iceland
Golden Highlights
of the South

2017

Natural attractions and Wilderness
Ride with the Herd
Southern Wilderness
9 Day tour with 7 days of riding

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This tour takes you through a dramatic array of Iceland’s most impressive landscapes. Your herd of horses will thunder into Thingvellir and one can imagine being a Viking in the year 1000 who has ridden for days to get here and is ready to attend to business and politics. Then there are soft grassy fields, hard lava trails, through river crossings, by towering rock formations and immense waterfalls. It’s a tough ride, but worth every step!

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

Day 1:
Welcome to Iceland!
Riders will arrive at Keflavik International Airport and then take the Flybus shuttle to the BSI bus terminal in Reykjavik. Luggage can be left here, you can get some breakfast, and it will be very convenient to explore a bit of Iceland’s capital city. Around 5:30 PM, the outfitter will pick up riders at the BSI bus terminal, and take them to their farm in Hveragerdi, about an hour outside of the capital. The tour group meets over dinner and is given details of the tour ahead. Horses North clients are upgraded to a night in the comfortable Hotel Eldhestar.

Day 2 :
Hveragerdi - Kolvidarholl
After breakfast, you’ll follow the ancient route to the moor on Hellislheidi over to the Hengil volcano along the Kristnitokulhraun lava field. This lava came from the eruption of Hengil in the year 1000, the same year Iceland officially became Christian. You’ll ride on the track between lava and hills (“milli hrauns og hlidar”), and rest at Kolvidarholl, a wayside where people have stopped to rest for hundreds of years. You’ll return to the farm hotel for dinner and a good nights sleep. 4 hours, 21 km.

Day 3:
Kolvidarholl - Thingvellir
The ride continues north below the Husmuli and Hengill Mountains. Soon everyone will dismount and lead the horses through the narrow cleft to Mararflulur (Valley of Horses). Riding through Dyrfjoll (Door mountains), you will soon reach the mountaintop, with a great view over Lake Thingvallavatn. Here, you will be able to see the old Althing where Iceland’s parliament met for hundreds of years. From here, it is not far to the pretty hut at Skogarholar where the night is spent. 38 km in 6-7 hours.

Day 4:
Thingvellir - Geysir
Today’s ride is a grand one across Thingvellir National Park. There is an exceptional view over the park, and Lake Thingvallavatn, the largest lake in Iceland. This is where the North American and European continental plates meet, and then part ways. Crossing the moor Lyngdalsheiði and then making a stop at the caves Laugarvatnshellir. This days ride ends outside the village Laugarvatn, named after the lake nearby. The lake is warmed here by underwater hotsprings. Then it’s a short bus ride to the guesthouse in Haukadalur, near the hot springs of Geysir. Another short bus trip and the group visits Gullfoss, one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Europe. 35 km, 6-7 hours.

Day 5:
Kjarnholt/Reykholt - Helgaskáli
From Reykholt you'll continue up towards the highlands of Iceland. From Brúarhlöd and have a magnificent view over the white Hvítá River. The river, over hundreds of years, has shaped the mountain, flowing deeper and deeper into it. The night is spent in a hut called Helgaskáli beside the Litla-Laxá River. 35 km, 6-7 hrs.

Day 6:
Helgaskali - Holaskogur
Off into the highland, including a stop at Haifoss, the second highest waterfall in Iceland, 122 meters, ending up at Holaskogur hut in a very pretty area. There will be ghost stories about the old hut, which is located a few hundred meters away from the newer one, and the brave can take a bath in the clean, cold Fossa River. 20 km in 4 hours.

Day 7 :
Holaskogur- Fellsmuli
You’ll ride along Iceland’s longest river, the Thjórsá, passing Mt. Búrfell, which, in the old days, was the home of trolls. Also on the river is a magnificent view over Thjofafoss (the “Waterfall of the Thieves”), about which many stories are told. Iceland’s most active volcano, Mt. Hekla, watches over you as you leave the horses at Fellsmuli Farm and then go on to the old community center Brúarlundur. 45 km in 8 hrs.

Day 8:
Fellsmuli
You’ll start the last day by riding along the Eystri-Ranga River, with its grassy banks and soft trails. All day long you’ll have a view of Mt. Hekla, which was once believed to be the way from earth down to hell. You’ll bid farewell to the horses at Laugaland, and late in the afternoon, everyone will be taken 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!). 24 km 4-5 hours

Day 9 :
Farewell, perhaps ...
After breakfast the tour officially ends. Travelers returning home will have a few hours to shop, visit museums, or tack shops before the bus returns to Keflavik airport for flights back home. Those lucky enough to be exploring more of Iceland can get underway.

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Travel Dates:
The Golden Highlights Tour runs 4 times in 2017. Below are travel dates — we can arrange for an earlier arrival or later departure Your arrival 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
Thu June 8 Sat June 17
Sun July 2 Tues July 11
Thurs, Aug 17 Sat Aug 26
Sat Aug 26 Mon Sept 4

Some tours depart from the outfitters farm in Hveragerdi, and some start form another farm named Fellsmuli- same itinerary, just reversed routes.

2017 PRICES
The Price is $4212 p/p double, $4013 single occupancy.

*Price includes round trip airfare, including fuel surcharge and departure taxes, from Boston, New York, and Washington Dulles International Airport (ask about prices from Denver, Minneapolis, Anchorage, Seattle, and Toronto). Price also includes all transfers while in Iceland, sleeping bag accommodations with shared facilities, all meals, tack and equipment while on the tour, hotel accommodations with private bath, tv, and internet connection pre and post ride nights, and breakfast on departure day.
*NOT included
are travel insurance, breakfast and lunch on the day of arrival in Iceland, dinner on your last riding day back in Reykjavik, lunch and dinner the day of departure and the cost of any extra and additional travels.

Dates don't work? Because we work with several different outfitters, we can often suggest similar tours; if the one you've chosen occurs at a time that doesn't quite fit your travel schedule. Give us a call to discuss alternatives!

We can arrange your travel dates to give you any extra time you might want, either before or after a riding tour, so that you can explore Iceland. We can even extend your trip to mainland Europe easily and inexpensively.At Horses North, we've traveled all over Iceland, and can advise and book everything you will need, to see more of this spectacular island. From rental cars and restaurants to guesthouses and hotels, we can help you find good maps, good roads and good sunsets.

Visit our sister site Explore Iceland.www.icelandadventure.com for some more information on Iceland and touring and photos



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