Iceland - Autumn Colours and Nothern Lights
This Riding tour provides the opportunity to experience the variety and beauty of Icelandic nature in Autumn.
By August's end Iceland's summer is all but over. The days in September shorten, introducing a wide range of autumnal colours and the famous Northern Lights. You ride through dreamy valleys where flocks of cackeling geese are resting for their journey to the South. You ride up to the mountains where you meet the sheep having spent a couple of wonderful months in liberty. Now it is time to bring them back to their home fields. Winter starts to knock on the door!
6 nights and 5 days of intensive contact with the Icelandic horse, Icelandic natural beauties and culture is expecting you!
6 nights 5 days riding, 1 horse/person. Min. 4 max. 14 riders.
Day 1 The guests are picked up at Akureyri airport or the bus station in the late afternoon. A 30 minutes drive will bring you to the farmhouse. On the way you may admire the beautiful view over Eyjafjörður. After dinner details about the next days will be provided.
Day 2 After breakfast we catch the horses and saddle up. Then we will ride down to the river Gljufurá and around mountain Höfði.We enjoy the breathtaking view to the longest fjord of Iceland: Eyjafjörður with all its beauty. Maybe we are so lucky to see some whales! They have been spotted in the fjord until October! We are 3 to 4 hours in saddle. Coffeebreak at the farmhouse. After coffee we saddle once again our horses and ride for 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Dinner and overnight at the farmhouse.
Day 3 Today we ride to the fishing village of Grenivik and from there along the coast Látrarströnd. The North Sea is greeting us! We ride above steep cliffs, through luxuroius meadows, clear brooks and impressive valleys. On the way we will see some ruins: witnesses of formal life. In this area the young horses of the farmers are spending the summer, but soon they will turn back to their home meadows, because the intensive autumn colours are early signs of the coming winter. We take the same way back to the farm. We are 4 – 5 hours in saddle. Coffee and cakes are waiting for us as a reward.
Dinner and overnight at the farmhouse.
Day 4 After breakfast we ride into the valley of river Fnjóská. On both sides of the river there are mountains up to 1000 metres high. We ride along the southern part of the valley, by murmuring brooks, mossy hills and through little forrests in autumnal colours. Cackeling geese are sitting in flocks at the bank of the river, preparing themselves for the journey to the South. They are going to spend the winter in warmer areas, but are coming back to Iceland in spring when the sun starts to shine for longer hours.We spent a little more time in this valley and then turn back to the farmhouse, where we enjoy coffee and cakes.
After coffee we will drive to the famous waterfall of Goðafoss, which has played an important role during christianisation of Iceland. This waterfall is one of the most beautiful of the country. Dinner and overnight at the farmhouse.
Day 5 Today we leave for the mountains. Our destination is the shepherd hut Gil at the end of the valley Trölladalur. From the highest point at Leirðalsheiði we will have a fantastic view over the fjord Hvalvatnsfjörður and the open polar sea.
After dinner we will go for a walk under stars and hope to see some of the dancing northern lights. A wonderful experience far away from civilisation and all the electric lights of the cities. Dinner and overnight at the hut Gil.
Day 6. After breakfast we saddle up again and leave this beautiful place to ride home to our farmhouse.On the way we will see some of the many thousands of sheep that have spent the summer months here up in the mountains. They are on their way back home, knowing that soon everything will be under snow.Coffee and cakes are waiting for us at home. It is time to say good-bye to the horses! A last dinner at the farmhouse.
Day 7 After breakfast transfer back to Akureyri.
We reserve the right to change the itinerary due to weather, trail conditions and any other factor that may affect the safety of horses and riders. This will not reduce the quality of the tour.