7 days (6 riding days)
Intermediate or Advanced Riders
- Jun 20 - Jun 26 2017
- Jun 29 - Jul 04 2017
Tour operatorGunnar and Bjarni
Days of Summer Solstice at Reykjanes
Days of Summer Solstice at Reykjanes Peninsula -Experience the phenomena of time standing still on the edges of two worlds-travel with us along the historic Reykjanes peninsula during the days of Summer solstice.
The word solstice is derived from the Latin sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still), because at the solstice, the Sun stands still in its path (as seen from Earth) and comes to a stop before reversing direction. Since Iceland is just below the arctic circle, we experience this time of year in a most unique way with endless summer days that are both energizing and mind bending-even for Icelanders.
Along the tour, you will enjoy these long days as you ride along the geological phenomenon that is the Þingvellir (Thingvellir) valley-where the continental rift between North American and Eurasian tectonic plates can be seen clearly in the cracks or faults which traverse the region.
This area has intrigued scientists and travelers from around world and is a Unesco world heritage site. Its outstanding scenic beauty and history is at once astonishing and serene and to experience it on horseback offers a perspective that most travelers to the area do not get to take advantage of. Geologically speaking we ride from Europe to America and back!
This time also holds special meaning in Icelandic culture-when the Jónsmessa is celebrated-also known as Midsummer night. According to Icelandic folklore, cows gain powers of speech, seals become human and medicinal herbs picked on this day have especially healing powers.
The Summer solstice will be at 4:24 AM (Greenwich Mean Time) on the Wednesday June 21st and the endless days in Iceland will continue on into the summer. Come join us for a tour of geological wonders of the Reykjanes peninsula during this special time of year.
Day by day
We start the ride by the famous Geysir Geothermal area and ride towards the small town of Laugarvatn.
Distance: 30km, 5 hours
From Laugardalur we climb the beautiful Klukkuskarð pass and stop for lunch at a mountain hut in Kerling. From there we continue west along the sides of the shield volcano Skjaldbreiður which formed in an eruptions 9000 years ago. The final destination of the day is Þingvellir, where the Vikings set up the first parlament in the world in 930 A.D.
Distance: 35 km, 6 hours
We ride through the beautiful national park of Þingvellir toward lake Þingvallavatn and turn east to find our destination, the hut in Kringlumýri.
Distance: 30K, 5 hours
The first part of the day is on the amazing riding trail Drift allowing for high speed tölt. From there we cross the shoulder of Mt. Ingólfsfjall, which is named after Ingólfur Arnarson, the first man to settle Iceland. We stay in Ölfus for the night.
Distance: 35K, 6 hours
We ride through Ölfus on the banks of River Ölfusá towards the sea and follow the coast to the town of Þorlákshöfn.
Distance: 35 km, 6 hours
From Þorlákshöfn we continue along the coast toward Selvogur where we end the tour.
Distance: 20 km, 4 hours
(on the tour starting on June 29 the order of the days is reversed, starting in Selvogur)