ABOUT THE DIAMOND CIRCLE TOUR
The North of Iceland is best known for its great natural sights and beautiful landscape. Our tour leaves from Saltvík Farm near Húsavík and leads to the Lake Mývatn area, known for its volcanic features and countless numbers of wild breeding ducks. An optional whale watching tour concludes the circle of natural highlights on and offshore. A visit to the picturesque and mighty waterfall Goðafoss will be something to remember.
We ride on mainly soft riding tracks, ideal for riding “tölt”, the unique gait of the Icelandic horse. The first two days we ride along the shore and over Hvammsheiði heath and cross the river Laxá. The next day will take us from the forested hillsides in Laxárdalur via the black sand deserts of Hólasandur to lake Mývatn, where boiling mud pools and eerie lava formations remind you of the active volcanic energy hidden beneath the surface. After a long day in the saddle, it is ideal to take a relaxing soak in the outdoor bathing facility with hot geothermal water at “Jarðböð”.
From there we will ride the next day towards the Gæsafjöll Mountains. Through an area covered with cracks and fissures from countless earthquakes and volcanic activity, the route leads towards the mountain cabin at Þeistareykir, a place with bubbling hot water and white clouds rising to the sky from the steam vents. We will spend the night at this magical place. On the last day we ride home to Saltvík, enjoying the terrific view over Skjálfandi bay!
The accommodation on this tour is in 2-4 pers. rooms with made-up beds at Saltvík holiday farm and one night in a cosy mountain hut at Þeistareykir (sleeping bags). At Saltvík farm our guests have access to hot tubs every evening to relax after long days in the saddle! Free wifi connection is also offered at Saltvík farm.
Day by Day
Day 1: Reykjavík – Saltvík - Saltvík
In the morning you leave your guesthouse to go to Eagle Air airport for a direct flight to Húsavík. Saltvík is only 5 min. drive from the airport. At Saltvik, we start our ride after a short introduction to the Icelandic horses and their special gaits. We ride along the seaside of the arctic ocean north of Iceland enjoying a fantastic view out towards the arctic circle. A relaxing bath in a warm outdoor tub before dinner at Saltvik farm is well deserved after this first day of our journey!
Distance: 15 km
Optional in the afternoon (80 euros which include transport from/to Saltvík): A whale watching tour starting from the harbour in Húsavík can be offered. Húsavík and the bay of Skjálfandi are known to be one of the best places in the world to find and see some of the gentle giants of the ocean. Humpbacks, Minky Whales, Dolphins and even Blue Whales are some of the creatures you can expect to see!
Day 2: Saltvík - Aðalból
We ride across Hvammsheiði heathlands following excellent soft “tölttrails” and riverbanks of Mýrarhvísl river towards the big Laxá river which we cross at a passing where the river spreads out over 100 m wide river path! During the ride, we enjoy a great view over the green valleys of the north, Aðaldalur and Reykjadalur.
Distance: 30 km
Day 3: Aðalból - Mývatn
Today we ride from the farmlands of Aðaldalur towards the deserted wasteland of Hólasandur before arriving at the nature paradise lake “Mývatn” This is a day of many contrasts, from green valleys to the black desert on our way to the lava fields and green birch forests of the Mývatn area. A magnificent view over the lake Mývatn area that is surrounded by mighty volcanoes awaits us when we come closer to the lake. Before dinner, we relax and enjoy a nice hot bath in Jarðböð, an outdoor lagoon with geothermal water overlooking the lake.
Distance: 40 km
Day 4: Mývatn - Þeistareykir
We leave the Mývatn area and head up towards the mountains, passing Gæsadalur oasis and riding at the footsteps of the mighty old volcano Gæsafjöll. When we get closer to the geothermal area of Þeistareykir we start noticing huge cracks and fissures which are remarks of the enormous powers of nature hidden under the roots of Iceland 🙂 We practically ride across the boundaries which connect the tectonic plates of North America and Europe and the power of creation becomes real when we arrive at the destination of Þeistareykir with bubbling craters and mud pools all around the hut were we spend the night!
Day 5: Þeistareykir - Saltvík
The last day of our journey we ride home to Saltvík farm crossing the lava fields of Bóndhólshraun. Then following nice riding trails through the valley Geldingadalur and along Skarðaháls with a great view over the bay of Skjálfandi north of Iceland. The last track leads across Reykjaheiði back home to our farm Saltvík where we celebrate our adventures in the evening with a cheerful farewell party!
Distance: 35 km
Day 6: Saltvík - Reykjavík
After a hearty breakfast, it’s time to drive with our small bus back to Reykjavík and enjoy the beautiful scenery on the way.
2190 EUR / 2490 USD