Iceland - North Iceland Trail Ride
This wonderful, diverse ride takes you from the farmhouse to Goðafoss waterfall and through Bárðardalur valley up to the famous Aldeyrarfoss waterfall, wellknown for its basaltic columns. The view up here at the entrance to the highland Sprengisandur is breathtaking! You will se Europe’s most active volcanic region – Lake Mývatn - with all its beauty and then ride close to lake Másvatn into Reykja-dalur, the valley of the smoke. You ride through an amazingly thick wood – Fellskógur – alongside Skjálfandafljót river back to Fremstafell.
In 2019 we are riding four different ways!
Tour description: July 4th and July 25 th - We ride all the way up North to the peninsula of Melrakkaslétta and back again.
Tour description: July 15th - We explore the beautiful area around Sveinungsvík - close to Raufarhöfn and surroundings at Melrakkaslétta.
Tour description: August 4th - The first part of the ride is identic to the Classic Tour (below), but we only spend one night in Stórutunga and then ride towards Skjalfandi Bay ( Húsavík)
7 nights, 6 days in the saddle, 2 to 3 horses per person per day, herd of freely running horses. Sleeping bag accomodation at farm houses, schools and guest houses. Minimum 8 maximum 16 riders.
Day 1 In the late afternoon transfer to the farmhouse - dinner and overnight. We provide details for the following days.
Day 2. After breakfast we show our guests the famous waterfall of the Gods - Godafoss. According to the sagas Þorgeir of Ljósavatn threw his statues of the gods into the falls when Iceland converted to Christianity in the year 1000, hence the name. Then we drive to Fremstafell farmhouse, where we catch the horses and saddle up. We ride to the Bardardalur valley, follow the river Skjálfandafljót and stay overnight at Hotel Kiðagil.The river Skálfandafljót flows through the valley over the Bárðardalshraun lava field that probably came all over the way from Trölladyngja in Ódaðahraun north of Vatnajökull more than 7,000 years ago.
Today we will be 5 - 6 hours in saddle.
Day 3. We leave Kiðagil, ride over the bridge at Stóruvellir to the other side of the valley and reach the old farmhouse of Stóratunga. Here we are very close to the entrance of Ódaðahraun, the enourmous lava field, believed to be the home of outlaws, elves and trolls in the old days. We leave the horses at Stórutunga and walk to the waterfall of Aldeyrarfoss. Here we enjoy this wonderful natur paradise. Overnight at Stóratunga.
We ride 4 - 5 hours.
Day 4. Today we enjoy rides in the breathtaking surroundings of Stóratunga. In the morning we ride direction Northeast, alongside river Skjálfandafljót over to the old lava of Tunguhraun. We continue to Tunguhamri and south alongside river Svartá back to Stóratunga farmhouse. Here we have our lunch. In the afternoon we ride towards the highland and south river Suðurá to the area of Réttartorfur up to the waterfalls of Hrafnabjörg. We ride over lava and sand. In the morning we ride about 12km, in the afternoon about 16km. 5 1/2 hours in saddle.
Day 5. We say good bye to Stóratunga and ride over Landsmelar at Viðiker into the area of Myvatn. We ride over sandy hills and moorland. A tremendous view awaits us reaching the highest point. If we are lucky we might see the queen of the Icelandic mountains in a distance: Herdubreið. After dinner we have a look at Myvatn by bus: The pseudocraters of Skutustaðir, the bizarre lavaformation of Dimmuborgir and the bubbling mud pools of Námaskarð. We stay at Breiðamýri community center. 4 hours in saddle.
Day 6. We leave Stöng first to the south close to the old farmhouse of Hörgsdalur and ride then along Myvatnsheiði to the valley of the smoke - Reykjadalur. Smooth tracks, adventurous tracks and a diversified landscape await us. Mountain Kinnarfjöll to the west side and mountain Gaesafjöll to the east side are visible if the weather allows it. We stay overnight at Breiðimyri again, close to the little village Laugar.
We ride 6 hours.
Day 7. We ride along Vatnshlið a wooded way.There is a wonderful view over the valley Reykjadalur and the lake Vestmannsvatn. After the hill Fljótsheiði a terrific and diversified ride awaits us along the river Skjálfandafljót and through the forest Fellskógur. On the way the waterfalls Ullarfoss and Barnafoss are greeting us. We leave the horses at Fremstafell farm and drive home. Overnight at the farmhouse.
We ride 6 hours.
Day 8. After breakfast transfer 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.