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We ride to Fjörður, countryside populated only by 4000 sheep and the Trolls and Elves. Names like Trölladalur – The Valley of Trolls; and Álfaborgir – The City of 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 amazinigly green landscape greet us. We will spent three days enjoying the peaceful nature and fascinating atmosphere of this special area.
Pick up at Akureyri airport, the bus station or hotel in the late afternoon. A 30-minute drive along the coast road with beautiful views of Eyjafjörður will bring us to the farmhouse Grýtubakki.
Details about the next days will be presented after dinner.
Breakfast will give us the necessary power for the following three-day trip to the Fjörður peninsula. Each rider gets a small saddlebag where he can put his own private things like toothbrush, some extra socks and of course the camera.
Fjörður is a mysterious and deserted countryside. It has been closed off from the rest of the world for 40 years. Only about 4000 sheep spend the summertime here every year, together with the trolls and elves. Names like Trölladalur, the valley of the trolls and Álfaborgir, the cities of the elves remind us of the existence of these invisible beings.
We ride through the woody slopes of Hvalvatnsfjörður. The mountains are extremely beautiful and the cliffs are reflected in the ponds. The route to Þorgeirsfjörður is unforgettable and we stay at Þönglabakki, the old main farm of Fjörður. Here we will stay for two nights in the hut.
After a good breakfast we want to discover the surroundings of the hut. The view over the sea is extraordinary and if we are lucky we can see the island Grimsey which is situated right on the polar circle.
We ride over to the Hvalvatnsfjörður and from there up to Porgeirs-Höfði mountain. There is a mysterious lake on top of this mountain: Nykurtjörn. We will tell you the story about it!
After lunch we saddle up again and ride into the valleys Holsdalur and Bakkadalur.
Here we can let the horses run! Fast Tölt and Gallop show you how powerful the Icelandic horse can be. This valley has a lot of secrets - it’s one of the oldest regions of Iceland.
It is time to leave Þönglabakki.
We will reach Grýtubakki in the late afternoon. Coffee and cakes will be served.
Dinner and overnight.
After breakfast, transfer to Akureyri and there we say good-bye to our guests.
Accommodation will be in small cottages around the farm (rooms with two to four beds), and in mountain huts. Shared bathroom facilities per each cottage.
Note: Please bring your own sleeping bag and towels.
Please note: All the participants are required to use riding helmets. The helmets and rain clothes will be provided. Tours are based on a minimum number of guests. If there are less participants than we have the right to cancel the tour. In this case we try to offer an alternative solution/riding tour for the affected guests. We reserve the right to alter any itinerary in the guest’s best interest or for reasons of safety. It is advisable to have your own personal insurance when joining one of our riding tours. All tours are undertaken at the participants own risk. To protect the Icelandic horse from infectious diseases, visitors are asked to adopt strict bio security measures. Riding clothes and boots must be disinfected before you arrive, used riding equipments such as bridles, whips etc. may not be imported. We will send you the official disinfection instructions by request. Prepare for all kind of weather when travelling to Iceland. Bring warm clothes, gloves, ear band, warm jacket and good shoes!.