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Trail of Hope - North West Explorer Autumn

Itinerary for Trail of Hope - North West Explorer Autumn

Sample Itinerary - subject to changes

Day 1 (Sunday): Arrival & Introductory Ride
Pick up between 07:30 and 08:30 in the morning from the nearest bus stop to your accommodation or at BSI Bus Station. Please be ready at the earliest pick up time and be dressed in your riding clothes. Transfer by bus from Reykjavík to Hvammur Farm, where we meet horses and guides. We start our ride through Vatnsdalur Valley. This beautiful valley is the setting of the Vatnsdæla-Saga. We ride along the banks of River Vatnsdalsá before crossing over to the western side of the valley. Our ride ends at Sveinsstaðir Farm (the horses stay there overnight) and we return to Hvammur Farm for our overnight stay.
Riding approx. 25 km
Meals included: Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hvammur Farm

Day 2 (Monday): Sveinsstaðir to Þverárétt
We leave Sveinsstaðir Farm and ride alongside the lagoon Hóp. The black sand at the beach is ideal for the special gait of the Icleandic horse. This trail along the shore gives us an idea of the beautiful lagoon we are going to cross tomorrow. We ride along the banks of Víðidalsá River and cross over it. We take a break at Stóra-Borg where our lunch break is and drive to Borgarvirki, a fascinating fortress from the Viking ages. Then we continue our ride to the sheep pen Þverárétt. It is used by local farmers to sort the sheep in the autumn.
Before returning to the guesthouse, we take another excursion to the shore where we see Hvítserkur, a basalt rock formation, nesting place to many seabirds. This area is home to large numbers of seals and hopefully we see many of them resting and playing on the beach.
Riding approx. 30 km
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hvammur Farm

Day 3 (Tuesday): Ride to Thingeyrar Farm
Today, we explore the beauty of the Vatnsnes peninsula and follow black dunes on Sigríðarstaðasandur towards the North-Atlantic. We have our lunch brake on top of the ridge Nesbjörg where we enjoy the great view. Today we cross the lagoon Lake Hóp and follow a save trail through the water on our way to Thingeyrar Farm, once the site of a monastery founded in the 12th century. For sure this day is one of the highlights of this ride. Relax in the outdoor hot tub at Hvammur Farm before a hearty dinner.
Riding approx. 40 km
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hvammur Farm

Day 4 (Wednesday): Thingeyrar Farm to Hvammur Farm
We start the day with a visit to historic Thingeyrar Church. This is our last day of riding and we bring the horses back to Hvammur Farm. We cross Lake Húnavatn on a safe trail in the water and enjoy the excitement of the horses once they have returned to the black sand on dry land. We ride on the eastern side of Vatnsdalur valley, past Hvammsfoss waterfall, surrounded by impressive basalt columns. Celebrate the successful return in the evening with a farewell dinner.
Riding approx. 25 km
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hvammur Farm

Day 5 (Thursday): Departure
It is time to say good bye to our guides and we drive on the scheduled bus over Kjölur Highland Road back to Reykjavík. Return to Reykjavik at approx. 12:30pm.
Meals included: Breakfast

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Trail of Hope - North West Explorer Autumn
Tour Code: IT-ICRT18
5 days / 4 nights ~$1,945.00
Dates : June 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: Basic
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
B 2022 06/05 - 06/09 5d / 4n 5 day trip, AP (Low) 6 /16 Reserve
B 2022 06/12 - 06/16 5d / 4n 5 day trip, AP (Low) 6 /16 Reserve
A 2022 07/22 - 07/26 5d / 4n 5 day trip, AP (High) 6 /16 Reserve
A 2022 07/29 - 08/02 5d / 4n 5 day trip, AP (High) 6 /16 Reserve
B 2022 08/21 - 08/25 5d / 4n 5 day trip, AP (Low) 6 /16 Reserve
B 2022 08/28 - 09/01 5d / 4n 5 day trip, AP (Low) 6 /16 Reserve
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Tack: Icelandic
Horses: Icelandic Horses
Pace: Daily rides are between 5 - 9 hours (2...

Airport: Keflavik Airport
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