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Thingvellir Viking Trail


Thingvellir Viking Trail
East and South Iceland

 

For centuries the Thingvellir area was a central meeting point for those travelling the country on horseback. Important routes to different parts of the country would link up here where the National Park is today, e.g. the trail along Uxahryggir and Kaldidalur to the Borgarfjörður area and Western- Iceland; and the trail passing by Gjábakki as well as the historical trails of Leggjabrjótur and Síldarmannagötur.

On Thingvellir plains the Althing or national assembly was established around 930 and continued to convene there until 1798. All major events in Iceland´s history have taken place at this hallowed site. For Icelanders this is where the heart of the nation beats. The area is part of a large fissure zone cutting diagonally across Iceland, the consequence of the country sitting atop the Mid-Atlantic Ridge where two continental plates are pulling apart. Which explains all the volcanoes and earthquakes we have!

On this tour we enjoy excellent riding paths in the Thingvellir National Park as well as relaxing and revitalizing ourselves in the geothermal pools of the Fontana Spa. We retrace the footsteps of one of the most notorious Viking warriors, Egill Skallagrímsson, and get to hear some colourful tall tales about this hellraiser. We are introduced to Iceland´s most renowned scholar and saga writer, Snorri Sturluson, who lived at Reykholt in Borgarfjörður.

This riding tour is a fabulous combination of great riding trails, wonderful tales of fearful Vikings and the best in relaxation at the Fontana Spa facility.


Camping Ride with vehicle support
Progressive Ride (no camping)

Meeting: Reykjavik
Airport: Keflavik
Transfer: Keflavik Airport
Riders: Min 8 riders
Max 14 riders

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    Thingvellir Viking Trail
    Tour Code: IT-ICRT04S
    7 days / 6 nights ~$2,215.00
    Dates : June- August

    Difficulty : Riding Level
    Riding Level Explained
    ABeginner
    Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
    BNovice
    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.
    CIntermediate
    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.
    EAdvanced
    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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    A 2016 08/14 - 08/20 7d / 6n 8 day trip, AP 8 /14 Expired
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    Tack: Icelandic
    Horses: Icelandic
    Pace: Riders should be comfortable and in co...
    Walk, Trot, Canter, Gallop,
    Airport: Keflavik
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