- - A mobile trail ride traversing the island from South to North (or vice versa) between the huge glaciers of Hofsjökull and Langjökull.
- The Kjolur trail follows a historical route originating from the first democratic foundations of the country.
- Visit the sights of the famous Golden Circle including Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir and Thingvellir lake.
- Experience the extra gait of the Iceland horse - the tölt - fast, smooth and comfortable, it's a unique feeling.
- Ride two or three horses each day and find one or two special favourites amongst the herd of free-running horses
Day 1 : UK - REYKJAVIK -
Flight from the UK to Reykjavik. On your arrival into Reykjavik, you will take the Flybus to your hotel for the night. The night in the hotel is not included in the price of the trip but we can help you arrange it, as well as your Flybus tickets if needed.
In the evening you can enjoy your first taste of Icelandic cuisine out at a local restaurant.
IMPORTANT: Every other week, the itinerary is ridden in reverse.
In 2017, the itinerary will be done in reverse on the departures leaving:
The following itinerary describes the ride running South - North.
Day 2 : REYKJAVIK - KJOASTADIR FARM - 30 km riding
Accommodation : FERME KJOASTADIR
You will be collected from your hotel at 08:00 and should already be dressed in your riding clothes. You will be transferred to Kjóastadir Farm via the historical site of Thingvellir and the well-known Geysir hot springs. At Kjoastadir Farm you will have lunch and meet your riding guides and horses. In the afternoon, the ride heads out in the direction of the majestic Langjökull glacier and onto Haukadalsheidi heath. You leave the horses at Sandá River for the night and are transferred back to the farm for dinner and overnight. On your journey back to Kjóastadir Farm you will stop to view the famous Gullfoss waterfall.
Day 3 : KJÖASTADIR - ÄRBÜDIR - 35 km riding
Accommodation : REFUGE ARBUDIR
After breakfast you are transferred back to the horses and the ride continues along the slopes of Mt. Bláfell. This area was roamed by outlaws in the olden days and so to be on the safe side you might want to pick up a little stone as a special token for safety during the ride! You will cross the Hvítá river with its view of the glacier fed lake Hvítárvatn with its floating icebergs. Tonight you stay at Árbúðir, situated right on the banks of the Svartá river.
There is an optional boat trip onto Hvítárvatn Glacier Lake if you wish to experience the white ice field of Langjökull glacier up-close. You will be driven to a floating pier to board a boat that will take you on a scenic tour around the lake. A short stop is made at the glacier where you can walk along the shore and touch the mighty ice field before sailing back. You will be accompanied by a tour guide throughout and will need warm clothing and good hiking shoes. Price per person is currently ISK 8.000 (c. £45)
Day 4 : ÄRBÜRTARDIR - HVERAVELLIR - 45km riding
Accommodation : REFUGE HVERAVELLIR
Today you ride along the glacier fed Fúlakvísl river, through the huge rugged lava fields of Kjalhraun. During the ride, you should have splendid views of the Langjökull glacier. You leave the herd for a couple of hours to enter into the world of Thjófadalir, or Valley of Thieves, a grassy valley surrounded by high mountains and a true oasis in the wilderness. Continue on to Hveravellir, a unique geothermal area between Hofsjökull and Langjökull glaciers. A natural hot pool invites you to relax those aching muscles!
Day 5 : HVERAVELLIR - STRANGAKVISL - 30 km riding
Accommodation : REFUGE
Today will be a very special day as you cross the large glacial rivers of Blanda, Svartakvísl and Strangakvísl on your journey North. There is no need to worry as most Icelanders would rather choose a trusted Icelandic horse than a vehicle to cross a river! The location of tonights mountain cabin offers great views of the big glaciers behind you and towards the high mountains of the North ahead of you. From June until mid July the sun hardly sets in this part of the country.
Day 6 : STRANGAKVISL - GALTARÄ - 25km riding
Accommodation : REFUGE
Today it is easy to see that you follow a historical route, since large man-made stone cones accompany you through a desert of sand and stones. All the way back to the early settlement of Iceland, people travelled on horseback on exactly the same trails as you do today. Imagine being part of a chieftain's family, all dressed up and riding the best horses on this historical route. From the mountain cabin Galtará you can overlook the big man-made lake Blönduvatn. In August this is a perfect spot for berry picking!
Day 7 : GALTARÄ - ADALMANNSVATN - 45km riding
Accommodation : FERME LAUFTUN
For your final riding day, you descend past beautiful Lake Adalmannsvatn towards the fertile Mælifellsdalur valley in the Skagafjördur area. Endless herds of horses graze on these striking hills and in good weather you can see all the way to the Atlantic Ocean of the northern coast. Good riding tracks give you the opportunity to enjoy a fast ridewith plenty of tolting! End the day at Lauftún Holiday Farm with a relaxing hot tub which is heated with geothermal water.
Day 8 : LAUFTUN FARM - REYKJAVIK - UK -
You will be transferred back to Reykjavik at approx. 14:00 pm. As there is a minimum journey time from Reykjavik to the airport of 1 and a half hours, you should book your return flights no earlier than 20:00 to ensure that you arrive in plenty of time.
If you wish to spend the afternoon exploring Reykjavik and fly out the following day, we can help organise a hotel for you - just let us know!