Landmannalaugar – Mt. Hekla

On this exciting tour, we see the mountain Hekla towering over the region and every day we see evidence of its numerous devastating eruptions throughout the ages.

Dates 2021

  • June 22 - 28
  • August 10 - 16 & 17 - 23

Horseback riding in the spectacular volcanic area

Mount Hekla is a highly active volcano often titled the “Queen of Iceland”. The mountain towers regally over the region and every day we see evidence of its numerous devastating eruptions throughout the ages. In the old times, people actually believed it to be the gateway to hell. Landmannalaugar is a geothermal wonderland in the Southern Highlands. It’s natural bathing pools are only one of the highlights which make this area one of Iceland’s most popular destinations for nature lovers.

Our ride starts along the river banks of the mighty glacial river Thjórsá, with a magnificent view on glacier Eyjafjallajökull and Volcano Hekla. The beautiful area Landmannahellir is a fitting outpost in the central highlands before going on to enjoy the colorful rhyolite mountains in Landmannalaugar, surrounded by black lava fields.

Our way back to civilization leads us down from the mountains and into black lava and green valleys. The spirited and sure-footed horses make this tour an experience of a lifetime for anyone seeking a challenging highland adventure. 

Gestur and family at Kálfhóll farm offer this tour.

Attention

  • Individual travel insurance is not included in the tour price. We encourage clients to obtain relevant travel insurance before visiting Iceland.
  • Flight to and from Iceland is not included
  • Please bring your own sleeping bag with you on the tour
  • Bring bags rather than hardcover suitcases
  • Pack light because transport space is limited.
  1. Day 1. Reykjavík – Kálfhóll

    Pick up at BSÍ Bus station in Reykjavik at 18:00, where our bus will transfer you and your fellow riders to Kálfhóll farm where horses and staff are waiting for us. After a lovely introductory meal where we get to know each other, we relax and rest so we are well prepared for the adventure ahead of us.

  2. Day 2.  Kálfhóll – Glacier river Thjórsá – Blesastaðir Guesthouse

    We ride on fantastic riding paths along the mighty glacial river Þjórsá, with views of the glacier Eyjafjallajökull and the volcano Hekla. We leave the horses at Sandlækjarmýri field and drive to Blesastaðir Guesthouse. This day is the perfect start to get to know your horse and the Icelandic way of trail riding in a relaxed atmosphere. We stay at Blesastaðir Guesthouse and relax in the hot tub outdoors. (approximately 20 km)

  3. Day 3.  Blesastaðir Guesthouse – Mountain hut Hólaskógur

    Today we ride along the lovely river Sandá through the National Forest Skriðufellskógur into the beautiful and famous valley of Thjórsárdalur. The mountain Dímon towers over the vast lavender-blue lupine fields along the sandy tracks. We stop at Stöng,  the ruins of a medieval farmhouse excavated in 1939. In 1104, Mt Hekla erupted for the first time in the recorded history of Iceland. The eruption destroyed at least 20 farms in the valley Thjórsárdalur, among them the farm Stöng. After a short stop at Gjáin, a mystical canyon with lots of small waterfalls and famous setting for Games of Thrones, we head for the cozy mountain hut Hólaskógur with a prime view of Volcano Hekla. (approximately 30 km)

  4. Day 4.  Mountain hut Hólaskógur – Landmannahellir Mountain hut

    We ride over narrow tracks through black lava north of Valafell mountain. Our surefooted horses carry us comfortably through rough terrain through the Lambaskarð mountain passage. We continue on sandy paths close by lake Sauðleysuvatn and through the moonlike desert towards Mountain hut Landmannahellir, where we will spend two nights. (approximately 30 km)

  5. Day 5. Landmannahellir – Landmannalaugar – Landmannahellir Mountain hut

    Today we ride to the famous Landmannalaugar, with its natural hot pool, surrounded by colorful mountains and lava from 1480. Our horses rest in a paddock and we have a good part of the day to relax in the hot pools or visit the numerous sights, before returning to Landmannahellir.  This day will be without a doubt, one of the highlights of this tour. (approximately 40 km)

