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Northern Exposure

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Heiðdís Halla Sigurðardóttir

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Northern Exposure

This tour was nominated by the Sunday Times as one of the 10th best trails in the world. The North of Iceland is known for its spectacular natural sights and diverse landscape. Our tour goes from Bjarnastaðir Farm near Húsavík to the Lake Mývatn area, famous for its volcanic features and rich birdlife. Ásbyrgi Canyon, Dettifoss, and the strange rock formations at Hljóðaklettar are just some of the gems of nature we will see.

DAY 1

Reykjavík – Bjarnastaðir

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) Read more

Bjarnastaðir farm
DAY 2

Bjarnastaðir - Theistareykir

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) Read more

Theistareykir
DAY 3

Theistareykir - Heiðarbær

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)

Heiðarbær
DAY 4

Heiðarbær

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) Read more

Heiðarbær
DAY 5

Heiðarbær - Bjarnastaðir

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)

Bjarnastaðir farm
DAY 6

Bjarnastaðir – Húsavík

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 Read more

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location North Iceland
Day 2
Location North Iceland
Hotel Theistareikir
Day 3
Location North Iceland
Hotel Heiðarbær
Day 4
Location North Iceland
Hotel Heiðarbær
Day 5
Location North Iceland

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • Flight from Reykjavík to Húsavík and bus drive 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.
  • Rain wear, water bottle, saddle bag, riding helmet.

Package excludes

  • 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.
  • Flight to and from Iceland is not included

More information

  • Please bring your own sleeping bag with you on the tour
  • Individual travel insurance is not included in the tour price. We encourage clients to obtain relevant travel insurance before visiting Iceland.

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Heiðdís Halla

No better way to explore nature than on a horseback

Þórður Freyr

Riding is the most authentic way to travel in Iceland

Jenný Maggý

Yes what they said :)

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