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Trail of Hope in Northwest Iceland

5.0 (6)
5 days 4 nights
Weight limit
110 kg / 243 lb

This tour provides a fantastic opportunity for those seeking an exceptional horseback riding experience in various landscapes. Participants will journey through diverse nature, learning about Icelandic history through stories from the Saga ages. Riding the horses on smooth sandy terrain is enjoyable for both rider and horse, with ample time to experience the unique gait "tölt" while exploring the area.

The tour begins at a farm in Vatnsdalur valley, offering an exciting ride along black sandy beaches, rivers, fields and the stunning Lake Hóp. Visitors can also witness a seal colony on the North-Atlantic coast and the impressive Hvítserkur monolith.

from US$ 1 875
per tourist for 5 days
Departing from
Capital Region, Reykjavík
Tour starts
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Number of individuals
up to 20 tourists over 7 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 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

Seals and Waterfalls
Ride through Vatnsdalur Valley and explore the Vatnsnes peninsula
Iceland Riding
Sheep, History and the 5th Largest Lake
Visit the historic Thingeyrar Church, Thingeyrar Farm and Hóp lagoon shore
Tölt With Us!
Try the legendary four-beat smooth gait

Route details

Day 1
Reykjavík – Haukur's Farm – Vatnsdalur – Sveinsstaðir

Pick up at 08:30 at BSÍ bus station. Please be ready at the earliest pickup time and be ready in your riding clothes. Transfer by bus from Reykjavík to the accommodation Farm, where we meet horses and guides. We start our ride through Vatnsdalur valley. This beautiful valley is the setting of the Vatnsdæla-Saga.  

Our ride ends at Sveinsstaðir Farm and we return to Haukur's Farm for our overnight stay. (Approx. 14 km)

Day 2
Haukur's Farm – Sveinsstaðir – Hóp – Borgarvirki – Þverá – Hvítserkur
Day 3
Haukur's Farm – North Atlantic – Thingeyrar
Day 4
Haukur's Farm – Thingeyrar – Húnavatn
Day 5
To Reykjavík
Tour provider's comments

4 days of horse riding. 25 to 40 kilometers per day. This program is for intermediate to advanced riders who can ride long hours.

Tack: English with worn long stirrups. 

Horses: Icelandic. 



Guest House
4 nights

Accommodation before and after the ride to be arranged individually.

4 nights
Haukur's Farm

Made up beds in shared rooms. The farm is located in the picturesque Vatnsdalur Valley, known for its rich history from the old Sagas and the renowned salmon fishing river, Vatnsdalsá, 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.

Travel recommendations

Group meeting place
Capital Region, Reykjavík
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Tour conditions


  • 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.


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

Group size

up to 20 tourists


5 days
4 nights

It's important to know

Personal equipment you need for the tour

Knee-high rubber boots are recommended for this ride. We also recommend bringing swimwear. 

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Tour reviews

Based on 6 reviews
  • L
    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
    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
    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

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    8 – 12 Jun 5 days 4 nights
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