TOUR 10 – Þórsmörk
The World of Contrasts – Glaciers, Volcanos, Waterfalls and Sagas
This tour provides the opportunity to experience the variety and beauty of Icelandic nature. We start in the lush district of Fljótshlíd, the setting of one of the Icelandic Sagas. From there we ride into Thórsmörk, one of the most beautiful valleys in Iceland, which is only accessible by crossing glacial rivers. We spend a night surrounded by green forests, volcanic mountains and glaciers before continuing along the foot of Eyjafjallajökull volcano. We also visit the impressive canyon Stakkholtsgjá and stop at Seljalandsfoss waterfall.
This tour has a free running herd of horses
Experience the diversity of the Icelandic horse in its natural environment, far from civilization, and how Icelanders travelled in the old days with a herd of free-running horses. Every rider gets the chance to try between 10 and 15 different horses, which develops riding skills.
Beautiful landscape, very friendly and sweet horses. Riding and horses are excellent, and also enjoyed the food and landscaped. The important stuff – the riding, food and accommodation was all very good and we are planning to return
5 days, 4 nights – 4 days on horseback
90 km, or 20 – 35 km (4 – 6,5 hours) per day.
Accommodation at guesthouse Eldhestar (1 night) in shared rooms and sleeping bag accommodation in farmhouses and a simple mountain hut (3 nights in shared rooms), full board.
Please note that dinner on the last day is not inclusive.
What to bring
Good shoes, comfortable pants (riding pants not necessary), gloves and a buff is recommended and if you want to bring a camera, please bring a small waist bag as backpacks cannot be taken on horseback.
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DAY BY DAY
Day 1: Arrival
The tour starts in the evening. Tour members who arrive the same day to Iceland should take the Flybus from the airport to the final bus station 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 the village Hveragerði. There you will be lodged at our guesthouse. We will get to know each other during dinner at our Hotel Eldhestar. The day will end with a detailed description of the tour.
Day 2: Hveragerdi – Torfastaðir
We take the bus to the farm Torfastaðir in Fljótslhlíð, South Iceland, where the tour begins, and get to know the horses. On the first day, we ride from Torfastaðir to the river Markarfljót, crossing wide plains along the old river banks with views of hills, mountains and glaciers. After reaching the striking rock Dímon, which is well known from the Saga of Njáll, we cross the old bridge over the river Markarfljót and end the farm Stóru-Mörk / Ásgarður, where we stay overnight.
Riding time and distance: 22-25 km – 4 hours.
Day 3: Stóra-Mörk – Thórsmörk
Today we ride from the farm Stóra-Mörk towards the valley Thórsmörk. We follow the river Markarfljót (known from the Saga of Njáll) along the slopes of the famous glacier and volcano Eyjafjallajökull, riding on the soft ground covered by the ash of the volcano’s eruption in 2010, which has changed the landscape in this area considerably. During our ride into the valley we cross several rivers and ride along the banks of the torrential glacial river Krossá, before we reach the beautiful nature reserve Thórsmörk, which is named after the old Nordic god Thór. The picturesque valley is framed by glaciers on three sides, Eyjafjallajökull, Tindafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull. We stay overnight at the mountain hut Básar in Thórsmörk. In the evening we get the opportunity to enjoy the spectacular landscape of the broad valley with surprisingly rich vegetation, birch woods, canyons and lava formations shaped by rivers and volcanos.
Riding time and distance: 25 km – 5-6 hours.
Day 4: Thórsmörk – Stóra-Mörk
The day begins with a visit of the “Elves Church”, a distinctive volcanic formation, followed by a visit of the enormous canyon Stakkholtsgjá, an unforgettable experience. We follow the riding trail of the day before out of the valley, ride over the green heathlands Hamragarðaheiði and then back to the path again through the valley of the river Markarfljót until we reach the farm Stóra-Mörk / Ásgarður, where we stay overnight.
Riding time and distance: 30 km, 6 hours.
Day 5: Stóra-Mörk – Torfastaðir
On our last day, we first ride on good riding trails in the surroundings of the river Markarfljót and then follow an old road through the nice landscape along the green hills of Fljótshlíð. On our way back to the farm Torfastaðir we ride past the farm Hlíðarendi, where one of the most famous Vikings, Gunnar of Hlíðarendi, lived and died, according to the Saga of Njáll. Around 15:00 we drive back to our farm Vellir and after a short stop at the farm the bus takes you to Reykjavik, where the tour ends (around 17:30).
Riding time and distance: 25 km, 4-5 hours.
All rates are according to our price list in EUROS.
All cancellations must be written and confirmed by our office. We accept cancellations per e-mail.
In case of cancellation 21 or more days prior to tour departure cancellation fee is 20% of the tour price.
In case of cancellation 20-14 days prior to tour departure cancellation fee is 50% of the tour price.
In case of cancellation later than 13 days but before 48 hours prior to tour departure cancellation fee is 75% of the tour price.
In case of cancellation later than 48 hours prior to tour departure or no show, cancellation fee is 100% of the tour price.
In case you need to cancel your tour due to unexpected events, any paid amount for unused services can be used for another tour or transferred to another person.
INSURANCE: Individual travel insurance is not included in the tour prices. We strongly recommend that you purchase a travel insurance policy in your home country that covers your cost should you have to cancel your travel reservation with short notice. These kind of travel insurances are not expensive and frequently cover other risks.
All complaints must reach Eldhestar within 5 days from departure from Iceland. Otherwise possible compensation is not valid.
Note: Eldhestar reserve the right to alter tours and itineraries due to weather or road conditions. All programs can be changed or cancelled at any moment during the trip to assure the safety of the clients and staff of Eldhestar and other business partners in case of combo tours. No responsibility is accepted for losses, expenses due to delays, changes of flights, or other services or because of strikes, accidents, sickness, damage, negligence, weather, war, changes in schedules, or other similar causes. Eldhestar and other partners in case of combo tours do not assume responsibility for accidents or death that can be traced to the participant´s negligence, acts of third parties or exterior circumstances such as weather, natural occurrences, war or other similar causes.
NOTICE: THE SMALL PRINT
Included in the price: Meals and services as described in the itinerary and 11% VAT.
Children´s discount for children 14 years and younger is 20%.
Single supplement for tours with hotel accommodation is 55 EUR per room / per night.
Upgrade from the guesthouse to hotel accommodation is 60 EUR per person / per night based on the double room.
Prices for tours with hotel accommodation are based on a shared double room.
Prices for tours with guesthouse accommodation are based on accommodation in 2-4 bedrooms.
Note: The last night in Reykjavík will not be included in our Shorter Tours, Longer Tours and Wilderness Tours in summer 2019.