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Reviews



I took part in the Autumn Colours and Northern lights programme it was an amazing experience in which I won't forget, it couldn't have been better. Overall it was brilliant and as guests we just had to sit back and enjoy it.

Victoria B.
I had a great time! Iceland is so beautiful with all its colours, waterfalls, hot springs and different landscapes. Juliane and Stefan were really great with a great sense of humor and I felt really welcome. I was lucky because we had a group of 4 people and we had a lot of fun. The horses were also very nice, I didn't know they could climb the mountains so steadily and fast. And of course the tölt was so comfortable.

Dorien B.
Best riding ever for the scenery and especially for the horses. Fast riding in difficult terrain. Now I know our pampered horses are sissies. This programme is not for the faint of heart, when they say it's for experienced riders, they kid you not! Adrenaline was flowing, did things on a horse I had never done, but never felt unsafe. I'd say we walked less than 5% of the time. The rest is tölting, trotting, cantering at different speeds. Rustic lodging with sleeping bags and shared bathrooms, but clean and warm. Great food, and as you said, in quantity. Good hospitality. Came back smiling. Ecstatic, rather. One of the most fabulous and exciting rides ever!

Carole S. (Horse Roundup)
Iceland was really great, I had a very good time there. The guides were competent and friendly, the group was nice and small and the horses were fantastic as well. We also had time for some sight-seeing which was really nice and our guide was always happy to tell us some stories about his country. It was definitely a good trip.

Noemi F.
I loved every minute, our hosts were lovely and so were the guides. It was a fantastic experience and it was great to know more about a different breed. Favourite memory - it has be seeing all the wild Icelandics being herded down the valley and helping to lead them into the holding pen. The accommodation was very comfortable and the food was great, especially the cake! I loved all the horses I rode although I did have a favourite. They were all a pleasure to ride and the saddles are so comfy.

Olivia S (Horse Round up - September 2014)
It was like being a small, pony-mad child all week... looked after well, indulged, relaxed, long rides, heaps of food, delicious cakes, wonderful scenery, welcoming hosts. Food and accommodation was absolutely wonderful. Horses extremely well-cared for and loved, living in a very natural outdoor herd environment. Guides were all lovely (about 6 of them in total) and took a lot of effort to make us feel at ease during the day and evening too.

Sue R.
Brilliant in all respects: hosts, horses, companions, scenery, weather, food, trips in addition to riding... and the rides of course!

Mary J.
Fantastic holiday with lovely horses and a great experience tölting! Also made to feel extremely welcome by Stefan, Juliane, Paula and the everyone on the yard.

Becky H.
Fantastic horses, people and landscape. Such a fun holiday with excellent riding through an amazing country, with whales and Northern Lights as a bonus!

Mirren K.
Very pleasant, I liked everything especially horses who were wonderful, kind forward going and beautiful. Surroundings were breathtaking and food was excellent.

Johanna F
Fast paced riding on forward, steady horses in beautiful scenery. Excellent food and lots of it. Good accommodation, although not luxurious. Accommodation in guesthouse on 1st trail was an unexpectedly very high standard. Very happy (with my horses) it was good to be able to 3 different ones and saddles were very comfortable. Our guides were excellent. Couldn't have been more helpful and full of fun. (Favourite memory?) Many good ones - possibly riding out from the guesthouse on 1st trail in the sunshine after 2 days of rain. Also the night spent in the shepherd's hut on the 2nd trail (again with good weather).

Pat B. (Autumn Colours & Northern Lights)
 

Horses



Type of horses:

Icelandic

Nature of horses:

Powerful, honest and gentle

Height of horses:

Average 13.2hh

Weight limit:

100 kg

Tack type:

Icelandic tack is slightly different than tack ordinarily used for other breeds. The saddle is built closer to a dressage saddle and has a relatively flat seat. Stirrups are worn long and it is not uncommon to use a crupper which keeps the saddle in place. Iceland saddles come with a flat, quilted seat. Stirrups are shaped to accommodate heavy boots. Bits range from simple snaffle to the Icelandic curb bit. Bridles often have a detachable noseband and clip on reins.

