Tour 11 – Krýsuvík and the Blue Lagoon
4 days riding
Beaches, Green Meadows and Steaming Moonscape
This tour offers magnificent views, first over South Iceland and glaciers, then over Reykjanes, Reykjavík, and all the way to Snæfellsnes. We begin at Vellir and follow one of Iceland’s largest rivers, Ölfusá, down to the coast, before we return to the farm Vellir. The following day we start from the beautiful and mythic Strandarkirkja Church. From Strandarkirkja the tour continues on the beach on our way to Krýsuvík, a colourful hot spring area, which contrasts sharply with the sand and the lava fields of the area. One evening we visit the Blue Lagoon, where we have the opportunity to relax in the soothing geothermal waters.
Please note that this tour includes some stretches requiring participants to walk and lead the horses!
Duration: 6 days and 5 nights – 4 days on horseback
Riding: Ca. 100 km. Riding distance per day: 20 – 40 km (4-7 hours).
Accommodation & Meals: Accommodation in Guesthouse Eldhestar (2 nights), sleeping bag accommodation (2 nights) and last night guesthouse accommodation in Reykjavík, full board. Please note that dinner on the last day is not inclusive.
Departures 2018: June 11, July 12, August 22.
Departures 2019: June 10 and 22, August 12.
Krýsuvík and the Blue Lagoon
Day 1: Arrival
The tour starts in the evening. Tour members who arrive the same day to Iceland should take the flight bus from the airport to the ending busstation BSÍ in Reykjavík. We will greet you at the bus station or at your hotel/ guesthouse in Reykjavik between 17:30- 18:00 and drive you to our farm Vellir near Hveragerði. There you will be lodged at our Guesthouse Eldhestar. We will get to know each other during the dinner at our Hotel. The day will end with a detailed description of the tour.
Day 2: Vellir – Vellir
We start the day by getting to know the horses in the paddock. After lunch we ride from Vellir over green meadows in the bird sanctuary Ölfusforir. We ride across sand and water over part of the Ölfusá River delta. From there we return to the farm Vellir, where both the horses and the participants will spend the night. 17 km, 4-5 hrs.
Day 3: Selvogur – Krýsuvík
The tour starts from Strandarkirkja Church in Selvogur. The horses and our guests will be driven over there in the morning. Strandarkirkja Church, which is right by the shore, has its own special history. We continue along the beach and then up near the mountains. We ride between the contrasts of mountains, lava and the ocean. We pass the green Lake Kleifarvatn and reach Krýsuvík, with its hot springs and mountains draped in rich colours. After leaving the horses in Krýsuvík, we will drive to Isólfsskáli, a cosy house right by the shore that will be our home for the next two nights. In the evening, we will drive you to the famous Blue Lagoon, only 20 minutes drive Í. 25 km, 8 hrs.
Day 4: Krýsuvík – Ísólfsskáli
We start our day by driving back to Krýsuvík where the horses wait for us. We start out by visiting the geothermal area Seltún with all its magnificant colours and mudpools. After walking with the horses over the mountain Sveifluháls, we come down on the other side where we meet the road to Vigdisarvellir, a green oasis between the mountains, once owned by three farms. From there we follow the old road between lava fields down to the coast and Ísólfsskáli, where we spend the night together with the horses.
25 km, 5 hrs.
Day 5: Ísólfsskáli – Krýsuvíkurberg- Krýsuvík
The last day is a mixture of everything characterising the tour. We start by the shore and ride up the mountains. The old path goes between lava and green spots before we climb up the mountain and get a beautiful view over the southwest part of Iceland. We follow the road and take a detour towards Krýsuvíkurberg, where we can enjoy our lunch on a high cliff by the shore with many seabirds around us. Afterwards, we return with our horses to Krýsuvík where the Eldhestar bus is waiting for us to drive back to a nice guesthouse in Reykjavik. The tour members will be back in Reykjavik around 17:00. Bed and breakfast accommodation in a guesthouse. 20 km, 4 hrs.
Day 6: Departure
After breakfast, Tour members can take the bus to Keflavik Airport on their own or continue travelling in Iceland.
* Please note that dinner on the last evening is not included.
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