Long horse riding tours
The Deserted Fjords of East Iceland
30th of July – 5th August 2018
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We start our tour at Egilsstaðir airport after the first morning flight. We will drive to Skorrastaður, Norðfjörður. Upon arrival at the farm, we will get to know the crew and horses by a lovely riding tour into one of our beautiful valley. At the east coast we ride on the amazing Icelandic horses high up and over the steep mountains were we have a beautiful view over the fjords. We ride with a herd of horses with us and stop for dinner and night over at well-equipped mountain hut and a beautiful old farmhouse in remote deserted fjords. In the mountains we ride old sheep trails and take a sprint on the black sand beaches in the fjords. We ride into the waves of the Atlantic Ocean and take the horses for a swim in the river if the weather is good. At night we sing, tell stories and eat good food. At the end of the tour we drive you back to Egilsstaðir where you catch the flight back to Reykjavik.
Day by day itinerary
This itinerary is flexible and should be seen as a guide only. Local conditions, weather or fitness could lead to changes in our daily plans. All times and distances are approximate. ‘B,L,D’ refers to meals included in the trip cost, i.e. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
The tour starts in Egilsstaðir in the morning. A member from the Skorrahestar family will pick you up at the airport and we’ll drive to Skorrastadur, about 1 hour drive. You are greeted with a light breakfast/lunch=brunch. After the brunch we go for a few hour riding tour to test the horses, and your riding skills. In the afternoon it’s possible to go to the town to relax the muscles in the local swimming pool and hot tubs. L,D.
After breakfast we pack lunch from the breakfast table and saddle up. We ride with the herd up the mountain where we take a small detour to a spot where we can enjoy the view of the fjord. Then we ride along the mountain over a pass to the next fjord where we will meet up with our jeep support for coffee and cakes. We ride further over a mountain to our hut at Karlsstaðir in Vöðlavík. After a relaxing time and maybe a bath in the river we eat, sing and tell stories. (8 hours ride) B,L,D
After breakfast we ride along the shoreline to Krossanes. There we see the remains of an old farm which give us a good idea about the living conditions in this remote area in the past. On the way back to Karlsstaðir we ride the sand stretches of the bay of Vöðlavík and race the horses. We ride into the waves of Atlantic Ocean and maybe dance before we return for late lunch at the hut. After lunch break we saddle up and ride with the herd to Viðfjörður where we will stay at an old farmhouse with a lot of history. After a rest we take a walk along the shoreline where there are a lot of birds to be seen. After dinner we sing and have fun. (7 hours riding) B,L,D
After breakfast we ride around the inhabited area Barðsnes. There we can see the ruins from the first age of the Icelandic settlement. We ride up to the cliffs where we have a spectacular view of the eastest point of Iceland, Gerpir. After a lunch at the farmhouse we ride with the herd along the shoreline to the next fjord Hellisfjörður. Hellisfjörður is like Viðfjörður and Vöðlavík a deserted fjord with an interesting history of farming and whaling. After a good rest we ride over Götuhjalli where we have a good view of the town Neskaupstaður. We ride along the shoreline back to Skorrastaður where we arrive just in time to get to the hot tub before closing. After a good soak we will have dinner and rest. (8 hours riding) B,L,D
After breakfast we take the heard for grazing on our way up to a beautiful waterfall. We change horses on the way back to lunch at the farm. After lunch we take a ride around the fjord, go and race on the black sandy beaches at the bay and take the horses for a swim in the river (optional). After a good soak we will have a traditional Icelandic holiday meal, review our trip and celebrate. (6 hour riding) B,L,D
After breakfast we take a ride into the competition field and have a competition among ourselves. There the riding skills will be put to the test to see how well you manage the horses both in a traditional competition program and non-traditional. After Lunch we have a ride on the best tölt-horses around in the fjord. After the hot tub at the swimming pool we have the “last Dinner and evening fun” (5-6 hour ride) B,L,D
After breakfast we bring you to the airport at Egilstadir where you can catch the flight back to Reykjavík. B.
*We reserve the right to alter the itinerary if necessary.
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