8 day ride

Landmannalaugar-Fjallabak highland 8 days tour

1st day:

Around midday, course is set through meadows and lava fields, alongside Ranga river, passing the historical lava sheep-fold Landrettir and the last farms before the highlands. 5-6 hours riding. Overnight in a new built lodge at a place called Rjúpnavellir which is close to the river.

2nd day:

Morning departure from Rjúpnavellir to the wilds, crossing a desert of ash and the lava field of Solvahraun, close to the famous volcano Hekla (last eruption in the year 2000). 5-6 hours ride before reaching the green and peaceful area of Landmannahellir, where farmers stay while gathering their sheep in the mountains. Overnight in a lodge at Landmannahellir.

3rd day:

In the morning a 3-4 hours ride through the valley Domadal passing Frostastadarvatn lake on the way to the popular area Landmannalaugar, a grandiose setting of old craters and colorful mountains. Afternoon at leisure exploring the fabulous neighbourhood or bathing in a natural hot water pool. Drive back to Landmannahellir for overnight.

4th day:

Drive back to the horses at Landmannalaugar in the early morning.

Taking the old Fjallabak trail through the highland, up and down hills, crossing streams until reaching Eldgja, the largest eruptive crater on the earth. 7 hours ride. Overnight in the lodge of Holaskjol.

5th day:

Leaving Holaskjol for the Skafta river and Ofaera, passing the “Swan Lake” Alftavatn. On over Maelifellssandur; a black sand of volcanic ash near the glacier Myrdalsjokull. A 7-8 hours ride. Overnight at Hvanngil.

6th day:

A 4-5 hours ride through variable soft and rough landscapes to the funny astounding mountain Einhyrning surrounded by three glaciers. Overnight in shepherds lodge at Bolstad

7th day:

Following the path down to the historical Fljotshlid area along the big Markarfljot river, with the glaciers Eyjafjallajokull and Myrdalsjokull still in the background. A 6 hours ride. Overnight in the guesthouse at the Smaratun farm.

8th day:

From Smaratun over to the Vatnsdal valley before crossing the Ranga river to get to Austvadsholt land. The horses are released in their home meadows. A 6-7 hour ride. Transfer to the bus or overnight at the farm.