Classic Þórsmörk tour

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This is a tour that we have been running since we first started offering riding tours here in Skálakot. Our guides know the area really well and they will be able to tell you lots of stories about the area. This tour is ideal for those of you who would like to try a multiday riding tour which is a little bit more luxuous and easy going than the other longtours.

Would you like to ride to Þórsmörk, but get even more luxury and have a smaller group? Take a look at our Comfy Þórsmörk tour!

Þórsmörk is a valley in the south of Iceland. The place has a big part in the hearts of many Icelandic people. Nature there is in many ways amazing with a lot of diversity from big glacier rivers on the lowland, to steep mountains and ravines with waterfalls, green hills and trees. The valley is surrounded by glaciers and Þórsmörk is the perfect place for horseback riding.



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 accomodation). Facilities: shared bathroom/shower, hot tub, WiFi

2. Up towards the glacier and down to the beach

On the first riding day we are having two nice riding tours, both will be around three hours. This day is perfect to get a little bit more familiar with the horses and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of our farm. In between the riding tours we have lunch at the farm. In the morning we head to the mountains to meet up with the mighty Eyjafjallajökull glacier. For the second riding tour we head down to the black beach of the Atlantic Ocean. This riding tour is perfect to practice the famous extra gait that the Icelandic horses have; the tölt! At the end of the day, the hottub will be waiting for us to relax the muscles after our first day of riding.
Accommodation: Skálakot dormitory (sleeping bag accomodation). Facilities: shared bathroom/shower, hot tub, WiFi.

3. Riding in to Þórsmörk

Today we will ride with a herd of loose running horses in to the nature reserve Þórmsörk. We will drive the horses with us and make several stops on the way where we change horses. The trails take us around the mountain Eyjafjöll and pass the famous waterfall Seljalandsfoss. We continue on good riding paths and slowly leave the civilization. And as we go further we will cross some small rivers before we untack the horses and jump into the truck who will take us over the final river Krossá. Our guides will make sure the horses get over the river and we soon reach Húsadalur, where we have a dinner buffet in the restaurant and a well-deserved rest. Also it is possible here to enjoy a natural hottub or go in the sauna.
Riding distance: 40 km
Accommodation: Shared huts (sleeping bag accomodation). Facilities: Natural hotspring, sauna, showers and bathroom (shared), bar/restaurant, WiFi.

4. Riding tours in and around Þórsmörk

In the morning we will ride in the area called Almenningar, an area where we leave our sheep to graze over the summertime. The area is beautiful with great mountain and glacier views in nice weather. Along the way we can tell you lots of stories about the area, as well as the names of the mountains, rivers and glaciers you will see. After this approximately 4 hour riding tour we ride back to Húsadalur for lunch and a small rest. When we have reloaded our batteries, we will saddle some fresh horses for a riding tour into the magnificent ravine Stakkholtsgjá. This area has been used a lot as a decor in movies, and when you see it you will understand why! This second riding tour is a bit shorter and will take about two hours. After this riding tour we head back to Húsadalur for a good meal, a nice hottub or sauna and our second night.
Accommodation: Shared huts (sleeping bag accomodation).Facilities: Natural hotspring, sauna, showers and bathroom (shared), bar/restaurant, WiFi.

5. Riding back to the farm

Today we ride the horses back home. After we had a good breakfast and packed our bags, we will ride over the river Krossá and head back the same beautiful way we came on the third day. By this time you know the horses well and we will have a good pace. At home in Skálakot there will be a last dinner waiting for us, and of course the hottub to relax the muscles after the long riding day!
Riding distance: 40 km
Accommodation: Skálakot dormitory (sleeping bag accomodation). 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 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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Other Long horseback riding tours we offer:

Comfy Þórsmörk tour
Into the Highlands
Hekla Wilderness

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