Glacier horseback riding Tour
A 3-hour tour where we ride up the mountains towards the Eyjafjallajökull glacier and volcano. In nice weather, we have a great view of the Vestmannaeyjar Islands, as well over the south coast of Iceland.
We start from the stable and ride up the hills behind Skálakot to the mountain area south of the Eyjafjallajökull glacier. On the way, you will ride through a valley with a small river and cliffs. As we go higher the view will get more amazing as well as the landscape surrounding us. On one side we have the mountain Holtsnúpur 663 meters high. And the Holtsdalur valley below, with the mighty canyon Holtsárgil. It is an amazing experience to be out on the mountain with no one else around, just enjoying the ride and the landscape all around.
At the place we will turn around we stop for a few pictures and rest the horses before heading back down the hills.
On this ride we ride up and down some steep hills so a good physical condition is required for this tour. If you would like to have a faster ride with more chance to try the tölt, we recommend to have a look at the black beach tour.
The Eyjafjallajökull glacier and Volcano
Eyjafjallajökull glacier is a small glacier on the southernmost part of Iceland on a mountain ridge called Eyjafjöll. The size of the glacier is about 80 km2 and the thickness of the glacier ice around 100 to 150 meters. There is a big creator buried underneath the glacier ice in around 1600 meters altitude. Eyjafjallajökull has been active for hundreds of thousands of years. Since the settlement time of Iceland, the volcano has erupted about 3 to 4 times. The last volcanic eruption in Eyjafjallajökull was in the year 2010 before that in 1821 and 1612.
So hopefully we have to wait for at least 200 years for the next one. The mountain in the Eyjafjöll area is believed to be not more than 800 thousand years old. Mainly formed during a time when the land was covered with glacier ice. The main rock formation is Tuff-stone.
Going on this horseback riding tour you get a great opportunity to explore this area of fire and ice.
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