6 days (5 riding days)
Advanced riders only
- Jul 26 - Jul 31 2017
Tour operatorElvar and Fjóla
Merkigil canyon in Austurdal Skagafjörður is one of the most beautiful canyons in Iceland and the story of the people who lived on the farm Merkigil is amzing. For a long time while the people lived there the canyon was the only way for them to travel to town. On the way to Merkigil we will ride over flowing rivers, climb hills and ride over the amazing bridge of Austari-jökulsá. The river is famous for many things but these days it is one of the most difficault rivers for rafting. They call it the beast of the east !! We will stay one night at the farm Merkigil and there you can find all the peace and quiet you need because there will be no signal on your phone so no internet connection either, just you and nature.
In this tour you will discover how amazing the Icelandic "viking" horse is while climbing up hills and canyons as well as the landscape and the beauty of Skagafjörður will amaze you.
Day by day
Day 1 Reykjavík - Syðra-Skörðugil (Drive over the Highland Kjölur with stop by Gullfoss and Geysir )
We will pick you up early in Reykjavík. We head up north to our farm Syðra-Skörðugil in Skagafjörður.
On arrival at our farm you get some time to get settled in our lovely guesthouse "Ömmubær". In the evening we will come together and have dinner. Afterwards we will take a short walk to the stable to meet your new friends the horses. We saddle up and take a short ride around the farm where you get to know the horses and we get to know your riding.
Distance: 10 km
Day 2 Syðra-Skörðugil - Tunguhlíð
We will start the day with a good breakfast at the farm and then saddle up the horses and ride towards south. Our destination for the day is Tunguhlíð in Lýtingsstaðahreppur. The journey starts by riding towards Geldingaholt and there we cross the river Húseyjarkvísl. In this journey we will also get to ride beside the big glacier river Héraðsvötn and we follow a trail where you can see beautiful Skagafjörður on both sides, east and the west, amazing view. When in Tunguhlíð we rest the horses for the night. After a great day of riding we drive back home to the farm. Relaxing in the hot tup before dinner will be perfect !
Distance: 30 km
Day 3 Tunguhlíð - Merkigil
After a good night sleep we meet up at breakfast at the farm. Collect our things we need for a one night stay in Merkigil and drive to Tunguhlíð. There we meet our horses and saddle up. Today we ride from Tunguhlíð to Merkigil and on the way up there you will see some spectacular landscape and the most peaceful area of Skagafjörður. One the way to Merkigil we need to cross the bridge of Jökulsá Austari which is an amazing experience !! When on the farm we rest the horses for the night and relax at the beautiful home of Merkigil where we spend the night. There you can find all the peace and quiet you need. There is no signal for the phone and no internet connection... it´s just you and the horse and mother nature !
Distance: 40 km
Day 4 Merkigil - Sólheimagerði
After a good night sleep at Merkigil we have some breakfast before meeting with the horses. We pack our belongings and get the cars ready for take off. We saddle up and ride towards the great canyon of Merkigil. When there you will be amazed of the spectacular landscape of the canyon and the stories about how people used to climb up and down the canyon both in summertime and winter. It is amazing to see when the horses and riders walk their way behind eachother in one big row down the canyon and up again. You will then understand the meaning of the word the Icelandic "Víking" horse !! When up the canyon we ride towards Kelduland. From Kelduland we ride to Sólheimagerði with a quick stop at Silfrastaðarétt. When in Sólheimagerði we rest our horses for the night and drive to our farm where we will spend the next two nights. Nice dinner and the hot tub will be waiting for you there.
Distance: 40 km
Day 5 Sólheimagerði - Syðra-Skörðugil
In the morning after a good night sleep in "Ömmubær" we meet up in the kitchen for a good breakfast. Collect our riding equipments and drive to Sólheimagerði. Today the task is riding back home. When riding from Sólheimagerði to Syðra-Skörðugil you get the change to experience the horse when he knows he is going home. Some of our horses are older and wiser and they know this routine very well so the riding home could be fast ! We cross rivers and gallop home to where the heart is. When in Skörðugil we rest the horses in their night field and head back to "Ömmubær". There you will have some time to get ready for a goodbye dinner with all the specialities of the farm.
Distance: 25 km
Day 6 Syðra-Skörðugil - Reykjavík
When we have rest enough we meet up in breakfast. You get some time to pack and say goodbye to the horses. After that we drive to Reykjavík. Driving will be about 4 hours with stops on the way.
This was a "pinch me in the arm" experience all the time ! Riding with the herd and to be able to try out so many different horses. Here you get the combination of everything: very good horse quality, personally arranged by this lovely family and on top of that stunning nature. I will come back !