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The fragrance of early spring, bright nights and the awakening nature are characteristics of this tour consisting of several rides and sightseeing by bus. You will experience the days around the midnight sun visiting the famous turfhouses of Laufás, the whales at Husavík and the amazing area around the breathtaking lake Mývatn. A Midnight Ride as a highlight of the week at this special time of year when the sun hardly sets is included!
Pick up at Akureyri airport, the bus station or hotel in the late afternoon. A 30-minute drive will bring us to the farmhouse at Grýtubakki where we enjoy dinner and stay overnight for the duration of the tour.
Details about the next days will be provided after dinner.
After breakfast we saddle our horses. You get a short introduction and then we start our tour by riding to the historical turf farm Laufás (museum). Laufás farmhouse is a typical example of the gabled Icelandic farms of the 19th century. It has been a vicarage from the earliest Christian times.
After lunch we will ride into the valley of the Fnjóská river. On the way back home we have a look at the "holy hill" Helguhóll. According to a legend there is a Viking ship full of gold buried under it. But the legend also says if anyone should try to get it all the churches that can be seen from the hill would burn down. Through the marshy country of Nes we ride home to Grýtubakki where coffee and cakes will be served. In the later afternoon we drive to Grenivik where we will relax in the swimming pool.
Dinner and overnight at Grýtubakki.
After breakfast we drive to Akureyri for a 3-hour whale watching boat tour - last summer the whale spotting success in Eyjafjörður was 100%. Besides the excitment of seeing the whales up close the tour offers fantastic views from the sea: high moutanins surrounding the longest Icelandic fjord, the town of Akureyri and the distant mountains at the end of the valley to the south. We return to Grýtubakki and after a coffee break saddle the horses for a short ride to the river Gljúfurá.
Dinner and overnight at Grýtubakki.
Today we will have a day ride to the coast Látrastönd: above steep cliffs, through clear brooks and wonderful green valleys. We will enjoy our lunch break close to the ruins of the deserted farmhouse Svínarnes. The farm was inhabited until the middle of the last century and the ruins give a feeling of times gone by. We enjoy the amazing view of Hrísey Island, the fjord and the mountains of Eyjafjörður and the open sea.
Coffee and cake at Grýtubakki as well as dinner and overnight.
The famous volcanic area of Lake Mývatn is our destination today. We have a look at the pseudocraters of Skútustaðir, the bizarre lava formations of Dimmuborgir and the bubbling mud pools at Námaskarð. On the way back to the farm we make a stop at Goðafoss waterfall, largest of the falls on Skjálfandafljót river which also played an important role during the time of Christianization of Iceland.
After dinner at Grýtubakki we saddle our horses for a 3-hour ride around the Höfði promontory. If the weather is favourable we can enjoy a magical evening observing the midnight sun as it floats over the horizon before it settles behind the mountains on the eastern side of the fjord!
Overnight at Grýtubakki.
Today we will ride up to the mountains into the wild valley Fjörður. 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.
From the rise of Leirdalsheiði we have a wonderful view over to the fjord of Eyjafjörður, the fishing village Grenivík and the surrounding farms. We ride through green valleys, along rushing rivers and over stony paths. Extinct volcanoes, silent glaciers and hidden waterfalls accompany us. In the late afternoon we will be back at Grýtubakki.
Last dinner at the farm and overnight.
After breakfast transfer back to Akureyri.
Accommodation will be in small cottages around the farm (rooms with two to four beds), in the farm house (double and triple rooms) and in different accommodations during the tour (dormitory, rooms with several beds). Shared bathroom facilities per each cottage.
Note: Please bring your own sleeping bag and towels.
The guests are picked up Akureyri airport or the bus station 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 fewer participants then the tour operator reserves 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 the 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.
Be prepared for all kinds of weather when travelling to Iceland. Bring warm clothes, gloves, ear band, warm jacket and good shoes!