Tour 5a – The Hot Springs Tour to Reykjadalur Valley
5-6 hours riding & bathing
Views and Volcanoes
This tour offers spectacular views and a surprising variety of magnificent Icelandic nature. We first ride along the slopes of Reykjafjall mountain and continue on nice riding trails surrounding the small village Hveragerði. The path then takes us through a green forest to a colourful geothermal valley with hot springs, an area which expanded dramatically during an earthquake in 2008. On our way towards the green hills surrounding the volcano Hengill we have good opportunity to try the “tölt”, the special gait of the Icelandic horse. The horses then take us on a leisurely pace following narrow trails up into the valley Reykjadalur. We pass the beautiful waterfall Djúpagilsfoss and some hot springs before we reach Reykjadalur valley and will have the opportunity to take a relaxing bath in a warm stream. During the ride down the valley we enjoy fascinating panoramas over the surroundings, the village Hveragerði, picturesque farmland and all the way down to the coastline, where we might see the Westman Islands, weather permitting. We continue along the mountain slopes again back to the farm, where coffee and home-baked cake are waiting for us.
This tour is for everyone but participants should be in good physical condition and must be able to mount a horse with little assistance. We ride quite a lot of “tölt” during this tour (about trot speed). If the weather does not allow us to go into the mountains, the tour will be changed. There are no changing rooms in the valley. Bring your swimsuit and towel.
Included: 5-6 hours with stops, bathing and about 30 minutes hiking (four short walks, about 10 minutes on a steep slope), lunch box (sandwich, cookies, water bottle – special sandwiches available on request), coffee/tea/hot chocolate and home baked cake. Riding distance ca. 17 km.
Hotel pick-up: In Reykjavik every day between 8:00-8:30. Pick-up in Hafnarfjörður, Mosfellsbær, Seltjarnanes and Kópavogur starts at 7:45.
Meeting time at Eldhestar: At 9:00.
Return to Reykjavík: Around 17:15.
This tour is available every day from May 20 to September 15, starting at our farm at 9:00.