This eight day excursion is an enjoyable horse riding trip that provides an excellent opportunity to see some of the main natural phenomena of Southern Iceland. Þjórsárdalur, Háifoss, Gjáin, Hekla and Landmannalaugar are among the places we visit during this excursion. You can walk in the soft black sand at the roots of the famous volcano Hekla, where the landscape reminds you of the moon, and bathe in the hot springs of Landmannalaugar which were crafted by nature’s hand.
This four day tour is comfortable for most people that have some experience of horseback riding. In this tour we both stay in our nice guesthouse in Steinsholt and in a classic Icelandic mountain hut with sleeping bag accommodation and enjoy the great Icelandic nature all the time.
This tour is only for experienced riders who trust themselves to go for a long day‘s ride. The shortest distance travelled in one day during the tour is 25 kilometers, the farthest is 48. In this tour we‘ll be traversing an area that does not have many tourists and visitors. Therefore we‘ll be experiencing the Icelandic highlands in all the magnificent glory you can imagine. We‘ll be riding for a total of 7 days and sleeping in highland cabins for 6 nights, 4 of which will include no showers or electricity. It‘s the real deal.
In September the farmers go up to the mountains to gather up their sheeps that have been up there for the summer grazing in the vast highlands. The sheep are gathered down to the inhabited areas and all the way to the separating place called réttir. There all the farmers meet (and many other people too) and take their sheep home. On this tour we ride to meet the gatherers and help them take the sheep to the inhabited area and to the réttir.
Our shorter riding tours take from one hour to whole day. We travel in the Steinsholt area, on the edge of the highlands, which offers many interesting routes. On tours which take 1-2 hours we usually travel along the river Kálfá, a river that flows along the land of the Steinsholt farm. Kálfá is a rather small river, easy and even quite fun to cross and usually crossed once or twice on the tour. On longer tours (3 hours – 1 day) the routes are chosen according to weather and time of the year. Often we ride close to the river Þjórsá, the longest river in Iceland, or near Stóra-Láxá river – a beautiful clear river. Daytours take 5-6 hours, included is a lunch pack and we have helmets and rain clothes if guests wish for.
Many of our accommodating guests take short riding tours part of the day and spend the rest of the day sightseeing.