Between the Fjord
& the Elves

2016

Ride through northern Iceland’s most interesting and dramatic landscapes

Your host family has farmed at Grytubakki for many years, and Stefan knows every wrinkle in the land, which is 30 minutes north of Akureyri. Juliane’s organizational skills and cooking come from her Swiss homeland, and both are nicely flavored with Icelandic ingredients! In addition to a lovely group of young Europeans to help with the horses, they’re joined by their bright eyed son, Simon, who, not surprisingly, can carry on great conversations in several languages!

6 Days/4 Riding through beautiful North Iceland
A farm based ride: On the track of Gods, Elves and Vikings!

Day 0:
Iceland here we come!

Travelers from North America leave for Iceland on an overnight flight with an early morning arrival at Keflavik Airport in Iceland.

Day 1:
After arriving at Keflavik International Airport the Flybus will take you right to the Reykjavik domestic airport, for a dramatic 45 minute flight to Akureyri, the “capital” of northern Iceland. Here Polar Hestar will pick you up for a short drive to their farmhouse Grytubakki for a hearty dinner and a good night’s sleep.

Day 2 Hofdi :
After a copious breakfast riders saddle their horses. A short instruction brings riders into contact with the horses and off we go! Riding around mountain Höfði with 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. You ride close to the hill of the ravens “Hrafnabjörg” and above the valley of the cows. You’ll learn about the area’s history from the guide and you will be in the saddle for about 4 hours.Coffee and cakes awaits at Grýtubakki. After coffee it’s off for a drive to the fishing village of Grenivík and enjoy a warm bath in the swimming pool. Dinner and overnight at Grýtubakki.

Day 3: Látrarströnd
After breakfast you’ll head out for a day’s ride! The trail takes you first to Grenivík, the little fishing village, close to the farm and from there along the coast of Látrarströnd. Here the North Sea greets you! Ride above steep cliffs, through luxurious meadows, clear brooks and impressive valleys. Lunch will be near the ruins of the farmhouse of Svínarnes: witness of a bygone age.This is the area where local farmers bring their young horses for the summer. You may meet some of them— they are very curious! They may eye your lunch sandwiches!! You take the same way back to the farm.After a 4-5 hour ride, you’ll be back at Grýtubakki for coffee and cakes. Then you can use your own feet to take a pretty walk up to the valley of the elves. On the way your hosts will tell you more about the invisible beings and how Icelandic people live with them. Then back to Grýtubakki for dinner and a good night’s sleep

Day 4: Skuggabjörg - Fnjóskádalur
Today’s ride takes you into the valley of Fnjóská, the longest freshwater river in Iceland, a remnant of the glacial lake here about 10,000 years ago. You’ll ride wide sheep tracks, over gurgling brooks, into the amazingly green woods of Skuggabjörg. Coffee and cakes wait at Grýtubakki and then off you go for the swimming pool in Grenivík for a swim before dinner!

Day 5: River Gljúrurá – Nes - Leirdalsheiði
The ride continues today around the river Gljúfurá and the rise above Grýtubakki. The trail leads you over sandy paths, through marshy country and over moorland. Birdwatchers get their money´s worth as whimbrel, golden plover, common snipe and a variety of ducks may be seen.
There is a beautiful view over the Eyjafjörður where the river Fnjóská flows into the sea and also to Helguholl, the holy hill. It is said that under the hill there is a ship full of gold hidden by the Vikings of old. If somebody tries to get the gold, all churches which are visible from the hill will burn down.Nobody has tried to dig up the gold, not yet!
With a ride close to the idyllic valley of the Elves your riding trip comes to an end, after 4 – 5 hours in the saddle. Coffee and cakes then dinner, will be ready for you at Grýtubakki.

Day 6: Farewell Grytubakki
After breakfast, it’s time to bid goodbye the horses and your hosts, and head back to Akureyri, where you’ll have a short flight back to Reykjavik, and then onto the international airport for flights home- (unless you’re lucky enough to be spending more time in Iceland! )

 

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Travel Dates 2016

The Between the Fjords tour runs 5 times in 2016. The first day in Iceland 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

Leave N America - - Return N America
Mon, July 4 - Sun, July 10
Fri, July 15 - Thurs, July 21
Mon, July 25 - Sun, July 31
Sun, Aug 14 - Sat, Aug 20
Sat, Sept 3 - Fri, Sept 9
*Price

The price for this 6 day tour is $3017 per person.

The price includes round trip airfare, with US taxes and fuel surcharge, from NYC, Boston, and Washington Dulles International Airport (ask for prices from Denver, Minneapolis, Anchorage, Seattle, and Toronto and other Icelandair gateways,) The flights to and from northern Iceland are included with most transfers as are accommodations in guest and farm houses with shared baths, all meals, as well as rain gear and safety helmets. You’ll need to bring a sleeping bag or make prior arrangements .to borrow one.

*NOT included are travel insurance, breakfast and lunch on arrival day, lunch and dinner on departure day, and any additional travel you choose while in Iceland.

Accommodations on this Fascinating Northern Iceland tour are traditionally Icelandic. You’ll need to bring a sleeping bag and towels, soap and shampoo. Mattresses are provided. The farmhouses, mountain huts and cabins where you‘ll sleep are all warm and clean. Typically there are several beds per room, and in huts there may be one big room. Most will have shared bathroom facilities. Meals will be family style with lots of typical Icelandic cuisine which features fish, dairy products, lamb, and potatoes. Vegetarians can be accommodated with advance notice. We’ll send you a gear list that provides tips for packing, as well as info on converting money and electricity, weather advice (no guarantees, though) and other useful stuff.

We can mail complete itineraries and will talk to you via e-mail or phone if you have any questions.


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