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This four-day tour is a fine way to see why the Icelandic horse is so well suited to their homeland. You'll travel over mountains, into lush hidden valleys, through glacial streams with marvelous vistas of southern Iceland.
Because of its short length this tour is part of our "Hors'e d'oeuvres" series - great ways to start (or end) a trip to Iceland. It comes with airfare, transfers and all the accomodations needed, and we can add on extra days, and activities that will make for a great Iceland adventure.
You’ll travel over mountains, into lush hidden valleys, through glacial streams with marvelous vistas of southern Iceland. Off the horse, you’ll enjoy the pleasures of the outfitter’s very comfortable Hotel.
Iceland here we come! Travelers from North America leave for Iceland on an overnight flight with an early morning arrival at Keflavik Airport
Welcome to Iceland!
Riders will arrive at Keflavik International Airport and then take the Flybus shuttle to the BSI bus terminal in Reykjavik. You can check your bags, grab some breakfast, and then set out explore a bit of Iceland's capital city. Around 5:30 PM the outfitter will pick you up at the BSI bus terminal and take you to their farm, about an hour outside of the capital. The tour group meets over dinner and is given details of the tour ahead. Your nights on this tour are spent in the comfortable Hotel Eldhestar. (Singles may be available if they're booked as part of the package)
Hveragerdi - Kolvidarholl
You’ll start the day by getting to know the horses in the paddock. After an early lunch you’ll follow the old route to Hellisheidi, riding across the moor to the volcano Hengill and over the lava field Kristnitokuhraun, the agility and comfortable gaits of the Icelandic Horse is at its best. You'll ride over lava which came from the eruption of Hengill during the year 1000; the same year Iceland officially became Christian. Legend calls the eruption the revenge of the old gods Thor, Odin and Freya. You'll ride on the track between lava and hills ("milli hrauns og hlidar") down to Kolvidarholl, which has been a rest stop on the trail for centuries. The horses will stay there and you'll go back to the hotel, after a 21 km ride, lasting about 4 hours.
Kolvidarho11- Nesjavellir - Villingavatn
The day starts by riding below the mountains Husmuli and Hengill. Soon you'll dismount and lead the horses through the narrow cleft to the lush grasses of Marardalur, the Valley of Horses. Then you'll ride through Dyrifjall (Door-Mountains) and at the top be rewarded with a great view over Lake Thingvallavatn. From a geological perspective this area it's quite unique, being where the North American and European continental plates are drifting apart. It's played a major role in Iceland's history, being the site where the ancient government of Iceland met for hundreds of years. Heading off the mountain, riders come down to the geothermal area at Nesjavellir and again leave the horses to rest, as you return to the hotel, after riding 30 km in 6-7 hours.
Thillingavatn - Reykjadalur - Hveragerdi
The day starts with a ride up to a view of both Thingvallavatn,Lake and also the mountain Skjaldbreidur, an extraordinary shaped mountain that is always capped with snow. Then it's down to the shimmering volcanic lakes at Kattatjarnir, and on to a steep path of lava leading down to the valley Reykjadalur - the Valley of Steam. Your reward for all this riding is a dip in the warm stream running through the valley - you control the temperature by moving up or down the stream! Then it's back e down to Hveragerdi where the tour ends. After saying good-bye to the horses, riders head back to Reykjavik where you'll be dropped at your hotel (another upgrade for Horses North clients). Often riders all go out to one of Reykjavik's many good restaurants for a last dinner together, (but it's not included in the price!).
The tour officially ends this morning after breakfast. You can continue exploring Iceland or, if your trip is over you can can take the Flybus shuttle out to the airport later in the day. (You could take a bus that will give you a few hours visit to the Blue Lagoon on the trip to the airport.)
Download a PDF of the itinerary of the Around the Volcano Tour
Accommodations on Around the Volcano tour are NOT typically Icelandic for a horse tour. Your evenings will be spent in the Hotel Eldhestar, at their farm in Hveragerdi, which is the first in Iceland to be designated at an Eco-Hotel. It features Hastens beds from Sweden, heated floors, nice bathrooms and of course, views of horses. In the evenings, you'll have presentations about Iceland's unique nature and geology, and a chance to soak in the farms hot pot. The last night of the tour is in a Hotel or guest house in Reykjavik and is included.
The Around the Volcano Tour runs 8 times in 2016 The arrival day is always a transfer day, which allows you to rest from the short night of sleep on the flight, before you start riding on the second day. These are travel dates for the tour - we can also arrange for earlier or later trave
These are Prices and travel dates, fron North America, for the tour - we can also arrange for earlier travel.
$2430 per person double occ,
$2812 single occupancy
Wed May 17-Tues May 23
Wed May 24-Tues May 30
Tues June 13- Mon June 19
Wed July 5 - Tues July 11
Wed Aug 2- Tues Aug 8
Wed Aug 30 - Tues Sept 5
Fri Sept 8- Thu Sept 14
*Price includes round trip airfare, including fuel surcharge and departure taxes, from Boston, New York, and Washington Dulles International Airport (ask about prices from Minneapolis,Denver,Anchorage, Seattle, and Toronto). Price includes all airport transfers, post ride hotel accommodations in Reykjavik with private bath, tv, internet connection, and breakfast, a comfortable hotel room on the outfitters farm during the ride with private bath, all meals during the ride, a post night in Reykjavik, as well as safety helmets and rain gear.
*Not included in the price are travel insurance, breakfast and lunch on your arrival day, dinner on your last riding day back in Reykjavik, lunch and dinner on the day of departure and the cost of any additional travel.