WILD MOUNTAINS

We have designed this long, beautiful tour especially for "outdoorsy" advanced riders, who look for a deep immersion into Iceland's wilderness, a variety of terrains, as well as the camaraderie of fellow horsemen in weathered breeches.

 

Desolate wilderness and tranquility are the main characteristics of the vast, uninhabited region north of Mýrdalsjökull glacier, where rugged rhyolite mountains with deeply incised valleys treat the eye with unforgettable, multi-colored landscapes.

 

Due to strong volcanic activity present on and off throughout the geologic time scale, the area is full of ash, sand, and lava, solidified in suggestive shapes and partially covered in moss. We will ride up and downhill, at high altitudes, through mountain passes, and in valleys, with towering volcanoes in sight, such as the majestic snow-clad Eyjafjallajökull.

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The itinerary includes Fjallabaksleið syðri, an old high-altitude route, as well as Landmannalaugar, the fascinating gem of the Fjallabak Natural Reserve, with the bedrock dating back 8-10 million years, where we will have enough time to enjoy a warm bath in the natural hot springs, and maybe also (if the weather and one’s energy allow) a 2-hour hike following a marked trail with some picture-postcard vistas of slopes and ravines.

 

After a few long days in the rugged landscapes, and no-frills mountain huts, we continue the ride towards grassy valleys. The tour will wind down in a cozy way. For the three last nights, we are accommodated in a, nicely renovated former farmhouse. We will still sleep in our sleeping bags in a big common bedroom, but the vibe of the living room and the kitchen is likely to make you feel like taking your lopapeysa (hand-knit woolen sweater) off for a change. On the last riding day, after releasing our horses into the field, we will visit a particularly splendid place with a hot pool, of which your muscles have been dreaming since Landmannalaugar.

 

If you would like to round this trip up with an extra black-sand beach ride, please contact us for information

 

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3.590€


    DURATION

    7 nights - 7 riding days

    RIDING SKILLS

    Advanced riders

    MINIMUM AGE

    16 years

    DEPARTURES

    2024: 26 August - 2 September

    ACCOMMODATION

    Shared rooms in simple mountain huts and sleeping bag arrangement during the ride. Please bring your own sleeping bag. 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 and are hard to get in the highlands.

    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:  Entering the Highlands (Fell – Einhyrningur ca. 25 km)

    Morning Pick-up in Reykjavik

    Pick-up at BSI in Reykjavik between 10 and 10:30  We travel by private coach to the Southern part of Iceland - with a stop in Selfoss at a tackshop (if you still need eqipment or just want to browse) and further to the cabin Fell where we will find our horses  and which will be our point of departure.  We start our ride alongside the mighty Markarfljót River. We follow on its Western banks through majestic scenery with the Highlands towering ahead of us. Our path leads us up to the slopes of Mt. Einhyrningur, to our cabin Bólstaður where we spend the first night. Enjoy the great view of Eyjafjallajökull Glacier and Thorsmörk Nature Park.

     

    Day 2:  Passing the Peaks (Einhyrningur – Mosar – Hungurfit ca. 30 km)

    This day takes us across the mighty Markarfljót River (on a bridge). We ride through the scenic Emstrur area to Mosar. This lush grazing area in the highlands pleases our horses and we spend some time there before we continue to the new and cosy Hungurfit cabin just north of Tindfjallajökull, the smallest glacier in Iceland. It is easily recognisable by its two symmetrical peaks Ýmir and Ýma, both over 1400 meter high. A warm shower is available there, together with great views of Mýrdalsjökull Glacier where the notorious Katla crater is hidden.

     

    Day 3:  Through the Steamy Valley (Hungurfit – Landmannahellir Mt. Cabin ca. 45 km)

    We continue our ride into the mountains, past the prominent table mountain Laufafell, through a black lava desert. Our ride takes us past the black obsidian lava fields of Hrafntinnusker and through the fascinating Reykjadalur valley with its hot springs, small geysers and colourful mountains. We end this riding day in the traditional sheep herding station of Landmannahellir where we spend the next two nights.

     

    Day 4:  The Kaleidoscope of Iceland's colours ( Landmannahellir ca. 20 km)

    After an exhilarating ascent up to the highlands, we leave the herd behind for a well deserved rest and go on a single horse ride exploring the area. After a warm lunch in the hut we go by bus to Landmannalaugar passing through an obsidian field and experiencing the colors change from greenish black lava fields to the blue-yellow-reddish of the rhyolite mountain ranges in Landmannalaugar. In Landmannalaugar we will have time to enjoy a soak in the thermal hot spring as well as a hike through the area. Then we return by bus to out hut in Landmannahellir for a warm dinner and a cozy evening.

     

    Day 5:  The Gateway to Hell (Landmannahellir Mt. Cabin – Rjúpnavellir  ca. 35 km)

    We leave the scenic Landmannahellir area and ride north of Mt. Hekla volcano, down from the highlands. A desert of black ash and light pumice is a witness to numerous eruptions of this volcano, the most active one in Iceland and known as the Gateway to Hell. Transfer to the farmhouse Minnivellir, where we will stay the next three nights and enjoy beautiful views of Mt. Hekla

    Day 6:  Through Hekla's foothills: (Rjúpnavellir – Gunnasholt  ca. 30 km)

    Today leads us south of Mt. Hekla volcano and shows another, rather positive side of Mt. Hekla eruptions: fertile farmland. We ride through lush green fields  and cross the river Rangá. For parts of the day we follow the well-known Hekla Trail and ride on good riding tracks where it is easy to enjoy the tölt. Transfer bak to Minnivellir

    Day 7 Winding down Gunnarsholt - Torfastadir ca. 30km

    Th horses are o their way home, where they will enjoy their well deserved winter break and you can feel it. They run through green pastures with beautiful view of Eyjafjallajoekull until we reach Torfastadir and say good bye to our horses. On our way back to Minnivellir we stop at a geothermal hot pot before we return to Minnivellir for our last night.

    Day 8 Back to reality

    After breakfast we leave for Reykjavik, where we will arrive around noon.

    We reserve the right to alter the itinerary if necess

    Airport Transfer

    We recommend you to book with Airport direct, as they have the most frequent departures.

    Keflavik - Reykjavik (Bus hostel)

    Reykjavik (Bus hostel) - Keflavik

     

    Terms & Conditions:
    If you book online you will be asked to pay the full amount. Please contact us for different payment options.

     

    For more information please see also our Frequently Asked Questions and/or contact us at multidaytours@ishestar.is