Trail of Hope
On this trail we ride through diverse nature, on black sandy beaches perfect for the famous gait Tölt to the highlight of the tour when we glide over the lake Hope.
- June: 8 - 12 & 15 -19 & 23 - 27 & 30 - 4th july
- July: 29 - aug 2nd
- August: 25 - 29
Horseback riding in North Iceland!
This tour is an ideal opportunity for everyone who wants to enjoy a exceptional ride in different types of landscape. We ride through diverse nature and get an excellent insight into Icelandic history when listening to stories from the Saga ages. Riding the horses on smooth sandy grounds is a joy for the rider and his mount. There is plenty of time to enjoy the unique gait “tölt” while exploring nature and the history of this outstanding area.
We start the ride at Hvammur Farm in Vatnsdalur valley. It is a thrilling experience riding on the black sandy beaches, through rivers, fields and the great lagoon called Lake Hóp (e. Hope). A visit to a seal colony on the North-Atlantic coast and the majestic Hvítserkur monolith is a wonderful thing to see.
Our well-known farmer Haukur Suska, his family and wonderful staff at Hvammur farm operate this tour.
• 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.
A beautiful grown valley. The salmon and trout river Vatnsdalsá enters the valley and turns to numerous waterfalls and a canyon. Vatnsdalshólar, the uncountable hills, are a well known feature in Iceland and the area is a setting of Vatnsdæla-Saga
a natural basalt strata feature and a fascinating fortress of the Vikings that was renovated by locals in 1949. It contains ruins and a well inside and stands 177 meters above sea level
A generous salmon and trout river that runs towards Lake Hóp
a sheep pen used by local farmers to sort the sheep in the autumn
a unique basalt rock formation and a nesting place to many seabirds
the area is one of the best known seal colony in Iceland
a black sand area with dunes in the north west of Iceland
75 meters ridge above sea level in northwest Iceland
a lake or a lagoon with a wonderful soft ground. Its the 5th largest lake in Iceland.
The first stone church in Iceland, built in 1877. It was replaced by an old turf church. The most valuable piece in this church is the alabaster altarpiece from the 13th century.
Ingimundur the old, a the first settler in Vatnsdal named the lake after a polar bear that he found with her two cubs
situated in Vatnsdalur surrounded by impressive basalt columns