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 ” 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: 20 km / 3 - 4 hour ride
Meeting point in the morning at Eagle air airport in Reykjavík for the domestic flight to Húsavík.
The flight takes about 45 minutes and the airport in Húsavík is located only 5 min. away from Saltvík farm. We pick our guests up at the airport and drive to The farm where the tour starts. After a short introductory meeting with horses and guides in Saltvík, we saddle up and ride along the coastline of the Arctic sea north of Iceland, amazing view out to the horizon where the arctic circle lies across the Island, Grímsey, 30 miles north of Iceland. We come back home to the farm in the afternoon where hot pools are waiting for us to relax in after the first riding day!
Day 2: 30 km / 4 - 5 hour ride
Today we ride across Hvammsheiði heath following perfect riding trails and into the valley Aðaldalur where we cross the river Laxá at a passing where the river is about 100 meters wide! We end the ride at farm Aðalból where we leave the horses for the night and drive back home to Saltvík where we spend another night.
Day 3: 30 km / 4 - 5 hour ride
We ride into the birch forest in Vatnshlíð and enjoy the great view over the valley Reykjadalur then cross Fljótsheiði heath towards the beautiful waterfall Goðafoss where we leave the horses behind and drive back home to Saltvík.
Day 4: 30 km / 4 - 5 hour ride
Now we start heading north again crossing the mighty Skjálfandafljót and riding through the Fellskógur Forest towards Aðalból again, Great riding trails along the river of Skjálafandafljót make the day fly by enjoying fast tolt and great scenery of the colourful birch forest and several waterfalls in the river along the way. After saying goodbye to our horses we drive with our bus to Blönduós in the north-west part of Iceland where the roundups take place,
Day 5: 20 km / 3 - 4 hour ride
In the morning we saddle up and ride with the locals towards the roundups at Skrapatungurétt, 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 6: Final day
After breakfast, we drive our minibus to Reykjavík. We are in Reykjavík at around 13-14.00 in the afternoon.
6 days – 5 riding days
11.September – 16.September
2290 EUR for an intermediate rider