  6. Day 6.  Landmannahellir – Mountain hut Hólaskógur

    We leave the beautiful area of Landmannahellir and ride on towards the Herbjarnfell mountain. Today´s route takes us over the varying landscape. We ride across sanders, sharp lava, huge pumice fields in many colors and over green grazing fields where the farmers drive their sheep during summer. We stay overnight in the solitary mountain hut Hólaskógur with a perfect view of the Hekla volcano. Here we get the feeling of being “on top of the world”. (approximately 40 km)

  7. Day 7. Mountain hut Hólaskógur – Réttarholt Guesthouse – Kálfhóll – Reykjavík

    Today we ride over the rich green mountain fields over Seljamýri to Fögruskógar and Þrengslasandur towards Réttarholt Guesthouse. Here we have to say goodbye to horses and staff. The bus will take us back to Kálfhóll farm for coffee & cake. We then drive back to your accommodation in Reykjavík. (approximately 20 km

     

     

  • Bus transfer from Reykjavík to the farm.
  • During the ride full board is provided. Our menu consists of a large breakfast and traditional Icelandic meals (fish or lamb). Vegetarian meals are available if requested when booking. All riders make their own packed lunch from the breakfast table.
  • Alcoholic beverages are not included in the tour price and are hard to get in the highlands. They can be bought at a reasonable price in the Duty-Free Store at Keflavik Airport upon arrival.
  • Rainwear, water bottle, saddle bag, riding helmet.

Landmannahellir Mountain Cabin

Landmannahellir is located in a peaceful area in Fjallabak and has for many years been one of the main dwelling place for sheep gatherers when they round up the sheep each autumn that have been grassing in this area during the summer.

  • Number of rooms: 1
  • Number of beds: 24
  • Outdoor jacuzzi: No
  • Number of showers: 2 in separate building
  • GSM connection: No
  • WiFi: No
  • Made up beds: No
  • Number of WC: 2 (in the building)

Réttarholt Guesthouse

Is located on the edge of the highlands in the small village Árnes. There are nice cabins to sleep in.

  • Number of rooms: 5
  • Number of beds: 24
  • Outdoor jacuzzi: No
  • Number of showers: 3 in separate building
  • GSM connection: Yes
  • WiFi: No
  • Made up beds: No
  • Number of WC: 4

Hólaskógur

Is a big mountain cabin in Þjórsárdalur, close to the glacier river Þjórsá. It is used in the autumn for the sheepherders but is open for travelers during the summer.

  • Number of rooms: 1
  • Number of beds: 50
  • Outdoor jacuzzi: No
  • Number of showers: 2
  • GSM connection: yes
  • WiFi: No
  • Made up beds: No
  • Number of WC: 2

Here you can book your Flybus ticket to and from Reykjavík. The Flybus departs from Keflavík airport 35-40 minutes after each arrival. Busses are located right outside the terminal building. Book my ticket.

Terms & conditions:
Íslandshestar requests a confirmation payment upon booking of minimum 30% of the tour price. When the confirmation payment is received the seat is secure. The remaining balance is due 6 weeks before the tour departs. If you book the tour through the website the full amount is requested. Children’s under 12 years receive 25% discount on our multi-day tours.

Liability:
Íslandshestar reserves the right to alter routes, itineraries or timetables without prior notice, should the necessity arise. No liability is accepted for loss or expenses due to delays or changes of arrival or departures of flights or other services, injury, sickness, accident, strikes, damage, negligence, weather, wars or other causes outside the control of Íslandshestar. All such losses and expenses are the personal liability of the traveler. The estimated duration of tours as indicated by km or timing can change according to road or weather conditions.

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Reviews

Perfect tour! Great staff, beautiful landscapes. Amazing horses, good food. I would definitely recommend it!

 M.O. Germany.

I really wish I would have done this trip sooner, this is truly a life changing experience and one you can´t describe until you try it your self! The horses, nature, hosts, and helpers were amazing. I 100% recommend all riders to ride with them!

L.E. Germany.

Excellent trip in Iceland, the best way to discover the country and its traditions! Fantastic and very professional team!

D.C. France.

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