 

Weather



 

Ride Description

This family run farmhouse has been welcoming guests for extraordinary riding adventures since 1985. The incredible landscapes of Iceland are a wonder to behold and feature remote valleys, winding rivers and a myriad of colours from white ice and snow in winter to beautiful greens in the summer months. There is a choice of rides choose from and they bring chances to explore Iceland's treasures - the Northern Lights, the coastline of the North Sea, impressive volcanoes (including the world's most volcanic region!), remote fishing villages, whale-watching, magical woodlands and Viking history. It is a land of mystery and legend!

There are around 130 horses living at the farm all year round and then around 20 more join the herd in the summer months. The Icelandic Horses are world renowned for their small stature but also their strength, willingness and exceptionally sure-footed nature. The breed has been pure-bred in Iceland for more than 1000 years and has been incredibly well-protected against disease and outside contamination. Sometimes you will be riding with a herd of free-running horses and can even change your horse each day (if you like!) for a true horseback adventure! The breed has an extra gait known as the 'tölt' - this is a four beat gait with foot falls in the same pattern as walk and it is incredibly smooth to ride. For some visitors to Iceland riding a local horse at the tölt is a very special experience. Once a year you can even join in the horse roundup, a fast-paced ride over challenging terrain.

The farmhouse offers basic accommodation so these are not rides for those interested in luxury. They are however perfect if you dream of exploring enchanting landscapes on a trusty horse, surrounded by a happy herd. Riders will definitely not go hungry as all guests are well-fed with home cooked meals and snacks, including some local Icelandic specialities! Your hosts want you to feel happy and welcome, experiencing the best of Icelandic hospitality, culture and riding.

NB. In order to ensure the safety of the Icelandic horse breed, there are some restrictions on the importation of riding clothing and equipment. Please get in touch so that we can give you the necessary information.

See Programmes.

 

Food & Accommodation

The farmhouse from where the ride is based lies in the North of Iceland at the longest fjord and is the starting point of a variety of long and short riding tours. It is located a few kilometres away from Grenivik, a small fishing village.

The accommodation is not for those looking for luxury but nevertheless is comfortable, warm and hospitable. Accommodation at the farm is in one of three cottages belonging to your hosts.

The first has two double rooms and one four bed room. The second has three double rooms and one four bed room, both have shower and toilet facilities. The third cottage has one four bed room and one five bed room each with their own shower and toilet facilities.

During trails you will sleep at farmhouses, mountain huts, schools and community centres in sleeping bags. PLEASE NOTE: several of the programmes have the odd night when the whole group sleeps together in one room.

The food here is substantial - your host's believe riders must never be hungry! Here you have an opportunity to savour Icelandic specialities but nothing too "exotic".

Favourites are lamb, fish, vegetables, salads, rice and noodles. Vegetarians are catered for. During the rides there are plenty of sandwiches and on the longer tours when the herd runs freely, Goi will drive the bus and be on hand with the lunch boxes.

In the evening there will always be a hot and hearty meal to enjoy. Unlimited tea, coffee and delicious Icelandic spring water is always available.

 

Activities

The unique landscape invites long walks, fishing or just exploring the area on a bike. In the village you may go shopping or go for a dip in a hot pool.

 

Further Details

Languages: English

Health requirements: None

Age limit: None

Tuition: No

Included: Transfer to and from Akureyri, full board, sleeping bag accommodation, entrance fees to sights visited on tours, safety helmet and raingear, English speaking guides.

Not included: Flights, sleeping bags, alcoholic drinks and travel insurance.

 

Travel Information

There are a few airlines flying into Iceland including Iceland Express from London Heathrow. Easyjet also fly from Luton.

Icelandair has extra flights from Gatwick to Reykjavik on Thursdays and Saturdays running from October to April.

Icelandair will connect north and south Iceland to summer visitors with flights from Keflavik International Airport to Akureyri from June to September. The flight will be offered four times a week and will add to the internal network already offered by Air Iceland and Eagle Air. UK passengers will be able to check in luggage at London Heathrow through to Akureyri and vise versa.

