ABOUT THE TOUR
Enjoy the amazing autumn colours and adventure of joining Icelanders gathering their wild horses from the mountains!
In September and October, Iceland changes costume from the green summer dress over to the multicolour outfit of autumn! It´s an amazing season to travel around on horseback watching nature slow down for the upcoming arctic winter. This is also the time when farmers gather their sheep and horses down from the wilderness where they have spent the summer running around free in the mountains. This 5 day tour is a combination of a 4-day riding tour where we enjoy the autumn colours and ever-changing landscape of the north, and a visit to the horse roundups “Skrapatungurétt ” and Laufskálarétt where we join the farmers when they drive a herd of 500 young Icelandic horses from the mountains and separate them in the roundups!
Day by Day
Day 1: Reykjavík – Saltvík – Sandur (20km)
Meeting point for the group is at Eagle air airport in Reykjavík early morning. The domestic flight to Saltvík takes only 40 min. and at Husavik airport in the north, a bus is waiting to take the group to Saltvík farm nearby where the tour starts. We meet the staff and horses in Saltvík. There some refreshment is waiting and we take good time for the introduction where basic information is shared and horses will be selected according to the riding experience level of each rider. We take special care in selecting horses and helping each rider with basic tips and tricks in handling and controlling the gaited Icelandic horses as it is our commitment to match riders and horses in the very best way right from the start. We ride nice and easy riding trails along the coastline towards Sandur farm located at the riverbanks of Skjálfandafljót river. We cross sandy lava fields and green riverbanks on our way and enjoy rich birdlife and scenery towards the bay of Skjálfandi north of Iceland. We leave the horses at Sandur farm and head back to Saltvík for the night where hot tubs are waiting for those wanting to enjoy total relaxation after the first day’s ride.
Day 2: Sandur – Aðalból (30 km)
We ride up to the hillsides of Hvammsheiði following historic trails used by farmers and travellers through the centuries. Great soft trails of endless tölting! We cross the river Laxá at a passing where the river runs through the lava fields of Aðaldalshraun. We ride along Vatnshlíð near the beautiful lake Vestmannsvatn and enjoy again a totally amazing view and scenery over the valley of Aðaldalur. We end the ride at the farm Aðalból where we leave the horses and drive back to Saltvík farm for the night. In the afternoon we visit the newly established “Geoseas” Geothermal bathing lagoon for relaxing in the hot seawater.
Day 3: Aðalból – Saltvík (30 km)
We ride in to the birch forest in Vatnshlíð and enjoy the great view. We ride up along Laxá river with the canyons of Laxá aside and then enjoy riding excellent trails along the river Mýrarhvísl all the way back home to Saltvík farm. In the afternoon we leave Saltvík farm and head with our minibus towards the area where the roundups take place. We settle in at our guesthouse and enjoy the evening together sharing stories from the riding adventures we had the past days!
Day 4: Meeting the locals – Round-up day
In the morning we saddle up and ride with the locals towards the roundups. We watch when the herd of 500 young horses come running down from the mountains and enjoy the atmosphere at the roundups where Icelanders come together, sing and enjoy life as well as separating their horses so each farmer can drive his own herd home to his farm in the afternoon.
Day 5: Back to Reykjavík
After breakfast, we drive with our minibus to Reykjavík. We arrive at BSI bus station in Reykjavík at around 13-14:00 in the afternoon.
5 days/4 riding days
1490 EUR // 1650 USD