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Northern Elves Trail


Northern Elves Trail
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In the North of Iceland, at the longest fjord Eyjafjördur, lies Grytubakki - a dreamy farmhouse which is the starting point to a variety of riding tours in an extraordinary landscape.  About 100 horses live with us during the whole year and during the months of June, July and August another 20 join the herd.
Curious young horses, mysterious cities of the Elves, a Viking treasure hidden in the ground, attractive valleys, rivers and a colorful world of wonders are waiting for the guests of the Northern Elves Trail. We ride through remote valleys to the North Atlantic and  travel with a herd of free running horses to Lake Myvatn, the famous lake of the midges.
We ride along the valley of the Fnjoska river which is the longest freshwater river in Iceland. Some 10,000 years ago there was a glacial lake in this valley whose shore is still visible in the slopes of the mountains.
We have a look at the famous church and turfhouses at Laufas and ride along impressive woods to Hjardarholt farmhouse. Enjoy the magnificent view to the mouth of the Fnjóská river and into the Eyjafjordur fjord the next day!
We ride to Fjordur, a deserted countryside populated only by 4000 sheep and the hidden trolls and elves. Names like Trolladalur - "valley of the trolls" and Alfaborgir - "cities of the elves "- remind us of the existence of these invisible beings. They have chosen some of the best places for their homes. Old volcanoes, glaciers, little ponds and an amazingly green landscape we share with the mystical.
The next three days will be spent enjoying the idyllic life and fascinating atmosphere of this special area.


Camping Ride with vehicle support
Progressive Ride (no camping)

Meeting: Akureyri airport or bus station
Airport: Akureyri
Transfer: Akureyri airport or bus station
Riders: Min 4 riders
Max 10 riders

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    Northern Elves Trail
    Tour Code: IT-ICRT-P01
    7 days / 6 nights ~$1,440.00
    Dates : June & Aug

    Trip Rating :
    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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    Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
    A 2014 06/16 - 06/22 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 4 /10 Reserve
    A 2014 06/23 - 06/29 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 4 /10 Reserve
    A 2014 08/17 - 08/23 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 4 /10 Reserve
    A 2014 08/24 - 08/30 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 4 /10 Reserve
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    Tack: Icelandic
    Horses: Icelandic Horses
    Pace: Moderate with canters. Daily rides are...

    Airport: Akureyri
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