More than a hundred years ago, a virus epidemic broke out in Iceland, as well as elsewhere in Europe. It was named “The Spanish Flu.”

The same year, 1918, a volcanic eruption began in Iceland. One of the largest volcanoes in Iceland, Katla, began erupting in November.

In the winter of 1918-1919, the weather was colder than many winters before. This increased the nation’s suffering, and around 450 people died in Iceland during the epidemic.

Now, more than 100 years later, all nations are battling Covid-19. Our fight against Covid has been successful so far. Only 29 people have died. At the same time as we are dealing with the pandemic, volcanic eruptions have started on the Reykjanes Peninsula, in the southwestern part of the country.

The eruption is still relatively small by Icelandic standards, but it has spread and expanded in recent days. However, the location of the eruption is fortunate. It is isolated in small, unsettled valleys (between Krýsuvík and the small fishing town Grindavík). However, it’s only a 45-minute walk from the nearest road.

The eruption is still low-threat and beautiful. So even in difficult times, there are new attractions for our foreign guests as well as Icelanders. The words “Volcano Horse” are our name in English (look closely at our logo), so we will do our part to live up to its name.  A visit to the eruption site will surely be part of our tour (No. 11) to Krýsuvík and the Blue Lagoon, as well as for all those who take part in our tours, where we stay at Hotel Eldhestar. 

All Eldhestar employees have gone and inspected the eruption. This is truly something to see and experience.

As always, Eldhestar offers the greatest variety of riding tours in Iceland. From half-day and day tours to week-long tours in the Icelandic wilderness. Tours for smaller and bigger groups, experienced and inexperienced riders. Tours with accommodation in mountain huts or at Hotel Eldhestar. 

We are looking forward to better times. We will do our best to stick to our schedule and go on as many trips as possible.

Please, don´t hesitate to send us an email. We are always here to help.

We hope to see as many of you as possible on our trips this summer and fall. 

The Eldhestar Team