7 days (6 riding days)
Intermediate or Advanced Riders
- Jun 20 - Jun 26 2017
- Jun 29 - Jul 04 2017
Tour operatorSiggi and Sons
This tour is a feast for those who are interested in the geology of Iceland. The tour starts by the famous Geysir geothermal area where the highly active Strokkur fountain geyser ejects its water column 30 meters (90 ft) into the air every 8 minutes or so. We ride along the beautiful shield volcano Skjaldbreiður on our way to Þingvellir, where the Vikings held their parlament from 930 A.D. There the continental drift between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates can be clearly seen in the cracks or faults which traverse the region. Geologically speaking we ride from Europe to America and back!
We continue through the beautiful national park of Þingvellir down to the sea, following the perfect riding trails of "Drift" heath and the banks of Ölfusá river and along the coast of the Reykjanes peninsula with its unique geology formed by countless volcanic eruptions. It is said that in 1000 A.D. when the Christianisation of Iceland was debated at the parlament at Þingvellir there were volcanos erupting in 9 places in on the Reykjanes peninsula. The opponents of Christianity in Iceland claimed that the heaten gods where by this expressing their anger. The lava caves formed by underground lava flows, "frozen" lava rivers and lava "waterfalls" of the Reykjanes peninsula are absolutely breathtaking and will remind that Earth is very much alive.
Horse riders will be very impressed by the ancient riding trails through the lava fields close to Herdísarvík where the hoofs of thousands of horses through the centuries have dug a 10 - 15 cm deep channel into the rock hard lava.
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