Classic horseback trail across Iceland

The Kjolur Trail

8 days / 6 days riding from £ 1,798

Riding levels

Each of our trips is assigned a minimum level of riding ability required. This reflects whether there is technical riding required; the terrain to be covered; the liveliness of the horses; the length of the riding days and the riding fitness required.




For novice riders, these riding holidays will give beginners the chance to get used to being in the saddle. In general, a beginner/ novice hasn't learned how to canter and has not yet mastered rising trot. They are able to mount safely and to control a horse at a walk. 



For intermediate riders who are at ease at 2 paces (walk and rising trot and are starting to canter in a forward seat) out in open countryside. The intermediate rider is able to mount and dismount their horse unassisted, use basic riding aids, ride at a rising trot for at least 10 minutes, to change and control the pace from a walk to a trot and comfortably canter over short distances.



For experienced riders who have mastered all 3 paces (walk, rising trot, canter in a forward seat) over uneven terrain. The experienced rider rides regularly, has a good seat and is confident of their own ability. They are able to control the horse at speed and change direction of their horse at any pace and in any circumstance as needed.



For advanced riders who have mastered all 4paces (walk, rising trot, canter gallop in a forward seat) over uneven terrain on all types of horses including those that are very spirited. The advanced rider rides regularly has good physical fitness, has good soft hands and has the ability to gallop for long stretches without getting tired.



For all riders, whether they are novices, intermediate level, experienced or advanced. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, endurance training, natural horsemanship, trail riding orcentre based safaris.



For beginners and intermediate level riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capability of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For beginners, intermediate level  and experienced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For intermediate level and experienced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, long-distance ridingtraining,endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For intermediate level, experiencedand advanced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, long-distance ridingtrainingendurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For experiencedand advanced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, long-distance ridingtraining,endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.

Comfort

Each of our rides has been assigned an expected level of comfort

Nights in basic shelter such as a mountain hut/cabin. Usually dormitory beds with shared bathrooms.

 

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ICELAND-The Kjolur Trail

8 days / 6 days riding from 1798£


Activity :

Level :

Comfort :

A pacey horse riding trail which crosses Iceland on historical tracks linking the North to the South. You ride amongst a herd of loose horses and swap your mount at least twice a day. Ride through the highlands, past glaciers, volcanoes and raging rivers.

Strengths

- 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

Itinerary

Day 1 : UK - REYKJAVIK -

Accommodation :

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:
01/07/2017
15/07/2017
29/07/2017
12/08/2017

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 -

Accommodation :

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!


Price details

- Flights are not included but can be booked for you on request

- Groups can comprise from 6 up to 20 riding guests plus guides. As you are riding with a herd of loose horses, it is easy to forget that there are other riders amongst them too and so the group size is never a problem.

- This route runs from the South to the North one week and from the North to the South the following week. Both directions cover the same ground and offer the same spectacular views.

- There is no single supplement as you should be prepared to share.

- The hotel on the first night is not included in the price of the ride. We can help you organise your accommodation if you wish. Expect to pay approx. £110 pppn (double room)

- Return transfers from the airport are not included in the price and are payable locally. We can help you organise these tickets, expect to pay around £35

- Children from 9 years of age can be accommodated provided they are good riders, with parental consent and a good riding level
Please Note
The itinerary may be modified at anytime for security reasons, meteorological or events beyond our control such as blocked roads, rivers in flood, drought, strikes and local holidays. Equus Journeys, our local partners and their local guides will always strive to find the best solution and will alter the itinerary as needed.
The names of the hotels and accommodation are given for information only and depending on availability, they may be modified without notice and replaced by another of a similar standard.

PRICE INCLUDES

Support Team

1 English-speaking horse guide from Reykjavik
2 Icelandic tour leaders
2-4 assistants in charge of the free herd.

Logistic

1 vehicle and driver
1 cook
2-3 horses per rider equipped with saddle and bridle

Inland transports

Minibus

Accommodation

Sleeping bag
Dormitories in mountain huts with bunk beds and mattresses

Meals

Full board from lunch on day 2 to breakfast on day 8

Extra equipment

First aid kit

OPTION

Accommodation

Extra nights in Reykjavík: please contact us for the price

PRICE DOESN'T INCLUDE

Meals

Beverages and personal extras
Dinner on day 1 is not included : approx. £28-39

Accommodation

First night hotel accommodation: see price details for more information

Transport

Return airport transfers

Extra

Tips to local team
Entrance fee to the pool on day 7

TIPS

Tips are welcome but not expected. You should tip what you feel is appropriate and you are comfortable with.

