Season:
June - August
Price from:
$ 2,465,- Per person
Duration:
5 nights-5 riding days
Departure:
Monday

The miracles around Lake Myvatn

Dates and prices

This trip was nominated by the Sunday Times to be one of the top 10 rides in the world.

Northern Iceland is famous for its spectacular natural landscapes and varied landscapes. This ride takes you from Bjarnastaðir to Myvatn. During the trip the riders will experience the very active geothermal area around Myvatn, specially designed lava formations, the huge waterfall Dettifoss and much more.

The miracles around Lake Myvatn

TRAVEL DESCRIPTION

We ride along soft riding tracks ideal for “tölting”, the unique extra gait of the Icelandic Horse. The first day we spend in Jökulsárgljúfur National Park and visit both Dettifoss Waterfall and Ásbyrgi Canyon.
From rich green pastureland, we head towards the Gæsafjöll Mountains and spend a night in a mountain cabin at Theistareykir. Through an area scarred with cracks and fissures from earthquakes and volcanic activity, the route takes us to Lake Mývatn where bubbling mud pools and eerie lava formations are a reminder of the powerful energy right beneath our feet. We have the opportunity to bathe in the warm geothermal water of the outdoor pool at the Mývatn Nature Baths.

The next two days take us through Laxárdalur Valley to Heiðabær for an overnight stay and relaxation in the swimming pool on site. From there we continue across Reykjaheiði heath towards the coast and back to Bjarnastaðir Farm.
After this amazing tour in an ever-changing landscape, we can soak away our cares in the hot tub at Lundur Swimming Pool before sitting down to a hearty farewell dinner at the farm.

Itinerary

Dates and prices

Monday: Reykjavík – Húsavík – Ásbyrgi – Dettifoss – Bjarnastaðir

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Departure from pick up points in Reykjavik www.busstop.is to the Domestic Airport for the flight to Húsavík and transfer to Bjarnastaðir Farm. Pick up between 06:30 – 07:30.

Please dress already in riding clothes and bring your passport or other identification for your domestic flight. At Bjarnastaðir, we have lunch and start our ride with a short introduction to the Icelandic horse and its special gaits.

This is truly a day to remember when we ride on the east side of the National Park Jökulsárgljúfur and visit places like Gloppa, Hallhöfðastígur overlooking Hljóðaklettar and many more. After riding we have a sightseeing tour by bus to Europe’s largest waterfall, Dettifoss and the famous Ásbyrgi Canyon, one of the wonders of nature, a wide, horseshoe-shaped canyon with sheer cliff faces up to 100 m high. (Approx. 20 km)

Tuesday: Bjarnastaðir – Theistareykir Mountain Cabin

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We ride across the mighty glacial river Jökulsá á Fjöllum (on a bridge) and into the mountains to the geothermal area of Theistareykir. At one point we will practically cross over from one continental plate to another as we ride over the Mid-Atlantic ridge! It is a fascinating area with deep earthquake fissures, multi-colored mountains and geothermal energy. With all this volcanic activity going on here, it is easy to understand that Iceland is still under “natural construction” (Approx. 35 km)

Wednesday: Theistareykir – Heiðarbær

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Enjoy today’s ride from the Theistareykir area to Halldorstaðir in Laxárdal.  We then drive to Heiðarbær, where we stay for the next 2 nights with a swimming pool on the premises. (Approx. 35 km)

Thursday: Heiðarbær

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We start the day with an exciting sightseeing tour by bus. We begin with a nice hot bath in Jarðböð, an outdoor lagoon with geothermal water and visit Dimmuborgir, fantastic black lava formations with rich vegetation. We saddle up again and head of through a black sand desert along the colorful Laxárdalur valley with the glittering Salmon River Laxá in the middle. A true day of contrasts in the ever changing Icelandic nature. We stop at the very special Hraunsrétt – made of lava. We ride to Skógarhlíð, where we leave the horses tonight. (Approx. 30 km)

Friday: Heiðarbær – Bjarnastaðir

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Today we set out through Geldingadalur Valley and Reykjaheiði into Öxarfjörður Fjord to Bjarnastaðir Farm, where the hot outdoor tub is waiting. (Approx. 40 km)

Saturday: Bjarnastaðir – Húsavík (optional: whale watching) – Reykjavík

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In the morning return to Húsavík by bus and a whale watching cruise for those interested (Price per person EUR 80). Others can enjoy the town‘s swimming pool with it‘s hot tubs or just go for a stroll in this beautiful town. Afternoon flight back to Reykjavík Domestic Airport and a transfer to your accommodation.

Flights, Transfers and Accommodation

Dates and prices

Flights, Transfers and Accommodation

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We help you plan flights, transportation and accommodation before and after the trip. Ask us for advice before booking and we will find the best solution for you.

Prices in USD

High Season Low Season
$ 2,610,- $ 2,465,-

High Season: 29.06.2019 - 20.08.2019


You can request the vacation you would like to book, and we will check the availability and contact you via e-mail within 48 hours to confirm the availability.


Tour Code 0201

Included

  • 5 nights accommodation
  • 5 riding days
  • Domestic flight from Reykjavík to Húsavík and bus drive to the farm.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner all riding days
  • Rain wear, water bottle, saddle bag, riding helmet.

Not included

  • Free Cancellation
  • Travel Insurance
  • Flights to and from Iceland
  • Transfer from the international airport to Reykjavik
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Sleeping bag (Please bring you own)