The Royal Ride: Iceland's Western Highlands

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

The Trail offers a distinctive journey through Iceland's western highlands, starting from the picturesque Vatnsdalur Valley in the north to the historic site of √ěingvellir in the south.

The trail passes through the legendary Arnarvatnhei√įi Heath with its numerous lakes and myths, offering views of the majestic glaciers Langj√∂kull and Eir√≠ksj√∂kull. A visit to the geothermal area H√ļsafell, known for its natural beauty including a forest and outdoor pool, provides a perfect setting to enjoy the midnight sun in Iceland.

The adventure includes traveling with a herd of 60-90 free-running horses, ensuring that everyone can find their favorite mount. Led by Haukur and his team, participants are guided through spectacular natural and historical sites, creating an unforgettable experience.

The flexibility of choosing the best route (North-South/South-North) based on weather conditions and terrain ensures that each journey along the southern part of the trail remains unique from year to year.

US$ 3 337 US$ 3 953
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
Only in the Horse Tours Club
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Photo Hei√įd√≠s S.
Hei√įd√≠s 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 Haukur
Haukur
Haukur and family live in a Farm in Vatnsdalur in North Iceland. Haukur along with his daughters operates several of our tours. Haukur has four children and many many horses. His wonderful family and staff helps him operate the tours. Haukur is always cheerful and it’s so much fun when he takes out his guitar starts playing and singing with our guests.

Tour highlights

Serene Surroundings
Explore Iceland's amazing landscapes, so different and unique
Iceland waterfalls
Explore Vatnsdalur Valley and Hvammsfoss Waterfall
And other mythical and historical stunning locations
Travel With a Herd
You will be riding with a herd of 60-90 free-running Icelandic horses

Route details

Day 1
Vatnsdalur Valley and Haukagil / √ěingvellir and Sk√≥garh√≥lar

North to south:

Pick up at 9:00 at BS√ć bus station in Reykjav√≠k. Drive to the north where our farmer and his team welcome us at Haukur's Farm. The farm is in the valley Vatnsdalur which is said to be one of the most fertile and beautiful valleys in Iceland, shaped by water, glaciers and volcanic activity. On our ride we pass the historical farm Hof and cross Vatnsdals√° river. Vatnsdalur is the setting of one of the ancient sagas, the Vatnsd√¶lasaga.¬†

On our way we hear tales from Iceland¬īs heroic past of bloody conflict, revenge and love. You can sense the happiness of the free running horses as we are heading towards the highland. The horses stay at Haukagil farm which is the last farm on this side of the valley before we enter the highland plateau. We stay overnight at Haukur's Farm. The hot tub offers a nice relaxation as we get ready for the riding adventures of the coming days. (Approx. 20 km)

South to north:

Pick up at 9:00 at BS√ć bus station in Reykjav√≠k. Drive to the Sk√≥garh√≥lar Fields where our Horseman and guide Haukur, his team and horses his farm will meet you. Sk√≥garh√≥lar is run by the Icelandic Horse Clubs Association and is located in √ěingvellir National Park. We experience the beautiful sites and history of √ěingvellir often called the national shrine of Iceland. Here was the oldest existing parliament in the world assembled. The spectacular Geology of √ěingvellir is very visual in the Canyon Almannagj√° which is formed between two tectonic continental plates drifting from each other.¬†

We enjoy our first riding day in fast t√∂lt with a great view over the Bl√°sk√≥garhei√įi Heath. These tracks were used for centuries by the people traveling to the parliament in √ěingvellir. We pass √Ārmannsfell Mountain and ride further by Tr√∂llah√°ls (Trollhill) on the tracks by so-called Draugabrekka (Ghostslopes).¬†

Our ride brings us north on Kaldidalur road. Here are the historical sites by every footstep as we get closer to our destination of the day, Brunnar. Only a few km from there we pass the legendary stone cairns Hallbjarnarv√∂r√įur. The Sturlunga Saga, that describes battles of families in Iceland in the 13. Century, mentions this location as a meeting place of armies and their chieftains. We leave the horses for the night at Brunnar. We stay over night at the cultural heart of Iceland, √ěingvellir. (Approx. 20 km)

Day 2
To Haugakvíslarskáli / Ancient Ok Trail and Hraunfossar Wateralls
Day 3
Arnarvatnshei√įi Heath and Lake Arnarvatn / H√ļsafell and Surtshellir Cave
Day 4
Eríksjökull Glacier and Hallmundarhraun Lava
Day 5
H√ļsafell and Hraunfossar / Arnarvatnshei√įi Heath and Lake Arnarvatn
Day 6
H√ļsafell and Ancient Ok Trail / Vatnsdalur Valley and Haukagil
Day 7
Sk√≥garh√≥lar and √ěingvellir / Haukagil and Vatnsdalur
Difficulty
Challenging
Tour provider's comments

7 riding days. For advanced riders. 

Horses: Icelandic. Tack: Icelandic.

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Accommodation

Comfort
Basic
Basic+
Guest House
2 nights
Camp Site
3 nights
Hotel
1 night

Shared rooms in mountain cabins and sleeping bags. 2-4 made up beds.

1 night
Haukur's Farm

The farm is located in the picturesque Vatnsdalur Valley, known for its rich history from the old Sagas and the renowned salmon fishing river, Vatnsdals√°, flowing through it. The farmhouse was refurbished four years ago and features a garden hot tub overlooking the river.

- There are six rooms with two to four beds each, accommodating a maximum of 19 guests.
- An outdoor jacuzzi is available.
- Two showers and two WCs are provided.
- Guests can stay connected with GSM connection and Wi-Fi.
- Beds are made up for convenience.

1 night
Fellask√°li Mountain Cabin ‚Äď V√≠√įidalstunguhei√įi
1 night
√Ālftakr√≥kur Mountain Cabin ‚Äď Arnarvatnshei√įi
1 night
Gamli B√¶rinn Guesthouse ‚Äď H√ļsafell
1 night
Brautartunga Community Center ‚Äď Lundareykjardalur
1 night
Hotel √Ā

Travel recommendations

Group meeting place
Capital Region, Reykjavík
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Tour conditions

Included

  • riding;
  • all transfers during the tour;
  • rainwear, water bottle, saddle bag, riding helmet;
  • transfer from Reykjav√≠k to the farm and back;
  • full-board;
  • accommodation;
  • 11% VAT.

Extras

  • alcoholic beverages;
  • international flights;
  • tips;
  • insurance.

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.
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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 f√ľnften Mal eine Tour gemacht. Alle Touren sind richtig gut organisiert. Die Pferde sind super und die Strecken sind echt sch√∂n anzusehen Wir √ľbernachten auf isl√§ndischen Bauernh√∂fen und die Atmosph√§re ist total famili√§r und toll. Diese Touren sind nur f√ľr erfahrene Reiter geeignet Das Team ist gro√üartig 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

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    22 ‚Äď 28 Jul, 2025 7 days 6 nights
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