Hekla Volcano Riding Adventure

About the Experience

Horseback riding through the wilds of Iceland. Fjords, volcanoes, waterfalls, hot springs. Imagine the wonders. Imagine the adventure. Imagine the stories you’ll tell.

Designed for experienced horse riders, you will explore the colourful landscape between the famous Hekla volcano and Tindafjallajökull glacier. Known for its incredible landscapes, this area was shaped by the forces of nature. Be a part of these forces when you ride with a herd of free-running Icelandic horse on soft riding paths, on black sand hugged by green grass, and on lava fields in a mystic scenery created by centuries of volcanic eruptions.

Feel the presence of the natural force and the mystique surrounding Hekla, together with elements from the old Sagas. Your riding path follows an old Viking trail that the Viking, Gunnar from Hlíðarendi in Njáls Saga, was riding when he ended up in one of his many battles.

And oh, the horses. They have a story, too. The Icelandic horse was brought here more than 1,000 years ago by Vikings. Famous for their affectionate nature, herds of Icelandic horse still roam the valleys.

And the Icelandic horses you’ll be riding are known for their affection, too, as well as their sure-footedness and smooth gait. After a good, long day of horseback riding through the wilds of Iceland, you’ll spend your nights at comfortable guesthouses or peaceful mountain huts. By day and by night, you will not soon forget this epic riding adventure.

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Hekla Volcano Riding Adventure

About the Experience

Horseback riding through the wilds of Iceland. Fjords, volcanoes, waterfalls, hot springs. Imagine the wonders. Imagine the adventure. Imagine the stories you’ll tell.

Designed for experienced horse riders, you will explore the colourful landscape between the famous Hekla volcano and Tindafjallajökull glacier. Known for its incredible landscapes, this area was shaped by the forces of nature. Be a part of these forces when you ride with a herd of free-running Icelandic horse on soft riding paths, on black sand hugged by green grass, and on lava fields in a mystic scenery created by centuries of volcanic eruptions.

Feel the presence of the natural force and the mystique surrounding Hekla, together with elements from the old Sagas. Your riding path follows an old Viking trail that the Viking, Gunnar from Hlíðarendi in Njáls Saga, was riding when he ended up in one of his many battles.

And oh, the horses. They have a story, too. The Icelandic horse was brought here more than 1,000 years ago by Vikings. Famous for their affectionate nature, herds of Icelandic horse still roam the valleys.

And the Icelandic horses you’ll be riding are known for their affection, too, as well as their sure-footedness and smooth gait. After a good, long day of horseback riding through the wilds of Iceland, you’ll spend your nights at comfortable guesthouses or peaceful mountain huts. By day and by night, you will not soon forget this epic riding adventure.

Day 1: Arrival

Your Iceland adventure starts in the evening. Your WWE guide will greet you at the BSI bus station between 5:30-6pm. You will be driven out to Farm Vellir near Hveragerði and lodged in the new guesthouse. Get to know your fellow wild women during dinner at Hotel Eldhestar, before going through your Wild Women Orientation. And, if you’re inclined, end this first day with a soak in the hot tubs.

Day 2: Orientation and Day Trip

Rise and shine to a hearty breakfast in Hotel Eldhestar. Today you will be outfitted with raingear, helmets, and saddles, and paired up with your first horse. Your guides will demonstrate tacking, mounting, and maneuvering through the various gaits of the Icelandic horse. The rest of the morning is spent in the paddock, practicing mounting, maneuvering, walking, tolting and trotting, as you will need to be able to do all of this comfortably throughout the trip.

After lunch, practice on soft riding trails along the meadows around farm Vellir. You will then follow the river Gljufura and continue on an old route towards Ingolfsfjall Mountain, named after the first Norwegian Viking who settled in Iceland.

Ride along the slopes of Reykjafjall with epic views of the landscape between the ocean and the volcanoes surrounding the village Hveragerdi before returning to the farm. Untack your horse and store your saddle and raingear together. Dinner tonight is at Hotel Eldhestar. You will then review the next day’s itinerary, pack and enjoy the hot tubs again!

Day 3: Vellir – Hrólfsstaðahellir

Today you will go by bus to the farm Fellsmúli in the beautiful area Landssveit, at the foot of Volcano Hekla. From there you ride northwards to the farm Leirubakki, and then on nice trails eastwards to the Vestri-Rangá River. The tour continues southward along the river to the farm Hrólfsstaðahellir, where you will spend the night in a cottage with, of course, a hot tub.

Duration: 23 km, 4 hrs.

Day 4: Hrólfsstaðahelli – Foss

Your day starts by crossing the river Vestri-Rangá and continuing over the moss-covered lava field Botnahraun, which was created several hundred years ago in one of Hekla´s many eruptions. You’ll follow an ancient riding path over the lava field and across wide plains of grassland, and over Axarhraun, until reaching the mountain hut Foss. This hut is located in the area south of the volcano Hekla which is well known from the great Saga of Njáll.

Duration: 35 km, 7 hrs.

Day 5: Foss

Today, you leave the herd at the hut and ride with your best tölters to experience the beautiful surroundings with scenic valleys and special cleft formations. From the farm Foss you ride through grassland towards an impressive cave. After visiting the cave, ride back to Foss for a relaxing lunch, passing abandoned farms along the way. In the afternoon you will follow a scenic path to the very special area next to the volcanic mountain Hafrafell. You will spend the night in Foss.

Duration: 20 km,  5 hrs.

Day 6: Foss – Rjúpnavellir

Ride over the lava field Axarhraun to see the area west of the volcano Hekla. Afterwards you will pass the farms of Hekla which are the farms closest to the volcano. Continue through an area covered with soft black lava sand and enjoy the breathtaking landscape and mountains, until reaching the mighty river Vestri-Rangá. You will spend the night at Rjúpnavellir, a nice cottage situated close to Hekla. In this area, the landscape is imprinted by natural forces such as wind and volcanic eruptions.

Duration: 40 km, 8 hrs.

Day 7: Rjúpnavellir – Þjófafoss – Fellsmúli – Back to Eldhestar

Ride on with the herd of horses towards the glacial river Þjórsá, the longest river in Iceland, where you will reach the Waterfall of the Thieves, Þjófafoss. Continue in brisk tölt on soft sandy paths through a beautifully green forest of birches to the old farm Skarfanes. The horses know they are on their way home now, so the pace on these paths will quicken. The tour will come to a close where it began, at the farm Fellsmúli, where refreshments are waiting for you.

Duration: 24 km, 5 hrs.

Day 8: Beach Riding

Ride on the black lava beach next to the small fishing town Thorlákshöfn. You will follow the beach to the place where the mighty river Ölfusá meets the sea. Continue your journey through shallow water at the edge of the river delta and ride on the soft, green river banks back to farm Vellir.

On your way, delight in the spectacular views, and keep a lookout for a variety of birds. Return to farm Vellir to relax, take a last soak in the hot tub and enjoy a farewell dinner.

Duration: 23 km, 5 -6 hrs

Day 9: Departure

After breakfast, your group will travel back to Reykjavik. You can be dropped off at the BSI Terminal or your Reykjavik accommodations if you’re continuing to travel in Iceland.

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