Valleys and beaches of the West
On the 6 day long part 3 of our Dream tour we visit the western part of Iceland and ride across the Snæfellsnes Peninsula with the magical Snæfellsjökull Glacier in sight. We ride along the fabulous beaches of Löngufjörur which is a must-do riding action for all those looking for a very special experience on our rides. Endless beaches with soft touches for the legs of our horses making them extra happy running full speed tölt across the sands! We ride along the coastline of Skógarströnd towards the little village of Búðardalur where the journey ends. This tour includes different riding experiences and landscapes from the green valleys of Borgarfjörður to the golden beaches of Löngufjörur and the coastline riding enjoying the view from the western seaside.
We start the third part of our Dream Tour from the Farm Heggsstaðir in Borgarfjörður. We ride over some country roads to river Hvítá and cross the river on an old bridge near Ferjubakki and then along river Langá to Grímsstaðir farm close to the western coastline. We leave the horses at Grímsstaðir and take our bus to Snorrastaðir holiday farm where we spend the first night.
We ride from Grímsstaðir farm following old riding trails along lavafields and riverbanks to the seaside where the beaches of Löngufjörur await us! We ride along the beach towards Hítarnes where we take solid ground again. We have to organize or schedule this day according to high tides to get the most out of the great experience of riding full force tölt on endless sandy beaches of Löngufjörur (Long Beaches) We end our ride at Snorrastaðir farm where we spend another night.
We spend this day riding along the beaches again. This time with a single horse as we will leave the herd resting at Snorrastaðir where we spend one more night. This day we simply enjoy the time with our selected horses for a day like this. Tölting along white beaches, taking long good breaks in between and enjoying the beautiful nature of the Snæfellsnes peninsula. Just before closing the circle of our day ride on the beaches we ride across a small lavafield where Eagles are sometimes nesting.
The west coast and Westfjords are the only areas in Iceland where the great White tailed Eagle is nesting and living. The White tailed Eagle is the largest bird living in Iceland with 2-5 m wing to wing diameter. It will be a nice bonus to this wonderful day if we see one or two of those kings of the sky at the westlands.
We say goodbye to the great beaches and head to the Snæfellsnes peninsula aside mountain Fagraskógarfjall across the river Hítará along the valley Hítardalur to the lake Hítarvatn!
Great trails across the peninsula, coming to places well known from “Sturlunga saga”. Some of the legendary persons from the saga age lived in the area and we will for sure tell some stories to bring them back to life!
Horses will be left in a field by the lake Hítarvatn and we will stay another night at Snorrastaðir.
We ride an old trail called “Svínbjúgur” in to the valleys of the west crossing Burstadalur and the passing of Hólsskarð to Blönduhlíð.
The last day of our journey of part III we will ride again down to the seaside and beaches of the west and ride to Spágilsstaðir farm where we end our trip. We’ll stay overnight at a nice holiday farm near the little village Búðardalur.
After breakfast we take our little bus and drive to Reykjavík. Estimated arrival at BSI Busstation 14:00.