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Diamond Circle Northern Comfort

Diamond Circle Northern Comfort
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The Lake Mývatn area is often called the "Diamond Circle" due to the high density of exquisite sights. It's proof of the power of Mother Earth, with a display of eerie lava formations, high rising steam clouds, black sand deserts and boiling multi-coloured mud pools. The lake itself is a famous breeding area for ducks, who nest cosily in the lush vegetation and raise their ducklings, sheltered by nature and protected by man. This tour is an alternative for those who want to combine the excitement of the highland ride with a higher level of comforts in the accommodation. You also have the advantage of being in a group of a maximum 14 guests, which is fewer than we usually have on our Iceland tours. Our hosts for this tour are Bjarni Páll and Elsa from Saltvík, well known from the Northern Exposure tours.

As on the Northern Exposure tour, you enjoy the varied terrain surrounding Lake Mývatn. Our ride starts over Hvammsheiði Heath and we follow Laxá Salmon River towards Lake Mývatn. A bus brings us to Dimmuborgir, a true maze made by the wonders of nature and we visit the Hverarönd boiling mud pools and steam vents. Natural warm water is harnessed at Jarðböð geothermal outdoor pool where we can swim in the mineral rich water. The riding leads further into the highlands and we catch a glimpse of Ódáðahraun Lava Field, the largest in Iceland, before the ride leads towards the shore again. In Bárðardalur Valley we visit Goðafoss Waterfall and ride partly along the river banks back to Saltvík Farm. Sail out into the Midnight Sun on an optional whale watching boat trip on your last night in the north.

On this tour we exchange the usual mountain cabins for comfortable beds in warm double room lodgings. A single room accommodation is possible. Bathroom facilities are shared and a hot shower is available for every night. During the three nights spent at Saltvík Farm we enjoy two outdoor hot tubs and the amazing view over the ocean and the Kinnafjöll Mountain Range.

Camping Ride with vehicle support
Progressive Ride (no camping)
Suitable for riders over 210 lbs

Meeting: Reykjavik
Airport: Keflavik Airport
Transfer: Keflavik Airport AND Guest House in Reykjavik
Riders: Min 8 riders
Max 16 riders

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    Diamond Circle Northern Comfort
    Tour Code: IT-ICRT17
    8 days / 7 nights ~$2,395.00
    Dates : July to Aug

    Trip Rating :
    Difficulty : Riding Level
    Riding Level Explained
    Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
    Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
    Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
    D Strong Intermediate
    Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
    All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
    Lodging: Standard
    Lodging Level Explained
    = Facilities in lodges, estancias, haciendas, resorts, etc.
    Basic lodging - some with shared bathroom facilities, usually no AC or room service.
    Regular standard room - usually with private bath.
     Accommodations with superior comforts.
     = Trips with nights in tent camps. Sometimes the first and last night are in hotels.
    Basic tent camping - everyone helps out with camp chores.
    Regular standard with some camp amenities and camp cook.
    Camping facilities with superior comforts like camp shower, bathroom facility..
     = Trips that combine nights in hotels and camping.
    Basic accommodation and basic camping facilities can be expected.
    Regular standard with some nicer amenities.
    Only assigned to hotel and camping facilities with superior comforts.

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    Tack: Icelandic
    Horses: Icelandic Horses
    Pace: Moderate with long toelts, 4-6 hours. ...

    Airport: Keflavik Airport
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