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Fagradalsfjall Volcano

Overview

On 19th March 2021, a volcanic eruption started just outside Reykjavik which is located just 30km from our partner's main stables. The volcano, Fagradalsfjall (which translates to the "mountain of the beautiful valley") had been dormant for over 6000 years and this was the first eruption on the Rey…

Highlights

  • Ride through the freshest lava fields in Iceland
  • View the now-famous Fagradalsfjall volcano
  • Spend all nights at the comfortable Viking Village
  • Experience geothermal bubbling mud and hot springs
  • Rest your muscles in the hot tub or sauna

Essential Facts

  • 1 itinerary available
  • Max 12 riders per group
  • Average of 3 - 5 hours riding per day
  • Weight limit: 110kg / 242 lbs / 17 stone 4 lbs

Description

On 19th March 2021, a volcanic eruption started just outside Reykjavik which is located just 30km from our partner's main stables. The volcano, Fagradalsfjall (which translates to the "mountain of the beautiful valley") had been dormant for over 6000 years and this was the first eruption on the Reykjanes peninsula in 800 years. The unexpected eruption produced enormous amounts of lava which flowed through the valleys and mountains, eventually coming to a (temporary?) end almost as abruptly as it started, in mid-September 2021.

Time will tell whether the Fagragalsfjall volcano will remain dormant for another 6000 years or start to erupt again soon, but exploring these fresh lava fields in Iceland, and the surrounding area of the volcano, is sure to make for an unforgettable experience. Whilst you will not ride to the crater itself as it's surrounded by kilometres of impassable lava, you will explore the surrounding areas which are filled with interesting geological activity such as bubbling mud pools, hot springs and colours and scenery which seem out of this world.

The best way to experience these sites is, of course, on the back of an Icelandic horse which has evolved to traverse these landscapes with ease. There is also an optional hike to the volcano for those who are interested in seeing the crater first hand.

Horses & Riding

Tack

Specific Icelandic tack. Saddles are similar to dressage saddles with a relatively flat seat which is either plain or quilted. Cruppers may be used to keep the saddle in place. Stirrups are usually kept long but the riding style is similar to English. Bridles are normally simple snaffles with detachable nosebands and clip-on reins.

Horses

Icelandic horses, which are c. 12-14hh but tough and surprisingly strong.

Icelandic horses are renowned for their extra gait - the tolt - which has similar footfalls to a walk but is much faster and usually very smooth. Most people love the tolt, but it can feel a bit unusual to start with.

Native Icelandic horses are the only horses allowed on the island, and once exported they are not allowed to return. Icelandic horses are therefore not exposed to some of the diseases that are prevalent elsewhere in the world. Please note that in order to ensure the safety of the Icelandic horse breed, there are some restrictions on what riding clothing and equipment you can bring into the country and we will supply full details when you book.

Riding

There is 1 itinerary:

  • Fagradalsfjall Volcano Ride is a based ride

Ages

12 years and older

Health

General good health and fitness

Weight

110kg / 242 lbs / 17 stone 4 lbs

Food & Accommodation

Food

During the ride, full board meals are provided. The menu consists of a large breakfast each morning and traditional Icelandic meals (usually featuring fish or lamb) served each evening. All riders will make their own packed lunches to take with them for the riding day using items from the breakfast table. Vegetarian meals are available if requested when booking.

Alcoholic drinks are not included and are difficult to source on the peninsula, so we recommend buying them at the Duty-Free store on arrival at Reykjavik airport and carrying them with you.

Accommodation

During the ride, you will sleep each night in comfortable cabins with shared rooms (usually 2-4 beds per room) with shared bathrooms. The beds are fully made up o you will not need to bring a sleeping bag. There is a hot tub and a sauna at the accommodation for you to use in the evenings.

Itineraries

Fagradalsfjall Volcano Ride Standard accommodation.

Other Activities

During the riding tour, you will be spending some long hours in the saddle. There is little opportunity for other activities in that case. However, the accommodation you stay at does have a hot tub and a sauna to use in the evenings after the riding day has finished.

We would certainly recommend staying in Iceland for a few extra days and planning to see more of the country if you are able to. Please contact us for ideas and help with itineraries.

Travel

You are collected from Reykjavik bus station so will need to take a shuttle bus from the airport - these are easily booked in advance or when you arrive.

On departure, you can expect to be back in the city by late afternoon or early evening. We would recommend planning to spend an extra night in Reykjavik and flying out the following day, or staying on for a few more days in the city if you are able to. Extra nights in Reykjavik are not included but we can certainly advise you.

Itinerary & Pricing

Day 1

Riding: 2 - 3 hours

You will be collected from Reykjavik bus terminal BSI in the afternoon and transferred to the Viking Village in Harnarfjordur (15 mins drive). Here you will have time to settle into your room before heading out for your first ride from Krysuvik geothermal area to Kleifarvatn Lake. After this beautiful ride, you will have dinner back at the farm and a chance to discuss the tour with your hosts and guides before heading to bed.

Day 2

Riding: 3 - 5 hours

After breakfast, you are transferred to Djupavatn Lake which is an old volcanic crater, now filled with water. Your horses are waiting for you in the neighbouring grass fields. Mount up and set off riding towards Graenadyngja and Trolladyngja, two shield volcanos that are often referred to as the "Twins". Head back to base in the afternoon for another tasty dinner.

Day 3

Riding: 3 - 5 hours

Today you will set off riding towards the Meradalir valley which used to be sparsely vegetated but is now filled with fresh and often still warm lava from the eruption of Fagradalsfjall volcano. Ride through the rough terrain to reach a spot where you can view the now famous volcano which erupted in 2021.

Back to your accommodation for another delicious dinner and overnight.

Day 4

Riding: 3 - 5 hours

Today is your final day of riding and it will take you through one of the oldest and largest lava fields in Iceland. Depending on the trail conditions you will either pass Mt Helgafell on your way back to the stables or take a route through Vigdisarvellir towards the south coast. You'll end the day with a barbecue at the riding centre before being transferred back to Reykjavik in the evening.

We would recommend planning to stay an extra night in Reykjavik after the ride as you will reach the city too late for most flight departures this day.

Accommodation

You spend all nights in cosy cabins at the Viking Village in Hafnarfjordur, with 2-4 beds in each room.

Experience Intermediate / Experienced

You should be at least an intermediate rider who is capable in all paces across varied terrain and fit for a day in the saddle.

Minimum group size 1
Maximum group size 12
Departure windows

May 18, 2022 - May 21, 2022

Aug. 21, 2022 - Aug. 24, 2022

Pricing

2022
Rider, sharing
£1305 $1455 €1490
Included 3 nights shared accommodation, all meals, soft drinks with meals, 3.5 days of riding, set time transfers from Reykjavik.
Not included Flights, travel insurance, bus tickets/travel to Reykjavik in time for the transfers, alcoholic drinks, tips & other personal expenses.
Note: All programmes and itineraries are weather dependent; in the face of adverse, or unexpected, weather conditions reasonable attempts will be made to provide equivalent riding. All programmes are accurate at the time of writing. However, the team may adapt or modify details, whilst aiming to provide a similar experience.