15 Jun - 25 Jun fr. £ 1.590
07 Jul - 11 Aug fr. £ 1.575
19 Aug - 08 Sep fr. £ 1.580
A ride through the Thórsmörk Valley, one of the most beautiful places in all of Iceland. We will begin in the idyllic town of Fljótshlíd, the setting for one of the many Icelandic sagas. From there we will ride into the valley, which is one of the most beautiful places in all of Iceland and only reachable by crossing glacial rivers. We will spend the night surrounded by green forests, volcanic mountains and tremendous glaciers before then continuing along the foot of the Eyjafjallajökull Volcano. We will also visit the impressive Stakkholtsgjá Canyon and stop off at the Seljalandsfoss Waterfall. This tour is well suited for those who want to ride over shorter distances while still experiencing the many contrasting aspects of Icelandic nature.
Experience the diversity of the Icelandic horse in its own natural habitat, far removed from civilization, and learn how Icelanders travelled in days gone by with a herd of free-running horses. Each rider will have the chance to try between 10 and 15 different horses which will help develop their skills. You can find more detailed information about this trip in the itinerary further down this page.
Departures 2022: May - September; daily.
Direct flights from Belfast (BHD), Bristol (BRS), Edinburgh (EDI), London Gatwick (LGW), London Heathrow (LHR), London Luton (LTN), Glasgow (GLA) and Manchester (MAN). Connecting flights from other airports in the UK also available.
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Arrival to Keflavík - Reykjavík - Eldhestar's farmstead Vellir
The tour begins in the evening. Tour participants who arrive on the same day as the tour starts should take the airport bus from the airport to the BSI Bus Terminal in Reykjavík. We will meet you at the bus station or at your hotel/guest house in Reykjavík between 17:30 and 18:00 and drive you to our farmstead, Vellir, which is located in Hveragerði. Participants will spend the night in our new guest house. We will enjoy dinner together at Hotell Eldhestar as we all get to know each other a little better. The evening will end with a detailed presentation of the tour.
Hveragerdi – Torfastaðir
Participants will travel by bus to Torfastaðir Farm in Fljótshlið, South Iceland, where the tour will begin. Once we have gotten acquainted with the horses we will ride to River Markarfljót and follow the old river bank down to Mount Dímon which is known from Njáls Saga. We will then ride over the old bridge at Markarfljót before finishing up for the day. We will spend the night at Stóra Mörk/Ásgarður. Today’s stretch is 22–25 km and will take around four hours to complete.
Stóra-mörk - Thórsmörk
We will set off from Stóra Mörk towards Thórsmörk, continuing along the River Markarfljót and under the Eyjafjallajökull Glacier. The route will then take us over a couple of smaller rivers and then alongside the banks of Krossá, a stream of rushing meltwater from the glaciers. We will then finally arrive at Thórsmörk, a beautiful and untouched valley dedicated to the Norse God Thor. The valley is surrounded by the three glaciers of Eyjafjallajökull, Tindfjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull. We will spend the night in a cabin in Básum. In the evening we will be free to enjoy all that this expansive valley has to offer: an unforgettable landscape full of birch forests, ravines, caves and mighty waterfalls. Today’s stretch is 25 km and will take around 5–6 hours.
Thórsmörk - Stóra-mörk
We will begin the day with a visit to the Church of the Elves before continuing onwards to the Stakkholtsgjá Canyon – an experience you will remember for life! We will then turn around and ride along our previous route and over the Hamragarðaheiði Moor back to Stóra Mörk where the horses will stay overnight. We will spend the night at Stóra Mörk/Ásgarður. Today’s stretch is 30 km and will take us seven hours to complete.
Stóra-mörk - Torfastaðir
The first part of today’s leg takes us along some gorgeous trails in the area around Markarfljót. An old trail will give us the opportunity to experience the beautiful Fljótshlið area in all its splendour. On the way back we will pass the Hlíðarendi Manor Farm where one of Iceland’s most famous vikings, Gunnar of Hlíðarendi, lived and died. At around 15:00 we will leave off the horses and drive back to Vellir for a quick break and a bite to eat before then heading onwards to Reykjavík where your group will have the chance to spend an evening together. You will spend the last night at a comfortable guest house (bed and breakfast). Today’s stretch is 25 km and will take five hours to complete.
Breakfast at your hotel. If you have chosen the optional add-on of return transfer to the airport a transfer bus will fetch you at the hotel. You can also buy a ticket for the airport transfer bus on site.