Tour 17 – Landmannalaugar
6 days riding
Colorful mountains and soft lava sand
The tour will start at the farm Fellsmuli, below Mt. Hekla, and takes us to Landmannalaugar, a valley in the Icelandic highlands that is best known for its colourful rhyolite mountains, extensive lava fields and the natural hot spring that gave the valley its name. We will ride over highlands alongside Hekla until we reach Landmannahellir, where the Icelandic farmers kept their sheep in a cave during the round up before they build a better shed for them. From there we continue the next day in Landmannalaugar. The highlight of the tour is a bath in the warm river at Landmannalaugar. From there, we head west towards Dyngjuskarð, a mountain pass with exceptional nature and the lake Hrauneyjarlón, before we arrive to Hrauneyjar where we are staying over the night. The tour ends at the farm Fellsmúli.
Duration: 7 days and 6 nights. 6 days on horseback.
Riding distance: Ca. 185 km, 20-40 km per day (4-8 hours).
Accommodation & Meals: 1 night in guesthouse Eldhestar (2-4 bed rooms with shared facilities), 5 nights sleeping bag accommodation in farms and simple mountain huts (bunk beds). Full board (traditional Icelandic home cooking, special meals on request).
Departures 2019: June 21, July 1 and August 1.
Please note: The last night of accommodation in Reykjavík will not be included in our shorter-, longer- and wilderness tours in summer 2019.
This tour is ranked by GeeHorse as one of Top 5 Horse Riding Vacations In The World!
Day by day description
Tour 17 – Landmannalaugar
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 Guesthouse Eldhestar. We will get to know each other during the dinner at our Hotel Eldhestar. The day will end with a detailed description of the tour (might be the next morning).
Day 2: Fellsmuli – Rjúpnavellir
We start the tour at the farm Fellsmuli and will follow first Landvegur until we can ride closer towards Mt. Hekla. We ride alongside Hekla, over the river Ytri- Rangá and reach Rjúpnavellir. Ca. 18 km; 4hours.
Day 3: Rjúpnavellir – Landmannahellir
We start at Rjúpnavellir ride along the river Ytri- Rangá until we can cross the river again at Fossabrekkur. From there we will ride towards Áfangagil, where the locals have collected their sheep since 1980. From there we ride Northeast on the roas Dómadalsvegur until we rach the mountains Langasáta and Rauðufossafjöll. From there we ride to Landmannahellir, a peacefull place in Friðland að Fjallabaki. 37 km; 7-8 hours
Day 4: Landmannahellir – Landmannalaugar- Landmannahellir
Today we will visit Landmannalaugar, a valley in the Icelandic highlands best known for its beautiful mountains and the hot springs that gave the valley its name. We will take the oportunitiy to take a bath in the hot rivers at Landmannalaugar before we ride back to Landmannahellir and have again the possibility to enjoy all the colourful mountains. 38 km; 8 – 9 hours.
Day 5: Landmannahellir – Þóristunga
We start this day by riding West and towards the mountain Loðmundi. From there we follow the path towards Dyngjuskarð and the ford Bjallavaði. While we cross the mountain pass we wil experience an exeptional nature. After wards we will turn Northwest towards the lake Hrauneyjarlón and on to Þóristunga where we will stay at the hut Hrauneyjar. Ca. 36 km; 7- 8 hours
Day 6: Þóristunga – Rjúpnavellir
Today we ride back to Rjúpnavellir. We start our by riding South over the lava until we reach the farm Hald. From there we take an ancient path alongside Vallafell which will lead us back to Rjúpnavellir, our final destination for this day. 43km; 8 – 9 hours.
Day 7: Rjúpnavellir – Fellsmuli – Departure
Today we start at Rjúpnavellir towards Mt. Búrfell, which was the home for a troll in the old days. After some miles over a dessert, we get a magnificient view at Thjófafoss (the waterfall of the Thieves) and we will hear some stories about this waterfall. We ride through the sandy forest at Skarð before our tour ends at the farm Fellsmuli, where we will have a great view of Mt. Hekla. From Fellsmuli, we take the bus back to Eldhestar’s farm Vellir where we will have some refreshments before the tour ends with the drive to Reykjavik. 30km, 6 -7 hours.