The Volcano Hekla

5.0 (8)
6 days 5 nights
Iceland
Difficulty
Challenging
Comfort
Basic+
Weight limit
120 kg / 265 lb

The tour takes us through the colorful landscape between Hekla volcano and Tindafjallajökull glacier, renowned for its stunning natural beauty shaped by volcanic and glacial forces. We ride on soft paths through black sandy ground covered with green grass and lava fields, surrounded by the mystical volcanic formations created by Hekla's eruptions over the centuries. The trail follows an old Viking path ridden by Gunnar from Hlíðarendi in Njál´s Saga during his battles. We explore hidden valleys, vast green pastures and mighty rivers, experiencing the natural force and mystique of Hekla, along with elements from the old Sagas. The combination of breathtaking scenery, magnificent horses and fantastic riding paths creates unforgettable memories. Riders can try different horses each day, enhancing their riding skills and experiencing the diversity of Icelandic horses in their natural habitat, far from civilization.

US$ 2 400
per tourist for 6 days
Departing from
BSÍ Bus Terminal Reykjavík, Vatnsmýrarvegur, Reykjavík, Iceland
Tour starts
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Number of individuals
up to 15 tourists over 15 years old
Only in the Horse Tours Club
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Photo Hróðmar B.
Hróðmar B. is the provider of this trip
The provider speaks: English, German
I am one of the founders and owners of our organisation. I am an economist, have worked with horses in Iceland and abroad and also enjoy guiding wilderness tours.

Tour highlights

Mysterious Paths
We can feel the presence of the natural force and the mystique surrounding Hekla, together with elements from the old Sagas
Amazing Nature
Enjoy the beautiful landscapes of Iceland
Free Running Herd
Experience the diversity of the Icelandic horse in its natural environment, how Icelanders travelled in the old days.

Route details

Day 1
Arrival

The tour starts in the evening. Tour members who arrive the same day in Iceland should take the “Flybus” from the airport to the final bus station BSÍ in Reykjavík. We will greet you at the bus station or at your hotel/guesthouse in Reykjavik between 17:30- 18:00 and drive you to our farm near Hveragerði. There you will be lodged at our Guesthouse. We will get to know each other during dinner at our Hotel. The day will end with a detailed description of the tour (might be in the morning).

Day 2
Vellir – Hrólfsstaðahellir
Day 3
Hrólfsstaðahelli – Foss
Day 4
Foss – Foss
Day 5
Foss – Rjúpnavellir
Day 6
Rjúpnavellir – Þjófafoss – Fellsmúli
Difficulty
Challenging
Tour provider's comments

The tour requires basic riding skills with a secure, balanced seat and a good physical condition. We ride up to 45 km per day mostly in the gait tölt and take a herd of free-running horses with us part of the tour, which requires a certain speed.

Riding distance: About 160 km. 20 – 45 km (4 – 8 hours) per day.

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Accommodation

Comfort
Basic+
Guest House
1 night
Camp Site
4 nights
1 night
Our Guesthouse

The Guesthouse has a capacity of 19 beds, with twin, triple and quad rooms available. It is strategically located on the property to offer convenience and excellent service to cater to your requirements. The guesthouse is warm and welcoming, with a dining area and communal bathrooms.

Although cooking facilities are not provided, the Guesthouse provides a cozy living area, communal bathrooms, a tea kettle that can be used for instant coffee and a small refrigerator. Guests are free to use all amenities and services of the Hotel, such as the restaurant and hot tub.

You will be accommodated in shared rooms.

1 night
Farm Hrólfsstaðahellir
2 nights
Mountain Hut Foss
1 night
Cottage Rjúpnavellir

Travel recommendations

Group meeting place
BSÍ Bus Terminal Reykjavík, Vatnsmýrarvegur, Reykjavík, Iceland
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Tour conditions

Included

  • English speaking guide;
  • riding and safety equipment;
  • transfer from/to Reykjavik;
  • 1 night in Guesthouse in shared rooms, 4 nights sleeping bag accommodation in cottages and simple mountain huts (bunk beds, in shared rooms);
  • 11% VAT;
  • full board (traditional Icelandic home cooking).

Extras

  • flights;
  • tips;
  • transfer from Keflavík to Reykjavik;
  • lodging tax 666,-ISK per room per night;
  • personal expenses.

Group size

up to 15 tourists

Duration

6 days
5 nights

It's important to know

Personal equipment you need for the tour
  • good shoes;
  • comfortable pants (riding pants not necessary);
  • gloves; 
  • buff;
  • a small waist bag for a camera.
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Tour reviews

5.0
Based on 8 reviews
  • B
    Brit
    12 Mar, 2024
    about provider
    This ride was my first activity in Iceland and turned out to be a great start! The staff is very well prepared and the horses are very easy to ride - especially the tölt which was fun to try! We got on the horses right away and spent almost the whole duration riding. That was great!
    12 Mar, 2024
  • K
    Kathy
    2 Mar, 2024
    about provider
    The establishment was well-structured and professional, with guides who were friendly, helpful, and very knowledgeable. The horses were charming and impeccably behaved. Among our group, three members possessed considerable riding expertise, while one had limited experience. Nonetheless, our guide adeptly matched our mounts to our respective skill levels and adjusted the difficulty of the ride accordingly, ensuring a delightful experience for all. Even our less experienced rider found the tolt technique comfortable and enjoyable. The excursion lasted 1.5 hours, meandering through picturesque countryside, encompassing a serene river crossing, and offering stunning views of the surrounding mountains and glaciers. We delighted in spotting whooper swans and ravens during our journey. Our guide also stopped for photos of us on horseback. Riding the Icelandic Horse was truly a pleasure, the team ensured it was so enjoyable. Thank you for a lovely equine experience on our trip to Iceland.
    2 Mar, 2024
  • P
    Philline
    26 Feb, 2024
    about provider
    It was an amazing experience! Anna made it perfect! We did the horse riding first and went to the hot springs after. It was just wonderful!
    26 Feb, 2024

Dates and Prices

  • US$ 2 400
    12 – 17 Jul 6 days 5 nights
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  • US$ 2 400
    9 – 14 Aug 6 days 5 nights
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