There are many flights to Reykjavik and from there you are able to take a 45 minute internal flight to Akureyri. Air Iceland offer low cost flights several times a day.

Alternatively if you wish to see more of this country there are buses which take approximately 6 hours. You will be transferred from Akureyri usually at about 18.00. From there your journey is 30 minutes to the farm.

Airport: Akureyri

Alternative Airport: Reykjavik

 

Programmes


Fascinating North Iceland Trail



This is an eight day, seven night trail with six long days in the saddle following the tracks of Gods and Vikings. You must be an experienced rider comfortable at all paces and happy to ride with a herd of free horses. You will have the opportunity to ride two or three horses a day. Sleeping bag accommodation is at farm houses, schools and guest houses.

Day 1:

In the late afternoon you will be transferred to Grytubakki farmhouse for a hearty dinner and an overnight stay.

Day 2:

After breakfast you will be shown the famous waterfall of the Gods. According to the sagas, Þorgeir of Ljósavatn threw his statues of the gods into the falls when Iceland converted to Christianity in the year 1000, hence the name. Then you will be driven to Fremstafell farmhouse, where you catch the horses and saddle up. You will then ride to the Bardardalur valley, follow the river Skjálfandafljót and stay overnight at Hotel Kiðagil. The river Skálfandafljót flows through the valley over the Bárðardalshraun lava field that probably came all over the way from Trölladyngja in Ódaðahraun north of Vatnajökull more than 7,000 years ago. Today you will spend 5 to 6 hours in the saddle.

Day 3:

You will leave Kiðagil, ride over the bridge at Stóruvellir to the other side of the valley and reach the old farmhouse of Stóratunga. Here you will be very close to the entrance of Ódaðahraun, the enormous lava field, believed to be the home of outlaws, elves and trolls in the old days. At Stórutunga you will leave some of the horses and then ride on to the impressive waterfall Aldeyarfoss. Here you will enjoy this wonderful nature paradise. Overnight at Stóratunga. You will have ridden for 5 hours.

Day 4:

Today you ride in the breathtaking surroundings of Storatunga. In the morning you ride in a north eastern direction alongside the river Skjalfandafljot and over to the old lava of Tunguhraun. Continue to Tunguharmri and ride south alongside the river Svarta back to the Storatunga farmhouse for lunch. In the afternoon you ride towards the highland and south to the Sudura river and the area of Rettartorfur and the waterfalls of Hrafnabjorg. Most of your riding is over lava and sand and you will ride c. 12km in the morning and c. 16km in the afternoon. Total riding time 5.5 hours.

Day 5:

Say goodbye to Storatunga and river over Landsmelar at Viðiker to the area of Myvatn. Your ride will take you over sandy hills and through moorland. A tremendous view awaits you when you reach the highest point. If you are lucky you might see the queen of the Icelandic mountains in the distance: Herdubreið. Leave the horses at farmhouse Stöng and start your sightseeing tour into the Myvatn area. The pseudo craters of Skutustadir, the bizarre lava formations of Dimmuborgir and bubbling mud pools of Namaskard await you! You stay at Breidamyri community centre and will have ridden for 4 hours.

Day 6:

After breakfast you will leave Stöng to the south, close to the old farmhouse of Hörgsdalur, and ride then along Myvatnsheiði to the valley of the smoke - Reykjadalur. Smooth tracks, adventurous tracks and a diversified landscape await you. Mountain Kinnarfjöll to the west side and mountain Gaesafjöll to the east side are visible if the weather allows it. You will again stay overnight at Breiðimyri, close to the little village Laugar. You will have ridden for 6 hours.

Day 7:

Today your ride will take you along Vatnshlið through woods. There is a wonderful view over the valley Reykjadalur and the lake Vestmannsvatn. After the hill Fljótsheiði a terrific and diversified ride awaits you along the river Skjálfandafljót and through the forest Fellskógur. On the way you will pass the waterfalls Ullarfoss and Barnafoss. You will be able to leave the horses at Fremstafell farm and be driven home.  Tonight you will enjoy a final dinner where you can talk about your adventure with your new friends, and your overnight stay will be back at the farmhouse. You will have been in the saddle for six hours.

