Hraundalur

8 days - 6 days riding.

  

Day 1: Arrival.
You will be greeted at Keflavik airport and from there we will drive to Oddsstaðir. 
At Oddsstaðir farmhouse you will stay all nights in room and bed with linen on. In Oddsstaðir there is a hot tub with natural hot water and in the neighborhood is a swimming pool (2 km). 
All nights will be spent at Oddsstaðir.

 

Day 2:  Oddsstadir – Heggsstaðir.
After breakfast the people introduce themself to the group.  The guide goes through the details for following days; the riding and the horses.  Presentation of riding rules when travelling with herd of loose horses and what to avoid in such cases. Everyone must have a riding helmet.  Saddle bag, rain gear and saddle are also to be found for everyone on the farm.  At the breakfast table, everyone prepare the lunch for the day as they choose. When all this is ready we walk to the horses which are grazing around the river nearby the farm. Everyone get a riding horse, but the horses will be 3 through the first day for each person and every day 3 new horses are tested. It is good to remember the horses which please you most, because the last day of the trip everyone can ride a favorite horse.
The day will start with learning how to drive a flock of loose horses, there are around 40-50 loose horses along with us on the tour and a lot to think about.
Most of the way, we ride far away from the traffic, along the grass banks of famous salmon river, Grímsá . The river is crossed several times and on the way we can have a beautiful view over Borgarfjörður.
The ride is 30 km, 6 hours

 

Day 3: Heggsstaðir  – Stangarholt.
The ride goes along old paths and desolated roads crossing the rivers Hvítá and Gufuá,  This day travelers get a little taste of "Icelandic forest" or bushes of birch.  The riding ends at the old farm Stangarholt, where the horses are left over night while the people are driven back to Oddsstaðir.
The ride is 30 km, 5 hours.

 

Day 4: Stangarholt – Syðri-Hraundalur. 

The ride begin beside the river Langá, one of Iceland’s best salmon rivers and continues up into the mountain through valley with beautiful landscape, lake, rocks and lava fields.  The mountain valley Langavatnsdalur is called the Mysterious Valley and until the 15th century this was a very fertile land, however the Great Plague deserted the farms and they were finally torn down. Today the valley is still deserted.  At Grímsstaðir we leave the horses and drive back to Oddsstaðir.
The ride is 35 km, 6 hours.

 

Day 5: Syðri-Hraundalur – Snorrastaðir

From Syðri Hraundalur we will travel on an old path and ride along the mountains, Grímstaðamúli and Svarfhólsmúli. Then by the opening of the valley Hítardalur, we pass through two lava-fields where the path gets very narrow. The river Hítará is crossed by the palagonite mountain Grettisbæli and the route continues along the mountain Fagraskógarfjall where there is a good view over the coastline at Löngufjörur and the picturesque crater, Eldborg á Mýrum. The riding trail this day is one of the most beautiful riding trails in Iceland.
The ride is 35 km and 5 hours.

 

Day 6:  Snorrastaðir – Kolviðarnes.  

For the rest of the tour we have to ride when the tide is low because the difference between the high and the low tide in depth/time is 3 - 4 metres and roomy 6 hours. Some days the ride starts early, other days at a normal time or even late, depending on the time of the low tide, which changes for thirty to sixty minutes daily.


We start riding on the beach, Löngufjörur, in the vicinity of Eldborg, a beautifully-formed crater rising 60m above the surrounding lava. There we will cross a channel, Saltnesáll, then the mouth of Haffjarðará river. If we are lucky, the sea-eagle may be spotted, sitting on a rock or flying around and looking for some food.

The herd is left grazing and we ride our riding horses out on a low tide into the see, and explore islands otherwise inaccessible

The horses stay at Kolviðarnes.

The ride is 25 km and 4 hours

 

Day 7: Kolviðarnes – Skógarnes
We travel with all our horses to Skógarnes over the beach and on the way the channel of Núpá river is crossed.  At the farm Skógarnes, the herd is left grazing but each of us now gets a horse and the ride continues around the peninsula Skógarnes, with its yellow sand and black rocks, a beautiful area with a lot of see birds around.
The ride is 25 km and 4 hours.

 

Day 8:  Oddsstaðir – Reykjavík / Keflavík.
After breakfast, the people get driven back to Reykjavík or Keflavík, depending on individual needs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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