Hekla Wilderness

Swedish translation  – German Translation

 

About the Hekla Wilderness tour

This is the perfect horseback riding tour for those who want to experience untouched wilderness. For 5 days you will ride with a herd of free running horses in a big circle around the glacier Tindfjallajökull. This tour will bring you through a varied landscape of green fields and slopes, but also through lava field and rough mountains. A great tour for experienced riders who want to experience the different aspects that the Icelandic highlands have to offer.

 

 

DAY BY DAY:
1. Arrival

Pick up in Reykjavík at the BSÍ station at 17.00. From there we drive along the Southcoast to Skálakot. We will have dinner and there is a possibility to relax in the hottub before going to bed.
Accommodation: Skálakot dormitory (sleeping bag accommodation). Facilities: shared bathroom/shower, hot tub, WiFi.

2. Skálakot – Fell

We start the day with a good breakfast. Before we leave, our guide will explain you everything you need to know about the horses and riding with a herd of loose running horses. The next days we will always herd loose horses with us and make several stops on the way to change horses. We will ride from Skálakot along the mountains of Eyjafjöll, passing the waterfall Seljalandsfoss to ´Gamla brú´, an old bridge over the river Markarfljót, where we stop to have our lunch. After the lunch break, we continue by crossing the old bridge and then we head towards Fljótshlíð in the hills of the glacier and volcano Tindfjallajökull. We will pass Stóri Dímon, the lonely mountain, and end our riding day at the mountain hut Fell, where we stay for the night.
Riding distance: 35 km
Accommodation: Mountain hut (sleeping bag accommodation). Facilities: No warm water, no electricity. Phone coverage.

3. Fell – Foss

After breakfast on our second riding day, we ride through the greean area of Fljótshlíð and up to Vatnsdalur valley. After lunch we pass through a ´real´ Icelandic forest and through green hills and further on lava fields from the volcano Hekla. Today we ride to the mountain hut Foss where we stay for the night.
Riding distance: 37 km
Accommodation: Mountain hut (sleeping bag accommodation). Facilities: Showers, no electricity, limited phone coverage.

4. Foss – Emstrur

This is, in fact, a pure wilderness day. Today before the lunch we ride over mostly good tölting paths through beautiful lava fields to the hut Hvanngil, where we will have lunch with a view. After the lunch we will start riding in to the mountains and all the way down to a beautiful hut called Krókur. From there we continue riding up and down, over some beautiful mountains and through some breathtaking valleys to Emstrur, where we will spend the night.
Riding distance: 40 km
Accommodation: Mountain hut (sleeping bag accommodation). No warm water, limited electricity, limited phone coverage.

5. Emstrur – Fell

In the morning we get set for another adventure day. We ride across the bridge over Markarfljót river and towards the mountain Einhyrningur (Unicorn). In good weather, you will have a great view over Tindfjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull glaciers. We take a break in Bólstaður hut and continue to a mountain gorge where we eat lunch and unleash the horses for grazing.
After lunch we ride down from the mountains back to the hut Fell, where we also stayed on the first night.
Riding distance: 27 km
Accommodation: Mountain hut (sleeping bag accommodation). Facilities: No warm water, no electricity. Phone coverage.

6. Fell – Skálakot

Today is our last riding day where we ride the horses all the way back to Skálakot. The same way we came the first day, but now seen from a different perspective. The horses know where they are going, and by now everyone is used to the riding, so we will have a good speed! In Skálakot a nice dinner will be waiting for us, as well as a shower and a well deserved hottub to relax our tired muscles after 5 days of riding.
Riding distance: 35 km
Accommodation: Skálakot dormitory (sleeping bag accommodation). Facilities: shared bathroom/shower, hot tub, WiFi.

7. Departure

We enjoy one last breakfast together before we bring you back to Reykjavík. We will drop you off at the BSÍ busstation around 12.00.

 

For the nights we are staying in Skálakot it is possible to upgrade to a room in the manor hotel. Leave a note on the booking request form and we will inform you about the availability and prices.

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Þórsmörk Classic
Into the Highlands
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