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Autumn colors Vatnsdalur
Autumn colors Vatnsdalur
Autumn colors Vatnsdalur
Autumn colors Vatnsdalur
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Autumn colors Vatnsdalur

This 4 day tour is a beautiful autumn ride. We are mainly aiming for 4 beautiful ridingdays with the crossing of lake Hóp as an absolute highlight. But as a little treat before we drive back to Reykjavík, we will visit one of the roundup locations to see the farmers sort out their horses before moving them back home to their farms.

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Itinerary

In the morning the group will be picked up by our private bus from BSI busstation downtown Reykjavík. After the busdrive up north (about 3 hours drive), the first ride is a short but nice ride through Vatnsdalur valley, ideal to get used to the horses and riding with the herd before we ride a long day away from roads the next day. We follow the gravel road leading us out of the valley with a beautiful view over the river and the mountains.guesthouse.

Today we ride without the herd towards lake Hóp to cross this lake, which is one of the largest lakes in Iceland. This is truly an experience never to forget! Lake Hóp is for the most part of the crossing rather shallow, and on days with no / little wind it is as if one is riding over a mirror. At the other side we take a nice lunchbreak under a massive basalt-rock wall before heading back to the farm, crossing the lake once more.

We ride from the farm down to lake Hóp, but today we ride along the shores of the lake and have a beautiful view over the lake until we reach the river Víðidalsá which we follow upstream riding along the soft riverbanks. We’ll cross the river several times on our way to the farm Stóra Ásgeirsá where we‘ll leave the horses for the night.

We keep following the riverbanks of Víðidalsá for a bit until we ride out of Víðidalur valley. Then we follow very nice ridingtrails towards the river Miðfjarðará which we‘ll cross and then follow it‘s riverbanks towards our farm Reynhólar where we’ll end the last ride of this tour.

Before we’ll drive back to Reykjavík today, we’ll visit Vatnsdalur valley (where we started our ride on day 1) one more time, to watch the farmers sort out / separate the horses they drove/rode down from the mountains the days before, getting them ready to transport them back home to their farms for the winter.

Estimated arrival in Reykjavík is early afternoon (13/14 o’clock)