HORSES

The Icelandic horse is a part of the history and saga of the country and it's Vikings. It is characterised by it's extra pace - the tölt, which is fast and very comfortable. Some are also capable of an additional Flying Pace, which is similar to trot, but much faster and used for racing. Icelandic horses are small, sociable, comfortable and energetic. Icelandic tack consists of simple snaffle bridles, often with drop nosebands and straight cut saddles similar to English style.

MINIMUM RIDING ABILITY

You should be a confident rider, capable of riding over varied terrain at all paces. You should be open to learning a new style of riding - the tölt (fast pace and normally comfortable) and fit enough to maintain this pace for long periods.

PACE

The ride can be fast, particularly as you have a herd of loose horses with you, so you should feel comfortable about keeping up with the group. The tölt, used most of the time, is a specific pace likened to a very fast walk which you sit to. Over technical terrain the horses will walk or trot. There are also opportunities to canter.

TACKING ABILITY AND PARTICIPATION

You will be expected to assist with grooming and tacking up your horse (guidance is available) and to help with meal preperations.

TRIP CONDITIONS AND REQUESTED EXPERIENCE

You need to be physically fit for long hours in the saddle (5-8 hours). The terrain is varied to include steep ascents/descents, rocks/lava fields and there may be holes to avoid. You should also be prepared for the changeable weather. The climate is temperate (12°c - 16°c during the day) but the temperature can change suddenly with strong winds and rain always possible. During the summer months of June/July there is almost 24 hours of daylight.
Having previous experience of riding a trail of several days would be an advantage but it is not compulsory. Guests who do not ride regularly are requested to get fit prior to the ride. It is of particular importance to ensure you are comfortable and balanced when riding at speed across rough terrain and open spaces.

EQUESTRIAN EQUIPMENT

Saddle bags are provided, as are rain coats.
Hard hats are mandatory and can be provided if you forget to bring your own.

COMFORT

On the trail the accommodation is basic and you stay in mountain cabins which are communal and equipped with bunk beds. Some of the larger cabins may have more than one room, whilst other smaller cabins are dormitory style. It is not possible to request single accommodation and so you must be prepared to share. There are usually toilets available, but warm showers are not possible at all locations. On one night is likely that you will experience a natural thermal pool. Sleeping bags are supplied.

Lunches are usually a picnic which you prepare yourself at breakfast and carry with you. Dinners are hearty and warming.

Accommodation for the one night near the capital of Reykjavík is in twin or quadruple rooms with ensuite bathrooms. It is possible to request a single room for this one night on payment of a supplement.

CLIMAT

Contrary to popular belief, the general climate in Iceland is temperate and cool with extreme cold temperatures only recorded in winter. In summer the average temperatures are 10-12c but can be as low as 5c and as high as 25c. You should be prepared for both sun and rain and dress in layers.

Meals

Lunches are simple picnics; dinners are generous and hearty.
You prepare your own picnic lunch at breakfast time.

Support Team

Guide and local team

Your guides are Hjalti and Asa who live at Kjoastadir farm, where the Kjolur starts/ends (depending on which direction you ride it). Their trademarks are good food and good horses! Hjalti has ridden the Kjolur more than 140 times and so you can be pretty sure he won't get lost!

HORSE GUIDE

  • Asa

    Asa

  • Hjalti G.

    Hjalti G.

Packing list

Important!!
There are some important packing considerations for a riding holiday in Iceland. The Icelandic horses have had no contact with other equine species and are not vaccinated. They do not have any resistance to diseases which are common elsewhere in the world and so it is important to take precautions to prevent the spread of infections.

- You should NOT take the following products into Iceland: saddles, bridles, halters, saddle pads, whips, brushes or any leather products which have been in contact with a horse.

- Your riding clothes must be thoroughly cleaned at least 5 days before departure (riding breeches, jumpers, coats, gloves) and should be washed in temperatures of at least 40c.

