9 days ( 8 riding days )
1.8 - 9.8 ( North - South )
10.8 - 18.8 ( South - North )
- Aug 01 - Aug 09 2017
- Aug 10 - Aug 18 2017
Tour operatorBjarni Páll and Elsa
Sprengisandur- In to the wild !
True wilderness experience in the highlands of Iceland !
The mystery trail over Sprengisandur was hidden and feared by Icelanders for centuries, mainly because of the countless stories of elves and outlaws that were supposedly waiting for lonely travellers passing by. The trail connects the north and south parts of Iceland and leads in between the mighty glaciers Vatnajökull and Langjökull. Every rider in Iceland knows the song "Á Sprengisandi", the tale of a lonely traveller riding from south to north, describing his frightening experience on the way.
The contrasts of nature are really magnificent on this trail. We ride from the green valleys of the north until we meet the rocky desert of Sprengisandur with magnificent views of the surrounding Glaciers. We begin to experience what it is like to be a lonesome rider during long days in the saddle!
The accommodation varies from nice guesthouses at the beginning and end of the journey, to cozy mountain huts, with the Laugafell oasis in the middle of the tour. In Laugafell, a warm natural pool awaits us after our ride throught the desert. Those who love the wilderness and pure unspoilt nature will enjoy this tour to the outmost.
Day by day
Day 1: Saltvík – Aðalból
We start our ride from Saltvík after a short introduction to the staff and horses. The first day takes us through the green vegetation of North Iceland farmland along Hvammsheiði, following a 10 km highway of Tölters on soft tracks along the heath! Then we cross the river Laxá at the Þúfuvað passing where the river is about 100m wide but luckily shallow and still. We ride beside lake Vestmannsvatn through the old birchforest in Vatnshlíð, before we reach the farm Akrar where we leave the horses. We then drive back to Saltvík, where we spend the first night. In Saltvík we can relax in the hot pools and get the strain out of our muscles before the adventures of the following day!
Distance: 40 km.
Day 2: Aðalból – Fosshóll ( Goðafoss )
We cross Fljótsheiði and ride towards the waterfall Goðafoss where we have a good lunch break and take our time to visit the beautiful waterfall and enjoy the scenery. After that we start riding up along the river Skjálfandafljót which we follow for the rest of the day, until we arrive at our guesthouse Kiðagil.
Distance: 35 km.
Day 3: Fosshóll - Mýri
We keep on riding along the river and up the Bárðardalur valley until we come to the farm Mýri - the last farm in the north before entering the wilderness of Sprengisandur
Distance: 45 km.
Day 4: Mýri - Fossgislmosar
We get up early in the morning to start the longest day of our journey, riding towards Sprengisandur and saying good bye to the last green grass of the north before we start our ride over the desert....
Distance: 50 km.
Day 5:Fossgilsmosar - Laugafell
Great ride across the desert towards the oasis Laugafell with it´s natural hot pool for relaxing after the long ride, If the sky is clear we enjoy a magnificent view towards the glaciers Vatnajökull and Hofsjökull in the mighty highlands of Iceland.
Distance: 45 km.
Day 6: Laugafell - Háumýrar
As we ride along the great river Þjórsá, Iceland's longest river. We can see glaciers on both sides, and come to Þjórsárver and Eyvindarver, where we can still see some remains of Fjalla-Eyvindur, Iceland's most famous outlaw who lived in the wilderness for 17 years in the 18th century.
Distance: 50 km.
Day 7: Háumýrar - Versalir
Now we ride along the river Þjórsá and on our way we see the great waterfall Dynkur and enjoy the magnificant view from Búðarháls where the trail takes us high up above the surroundings. Overnight we stay at a nice mountain hut at Versalir.
Distance: 45 km.
Day 8 Versalir - Þóristungur
Coming down from the wilderness to our final destination of Þóristungur. We follow the glacial river Kaldahvísl and enjoy the mountain view towards the mighty glaciers on both sides !
Distance 50 km
Day 9 Þóristungur - Reykjavík
We drive to Reykjavík, Or after the the reverse tour ( South - North ) flight from Húsavík to Reykjavík. Arrival in Reykjavík around 11.00 am.
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Riding in the north
Spectacular landscape, brave wonderful horse, friendly comfiest staff..it was a great experience 1001 thanks - Ute Germany
Keep doing what you do because you dot it very good...we will not say good bye but see you - Helle DK
Saltvík team !
Since 2009 I have been doing 4 fantastic long riding Tours with the great Saltvik Team.
We have been riding in the beautiful nature in the North of Iceland
We have seen breathtaking mountains and valleys,uniqe lava fields, crossed many many different rivers and creaks,and have had so many different fantastic experiences, that it is impossible to name them all.
Everything is so well organized.
Bjarni always finds the perfect horse for any rider for every stage, so you are always feeling so comfortable and safe on your horse.
Elsa and the staff provide you with fantastic food and everything else you want.
The herd of approx. 100 wonderful and clever horses follow you all the way.
On all Tours you meet a lot of different riding friends from all over the world, who are coming back again and again.
If you have been riding with the Saltvik Team once, you always want to come back for another tour.
The best riding team in the world.!
Anne Marie Jørgensen