Geysir - Gullfoss Special (shorter version of IH-6 Golden Circle)
- Duration: 5 Days (approx.)
- Product code: IH-13
RIDING IN ICELANDIC COUNTRYSIDE AND VISIT THE MOST FAMOUS PLACES IN ICELAND
This tour is a short version of the popular
Golden Circle Tour taking in the hot spring area of Geysir and Gullfoss
Waterfall. We also visit Thingvellir National Park on our transfer back. Enjoy
accommodation at cosy holiday farms during this ride!
Participants on this tour join the longer
Golden Circle Tour for four days, but return to Reykjavík on the fifth day
while those on the longer ride continue.
Day 1. Reykjavik –
up at BSÍ Bus station in Reykjavik at 18:00, where our bus will transfer you
and your fellow riders to Blesastaðir Guesthouse, where horses and staff are waiting for us. After a lovely introductory meal where we get to know
each other we relax and rest so we are well prepared for the adventure ahead of
Day 2. Blesastaðir Guesthouse -
Thjórsá glacier river – Blesastaðir Guesthouse
After an introduction to the Icelandic horse and its special
gaits we start our ride along the pleasant trail at Thjórsá glacier fed river.
We leave the horses at Sandlækjarmýri field and drive to Blesastaðir
Guesthouse. This day is the perfect start to get to know your horse and the
Icelandic way of trail riding in a relaxed atmosphere. Enjoy the outdoor hot
tub at Blesastaðir Guesthouse before a hearty dinner. (approximately 15 km)
Blesastaðir Guesthouse – Myrkholt
We leave Blesastaðir and drive back
to the horses. From there we head off to
the fertile farmlands of neighbouring community Hrunamannahreppur. We drive
spare horses along in a free running herd, enabling us to change our mount
regularly and traveling at a brisk space. We cross the well know Salmon River
Stóra-Laxá and stop for our picnic lunch at Hrunaréttir, a corral used for the
annual sheep round-up in autumn. We continue our ride on good trails, towards
the majestic canyon Brúarhlöð where milky green water passes through bizarre
rock formations. Our ride ends at Brúarhlöð and we drive to the Myrkholt Farm,
where we spend the night. (approximately 30 km)
Day 4. Myrkholt –
Gullfoss – Myrkholt
We continue our ride on soft trails
ideal for tölting, alongside Hvítá River we follow the ever deepening canyon on
to the impressive Golden Waterfall Gullfoss. We will have our lunch break at
Gullfoss before we ride back to Myrkholt where we spend the night.
(approximately 20 km)
Day 5. Haukadalur –
Haukadalsheiði – Myrkholt
Our ride takes us through Haukadalur
valley with its beautiful birch forest. Cross clear little streams on the way
and enjoy the rich vegetation of wild mountain flowers that bloom during high
summer. While you ascend to a highland plateau you will notice the changes in
nature as you reach higher ground. A breathtaking view of the mountain ranges
and glaciers of the highland around awaits you when you reach the top of
Haukadalsheiði. Rest of the day is spent at the Geysir area. You have plenty of
time to explore this highly interesting area with its countless bubbling hot
springs. (approximately 18 km)
Myrkholt – Thingvellir – Reykjavík
Today we leave our riding companions in
the morning after breakfast and drive back to Reykjavík. Approx. arrival in
Reykjavík at 11:30.
– We reserve the right to alter the itinerary if necessary –
2 – 4 bed units with shared facilities. Accommodation before and after the ride to be arranged individually.
NOTE: The tour arrives back in Reykjavík at 10:30 on Thursday morning.
WHAT IS INCLUDED
Bus transfer from Reykjavík to the farm.
During the ride full board is provided. Our menu consists of a large breakfast and traditional Icelandic meals (fish or lamb). Vegetarian meals are available if requested when booking. All riders make their own packed lunch from the breakfast table.
Alcoholic beverages are not included in the tour price and are hard to get in the highlands. They can be bought at a reasonable price in the Duty Free Store at Keflavik Airport upon arrival.
Rain wear, water bottle, saddle bag, riding helmet.
• Individual travel insurance is not included in the tour price. We encourage clients to obtain relevant travel insurance before visiting Iceland.
• Flight to and from Iceland is not included
- For more information please visit our website www.islandshestar.is -