- Items which cannot be washed at 40c, such as riding hats or leather boots must be thoroughly disinfected at least five days before departure:
1. Wash in detergent.
2. Dry thoroughly
3. Spray with a 1% solution of Virkon detergent (10g per litre of water)

For more details please visit the Icelandic veterinary authority website: www.mast.is/english/frontpage/import-export/import/ridingequipment

Head
- A riding helmet is compulsory and we recommend that you take your own to ensure a correct fit.
- Sunhat for when not riding
- Sunglasses - with a cord attached so they don't fly off when riding
- Buff or bandana for protecting your neck and face from the sun, wind or rain
- Warm hat for cold evenings/days

Upper body
- Thermals in case of cold weather
- Long sleeved shirts provide protection from the sun or extra warmth
- Down jacket or gilet for cold evenings
- T-shirts
- Lightweight fleece or jumper
- Warm polar fleece or equivalent (plus a spare in case one gets wet)
- Waterproof jacket - rain can be difficult to predict and it's better to be prepared. In the mountains the weather can change quickly

Legs
- Lightweight, comfortable riding trousers or jodhpurs - we recommend riding in them at home before taking them on holiday to ensure they don't rub. Take two pairs
- Waterproof over trousers
- Casual clothes for the evenings (jeans or walking trousers)
- Thermal trousers

Hands and Feet
- Comfortable riding boots. We recommend short boots with half chaps but you may wish to take long chaps. We don't recommend taking your favourite long leather boots in case they get damaged
- Lightweight shoes or trainers for the evenings
- Sandals/flipflops
- Several pairs of warm socks
- Gloves - your hands are particularly exposed to the sun, wind or rain whilst riding

Nightwear
- Sleeping bags are provided but you may find a sleeping bag liner (silk/cotton/fleece) adds extra comfort
- A small camping pillow
- Slippers (you will have to remove your shoes inside the accommodation)
- An eye mask can help with the 24hr daylight

Our Recommendations
- Backpacks cannot be worn whilst riding. We recommend a small bumbag or a coat with pockets so that you can carry small items with you during the day (camera, sunscreen, lipbalm etc)
- We recommend travelling in your riding boots and carrying your hat and some riding clothes in your hand luggage - then if your luggage goes astray you are still able to ride!

Other useful items
- Swimsuit - for hot tubs
- Camera and high capacity memory card. Spare battery
- Bumbag for carrying your camera and small items whilst riding
- Headtorch or small torch for moving around at night - bring spare batteries and bulbs
- Water bottle (2 litres or 2 x 1 litre)
- Wet Wipes or equivalent (for when washing facilities aren't available)
- Ear plugs (for light sleepers)

In your luggage
- Any liquids, such as shampoo, moisturiser, deodorant unless they are less than 100ml and all bottles can fit in a small, clear, plastic ziplock bag.
- Swiss army knife or equivalent

In your hand luggage
- Any valuables, such as your camera, ipod, ipad etc.
- Your riding hat

Medical kit
- Sunscreen and lip balm - should be high factor
- Insect repellent
- Any medication you regularly take
- Blister plasters in case of any rubs
- Antiseptic cream, plasters, aspirin, anti-histamine, insect-bite salve etc...
- Spare prescription glasses/contact lenses
- Eye drops
- Imodium or similar anti-diarrhoea medication
- Re-hydration sachets
- Antiseptic wipes
- Handwash gel


ENTRY FORMALITIES

A passport valid for three months beyond the length of stay and issued within the past 10 years is required by Australian, British, Canadian, USA and most EU nationals. Some European passport holders can enter Iceland on a national ID card but this does NOT include British.
Visas:
Visas are not required for stays of up to 90 days.
Visa note:
Travellers from outside the UK are advised to contact the embassy to check visa requirements for Iceland.