Day 8:

After breakfast you will be transferred to Akureyri.



Minimum group size: 8
Maximum group size: 14
Ability description: Experienced riders who are able to ride different horses and are comfortable for long hours in the saddle.
Type of ride: Trail
Total riding time: 6 long days in the saddle
Departure dates: 2018: 22-29 June, 2-9 July (Fully Booked), 12-19 July (Fully Booked), 22-29 July, 1-8 August, 11-18 August.
 
Pricing: 2018:

£1688 per person

Prices include shared accommodation, full board meals and riding, as well as set time transfers from and to Akureyri airport or bus terminal.

Price does not include flights or travel insurance.



Autumn Colours and Northern Lights Trail



This trail provides the opportunity to experience the variety and beauty of Icelandic nature in Autumn. By the end of August Iceland's summer is all but over. In September the days shorten and introduce a wide range of autumnal colours and the famous Northern Lights. You will ride through fabulous valleys where flocks of cackling geese are resting for their journey South. This adventure will also take you up into the mountains where you will meet the sheep who have spent the last few months free in the mountains enjoying their liberty. Now is the time to bring them back home as winter starts to knock on the door! 

This ride involves six days of intensive contact with the Icelandic Horse and the island's natural beauties. 

Day 1:

You will be picked up at Akureyri airport or bus station in the late afternoon. You will be driven to the farmhouse Grytubakki or little fishing village of Grenivik (30 minutes). On the way you may admire the beautiful view over Eyjafjörður. After dinner you will discuss the coming days and your hosts will give you information about the riding and programme. 

Day 2:

After breakfast, the horses are caught and tacked up - every rider gets a horse suitable for them. You will ride down to the river Gljufura and around the mountain Hofdi. Enjoy the view over the longest fjord in Iceland - Eyjafjordur and if you are lucky, you may spot whales which have been seen in the fjord as late as October!

Stop for a coffee break at Grytubakki and continue riding to Grenivik, a little fishing village close to the farmhouse before returning to the farmhouse for coffee and cakes. Dinner and overnight at the farmhouse. 

Day 3:

Ride to the fishing village of Grenivik and from there along the coast of Latrarstrond. The North Sea is there to greet you! You will ride above steep cliffs, through wide meadows, clear brooks and impressive valleys. On the way you will see some historical ruins reminding you of former times. 

This area is where the farmers' young horses spend the summer but soon they will be taken back to their home meadows, as the autumn colours are arriving and signalling that winter is on its way!

Return to the farm by the same route for more coffee and cakes. Total riding time 4-5 hours.

Day 4:

Today you ride into the valley of the river Fnjoska and on both sides of the river there are mountains up to 1000m high. You will ride along the southern part of the valley, by brooks, hills and through forests showing the rich autumn colours.

Cackling geese rest along the riverbank, preparing themselves for their long journey south. They will be spending winter in warmer areas before returning to Iceland in the spring, when the sun starts to shine for longer hours.  Spend some time in this valley before returning to Grytubakki for coffee and cakes.

After coffee you drive out to the famous waterfall of Godafoss which played an important role during the Christianisation of Iceland - it is also one of the most beautiful in Iceland.

Day 5:

Today you will leave for the mountains. Your destination is the shepherd hut Gil at the end of the valley of Trolladalur. From the highest point at Leiroalsheioi, you will have a fantastic view over the fjord Hvalvatndfjorour and the open polar sea. 

After dinner you will go for a walk under the stars and hope to see some of the dancing Northern Lights. 

Day 6:

After breakfast you will saddle up again and leave for your ride back to the farmhouse. On the way you will see some of the many thousands of sheep that have spent the summer months in the mountains. They are on their way back home, knowing that soon, everything will be under snow. A final dinner will be served at the farmhouse.

Day 7:

After breakfast you will be driven back to Akureyri. 



