Iceland - Summer Farwell
Summer is still trying to defend its position with mostly wonderful sunny days, but a touch of autumn is already in the air. You experience the days where summer says good-bye with rides to the well-known turf museum of Laufás, into the wooden valley of river Fnjóská, out to the coast and up to the deserted peninsula of Fjörður.
As a change they will drive you to the magnificient lake of the midges – Mývatn.
6 nights, 4 days riding, 1 horse/person, daily rides 12-35 km
Day 1. You are picked up at Akureyri airport or the bus station in the late afternoon. A 30 minutes drive will bring you to the farmhouse. After dinner details about the next days will be provided.
Day 2 After breakfast we saddle our horses for the first riding excursion. We ride through the marshy country of Nes and then after about an hour we reach the valley of river Fnjóská. We cross the river on an old bridge and continue into the valley. River Fnjóská is the longest freshwater river of Iceland. The valley is rather narrow but with a big variety of different landscape. On the way we are enjoying the rushing water and the numberless birds, which are very busy with taking care of the young ones! We will find a nice place for our lunch break and then we turn back to the farm where we will have coffee and cakes.
We ride approx. 4 hours.
After coffee we drive to the well-known turfhouses of Laufás. It is a journey into the past! Laufás farmhouse is a pure example of the gabled Icelandic farms of those times. It has been a vicarage from the earliest Christian times. Dinner and overnight at the farmhouse.
Day 3 After breakfast we ride towards the longest fjord of Iceland: Eyjafjörður. First we ride along river Gljúfurá and then start the surrounding of hill Höfði, which is a remnant of the ice age. We are enjoying amazing views from different perspectives. Fjord Eyjafjörður is one of the best places to spot whales in Iceland mostly the huge Humpback Whales, harbour porpoises, Minke whales and the Northern bottlenose whale. We will stop several times to look out for them! On our way we also see the island of Hrísey. It is the second biggest island of Iceland and gave the fjord its name: Fjord of the island.
We ride approx. 4 hours. Coffee and cakes at the farmhouse.
After coffee we saddle once again the horses and enjoy a short ride in the vicinity of the farm. We will be 1 1/2 to 2 hours in saddle. Let's see where the horses will bring us! Dinner and overnight at the farmhouse.
Day 4 Today we will have a day ride to the coast Látrastönd –above steep cliffs, through clear brooks and wonderful green valleys. We will have our lunch break close to the ruins of the old farmhouse Svínarnes. Inhabited until the middle of the last century they are witnesses of formal life. We enjoy the amazing view to the island of Hrísey, fjord Eyjafjördur and the open sea. Maybe we will see again some whales or even the shy seals!
Coffee and cake at the farmhouse. After coffee we drive to the swimming pool of Grenivík. From there we have a surpisingly good view to the fjord and the surrounding mountains! Dinner and overnight at the farmhouse.
Day 5 Today we drive to the famous area of Mývatn. We have a look at the pseudo crater of Skútustadit, the bizarre formations made of lava in Dimmuborgir and the bubbling mud pools of Námaskard. After dinner we go for a ride in the surroundings of our farm. We will find some nice places to enjoy the midnight sun! The ride will last 2 to 2 1/2 hours.
Overnight at the farmhouse.
Day 6 Today we will ride up to the mountains into the wild valley Fjördur. Fjörður is a mysterious and deserted countryside. It has been closed off from the rest of the world for 40 years. Only about 4000 sheep spend the summertime here every year, together with the trolls and elves. Names like Trölladalur, the valley of the trolls and Álfaborgir, the cities of the elves remind us of the existence of these invisible beings. From the rise of Leirdalsheiði we have a wonderful view over to the fjord of Eyjafjörður, the fishing village Grenivík and the surrounding farms. We ride through green valleys, along rushing rivers and over stony paths. Extinct volcanoes, silent glaciers and hidden waterfalls accompany us. In the late afternoon we will be back at the farmhouse. Last dinner and overnight.
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.