Experience the variety and beauty of Icelandic nature. Broad valleys, steep canyons and raging rivers of Thórsmörk are marvelous places to enjoy the Icelandic horse in Iceland’s nature.
In the valley you are surrounded by both green forest and glaciers. You will continue along a glacial river onto the black beaches o the southernmost coast of Iceland. And on your way, you’ll stop at Seljalandsfoss Waterfall. This ride offers an amazing variety of topography and scenery.
2023 Dates: May 27-31, June 6-10, June 18-22, July 6-10, July 16-20, July 24-28, Aug. 8-12, Aug. 16-20, Aug. 26-30, Sept. 3-7
(Accommodation in guesthouses (1 night) and sleeping bag accommodation in farmhouses and a simple mountain hut (3 nights), full board.)
Rates: $2,045.00 USD per person sharing. Single Supplement $325.00.
***Additional – Extra day (and night) of beach riding at the end: $480.00 USD per person sharing. Single supplement $80.00 USD
- 4 nights accommodation
- 4 days of riding
- All meals but dinner on the last night
- Horse and all tack
- Transfer to/from Reykjavik city
- All local taxes
- Travel insurance
- Airport transfer to Reykjavick city
- Dinner on the last night
- Gratuities for the team at the end of the stay
Thórsmörk - The World of Contrasts – Glaciers, Volcanos, Waterfalls and Sagas
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).
The accommodation on this night is not included, please advise if you would like for us to make a hotel reservation for you in Reykjavik, or let us know where you plan to stay.
Riding time and distance: 25 km, 4-5 hours.
*** Please note that hotel and dinner on the last evening is not included.
4 nights – 5 days on horseback – 90 km. Riding distance per day: 20 – 35 km (4-6,5 hours).
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.
I just returned from a 5 day riding trip with Elshestar in Thorsmork Iceland and the trip was spectacular. The Iceland horse (don’t call them ponies) are an exceptional breed and very calm. The guides were knowledgeable. The accommodations were really good and the cook on the ride made some delicious food.
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