Landmannalaugar

Landmannalaugar – Swedish translation

 

About the Landmannalaugar horseback riding tour

This is a tour that is well suited for the experienced rider in good physical condition. We do about 25- 60 km, 6-9 hours of horseback riding every day. You get a good chance to see many different environments and try different horses.
The highlight of the tour is riding into Landmannalaugar. Who is known for its enormous beauty with mountains that are like painted with watercolors in green, red and yellow. In the middle of Landmannalaugar is also a natural hot spring where we spend time in.

About Landmannalaugar and the highlands

During this tour, you will travel through so many variations of a landscape. From green fields on the low lands of South Iceland, though black sand areas, surrounded by glaciers and mountains. Crossing rivers and hills with colorful mountains and hot spring as well as beautiful lava fields. 

The Landmannalaugar area is one of the best-known highlands areas in Iceland. It is a part of the central volcano Torfajökull with a caldera around 130 km2 in size, the largest we have in Iceland. The last volcano eruption was in the Landmannalaugar area around the year 1477 when the Laugahraun lava field by Landmannalaugar formed. The mountains in the area are maid out of rhyolite and because of the geothermal heat it affects the color variations in the rocks making them extremely colorful. 

Day by day:
Day 1 – Arrival day 

Pick up in Reykjavik, BSÌ at 17.00. From there we will drive you to Skálakot, about 2 hours drive. There we will have dinner together and plan our horseback riding tour. Before going to sleep we recommend a bath in the hot tub. 

Accommodation: Dormitory

Day 2 Skálakot – Fljótshlíð – RIDING DISTANCE 35 KILOMETERS

We are riding along the mountain range Eyjafjöll towards the highlands. On one side we have beautiful mountains and on the other side view to the coast and the Vestmannaeyjar islands.  On our way we stop to enjoy lunch out in nature, we ride into the area Fljótshlíð where we leave the horses for the night. From there we drive back to the farm Skálakot where we spend the night.

Accommodation: Dormitory

Day 3 Fljótshlíð – Emstrur – RIDING DISTANCE 25 KILOMETERS

Riding on good riding paths east of the glacier Tindfjallajökull. To the mountain Einhyrningur, the mountain is the reminding of a troll with a horn.  There we find a good place for lunch, where we at the same time let the horses loose. We ride over the bridge across Markarfljót and on the hill on the other side of the river we find our hut in Emstrur.

Accommodation: Dormitory, mountain hut in Emstrur

Day 4 Emstrur – Hólaskjól – RIDING DISTANCE 60 KILOMETERS

From Emstrur we ride on the 30 kilometers long black sand desert Mælifellssandur. Where you are riding between the two glaciers Mýrdalsjökull and Torfajökull. Halfway across the black sand area, you pass the beautiful green mountain Mælifell. The landscape there is like being on another planet. 

After the Mælifellssandur black sand area, we cross the river Hólmsá and follow the gravel road to Álftavatnskrókur and Ófærudalur valley with green hills.  Known for its enormous beauty and shaped by a volcanic eruption 1100 years ago in Eldgjá and the volcano Katla. We sleep in a hut in Hólaskjól.

Accommodation: Dormitory mountain hut in Hólaskjól

Day 5 Hólaskjól – Landmannalaugar – RIDING DISTANCE 38 KILOMETERS

On the way towards Landmannalaugar, we stop in the Eldgjá volcanic fissure, who is known for its 40 kilometers long ripe and special look. Formed by the enormous volcanic eruption in 938 BC. 

We are riding over the beautiful Herdubreidarháls hills and threw Jökuldalir valleys where we have a coffee break. The highlight of the tour is riding over the warm river and into Landmannalaugar. The area is mostly known for its colorful mountain ranges, big lava fields, and hot springs.

We leave the horses in Landmannalaugar for the night. After feeding the horses we go for the hot spring in Landmannalaugar and enjoy the geothermal water before driving to Landmannahellir for the night. 

Accommodation: Dormitory in a mountain hut in Landmannahellir

Day 6 Landmannalaugar – Landmannahellir – RIDING DISTANCE 20 KILOMETERS

This day starts with a drive to Landmannalaugar to meet up with the horses. We take it easy in the morning where everyone gets some time to go for a short hike or sit in the geothermal pool. Around noon we gather up for lunch and after lunch, we prepare for the horseback riding.  Continuing into the beautiful area Landmannalaugar. Passing the lake Frostastaðavatn lake on the other side of the hill by Landmannalaugar. We take a break in the valley Dómadalur before we ride the horses to Landmannahellir cave.  

Accommodation: Dormitory mountain hut in Landmannahellir

Day 7 Landmannahellir – Emstrur – RIDING DISTANCE 60 KILOMETERS

We have one of the long days ahead of us, and we load up with a good breakfast. We start the day on the strongest horses as we are climbing up on Pokahryggur, 1000 meter over sea level, nearby the lava field in Hrafntinnusker.  In good weather, you can nearly see across the whole of Iceland. We take a break in the valley Reykjadalir and change to good tölters as we are rounding the mountain Laufafell.

From there we ride south to Álftavatn lake. From Álftavatn we follow the mountain ridge Sátur to the southwest to Krókur where we cross the Markarfljót river. Now it is time to take a short break before climbing across the hills down to the hut in Emstrur. On the way, we have the glacier and the volcano Tindfjallajökull. On our right-hand side and on the other side we can see across Mælifellssandur black sand area where we were a few days before.  Finally, we arrive at Mosar in Emstrur after a long and good riding day.

Accommodation: Dormitory, mountain hut Emstrur.

Day 8 Emstrur – Skálakot – RIDING DISTANCE 50 KILOMETERS 

Now we are going back on the same nice riding path as we started the tour on a few days ago. The horses are on their way back home and the phase is usually a bit higher. The area is known from the Njáls Saga one of the best-known sagas from the Viking time. 

At the farm, we celebrate with good dinner and those who like can relax in the hot tub before going to sleep

Accommodation: Dormitory

Day 9 – Departure day – RIDING DISTANCE 25 KILOMETERS

We eat breakfast together and drive to Reykjavik. We are in Reykjavik, BSÍ bus station at 12 am.

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Other Long horseback riding tours we offer:

Þórsmörk Classic
Hekla Wilderness
Into the Highlands