Into the Highlands

Swedish translation  – German Translation

 

About the into the highlands tour

In this tour, you get the possibility to look into the highland of South Iceland. Riding between glaciers in a beautiful landscape of fire and ice. We ride into the uplands of Fljótshlíð on the way to Fjallabaksleið Syðri. Passing Einhyrningur Mountain and the great canyon of Markarfljót river. A good tour for people who enjoy horseback riding in the magnificent untouched nature. 

 

 

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 – Fljótshlíð

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 in Eyvindarmúli where we keep our horses over the night. We drive back to Skálakot for dinner and overnight stay.
Riding distance: 30 km
Accommodation: Skálakot dormitory (sleeping bag accommodation). Facilities: shared bathroom/shower, hot tub, WiFi.

3. Fljótshlíð – Emstrur

Today the adventure really begins! After we had our breakfast and everyone packed their bags, we will drive to where we left the horses the night before. From here we start to ride in to the highlands. The way goes between the two glaciers, Eyjafjallajökull on the right side and Tindfjallajökull on the left side.
With a magnificent view over the Þórsmörk valley and the uplands area of Fljótshlíð, we slowly start to climb higher in to the mountains. We take a lunch break in the beautiful ´cave valley´, Hellisvellir. After lunch we keep on climbing and pass the special mountain Einhyrningur (unicorn) before we head to Emstrur where we have our overnight stay in a nice and cozy mountain hut.
Riding distance: 35km
Accommodation: Mountain hut (sleeping bag accommodation). No warm water, limited electricity, limited phone coverage.

4. Emstrur – Emstrur

Today we take a big round in the highlands of Iceland. We will have a big breakfast since it will be a long riding day! We start the day by riding over great tölting paths across the black sand and lava fields, surrounded by green mountains, to the Hvanngil ravine where we have a lunchbreak. After lunch we continue and ride towards the Álftavatn lake. After the Álftavatn lake we start riding in to the mountains. The speed will be lower and we ride all the way down to Krókur. From there we continue riding up and down, over some beautiful mountains and through some breathtaking valleys to Emstrur again, where we will spend another night.
Riding distance: 40km
Accommodation: Mountain hut (sleeping bag accommodation). No warm water, limited electricity, limited phone coverage.

5. Emstrur – Skálakot

This is the longest day of the tour, from Emstrur all the way back to Skálakot where we started our trip. Riding the same beautiful way as we came, seeing it from another perspective.
The horses are willing and happy to go home, so it makes it rather easy to ride. At the end of this day the hot tub will be waiting for us and of course a good dinner.
Riding distance: 62 km
Accommodation: Skálakot dormitory (sleeping bag accommodation). Facilities: shared bathroom/shower, hot tub, WiFi.

6. 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 ugrade 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.

 

Useful Information for long horseback riding tours – download file  

Information about – Cleaning and disinfection

Protect the Icelandic horse from infectious diseases – instructions – download file

Terms and Conditions

Other Long horseback riding tours we offer:

Comfy Þórsmörk tour
Þórsmörk Classic
Hekla Wilderness
Landmannalaugar