Thingvellir Viking Trail
Thingvellir Viking Trail– Iceland –7 days / 6 nights / 5 riding days, Reykjavik - Thingvellir - Skorradalur - Borgarfjördur - Barnafossar - Reykholt - Midfossar - Borgarnes - ReykjavikFor centuries, the Thingvellir area has been a crossing point for people traveling around the country on horseback. Routes leading to various parts of the country cross here; the trail along Uxahryggir and Kaldidalur leading to the Borgarfjördur and the West, while the trail by Gjabakki leads to the East and rural districts of the South. This riding tour combines great riding trails, Icelandic Sagas of Vikings and wellness at Fontana Spa facility.
|Operation||July 12 - August 16, 2015|
|Departure||Sunday - Saturday
July 12 - 18 / July 19 - 25
August 16 - 22
|Price||$2,385 per person in double room|
|Included||Airport transfer if you participate in the tour program as described
Accommodation in Reykjavik before and after the tour
Traditional Icelandic stew is served on the arrival day
During the ride full board is provided
Our menu consists of a large breakfast and
traditional Icelandic meals (fish or lamb)
Vegetarian meals are available if requested in advance
All riders make their own packed lunch from the breakfast table
Rain wear, saddle bag, riding helmet
Sleeping bag with a sheet
|Not Included||Airfare & airport taxes
Lunch and dinner in Reykjavik
Personal insurance / personal items
$25 Service fee
|Please Note||Riding skills: Strong intermediate riders (3 horses) Comfortable and in control at all paces, firm seat, comfortable in the saddle for up to 7 hrs. per day
Group Size: maximum 14 guests
Hotel accommation in double rooms in Reykjavik
Guesthouse and Holiday farm accommodation in double room during the ride with shared facilities
Meeting place: Keflavík International Airport
|Tour Options||Additional nights in Reykjavik|
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Day 1 ARRIVAL REYKJAVIK Sunday
Individual transfer with Flybus from Keflavik Airport to your hotel in Reykjavik. (Included in price). Welcome meeting at Ishestar riding center where you meet you fellow riders. Pick up for the welcome meeting at 18:00 at included hotel. Please read the information regarding transfers attached.
Day 2 REYKJAVIK - MOSFELLSDALUR - THINGVELLIR (B, L, D) Monday
Departure from hotel in the morning. Please dress already in riding clothes. The ride today leads over Kjosar moore with a magnificent view over lake Thingvellir, the largest lake in Iceland, as well as a great view of the Eurasian and North-American plate boundaries that run through Iceland. We will leave our horses at Skogarholar and drive to Lake Laugarvatn, where we can enjoy the Fontana Geothermal Spa. Admission fee is not included. (30 km/19 mi)
Day 3 THINGVELLIR NATIONAL PARK (B, L, D) Tuesday
We will enjoy the day at Thingvellir National Park, site of the oldest parliament in the world, established in established in 930. We visit the visitor's centre, where we will get a great tour about the remarkable history of Thingvellir, as well as the geologic history of the surrounding area. After a walk down to the site of the old parliament we will meet up with our horses and enjoy a 4-hour ride in the park, which gives us a better feel for the atmosphere of the site as the Vikings experienced it. The horses will spend the night at Skogarholar as we will head back to Lake Laugavatn and spend the night there, with Fontana Spa waiting for us. (20 km/12 mi)
Day 4 LAUGARVATN - THINGVELLIR - SKORRADALUR (B, L, D) Wednesday
We will leave Thingvellir and head towards Skorradalur valley in the western part of Iceland. The route we will be traveling was used by many people in the old days visiting the old parliament at Thingvellir. This is the route that Snorri Sturlusson, the author of many of the Icelandic Sagas, used on many occasions.
The scenery is beautiful as we should get a glimpse of the Langjökull glacier as well as the volcano Skaldbreidur. We leave our horses in the green valley of Skorradalur at the Fitjar farm, which has a very small church, build in 1897. We will be spending the night at the guesthouse Milli vina, and enjoy the hot tub and a game of pool for those who are interested. (40 km/25 mi)
Day 5 FITJAR - LITLA DRAGEYRI (B, L, D) Thursday
Today we will combine sightseeing and riding. We start the day by discover the most interesting places in Borgarfjördur by bus. This will include Barnafossar waterfalls, Reykholt, the home of Snorri Sturlusson and Deildartunguhver, which is the hot spring that produces the most hot water in Europe.
It is said that Snorri Sturlusson wrote the Saga of Egill Skallagrimsson. We visit a green house where the farmers grow vegetables all year round by using the geothermal resources available in the area. We will buy fresh vegetables for our dinner.
After our sightseeing tour we head over to Fitjar for an afternoon ride from Fitjar to the deserted farm, Litla Drageyri. We ride along the shore of Lake Skorradalur, longest lake in Iceland and through Monastery forest, which has been protected by the ministry of environmental affairs, due to the fact that it is one of the few " forests" that resembles the original forests in Iceland. We leave our horses at Litla Drageyri and head back to the comfort of Milli Vina, where the hot tub will be waiting. (20 km/12 mi)
Day 6 LITLA DRAGEYRI - BORGARNES - REYKJAVIK (B, L, D) Friday
After a good breakfast and a short discussion about the trail be will be traveling today, we will head up to Litla Drageyri to meet up with our horses. Today we will be riding through the countryside of Borgarfjördur. On our way we will stop at Midfossar, a riding facility used by the Agriculture University at Hvanneyri. There we will get a quick lecture off the studying of horsemanship they offer there. From here we will head down to the glacier river of Hvita, crossing the river on the oldest bridge.
If the tide is right, we will ride down the river banks towards the stables in Borgarnes, where we will part with our horses. On our way to Reykjavik, we will stop at Borg a Myrum, the birth place of Egill Skallagrimsson, where we will hear a few stories about his youth and how he earned his reputation as the craziest Vikings that has ever lived. (30 km/19 mi)
Day 7 DEPARTURE REYKJAVIK (B) Saturday
Transfer by Flybus to Keflavik Airport in time for the flight back home (included). Riders book the transfer at the hotel at a suitable time the day before departure.