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.
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 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.
Hveragerði - Torfastadir
After breakfast, riders are taken south to the outfitters farm, Torfastadir in Fljotshlid to meet the horses and begin riding. The first day’s ride goes to the delta of the Markarfljót river, where seals are often seen, riding on the old river banks to the Dimon cleft,which is well known from the old Njals Saga’s. You’ll end the day’s ride after crossing the old bridge over the Markarfljot river. Spend the night at Asfardur, with showers and shared bathrooms. 22-25 km, 4 hours
Stora-Mork - Thórsmörk
You’ll travel by car, passing the beautiful Seljalandsfoss, with a short stop there. The ride starts from Stóra-Mörk farm, heading towards Þórsmörk. You’ll follow the Markarfljót river, known from the Saga of Burning Njál, under the sides of Eyjafjallajökull Glacier, and continue crossing some small rivers, riding along the Krossa glacial torrent . You reach Thórsmörk, a wild and beautiful valley that was once dedicated to the old god Thór. Three glaciers surround the valley, Eyjafjallajökull, Tindfjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull. On the way you’ll visit an Elfins Church before continuing to Básar where you spend the night in a mountain hut. In the evening you’ll enjoy unforgettable scenery, the broad birch wood valley, plenty of canyons, caves and powerful waterfalls. 25 km, 6-7 hrs
The tour continues with a visit to the giant cleft at Stakkholtsgjá, which is an unforgettable experience. After the visit you’ll backtrack over part of the previous route and over Hamragarðaheiði Moor. Continue the same way back to Rauðaskriður farm, where the horses spend the night. Overnight at Ásgarður. 28 km, 6 hrs
Rauðaskirður – Torfastaðir
The last day you’ll ride over the fine trails in the Markarfljots area. following an old road that makes it possible to see the beautiful area of the Fljotshlid hill. On the way back you’ll pass Hlíðarendi farm where one of the most well known vikings in Iceland, Gunnar á Hlíðarendi, lived and ended his life. At about 3 pm, you’ll be driven back to Vellir, and after a short stop, continue on to Reykjavik, were you’ll be dropped at your hotel. 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!). 25 km 5 hrs
Home again!The tour officially ends this morning after breakfast. You can continue exploring Iceland or, if your trip is over you can take the F
lybus 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).
Meals on riding tours 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. aditionally Icelandic. On your first night you are upgraded to the Eldhestar Hotel in a very comfortable room. On the tour you’ll need a sleeping bag and you’ll stay in farm guesthouses, mountain huts and cabins, which are all warm and clean. Typically there are several beds per room, and in huts there may be one big sleeping room. Most will have shared bathroom facilities. What they lack in creature comforts they make up for in impressive scenery. Your last night, in Reykjavik, is also upgraded.
The Thórsmörk Riding Tour runs 7 times in 2014. Below are travel dates --and it’s easy to add a couple days on either end, if you want to see a bit more Iceland. 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. Below are travel dates for the tour and prices per person, double occupancy. Single supplement prices available upon request.
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The Thórsmörk Riding Tour runs 4 times in 2017. Below are travel dates--and it’s easy to add a couple days on either end, if you want to see a bit more Iceland. Your 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. Below are travel dates for the tour and prices per person, double occupancy. Single supplement prices available upon request.
Please note that the price is subject to revision until you book your tour by making a deposit.
Depart N Amer
Sat May 27
| Fri Jun 2
Sat June 10
| Fri Jun 16
Sun July 9
|Sat July 15
Mon Aug 7
|Sun Aug 13
Ask for single rates on upgrades on the pre- and post-tour (included) nights.
The price is $3067 for double occupancy on pre- and post- riding tour nights and 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. With single supplement for pre and post ride nights the price is $3250. Price also includes all transfers while in Iceland, hotel accommodations with private bath, tv, internet connection for pre- and post-ride nights, breakfast on departure day, sleeping bag accommodations during the ride in mountain huts and cottages with shared facilities, all meals during the ride, as well as safety helmets and rain gear. Singlr occupancy on pre- and post- riding tour nights is $3,259 and includes round trip airfare, including fuel surcharge and departure taxes
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.
Accommodations during the ride are traditionally Icelandic. You’ll need a sleeping bag , for which the outfitter will provide a good mattress, and you’ll stay in farm guesthouses, mountain huts and cabins, which are all warm and clean. Typically there are several beds per room, and in huts there may be one big sleeping room. Most will have shared bathroom facilities, many will have showers. What they lack in creature comforts they make up for in impressive scenery. On your last night in Reykjavik you’ll be upgraded to a hotel for a bit of post-ride comfort.
We can mail complete itineraries and will talk to you via e-mail or phone if you have any questions.