Trail of Hope
Trail of Hope– Iceland –5 days / 4 nights / 4 riding days, Reykjavik - Hvammur - Vatnsdalur - Lake Hop - Hvammsfoss - Kjölur Highland Route - Geysir - Gullfoss - ReykjavikThe Trail of Hope tour is an ideal opportunity to enjoy a comfortable ride on the Icelandic horse. Ride through untouched nature and get an insight into Icelandic history when listening to stories from the Saga ages. We start at Hvammur Farm in Vatnsdalur valley, ride in water across the Lake Hop lagoon, accompanied by a herd of free running horses ahead of us. Visit a seal colony on the North-Atlantic coast and follow the Kjölur highland route.
|Operation||June 28 - August 23, 2015|
|Departure||Sunday - Thursday:
June 28 - July 2
July 12 - 16 / July 19 - 23 / July 26 - 30
August 2 - 6 / August 23 - 27
|Price||$1,795 per person in double room|
|Included||4 nights accommodation in shared rooms,
2 - 4 bed units, beds with bed linen
Breakfast buffet daily
Transfer to the farm and back to Reykjavik
Full board during the ride, along with water and coffee/tea
Lunch packs (riders make their own from breakfast table)
Full guidance, English and Scandinavian speaking
Rain wear, saddle bag and riding helmet
Vegetarian meals are available if requested in advance
|Not Included||Airfare & airport taxes
Personal insurance / personal items
$25 Service fee
|Please Note||Difficulty: Strong intermediate riders, comfortable and in control at all paces, firm seat, comfortable in the saddle for up to 7 hours per day.
Knee-high rubber boots are recommended for this ride.
Accommodation before and after the ride to be arranged individually (not included)
Group size: Max. 16 guests
|Tour Options||Additional nights in Reykjavik
Blue Lagoon with transfer to Keflavik Airport
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Day 1 REYKJAVIK - HVAMMUR- VATNSDALUR (D) Sunday
Pick up between 07:30 and 08:30 in the morning. Please be ready at the earliest pick up time and be ready in your riding clothes. Transfer by bus from Reykjavik to Hvammur Farm, where we meet horses and guides. We start our ride through Vatnsdalur valley. This beautiful valley is the setting of the Vatnsdæla-Saga. We ride along the banks of River Vatnsdalsa before crossing over to the western side of the valley. Our ride ends at Sveinsstadir Farm and we return to Hvammur Farm for our overnight stay. (25 km/33 mi)
Day 2 HVAMMUR - HOP - BORGARVIRKI (B, L, D) Monday
We leave Sveinsstadir Farm and ride alongside the lagoon Hop. The black sand at the beach is ideal for riding tölt, the special gait of the Icleandic horse. This trail along the shore gives us an idea of the beautiful lagoon we are going to cross tomorrow. We ride along the banks of Vididalsa River and cross over it. Before leaving the horses at Stora-Borg we ride past Borgarvirki, a fascinating fortress from the Viking ages. We spend the night again at Hammur Farm. (30 km/19 mi)
Day 3 HVAMMUR - HVITSERKUR - NORTH ATLANTIC - THINGEYRAR (B, L, D) Tuesday
Today we explore the beauty of the Vatnsnes peninsula and follow black dunes on Sigridarstadasandur towards the North-Atlantic. Just off shore we see Hvitserkur, a basalt rock formation, nesting place to many seabirds. This area is home to large numbers of seals and hopefully we see many of them resting and playing on the beach. Today we cross the lagoon Lake Hóp and follow a save trail through the water on our way to Thingeyrar Farm, once the site of a monastery founded in the 12th century. For sure this day is one of the highlights of this ride. Relax in the outdoor hot tub at Hvammur Farm before a hearty dinner. (40 km/25 mi)
Day 4 HVAMMUR - THINGEYRAR - HUNAVATN (B, L, D) Wednesday
We start the day with a visit to historic Thingeyrar Church. This is our last day of riding and we bring the horses back to Hvammur Farm. We cross Lake Húnavatn on a save trail in the water and enjoy the excitement of the horses once they have returned to the black sand on dry land. We ride on the eastern side of Vatnsdalur valley, past Hvammsfoss waterfall, surrounded by impressive basalt columns. Celebrate the successful return in the evening with great farewell dinner. (25 km/16 mi)
Day 5 KJÖLUR HIGHLAND - GULLFOSS - GEYSIR - REYKJAVIK (B, L) Thursday
It is time to say good bye to our guides and we drive on the scheduled bus over Kjölur Highland Road back to Reykjavik. The bus takes you through the rugged wilderness of the Icelandic highland. Be amazed by natural hot water pools at Hveravellir and enjoy a dip into one of them. View the majestic glaciers Hofsjökull and Langjökull, and powerful Gullfoss waterfall, before reaching the well known Geysir area. Return to Reykjavik at approx. 18:30.