Minimum group size: 4
Maximum group size: 14
Ability description: Intermediate onwards
Type of ride: Trail
Total riding time: 4 - 6 hours a day
7 days 6 nights
Departure dates: 2018: 1-7 September (fully booked), 9-15 September, 16-22 September.
 
Pricing: 2018:

£1248 per person

Price includes shared accommodation, full board meals and riding as per the itinerary, as well as set time transfers from and to Akureyri airport or bus terminal.

Price does not include flights or travel insurance.




Ring Around the Midnight Sun



Day 1:

You will be picked up at Akureyri airport or the bus station in the late afternoon. A 30 minute drive will take you to the farmhouse. After dinner, details about the next days will be provided. Overnight at the farmhouse. 

Day 2:

After breakfast you will saddle your horse. You will receive a short introduction before beginning the tour by riding through the marshy country of Nes. After about an hour you reach the valley of the river Fnjoska and cross over an old bridge to continue up the valley. Fnjoska is the longest freshwater river in Iceland and the narrow valley has a huge variety of landscapes as well as many birds caring for their young.

Stop for lunch and then turn back to Grytubakki for coffee and cakes. Your riding time will be c. 4 hours.

After coffee you are driven to the well-known turfhouse of Laufas - a pure example of the gabled Icelandic farms of the past. This farmhouse has been a vicarage since the earliest Christian times. Dinner and overnight at Grytubakki.

Day 3:

Today you wide towards the longest fjord in Iceland - Eyjafjordur. Firstly you ride along the river Glutfura and then into the surrounding hills of Hofdi which offers spectacular views. Fjord Eyjafjordur is one of the best places in Iceland for spotting whales - mainly the huge Humpbacks, Minke, porpoises and Northern bottlenose whale. You will stop several times to look for them. On your way back you will also see the island of Hrisey which is the second largest Icelandic island and gave the fjord it's name - Fjord of the Island.

After a coffee back at the farmhouse you will saddle your horse for a short ride in the vicinity of the farm. After dinner at the farmhouse, you drive to the fishing village of Grenivik to sit on the beach, listen to old stories and marvel at the midnight sun.

Day 4:

Today you will have a day ride to the coast Látrastönd – above steep cliffs, through clear brooks and wonderful green valleys. You will have your lunch break close to the ruins of the old farmhouse Svínarnes, inhabited until the middle of the last century. You will enjoy the amazing view to the island of Hrísey, fjord Eyjafjördur and the open sea. Maybe you will be lucky enough to see whales again or perhaps some shy seals.

Coffee and cake at the farmhouse and then drive to the swimming pool in Grenivik for a surprisingly good view of the fjord and surrounding mountains before dinner.

Day 5:

The famous area of Mývatn is your destination today. You will have a look at the pseudo crater of Skútustadit, the bizarre formations made of lava in Dimmuborgir and the bubbling mud pools of Námaskard.On the way home you can look at the historical waterfall of Godafoss which played an important role in the Christianisation of Iceland around the year 1,000.

After dinner at the farmhouse you will saddle your horse for a two hour ride around the farm to enjoy the midnight sun! Overnight at the farmhouse.

Day 6:

Today you will ride up to the mountains into the wild valley Fjördur. Fjörður is a mysterious and deserted area. It has been closed off from the rest of the world for 40 years. Only about 4000 sheep spend the summertime here every year, together with the trolls and elves. Names like Trölladalur, the valley of the trolls and Álfaborgir, the cities of the elves remind us of the existence of these invisible beings.

From the rise of Leirdalsheiði you will have a wonderful view over to the fjord of Eyjafjörður, the fishing village Grenivík and the surrounding farms. You will ride through green valleys, along rushing rivers and over stony paths. Extinct volcanoes, silent glaciers and hidden waterfalls will accompany you. In the late afternoon you will be back at the farmhouse for a late dinner and overnight. 

Day 7:

After breakfast transfer back to Akureyri.



Minimum group size: 4
Maximum group size: 14
Ability description: Intermediate onwards
Type of ride: Based with daily trails
Total riding time: As per itinerary
Departure dates: 2018: 16-22 June
 
Pricing: 2018:

£1292 per person

Price includes shared accommodation, full board meals and riding as per the itinerary, as well as set time transfers from and to Akureyri airport or bus terminal.

