Autumn Adventure - Auðkúlurétt
- Duration: 4 Days (approx.)
- Location: Hafnarfjordur
- Product code: IH-22
On this new and fantastic tour we join Haukur in Hvammur and his fellow farmers in North Iceland as they round up thousands of sheep from the mountains.
HORSEBACK RIDING WITH ICELANDIC FARMERS
We are proud to present
an autumn adventure in the North West of Iceland that includes a round up day.
There is a lot of diversity in this tour starting with beautiful mountain views
from the wide Húnaflói Fjord and into the mysterious highland with a great view
towards the two great glaciers; Hofsjökull and Langjökull
We will meet sheep farmers on their way back to civilisation after many
days in the saddle, herd a big flock of sheep. It is for sure a unique sight to
witness 14 thousand sheep on their way back home after spending the summer up
in the highland followed by over 30 shepherds with 100 horses! You can feel the joy and the excitment as
this is their last day and everyone is on their way back home. You can for sure help them out and take part in the singing
and the happiness.
When you participate in the Round Ups you are
experiencing the Real Thing! You will be one of the group to herd and sort the
animals. Of course that means long hours outside in sometimes cold weather.
Iceland in autumn has many colours and types of weather. Anticipate to be in
golden sunshine one moment and to ride in rain and even sleet during the next.
We therefore recommend to dress well during
these tours, to bring long woolen underwear and lots of woolen socks and
gloves. It is also good to bring some „quick energy supplier“ like chocolade. A
warm rider is a happy rider!
Thursday : Hvammur -
Vatnsdalsá – Kárdalstunga
Pick up between 07:30 – 08:30 from pick up points in Reykjavik www.busstop.is. Please be ready at the earliest pick up time and dress
already in riding clothes. You will arrive to Hvammur farm around noon
and have a nice local lunch. After we have met our horses
we start our ride through the beautiful Vatnsdalur valley. The valley is the
setting of the Vatnsdælir Saga and our
guide, Haukur, knows this Saga well. It will be interesting to listen to him
tell stories of the past and present. Our route runs along the banks of river
Vatnsdalsá and we have to cross it several times. We end our ride deep in the
valley where our horses rest but we go back to Hvammur and enjoy a well
deserved meal and relax in the hot tub. (3 - 4 hours)
Friday : Kárdalstunga -
Auðkúluheiði -Sléttárdalur – Auðkúlurétt
Great authentic experience! We ride from Kárdalstunga and into the
Highlands with a stunning view of the glaciers.. We will meet sheep farmers on
their way back to civilisation after many days in the saddle, herd a big flock
of sheep. It is for sure a unique sight to witness 14 thousand sheep on their
way back home after spending the summer up in the highland followed by over 30
shepherds with 100 horses! You can feel
the joy and the excitment as this is their last day and everyone is on their
way back home. We end our day in the
Auðkúlurétt corrall where we leave the sheep and horses and go back to Hvammur
farm and continue our singing. (8 - 9 hours)
Saturday : Auðkúlurétt –
Reykir - Húnavatn - Þingeyrar – Sveinsstaðir
We drive from Hvammur farm to Auðkúlurétt Corrall where a number of people have showed up to
help the farmers sorting out their sheep. We can also give a helping hand to
Haukur´s grandfather, who is 86 years old and a sheep/horse farmer at Röðull
Auðkúlurétt is the largest Sheep corral in Iceland (and possibly in the world) with
up to 14,000 sheep. This is also where you can get really deep into the Icelandic culture and it does
not get more authentic than this! When our job is done at the corral we
continue with our riding tour. We ride from the farm, Reykir, across lake
Húnavatn. We also look at the remarkable
stone church at Þingeyrar built in 1877. After this cultural stop we continue
our ride on lowland countryside to Sveinsstadir farm where the horses rest
overnight. (6 - 7 hours)
Optional (not included in the
tour price): ,,Réttardansleikur" dance at a
nearby community centre, where everybody relaxes after the excitement of the
day and celebrates yet another successful round up. On special occasions like
this, our guide and farmer, Haukur, put his best dancing shoes on!
Sunday : Sveinsstaðir –
Lake Hóp - Þingeyrar
Today is our last
riding day and of course we finish the tour in style! We ride from Sveinsstadir towards Lake Hóp
(one of the biggest lake in Iceland). On
our way we pass the histocial place, Þrístapar,
where the last execution in Iceland took place in 1830. Haukur will tell us the dramatic
story which will leave no one untouched.
We then ride alongside the lagoon Hóp. The black sand at the beach is
ideal for riding tölt, the special gait of the Icleandic horse as well as
feeling the joy in the horses when they are running in the shallow water. The
lake is a reservoir (lagoon) because it is connected with the se. The view and
the movement of the horses give us an unparalleled sense of freedom. We spend
the last evening at Hvammur farm enjoying good food and of course we sing a long and share
entertaining stories of men and horses. (6 - 7 hours)
Monday : Return to the South -
will be served and after we say goodbye the bus will take us back to Reykjavík
– We reserve the right to alter the itinerary if necessary –
Beds with bed linen in 2 – 4 bed units at the farm.
NOTE - Please bring your own sleeping bag with you on the tour
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
Please bring your own sleeping bag with you on the tour
- For more information please visit our website www.islandshestar.is -