About 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.
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.
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.
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 trail of Sprengisandur.
From Mýri we start the journey across the wilderness, following the historical trail marked with "stonemens" piles of rocks which led the way across the highland!
We stay this night at a remote mountain hut at Ytri-Mosar. There is no way for our luggage truck to this cabin so we use pachorses carrying necessary luggage and food for one night in the Valley Mjóidalur high up in the wilderness!
Distance: 45 km.
After packing on the horses again we head on 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: 55 km.
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.
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.
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
We drive to Reykjavík, Or after the the reverse tour ( South - North ) flight from Húsavík to Reykjavík. Arrival in Reykjavík around 11.00 am.
Duration 8 days
Departure dates Jul 23 2020 Jul 31 2020
Tour operator Bjarni Páll and Elsa
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