Trail of the Vikings
This part of the Dream Tour starts at Spágilsstaðir near Búðardalur at the West coast of Iceland. We ride through Haukadalsskarð to Hrutafjörður at the north coast across the heathlands of Miðfjörður and along rivers and valleys of the northwest to lake Hope where we ride the amazing sand “beaches” of Þingeyrarsandur to Blöndudalur and across the hillsides between the valley Svartárdalur and green fields of the farmlands in Skagafjörður close to the middle of the Northern coastline of Iceland. The tour is a 6 day adventure where riders experience the nice riding tracks through the farmlands and heathlands of the area following trails known from the age of the Vikings when the settlers and their ancestors in early centuries of settlements travelled farm to farm with good or bad businesses in mind! We stay overnight on holiday farms in the area and the plan is to do a few sightseeing trips in the evenings visiting some interesting places like the rock formations “Hvítserkur” at Vatnsnes and Borgarvirki – an ancient stronghold.
We ride along the west coast up to Haukadalsskarð which is a passing from the west part of Iceland towards the north used through centuries by travellers. Stay overnight at a small guesthouse near the passing.
We ride through the passing at Haukadalsskarð to Hrútafjörður and across the hilldsides of Hrútafjarðarháls to Miðfjörður where on of Icelands most famous Salmon rivers Miðfjarðara runs through the valley. We stay over night at Brekkulækur Holiday farm.
We ride from Brekkulækur farm along soft river banks of Miðfjarðará towards the coastline of the north and end our ride at a farm near lake Hóp, a big lake with shallow waters possible to ride through! Overnigt at Brekkulækur holiday farm.
We cross the lake Hóp and follow great trails of Þingeyrarsandur, soft and sandy beach-like trails towards Blöndudalur valley where we leave the horses at a farm. Close by is our guesthouse for the night.
We keep on riding through the valleys of green farmlands, many of them horse farms with huge herds of horses. This area is known as one of the best areas for horse farming due to rather mild climate on an Icelandic scale, with little snow in the winter and huge fields of grasslands.
We ride up the valley Svartárdalur and across the hillside to Skagafjörður. Great views will await us up in the highlands before riding down to the green fields of Skagafjörður.
We will end our ride at Brekkukot near the little village Varmahlið. We stay overnight at Bakkaflöt guesthouse with hot pools aside for relaxing and chatting about our adventures before our final dinner and farewell party following as usual.
After a good breakfast at Bakkaflöt we’ll drive with our small bus to Reykjavík. Estimated arrival in Reykjavík 14:00.