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Itinerary for Hot Springs, Lava Fields & Trails




Sample Itinerary - subject to changes

We reserve the right to alter routes, itineraries or timetables should the necessity arise. The estimated duration of tours as indicated by km can change according to road or weather conditions.

Day 1 (Thursday):  Welcome to West Iceland!               
Pick up from your accommodation in Reykjavík at 10 am. Please wear your riding clothes for departure. You will be transfered into the charming Nature Reserve of Húsafell. Here, you meet your horses for a first ride from Húsafell through the idyllic birch tree forest Hraunásskógur to the famous Hraunfossar waterfalls. This waterfall runs down in numerous little falls from the rugged brims of the Hallmundarhraun lavafield, covering a distance of almost 1000 m. We leave the horses at a farm near the waterfalls and drive to our accommodation for the night.
Enjoy a relaxing bath in the geothermal pool or hot tub and a delicious meal (dinner is not included)!
Riding: approx 15 km
Meals included: Lunch
Overnight at Hotel in Húsafell
  
 
Day 2 (Friday): Tunga Ride & Lava Cave Tour
After enjoying a good breakfast from the sumptuous buffet you will meet again with your guide in the hotel lobby and return to the horses. You will ride via the farm Fljótstunga along the banks of a wild salmon river into the beautiful landscape around Tunga. Right after today´s ride we take you to the huge lava cave Viðgelmir, one of the largest of its kind in Iceland. A guide will take you „down under“ to the wonders of lava stalagmites and other peculiar lava formations in the huge dome underneath the Hallmundarlava field. (Helmets and torches provided. Please dress warmly and wear sturdy shoes, duration approx. 1,5 hours). After the tour you return to your lovely hotel.
Riding: approx 20 km 
Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch
Overnight at Hotel in Húsafell
  
 
Day 3 (Saturday): Hallmundahraun lava fields & Giljaböð canyon bath            
After breakfast return to the horses to go for a breathtaking ride through the huge lava field of Hallmundarhraun. You ride on remote tracks through different types of lava, birch forest and wide open spaces of secluded fields covered in moss and lichens. Enjoy spectacular views of mountains and the glacier Langjökull in the background. We leave the horses at Kalmannstunga for a well deserved rest.
After the ride, enjoy a relaxing bath in the stunning Giljaböð Canyon baths. Constructed from locally sourced, natural materials (like flagstone from the canyon floor), the baths are hot-spring fed pools designed to blend into the environment seamlessly using the age-old methods that created Snorralaug, a heritage site pool dating back to the 10th century. The on-site bathhouse is made from salvaged timbers from the area. Even the hooks in the changing room are repurposed horseshoes from a nearby family farm.
Riding: approx 23 km
Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch
Overnight at Hotel in Húsafell
  
 
Day 4 (Sunday): Húsafell Nature Reserve Ride & Krauma
After breakfast and check out at the hotel we return to the horses. Today we ride from Kalmanstunga through the Húsafell Nature Reserve back to the hotel grounds.
On our way to Reykjavik we stop at modern Krauma SPA with steam rooms, hot tubs and a relaxing room with a crackling open fire. We will provide you with a towel, bathrobe and a glass of wine!
Riding: Approx 15 km
Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch

Please note: An optional tour into an ice tunnel at Langjökull glacier can be booked from the hotel grounds on the last day. Please let us know if you would like to book this option (extra fee applies).


Non-riders
Non-riders are welcome to join. There are great facilities for hikers and golf loving people! Please, inquire for rates.
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Hot Springs, Lava Fields & Trails
Tour Code: IT-ICEIL1
4 days / 3 nights
Dates : July

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 2024 07/11 - 07/14 4d / 3n 4 day trip 2 /4 Expired
A 2024 07/18 - 07/21 4d / 3n 4 day trip 2 /4 Reserve
A 2024 07/25 - 07/28 4d / 3n 4 day trip 2 /4 Sold Out
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Tack: Icelandic tack with saddle bags
Horses: Icelandic Horses
Pace: Riding 15-25 km per day (3-6 hours in ...
Walk, Trot, Canter,
Airport: Keflavik Airport
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