12 days of an unforgettable adventure with the Riding-Iceland Dream Team! We ride from Búðardalur in west Iceland towards the centre of the Westfjords at Ísafjarðardjúp, we cross Drangajökull Glacier on our way to the most robust area of Iceland “Strandir”. One of the places we visit is only accessible by foot, horses or boat. There we will get our luggage and supplies transported by boat to our destination at Gjögur. We ride along the northern side of the westfjords visiting Norðurfjörður and Djúpavik then we cross the western highlands towards Gilsfjörður and close the circle at Buðardalur after 12 days of the adventurous ride. Accommodation is from tents and simple mountain huts to nice countryside hotels in between. The Strandir area is well known for much geothermal activity and in many places on our trail we have to luxury of isolated geothermal pools in the middle of nowhere after every day’s ride!
Meeting point for the group is at BSI busstation in Reykjavík where we meet up with or fellow riders and guides and head with a small bus to Búðardalur in the western part of Iceland where our horses await after 3 days rest on the big Dream tour journey. We ride along the beach of the west, through the valley Sælingsdalur towards Mikligarður where we end the first day. We stay overnight at a nearby holiday farm.
We ride from Mikligarður towards the westfjords first deep fjord “Gilsfjörður”. We ride by the farm Staðarhóll where the writer and storyteller Sturla Þórðarson lived and is believed to be the author of “Sturlunga” wich tells the story of Icelandic civil war in the 12th century. We end our ride at Klukkufell and spend another night on a nearby holiday farm.
Now we start climbing the mountains of the Westfjords by riding and partly hiking with our horses up the steepest parts of Þorskafjarðarheiði. We follow the old “post trail” across the mountain down to Langidalur and leave our horses at Kirkjuból. Overnigt at Hotel Reykjanes nearby.
Easy day after the long ride across the mountains where we ride to the roots of Drangajökull glacier where we leave our horses for the night resting for the adventurous day waiting at the footsteps of the glacier.
We start the day by riding slowly towards the roots of Drangajökull glacier. Guided by a local farmer we cross the glacier carefully following an unvisible trail used through the centuries. We ride down on the west side to the no-man’s-land of Drangavík. Supplies and tents will be transported by boat to our destination at Drangar. We camp for the night at this remote place and enjoy the nature at its best.
We ride along the seaside enjoying the view across the Hunaflói bay.
Resting day… We rest our horses and relax at this outbound little bay of Trékyllisvík.
A visit to Krossaneslaug, an outside geothermal pool at the seaside, will be a well deserved part of regenerating riders after the past day’s rides.
Today we ride to Djúpavík, an abandoned village wich in the early 20th century was a base of herring fishing. Abandoned factory and ruins from past population give this place an adventurous feeling and the little hotel we stay for the night is a well deserved luxury accomodation for the group!
We ride towards Hólmavík, the only village at the northern part of the westfjords. Next 2 nights we stay at nice guesthouse in the village.
Short day of riding along the coastline near Hólmavík. We leave the horses at the farm Víðidalsá and stay another night at our guesthouse in Hólmavík.
We ride on to Kollafjörður bay along the coastline and towards Snartartunga farm in Bitrufjörður.
We ride across Gaffelsheiði highlands of the west and down to Spágilsstaðir farm where we end our journey.