7 days (6 riding days)
Intermediate to advanced riders
- Jun 24 - Jun 30 2017
Tour operatorBjarni Páll and Elsa
Towards the Midnight Sun
Bright summer nights at the edge of the Arctic.
The North-East part of Iceland is often referred to as the "Edge of the Arctic“. During a two-week period around the 21st of June, the sun stays up all night and it´s an unforgettable experience to watch the colourful and quiet contrasts of light and water when the blood-red sun hovers over the glittering ocean in the night.
Our ride takes us along the shore, visiting small fishing villages and isolated farms with adventureous trails through the highland plateaus of Melrakkaslétta and Tunguheiði where the view is breathtaking and our only company are a few happy birds and sheep wandering around in the heaths.
We will visit Dettifoss, the most powerful waterfall in Europe and the National Park of Jökulsárgljúfur, with Ásbyrgi the hoof-shaped canyon; in the sagas it´s said to be the footstep of Sleipnir, the eight-legged stallion of Óðinn, King of Aces (The nordic gods of the vikings)
Day by day
Upon arrival at Keflavík airport it is easy to use the Flybus service to a hotel or guesthouse of your own choice in Reykjavík for the first night. If needed, we can help with booking a room before and/or after the tour.
Day 1. Saltvík – Þeistareykir ( 30 km)
In the morning meeting at the Eagle Air airport for a direct flight to Húsavík ( Flight Reykjavik-Húsavík - Reykjavík is included in tourprice).
Saltvík farm is located 5 min. from the Húsavík airport!
After an introduction to the staff and horses there is a short briefing about riding the Icelandic horses on trails, then we head up to the highlands. We ride over the Reykjaheiði heath and through ancient lavafields and moorland until we arrive at our destination at Þeistareykir, where we stay overnight in a cozy mountain hut, surrounded by geothermal hotsprings that bubble and boil 24 hours a day with no rest and show us a glimpse of the powers that created this little Island millions of years ago!
Day 2. Þeistareykir – Ásbyrgi (30 km)
Today we ride into the national park of Jökulsárgljúfur and after a great ride through Bláskógar birchforest, we come to Ásbyrgi canyons where we leave the horses and take a nice sightseeing tour into the hoof-shaped canyons told to be a footstep of Sleipnir the eight-legged stallion of Odinn, King of the old nordic gods, before we head to our guesthouse at Lundur. There we can relax in a nice hot pool after the first two days of riding.
Day 3. Ásbyrgi – Kópasker (35 km)
We ride from Lundur following the coastline of Öxarfjörður towards the small fishing village of Kópasker. This is a day of fast tölt where we follow nice riding trails between farms along the shore until we reach our destination at Kópasker. The name of the village refers to „the young seals lair“ so we may possibly see some seals in the evening as we take a walk to the beach to watch the sunset. If the weather is good we might even start a bonfire to sit around on the beach and enjoy the evening with storytelling and songs!
Day 4. Kópasker – Lundur (40 km)
We ride over the highland plateau, Melrakkaslétta and truly get the feeling of being alone in the world. This is a really isolated area with hardly any possibility of meeting or even seeing another human being other than our fellow riders! The landscape is also remarkable. We ride through ancient lava formations at Kvíar and enjoy the view over the bay Öxarfjörður before riding down to the coast again.
Day 5. Lundur- Þórseyri ( 20 km)
We ride down to the beach in Kelduhverfi. Beach-riding is something that our horses really like so we can expect them to be extremely happy and enthusiastic when we fly over the beach on fast tölt. If we are lucky we might see some seals at the river Jökulsá where they have their „látur“
We ride along the Skjálftavatn lake which was created in one night after some huge earthquakes in 1976!
Day 6 Þórseyri - Saltvík ( 40 km)
On the last day, we ride up to Reykjaheiði again and enjoy the day by riding great trails until we arrive home to Saltvík in the afternoon. In the evening we have our farewell dinner and spend the evening with hopefully some nice stories from our journey as well as some songs and laughter!
Optional - 3 hour whale watching tour in the afternoon
Day 7. Húsavík – Reykjavík
In the morning flight back to Reykjavík
View Midnight Sun in a larger map
Ride with Saltvík Team
Thank you so much for an amazing experience! i expected great things, but you guys and the horses, company, food, everything completely blew me away! FANTASTIC:) - KELLY from California
Thank you Bjarni, Elsa and the whole crew and family for forfilling my dream ..Icelandic nature, beautiful horses and great time! - Linda thank you for the best riding tour ever and we have never been so happy - Sami og Heidi
Many thanks for beautiful and powerfull horse...i'm gonna miss them - Tina
The best and most luxurious riding week in my life - hot pools, good food, wonderful landscape and very nice staff... - Thula
thanks for a fantastic five days and for a wonderful first experience of Icelandic horses - paul and gloria
There's only one thing left to say, THANK YOU - Sara L
Thank you the team for looking after us and thanks Elsa for the nice food. I will sure be back..- Anna
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