Price does not include flights or travel insurance.



Summer Farewell



Day 1:

You will be picked up at Akureyri airport or the bus station in the late afternoon. A 30 minute drive will take you to the farmhouse. Dinner, briefing and overnight at the farmhouse. 

Day 2:

After breakfast you will saddle your horse. You will receive a short introduction before beginning the tour by riding through the marshy country of Nes. After about an hour you reach the valley of the river Fnjoska and cross over an old bridge to continue up the valley. Fnjoska is the longest freshwater river in Iceland and the narrow valley has a huge variety of landscapes as well as many birds caring for their young.

Stop for lunch and then turn back to Grytubakki for coffee and cakes. Your riding time will be c. 4 hours.

After coffee you are driven to the well-known turfhouse of Laufas - a pure example of the gabled Icelandic farms of the past. This farmhouse has been a vicarage since the earliest Christian times. Dinner and overnight at Grytubakki.

Day 3:

Today you wide towards the longest fjord in Iceland - Eyjafjordur. Firstly you ride along the river Glutfura and then into the surrounding hills of Hofdi which offers spectacular views. Fjord Eyjafjordur is one of the best places in Iceland for spotting whales - mainly the huge Humpbacks, Minke, porpoises and Northern bottlenose whale. You will stop several times to look for them. On your way back you will also see the island of Hrisey which is the second largest Icelandic island and gave the fjord it's name - Fjord of the Island.

After a coffee back at the farmhouse you will saddle your horse for a short ride in the vicinity of the farm. Dinner and overnight at the farmhouse.

Day 4:

Today you will have a day ride to the coast Látrastönd – above steep cliffs, through clear brooks and wonderful green valleys. You will have your lunch break close to the ruins of the old farmhouse Svínarnes, inhabited until the middle of the last century. You will enjoy the amazing view to the island of Hrísey, fjord Eyjafjördur and the open sea. Maybe you will be lucky enough to see whales again or perhaps some shy seals.

Coffee and cake at the farmhouse and then drive to the swimming pool in Grenivik for a surprisingly good view of the fjord and surrounding mountains before dinner.

Day 5:

The famous area of Mývatn is your destination today. You will have a look at the pseudo crater of Skútustadit, the bizarre formations made of lava in Dimmuborgir and the bubbling mud pools of Námaskard.On the way home you can look at the historical waterfall of Godafoss which played an important role in the Christianisation of Iceland around the year 1,000.

After dinner at the farmhouse you will saddle your horse for a two hour ride around the farm to enjoy the midnight sun! Overnight at the farmhouse.

Day 6:

Today you will ride up to the mountains into the wild valley Fjördur. Fjörður is a mysterious and deserted area. It has been closed off from the rest of the world for 40 years. Only about 4000 sheep spend the summertime here every year, together with the trolls and elves. Names like Trölladalur, the valley of the trolls and Álfaborgir, the cities of the elves remind us of the existence of these invisible beings.

From the rise of Leirdalsheiði you will have a wonderful view over to the fjord of Eyjafjörður, the fishing village Grenivík and the surrounding farms. You will ride through green valleys, along rushing rivers and over stony paths. Extinct volcanoes, silent glaciers and hidden waterfalls will accompany you. In the late afternoon you will be back at the farmhouse for a late dinner and overnight.

Day 7:

After breakfast you will be transferred back to Akureyri.



Minimum group size: 4
Maximum group size: 14
Ability description: Intermediate onwards
Type of ride: Based with daily trails
Total riding time: 7 days 6 nights
Departure dates: 2018: 19-25 August, 25-31 August.
 
Pricing: 2018:

£1204 per person.

Price includes shared accommodation, full board meals and riding as per the itinerary, as well as set time transfers from and to Akureyri airport or bus terminal.

Price does not include flights or travel insurance.



