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Iceland - Landmannalaugar and Hekla - NEW

Mount Hekla is a highly active volcano often titled the “Queen of Iceland”. The mountain towers regally over the region and every day you see evidence of its numerous devastating eruptions throughout the ages. In the old times, people actually believed it to be the gateway to hell. Landmannalaugar is a geothermal wonderland in the Southern Highlands. It’s natural bathing pools are only one of the highlights which make this area one of Iceland’s most popular destinations for nature lovers.

The ride starts along the river banks of the mighty glacial river Thjórsá, with a magnificent view on glacier Eyjafjallajökull and Volcano Hekla. The beautiful area Landmannahellir is a fitting outpost in the central highlands before going on to enjoy the colorful rhyolite mountains in Landmannalaugar, surrounded by black lava fields.

The way back to civilization leads down from the mountains and into black lava and green valleys. The spirited and sure-footed horses make this tour an experience of a lifetime for anyone seeking a challenging highland adventure. 

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Accommodation & Food

Shared rooms in mountain cabins and sleeping bags. Please bring your own sleeping bag.

During the ride full board is provided. The menu consists of a large breakfast and traditional Icelandic meals (fish or lamb). Vegetarian meals are available if requested 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.
You can borrow rainwear, water bottle, saddle bag, riding helmet.

Program

Day 1. 
Pick up at BSÍ Bus station in Reykjavik at 18:00, where the bus will transfer you and your fellow riders to the farm where horses and staff are waiting for you. After a lovely introductory meal where you get to know each other, you relax and rest so you are well prepared for the adventure ahead of you.

Day 2.  Glacier river Thjórsá – Réttarholt
You ride on fantastic riding paths along the mighty glacial river Þjórsá, with views of the glacier Eyjafjallajökull and the volcano Hekla. You leave the horses at Sandlækjarmýri field and drive to Réttarholt. This day is the perfect start to get to know your horse and the Icelandic way of trail riding in a relaxed atmosphere. You stay at the farm and relax in the hot tub outdoors. (approximately 20 km)

Day 3.  Réttarholt – Mountain hut Hólaskógur
Today you ride along the lovely river Sandá through the National Forest Skriðufellskógur into the beautiful and famous valley of Thjórsárdalur. The volcano Hekla towers over the vast lavender-blue lupine fields along the sandy tracks. You stop at Stöng,  the ruins of a medieval farmhouse excavated in 1939. In 1104, Mt Hekla erupted for the first time in the recorded history of Iceland. The eruption destroyed at least 20 farms in the valley Thjórsárdalur, among them the farm Stöng. After a short stop at Gjáin, a mystical canyon with lots of small waterfalls and famous setting for Games of Thrones, you head for the cozy mountain hut Hólaskógur with a prime view of Volcano Hekla. (approximately 35 km)

Day 4.  Mountain hut Hólaskógur – Landmannahellir Mountain hut
You ride over narrow tracks through black lava north of Valafell mountain. The surefooted horses carry you comfortably through rough terrain through the Lambaskarð mountain passage. You continue on sandy paths close by lake Sauðleysuvatn and through the moonlike desert towards Mountain hut Landmannahellir, where you will spend two nights. (approximately 30 km)

Day 5. Landmannahellir – Landmannalaugar – Landmannahellir Mountain hut
Today you ride to the famous Landmannalaugar, with its natural hot pool, surrounded by colorful mountains and lava from 1480. The horses rest in a paddock and you have a good part of the day to relax in the hot pools or visit the numerous sights, before returning to Landmannahellir.  This day will be without a doubt, one of the highlights of this tour. (approximately 40 km)

Day 6.  Landmannahellir – Mountain hut Hólaskógur
You leave the beautiful area of Landmannahellir and ride on towards the Herbjarnfell mountain. Today´s route takes you over the varying landscape. You ride across sanders, sharp lava, huge pumice fields in many colors and over green grazing fields where the farmers drive their sheep during summer. You stay overnight in the solitary mountain hut Hólaskógur with a perfect view of the Hekla volcano. Here we get the feeling of being “on top of the world”. (approximately 40 km)

Day 7. Mountain hut Hólaskógur – Réttarholt Guesthouse – Reykjavík

Today you ride over the rich green mountain fields over Seljamýri to Fögruskógar and Þrengslasandur towards Réttarholt Guesthouse. Here you have to say goodbye to horses and staff. The bus will take you back to the farm for coffee & cake. You then drive back to your accommodation in Reykjavík. (approximately 35 km

Travel Information

Riding ability: Trail Ride level 2-3

Included in the price: 6 nights, 6 days riding, full board, transfer från Reykjavik BSI

Not included: Flight, bus to Reykjavik bus station from the airport. Alcoholic drinks.

Travel: Fly to Iceland, Keflavik

Transfer:  Meetingtime at 6.00pm on Reykjavik busstation (BSI). Back to Reykjavik BSI around. 8.00pm on departure day. 
Price: Included

Single room: No single rooms are available

Season: Specific dates

Group size: Minimum 4 max 18-20

Child discount: Up to 11 years, 25% discount

Horses: Icelandic horses

Currency: Icelandic crown (ISK)

Credit card: Not accepted at the riding center, only cash

Tip: Not expected but appreciated

Wifi: At the farm yes, in the cabin no

Electricity jack: Standard EU 2 plug

Beach: No

Special diet: Inform when booking.

Misc.:
Riding equipment to borrow: Helmet, raingear
Your own riding equipment it has to be disinfected. Do not bring used riding gloves. 
If you want to stay a few extra nights in Reykjavik, we can recommend Reykjavík Marina, 4 star hotel and Hotel Cabin for budget hotel.

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Dates and prices

DateDaysName of tripPrice from
09/08/20227Iceland - Landmannalaugar and HeklaEUR 2,350Book on request
16/08/20227Iceland - Landmannalaugar and HeklaEUR 2,350Book on request

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