Countryside Riding Adventure | 7 Days of Summer in East Iceland
Experience Icelandic nature to its fullest while riding the charming Icelandic horse. The authentic and cosy Wilderness Center is the base for this tour. It has excellent access to a variety of riding paths in the beautiful and peaceful Fljótsdalur valley and the surrounding area.
You will have six days of horseback riding, light hiking, visiting informative and engaging exhibitions as well as relaxing in the hot springs and old-style sauna at the Wilderness Center. This area is rich, both in nature and history, as well as being known as “old Iceland,” with small family-run farms, historical places, museums, hiking paths, canyons, forests, and rivers.
One of the many charms of this place is the wild reindeer roaming the area, and the access we have to visit local farms means there will be plenty of interesting things to see and do. While at the Wilderness Center you will get a taste of local food made from ingredients from the valley. It is cooked in front of the guests and served in a home-style kitchen. Your accommodation is a “sleep in a museum” concept, with beautiful decor in the style of the former residents of the farm.
Your hosts have been passionate riders from childhood, and they have guided riding tours for many years, bringing riding experience, local knowledge and personal service to the excursion. The friendly horses are fit for both less experienced riders as well as more experienced guests.
This tour is the perfect way to bond with the charming horses as well as experiencing the nature, history, and culture of the place. Take this time to get a break from your busy life and enjoy the moment. It's ideal for couples, families, groups or just anyone who appreciates outdoors activities. Check out the calendar for departure dates and guarantee your spot on this active and yet relaxing experience.
Day 1 - Fljotsdalur Valley and Kleif abandoned farm
After lunch, we will take a pleasant trip to the abandoned farm of Kleif, where we will spend some time basking in the beautiful surroundings and having a look around the old farmhouse. Before we head back to the Wilderness Center, those who like a little additional adventure can try their hand at winching themselves across the Jökulsá river by a traditional cableway cart.
Each night after dinner, the guests can soak in the hot spring or relax in the old-style sauna.
Day 2 - Riding and Wilderness Exhibition
After the ride, we experience the adventures of the wilderness through the visually stunning and award-winning exhibition about the history of life in and next to the wilderness. After dinner, we will play games and sing a few songs.
Day 3 - Hengifoss waterfall
Hengifoss is among the highest waterfalls in Iceland, measuring 128 meters. It falls from the plateau above into a magnificent gorge. A colourful rock face surrounds the waterfall, showing layers from the different volcanic eruptions in the Tertiary period when Iceland was still being formed. The walk from the parking lot takes 40-60 minutes to the waterfall.
Along the way, you will also see another astonishing waterfall called Litlanesfoss. This one is crowned by remarkable tall basalt columns which make it unique and photogenic. Afterwards, we will drive to the Wilderness Center for a tasty dinner and a relaxing time. Those who want to can enjoy the old-style spa.
Day 4 - Hallormsstaður forest and the old monastery ruins.
Afterwards, we will drive back and stop at Skriðuklaustur, a unique place with a compelling history. We take a look at the ruins of an old monastery and visit a house that was the home of the author Gunnar Gunnarsson. To end the day, we will enjoy local food and have a relaxed evening at the Wilderness Center.
Day 5 - Fljotdsalsherað
The second part of this ride is through Hallormsstaður forest again.
Day 6 - Last day of the ride
As this is the last evening of the tour, we will celebrate the end of this great riding experience with a barbeque feast at the centre. We will sing and play games—and, of course, those so inclined will still have time to enjoy the hot springs.