Along the Island Fjord



A five night tour including four riding days, one day of whale-watching and a short visit to Akureyri. Lovely landscapes with breathtaking views, delightful dark green valley, rushing brooks and a fascinating coastland characterise this riding tour. Riders need to be capable of riding at all paces on a variety of different horses.

Itinerary:

Day 1:

You will be picked up at Akureyri airport or the bus station in the late afternoon to be driven to the farmhouse Grýtubakki. On the way you may admire the beautiful view over Eyjafjörður. After dinner you will be given details about the coming days so that you have a good idea of what to expect from this horseback experience. 

Day 2: Höfði

After a hearty breakfast you will saddle the horses. A short instruction will bring you into contact with your horse and then off you go! You will ride around mountain Höfði and enjoy the nice view out to the sea and the island of Hrísey, Iceland’s second biggest island.  It is quite common to see minke whales, harbour porpoises, northern bottlenose whales as well as Humpback whales and dolphins.

You will ride close to the hill of the ravens “Hrafnabjörg” and under you will be the valley of the cows – the guide will tell you more about it! You will spend about 4 hours in the saddle.

Coffee and cakes will await you at Grýtubakki. After coffee you are driven to the fishing village of Grytubakki to bathe in the warm waters of the swimming pool and enjoy the views of the fjord. Dinner and overnight at Grýtubakki.

Day 3: Látrarströnd

After breakfast you will saddle up for a day tour. You will ride to Grenivik, the little fishing village close to the farmhouse and, from there, along the coast of Látrarströnd. The North Sea will greet you! You will ride above steep cliffs, through luxurious meadows, clear brooks and impressive valleys. You will have lunch close to the ruins of the farmhouse of Svínarnes, again witnessing the former way of life.

The young horses of the farmers are spending the summer in this area and they are very curious! They will probably have a look at your sandwiches! You will take the same way back to the farm. This is a 4 - 5 hour-ride.

After coffee and cakes you can take a walk up the valley of the elves, where your guide will tell you more about the invisible people and how Icelandic people live with them. Dinner and overnight at Grýtubakki.

Day 4: Skuggabjörg - Fnjóskádalur

You will ride through the valley of Fnjóská. The river Fnjóská is the longest freshwater river in Iceland. And approximately 10,000 years ago there was a glacial lake in this valley. The shore of this lake is still visible in the slopes of the mountains. You will ride on wide sheep tracks, over gargling brooks, through moorland and into the amazingly green woods of Skuggabjörg. You will spend about 5 hours in saddle. Coffee and cakes at Grýtubakki.

Dinner and Overnight.

Day 5: River Gljúrurá – Nes - Leirdalsheiði

Today you will combine the area around the river Gljúfurá and the rise above Grýtubakki. The ride will lead you over sandy paths, marshy country and over moorland. Amateur bird-watchers will get their money's worth as whimbrel, golden plover, common snipe and a variety of ducks are often seen. You will have a beautiful view over the fjord Eyjafjörður where the river Fnjóskà flows into the sea and also to Helguholl, the holy hill. People in the area say that under the hill there is a ship full of gold from the old vikings. If somebody tries to get the gold, all churches which are visible from the hill will burn down. Nobody has tried to dig, not yet!

Over soft sheep tracks and continuously changing landscapes you will reach the rise above Grýtubakki farmhouse. From here you will have a tremendous view into all directions! With a ride through the idyllic valley of the Elves your today's trip will come to an end. Coffee and cakes will be ready for you at Grýtubakki. Dinner and overnight. There is about 4 – 5  hours in saddle.

Day 6: Departure

After breakfast you will say good-bye to your hosts. Transfer back to Akureyri.



Minimum group size: 4
Maximum group size: 10
Ability description: Intermediate onwards, capable of riding at all paces over a variety of different terrain.
Type of ride: Trail
Total riding time: 4 - 6 hours a day
Departure dates: 2018: 3-8 July, 13-18 July, 23-28 July, 2-7 August, 12-17 August.
 
Pricing: 2018:

£1160 per person

Price includes shared accommodation, full board meals, riding as per the itinerary and set time return transfers from and to Akureyri airport or bus terminal.

Price does not include flights or travel insurance.