Kerlingarfjöll – 6 Days Riding Tour

Only as a custom tour 2020

Amazing riding tour to Kerlingarfjöll geothermal area in the Heart of Iceland, between the glaciers Hofsjökull and Langjökull. Kerlingarfjöll are one of the biggest mountains and geothermal areas in Iceland.
The area described as a cluster of rugged mountains with steep hills and sharp lines. It is very different from the close surrounding. Rhyolite and obsidian are types of rocks that characterize the appearance of some of the mountains, making the area extremely colorful. Incredible for riding landscape not frequently seen elsewhere.
Kerlingarfjöll were probably named after a high rock pillar that is said to be a female troll who was turned to stone as she was hit by daylight back when her kin roamed the country. The massif is colorful and rich in contrasts with its peaks and valleys also glaciers and snowfields and all that lively geothermal activity that serves to make the area so interesting. Formed during a volcanic eruption in the last part of the ice age.

First of all it will be a limited sized group with emphasis on quality horses and good food. This excursion is only for experience and very experience riders. You will be riding with a herd of freely running horses. Six days in the saddle which leaves unforgettable memories . The trial where you can see many monuments of nature and beautiful landscapes of Iceland. Sleeping bag accommodation.

Plan of the Kerlingarfjöll – 6 Days Riding Tour:

Day 1
08:30 – 09:15 – Pick up at hotel/guest house
10:00 -10:30 – Arrive at start location where we have a coffee and the horses are selected based on individual rider’s experience.
11:30 – We start out tour by riding up into the highlands and enjoy its beautiful scenery. We will ride in Laxárdalur and see Laxargljufur canyons as deep as 100-200 m and about 10 km long. Sandstone and tuff shaped and carved by the river also nice cliffs and pillars and colorful vegetation, make these canyons among the most beautiful in the country. The ride is about 6 hours (40km) with breaks for riders and horses.
18:00 -19:00 – Arrive at Helgaskáli cottage, traditional Icelandic dinner

Day 2
08:30 – Breakfast
10:30 – We leave Helgaskáli ride for about 6 – 7 hours that day. On the way we will have amazing view all around on Bláfell -the Blue mountain – home of giants and ptarmigans, Langjökull ice cap, the multi-summited Jarlhettur row of peaks. Our herd of freely running horses will let you remember that day. We will see over to Kjölur- the way connecting South and North of Iceland.
18:00 – Arrive to Lepistungur accomondation
19:00 – Traditional dinner

Day 3
08:30 – Breakfast
11:00 – We ride for around 6-7 hours that day. We ride accross Kisubotnar, see Hofsjökull the third largest gleacier in Iceland on the right side and amazing Kerlingafjöll on the left .
18:00-19:00 – We will stay in Ásgarður valley that is in the northern part of the mountains – Kerlingarfjöll in a mountain house, sleeping bag accommodation and showers.
20:00 – Dinner

Day 4
08:30 – Breakfast
11:00 – We will take our time in Kerlingafjöll, we go for a hike to hot springs and walk around that beautiful area. Due to the unusual combination of heat and cold, the flora around the hot spring area is highly unusual. In the afternoon we saddle up and ride to Svinarnes.
18:00 – Arrive at Svinarnes our accommodation for the night
20:00 – Traditional dinner

Day 5
08:30 – Breakfast
11:00 – Start our riding with a mountain views, beautiful landscape down the river Sandá. We enjoy our horses and all of theirs unique gaits. Great views over to Kjölur. Long day in the saddle.
19:00 – Coming to Klettur cabin in the highlands.
20:00 – Grilled dinner

Day 6
08:30 – Breakfast
10:30 – Start our riding which is 6-7 hours (ca. 40 km) through wonderful green landscape and then down the village, closer to civilization again.
17:30 – Back to a meeting point where we´ll have light dinner and say goodbye.
18:30 – Departure and arriving at your hotel/guest house around 19:30 – 20:00 o’clock.

Important: Due the weather conditions the plan of the trip may change.