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Landmannalaugar and Mount Hekla Trail

5.0 (6)
7 days 6 nights
Iceland
Difficulty
Challenging
Comfort
Basic
Basic+
Weight limit
110 kg / 243 lb

This challenging highland expedition is ideal for experienced riders seeking an adventure. Mount Hekla, known as the “Queen of Iceland,” is a highly active volcano that dominates the landscape, showcasing evidence of its powerful eruptions throughout history. In ancient times, it was even believed to be the entrance to hell. Landmannalaugar, a geothermal paradise in the Southern Highlands, boasts natural hot springs and is a popular destination for nature enthusiasts.

Our journey begins along the banks of the Thjórsá River, offering stunning views of the Eyjafjallajökull glacier and Mount Hekla. Landmannahellir, a charming outpost in the central highlands, serves as a base before we venture into the vibrant rhyolite mountains of Landmannalaugar, set against a backdrop of black lava fields.

As we descend back to civilization, we ride through black lava landscapes and lush green valleys. 

US$ 3 279
per tourist for 7 days
Departing from
Capital Region, Reykjavík
Tour starts
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Number of individuals
up to 20 tourists over 12 years old
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Photo Heiðdís S.
Heiðdís S. is the provider of this trip
The provider speaks: English
Our Company is owned by local Icelandic farmers, and our tours are organized by them. Our farmers live in almost every part of Iceland so we offer riding tours in a diversified landscape.

The tour guides you'll probably meet as well

Photo Hannes
Hannes
For a long long time our farmers Gestur and Margrét operated our tours in the south. Now they have past over the legacy to their son Hannes and his right hand Sophie who helped out all those year. The family at their farm are well known for their great hospitality and to lead their guests into the magic world of the southern countryside and incredible highlands of the south.

Tour highlights

Visit Game of Thrones Setting
Gjáin is a mystical canyon with lots of small waterfalls
Iceland Riding
Ride With Amazing Views
Of the glacier and Hekla volcano
Tölt With Us!
Try the legendary four-beat smooth gait

Route details

Day 1
Reykjavík – Kálfhóll

Pick up at BSÍ Bus station in Reykjavik at 18:00, where our bus will transfer you and your fellow riders to Hannes' farm where horses and staff are waiting for us. 

After a lovely introductory meal where we get to know each other, we relax and rest so we are well prepared for the adventure ahead of us.

Day 2
Kálfhóll – Glacier River Thjórsá – Réttarholt
Day 3
Réttarholt – Mountain Hut Hólaskógur
Day 4
Mountain Hut Hólaskógur – Landmannahellir Mountain Hut
Day 5
Landmannalaugar
Day 6
Landmannahellir – Mountain Hut Hólaskógur
Day 7
Departure
Difficulty
Challenging
Tour provider's comments

6 days of horse riding. 20 to 40 kilometers per day. This program is for advanced riders only.

Tack: English with worn long stirrups. The equipment used for Icelandic horses differs slightly from what is typically used for other breeds. The saddle resembles a dressage saddle with a flat seat and can have either a plain or quilted seat. A crupper is often used on longer rides to secure the saddle. Simple snaffle bits are commonly used, and bridles feature a detachable noseband and clip-on reins.

Horses: Icelandic. 

horse

Accommodation

Comfort
Basic
Basic+
Camp Site
4 nights
Guest House
2 nights

Shared rooms in mountain cabins and sleeping bags. Accommodation after the ride are to be arranged individually.

2 nights
Landmannahellir Mountain Cabin

Landmannahellir is located in a peaceful area in Fjallabak and has for many years been one of the main dwelling place for sheep gatherers when they round up the sheep each autumn that have been grassing in this area during the summer.

  • Number of rooms: 1
  • Number of beds: 24
  • Outdoor jacuzzi: No
  • Number of showers: 2 in separate building
  • GSM connection: No
  • WiFi: No
  • Made up beds: No
  • Number of WC: 2 (in the building)
2 nights
Réttarholt Guesthouse
2 nights
Hólaskógur

Travel recommendations

Group meeting place
Capital Region, Reykjavík
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Tour conditions

Included

  • riding;
  • accommodation;
  • full board;
  • all transfers during the tour;
  • 3-4 horses pp and local guidance;
  • rainwear, saddle bag, water bottle and a safety helmet;
  • 11% VAT.

Extras

  • flights;
  • travel insurance;
  • tips and personal expenses;
  • alcoholic beverages.

Group size

up to 20 tourists

Duration

7 days
6 nights

It's important to know

Personal equipment you need for the tour

Please bring your own sleeping bag with you on the tour. Bring bags rather than hardcover suitcases. Pack light because transport space is limited.

We also recommend bringing swimwear. 

What kind of food will be served?
Cancellation of booking

Tour reviews

5.0
Based on 6 reviews
  • L
    Lena
    15 Apr, 2024
    about provider
    Friendly horses, enjoyable guided tours and an authentic Icelandic experience that feels welcoming, like being at home. Thank you!
    15 Apr, 2024
  • W
    Wolfram
    10 Mar, 2024
    about provider
    Wir haben jetzt schon zum fünften Mal eine Tour gemacht. Alle Touren sind richtig gut organisiert. Die Pferde sind super und die Strecken sind echt schön anzusehen Wir übernachten auf isländischen Bauernhöfen und die Atmosphäre ist total familiär und toll. Diese Touren sind nur für erfahrene Reiter geeignet Das Team ist großartig und alles ist top organisiert
    10 Mar, 2024
  • A
    Annette
    5 Dec, 2023
    about provider
    I consider them to be the top horse riding company in Iceland. This was my fourth experience with them, and I am already making plans for a trip in 2024!
    5 Dec, 2023

Dates and Prices

  • US$ 3 279
    24 – 30 Jun 7 days 6 nights
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    1 – 7 Jul 7 days 6 nights
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    5 – 11 Aug 7 days 6 nights
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    12 – 18 Aug 7 days 6 nights
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