Horse round up - Vididalstungurett
- Duration: 4 Days (approx.)
- Location: Hafnarfjordur
- Product code: IH-26
Join the farmers in this great autumn adventure. Ride along when they drive the herd, sort the horses and celebrate the safe return of horses and herders.
JOIN THE FARMERS OF VÍÐIDALUR IN ADVENTUROUS RIDING TOUR
Join the farmers in this great autumn
adventure. Ride along when they drive the herd, sort the horses and celebrate
the successful return of horses and men. The varied terrain includes the
highland moors, green valleys just turning into their autumn colours of burning
red and yellow, deep blue lakes and rivers and Kolugljúfur gorge where a troll
woman resided in the old days.
From Hvammur Farm in the North we follow good riding tracks until we meet the Icelanders
who have been gathering horses already for some days. We join them and help
driving the herd down to the Víðidalstungurétt corral. When this task has been fulfilled the locals celebrate the successful round-ups with a
ball “réttardansleikur” and we are welcome to join in the fun. The next day the
horses get sorted. Experience the excitement of horses and men when the horses
and foals are selected from the herd and returned to their rightful owners.
Wednesday: Reykjavík – Hvammur – Sveinsstaðir –
Pick up between 07:30 – 08:30 from your accommodation. Please dress already in riding clothes. Transfer
by bus from Reykjavík to Hvammur Farm, where we meet horses and guides. We
start our ride through Vatnsdalur valley. This beautiful valley is the setting
of the Vatnsdæla-Saga. We ride along the banks of River Vatnsdalsá before
crossing over to the western side of the valley. Our ride ends at Sveinsstaðir
Farm and we return to Hvammur Farm for our overnight stay. (approx. 25
Sveinsstaðir – Dæli – Hvammur
This long and exciting riding day takes us alongside the Hóp
and across the Gljúfurá River. Through the friendly countryside of Vestur-Hóp
and into the beautiful valley Víðidalur. We follow Víðidalsá River to Dæli Farm
where we will leave the horses. We return to Hvammur farm for our overnight
stay. The outdoor hot tub is waiting, as well as a hearty dinner. (approx. 40 km)
Friday: Dæli - Kolugil – Víðidalstungheiði – Hvammur
Today we ascend towards the
highland plateau Víðidalstunguheiði and meet the horses coming down from their
pastures in the highlands. We enjoy a warm lunch at a mountain shelter before
we join the farmers in driving the herd down from the mountains. Before ending
our ride at Dæli Farm we stop at Kolugili Farm for refreshments. (approx. 32 km, during 8-9 hours
including lunch and coffee breaks)
Saturday: Víðidalstungurétt – Lake Hóp – Hvammur
Our day starts at the round
up place Víðidalstungurétt, where horses are sorted out. An auction is held
right on the spot and we can join the farmers in their joyful singing,
celebrating the return of their horses. In the afternoon we join up with our
horses close to Borgarvirki and ride towards Lake Hóp. Feel the excitement of the horses as
they reach the open plain. Our trail leads us right across Lake Hóp, Iceland’s
fifth biggest lake, on a safe track across the water. We ride past Thingeyrar,
a place of great historic importance and into Vatnsdalur valley. It is time to
say good bye to the horses and we return to Hvammur.
(approx. 30 km)
Optional (not included in the tour price):
dance at Víðihlíð, where everybody relaxes after the excitement of the day and
celebrates yet another successful round up.
Sunday: Return to the South – Reykjavík
Departure from the North
and return to Reykjavík at approx. 14:00.
– We reserve the right to alter the itinerary if necessary –
WHAT IS INCLUDED
• Airport transfer if you participate in the tour program as described.
• Accommodation in Reykjavík before and after the riding tour, includes breakfast only, not lunch and dinner. Traditional Icelandic stew is served on the arrival day.
• 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 in advance. All riders make their own packed lunch from the breakfast table.
• Rain wear, saddle bag and 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 -