruption, which produced enormous amounts of lava flowing through valleys and surrounding mountains, came to an end (at least temporarily) almost as abruptly as it had started, in mid-September.

Time will tell whether Fagradalsfjall volcano will remain dormant for another 8000 years or start again soon but exploring these freshest lava fields in Iceland and the surrounding area is sure to make for an unforgettable experience.

 

While we will not ride to the crater itself as it’s surrounded by kilometres of impassable lava, we invite you to explore with us the surrounding areas, filled with geological activity with bubbly mud pools and hot springs and colours and scenery that seems out of this world.

 

The best way to experience these sights is of course on the Icelandic horse which has evolved to traverse them.
It is an optional choice to hike to the volcano.

 

We will overnight at the Viking Village in Hafnarfjördur in a comfortable cottage with full-board provided.

DURATION

4 Days - 3 Nights - 4 Riding Days

RIDING SKILLS

Intermediate to Experienced Riders

DEPARTURES

Departures 2022: 18-21 May & 21-24 August

ACCOMMODATION

Shared rooms in comfortable cabins or double bed rooms. Hot tub and Sauna. Please note: Accommodation after the ride are to be arranged individually.

Note that you have to be reasonably fit to participate on this ride, as we sometimes have to get off the horses to walk a bit (if it is too steep to ride)

WHAT IS INCLUDED

Bus transfer from Reykjavik to Hafnarfjordur

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.

Rainwear, saddlebags, water bottles, 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.

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PLEASE NOTE THAT WE WILL HAVE A DIFFERENT ITINERARY IN SPRING AND AUTUMN DUE TO THE WEATHER

Day 1

We will pick you up at the BSI Bus Terminal in Reykjavik in the afternoon and bring you to the Viking Village in Hafnarfjördur (15 minutes’ drive). You will have time to get settled in your room before we will head out for the first riding tour. We will ride from Krysuvik geothermal area to Kleifarvatn Lake. 

After this beautiful ride, we will have dinner and an introduction to the tour before we call it a night. 

Day 2

 After a nice breakfast, we will gear up and head out for our riding tour. We will drive to Djupavatn Lake, an old crater filled with water, where the horses will be waiting for us on a grass field nearby. We will ride towards Grænadyngja and Trölladyngja two shield volcanoes often called the twins.

We head back to base after a day’s adventure on horseback, we will have a lovely dinner and relax before our next adventure.

Day 3

 Today we will ride towards Meradalir valley which used to be sparsely vegetated but is now filled with fresh and even still warm lava from Fagradalsfjall volcano. We will ride through the rough terrain till we will view the well-known Fagradalsfjall volcano which erupted in March till September 2021.

After a great riding day, we will enjoy a nice meal together.

You will be accommodated in the Viking Village in Hafnarfjörður (20 minutes from Reykjavik). 

The Flybus departs from Keflavík airport 35-40 minutes after each arrival. Busses are located right outside the terminal building.

 

Pick up:
Please be ready at the pick-up. Your pick-up place might be the first one for pick up.

 

Terms & conditions:
Íshestar request a confirmation payment upon booking of minimum 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. If you book the tour through the website the full amount is requested.

 

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 traveller. 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 ishestar@ishestar.is

Viking Village - Hotel Viking

Hotel Viking is located in Hafnarfjordur, it is a unique place and it is the only Viking theme Hotel and restaurant in Iceland.

  • Number of rooms:  42 all with private facilities
  • Outdoor jacuzzi:  Yes
  • Sauna: Yes
  • GSM connection:  Yes
  • WiFi: free