Addresses of consulates

  • Consulat d'Islande
    8 av. Kléber
    75016 Paris
    Tél. : 01 44 17 32 85
    Fax :
  • Ambassade à l'étranger
    Tungata n°22-PO Box
    1750 Reykjavik 121
    Tél. : +354 551 76 21/22
    Fax : +354 562 55 67
  • Ambassade en France
    8 avenue Kléber
    75116 Paris
    Tél. : 01 44 17 32 85
    Fax : 01 40 67 99 96
    icemb.paris@utn.stjr.is
  • Ambassade d'Islande
    Rond-Point Schuman 11
    1040 Bruxelles
    Tél. : +32 (0)2 238 50 00
    Fax : +32 (0)2 230 69 38
    emb.brussels@mfa.is
  • Ambassade d'Islande
    Rue du Mont-de-Sion 8
    1206 Genève
    Tél. : 022/703 56 56
    Fax : 022/703 56 66
    consulat-is@nbh-law.ch

HEALTH

There are no vaccinations legally required to travel to Iceland. The country has a very good public health infrastructure with hospitals, good doctors and widely available pharmacies.
The biggest hazard in Iceland is probably the weather, especially when venturing inland along the difficult roads. You need a very sturdy high clearance 4wd vehicle and all supplies like food, water and fuel. Also, watch out for sudden storms and blizzards, even in the middle of summer. Also, after rain, some slow flowing small rivers might all of sudden turn into wide and deep rivers, almost impossible to cross by car. So if you do venture inland and away from the main roads, watch all of these things very closely.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

It is a condition of your booking with Equus Journeys that you have travel insurance which covers you for the riding activities to be undertaken. Your travel insurance should cover you for medical expenses and repatriation. Your guides will require your travel insurance details before they allow you to ride and may refuse to let you ride if you cannot provide them. You should take your insurance documents with you.

TELEPHONE AND JET LAG

The international telephone code is 354
Standard GMT

BUDGET AND MONEY

The Icelandic currency is the króna (Ikr.). Coins come in denominations of five, ten, fifty and one hundred krónur and there are notes of 500, 1000, 2000 and 5000 krónur.
You don't have to bring lots of cash, because Iceland is a country where plastic money seems to have been invented and even small things can usually be bought by credit card. If you don't have one, most banking cards of your own country (Cirrus, Maestro logo) will be fine for taking money from ATM's and these can be found in almost every small town.
Tipping is not necessary in Iceland as taxes (VAT) and service are included in the price.

VOLTAGE

220 volts AC, 50Hz. Plugs are two-pin

ACTIVITY :Trail Riding

LEVEL :Help

COMFORT :Help

A pacey horse riding trail which crosses Iceland on historical tracks linking the North to the South. You ride amongst a herd of loose horses and swap your mount at least twice a day. Ride through the highlands, past glaciers, volcanoes and raging rivers.

  • Riding next to the glacier
    Horses and glacier in Iceland
  • Herd of Icelandic horses in the dust
    Riding with a herd of icelandic horses
  • Icelandic horses crossing a river
    On horseback in Kjolur, Iceland
  • Kjolur horseback trail ride
    Iceland horseback trail ride
  • Riding on icelandic horses
    Horseback trail ride in Iceland
  • Trail ride in Kjolur Iceland
    Iceland Kjolur trail ride
  • Iceland Kjolur trail ride
    Trail ride in Kjolur Iceland
  • Iceland Kjolur trail ride
    Trail ride in Kjolur Iceland
  • Riders and the icelandic herd
    Icelandic horses and riders in Kjolur
  • Kjolur horseback trail ride
    Trail ride in Kjolur Iceland

STRENGTHS

- 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

ITINERARY

Day 1 : UK - REYKJAVIK -

Accommodation :

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:
01/07/2017
15/07/2017
29/07/2017
12/08/2017

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 -

Accommodation :

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!

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YOUR ADVISOR

Did you know?

The Kjolur trail is an ancient highway running through the Icelandic highlands, which has been used ever since the Vikings settled in the ninth century. During the 12th and 13th centuries, small armies would use the route to race north or south to confront their enemies.

There are many tales of disaster along the route too. In 1780 two brothers from Reynisstadur farm froze to death with their newly bought sheep in a snow storm. This place is now called Beinholl or Bone Hill due to the number of animal bones that were found when the snow thawed.

In the 18th century it is also rumoured that the famous Icelandic outlaw Fjalla-Eyvindur and his wife took up residence along a portion of the road that is now known as the Valley of Thieves.

The hiking/riding route of the Kjolur trail follows the ancient trail, which is a lot greener than the modern road which has now replaced it for vehicles - Route F35. The original ancient Kjolur trail has now been renamed "Kjalvegur hinn forni" - the ancient Kjalvegur and is closed to motorised traffic, making it ideal for a horse riding trail.