Iceland - Between the Valley and Fjord
Lovely landscapes with breathtaking views, delightful dark green valleys, rushing brooks and a fascinating coastland characterize this riding tour which consists of several day rides.
5 nights, 4 days riding, 1 horse/person. Min. 4, max. 10 riders.
Day 1: Arrival 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: Höfði. After a copious breakfast we saddle the horses. A short instruction brings you into contact with your horse and off we go! We ride around mountain Höfði and enjoy the nice view out to the sea and the island of Hrísey, Iceland’s second biggest island. It is quite common to see minke whales, harbour porpoises, northern bottlenose whales as well as Humpback whales and dolphins. We ride close to the hill of the ravens “Hrafnabjörg” and under us is the valley of the cows – we will tell you more about it! Coffee and cakes await us at the farmhouse. After coffee we drive to the fishing village of Grenivík and enjoy a warm bath in the swimming pool. Dinner and overnight at the farmhouse.
We will be in the saddle for about 4 hours.
Day 3: Látrarströnd. After breakfast we saddle up for a day tour. We will ride to Grenivik, the little fishing village, close to our farmhouse and from there along the coast of Látrarströnd. The North Sea is greeting us! We ride above steep cliffs, through luxurious meadows, clear brooks and impressive valleys. We will have our lunch close to the ruins of the farmhouse of Svínarnes: witnesse of a bygone age. In this area the young horses of the farmers are spending the summer and they are very curious! They will probably have a look at our sandwiches! We take the same way back to the farm. This will be a 4 - 5 hour-ride.
Back at the farmhouse we enjoy coffee and cakes and afterwards we start for a nice walk up to the valley of the elves. On the way we will tell you more about the invisible beings and how Icelandic people live with them. Dinner/Overnight at the farmhouse.
Day 4: Skuggabjörg - Fnjóskádalur We ride into the valley of Fnjóská. The river Fnjóská is the longest freshwater river in Iceland. About 10’000 years ago there was a glacial lake in this valley. The shore of this lake is still visible in the slopes of the mountains. We are riding on wide sheep tracks, over gurgling brooks, through moorland and into the amazingly green woods of Skuggabjörg. Coffee and cakes at the farmhouse and off we go for the swimming pool in Grenivík. Dinner and Overnight.
We will be in the saddle for about 5 hours.
Day 5: River Gljúrurá – Nes - Leirdalsheiði. Today we combine the area around the river Gljúfurá and the rise above Grýtubakki. The ride leads us over sandy paths, marshy country and over moorland. Birdwatchers get their money´s worth as whimbrel, golden plover, common snipe and a variety of ducks are mostly to be seen. We have a beautiful view over the fjord Eyjafjörður where the river Fnjóskà flows into the sea and also to Helguholl, the holy hill. People in the area say that under the hill there is a ship full of gold from the old vikings. If somebody tries to get the gold, all churches which are visible from the hill will burn down. Nobody has tried to dig, not yet! Over soft sheep tracks and continuously changing landscape we reach the rise above the farmhouse. From here we have a tremendous view in all directions! With a ride close to the idyllic valley of the Elves our trip today comes to an end.We will be in the saddle for about 4 – 5 hours. Coffee and cakes will be ready for you at the farmhouse. Dinner and overnight.
Day 6: Departure. 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.