Fascinating North Iceland

FROM THE LAKE OF THE MIDGES TO THE ARCTIC FOXES PLAIN

We cover the area from Grýtubakki farmhouse to Goðafoss, Bárðardalur, Lake Myvatn area and up to the very North - Melrakkaslétta - the "arctic foxes" plain.

2020 we celebrate 35 years Pólar Hestar!  Have a look at our Jubilee Tour!

Please take your own sleeping bag with you for all the tours!

Tours Melrakkaslétta: Two nights sleeping bag accommodation, 4 nights made-up beds


Detailed tour description: June 24, August 3rd, August 13th - The Classic Tour

Day 1:
In the late afternoon transfer to Grytubakki farmhouse - dinner and overnight. We provide details for the following days.

Day 2:
After breakfast we show our guests the famous waterfall of the Gods. According to the sagas Þorgeir of Ljósavatn threw his statues of the gods into the falls when Iceland converted to Christianity in the year 1000, hence the name. Then we drive to Fremstafell farmhouse, where we catch the horses and saddle up. We ride to the Bardardalur valley, follow the river Skjálfandafljót and stay overnight at Hotel Kiðagil.The river Skálfandafljót flows through the valley over the Bárðardalshraun lava field that probably came all over the way from Trölladyngja in Ódaðahraun north of Vatnajökull more than 7,000 years ago.
Today we will be 5 - 6 hours in saddle.

Day 3:
We leave Kiðagil, ride over the bridge at Stóruvellir to the other side of the valley and reach the old farmhouse of Stóratunga. Here we are very close to the entrance of Ódaðahraun, the enourmous lava field, believed to be the home of outlaws, elves and trolls in the old days. We leave the horses at Stórutunga and walk to the waterfall of Aldeyrarfoss. Here we enjoy this wonderful natur paradise. Overnight at Stóratunga.
We ride 4 - 5 hours.

Day 4:
Today we enjoy rides in the breathtaking surroundings of Stóratunga. In the morning we ride direction Northeast, alongside river Skjálfandafljót over to the old lava of Tunguhraun. We continue to Tunguhamri and south alongside river Svartá back to Stóratunga farmhouse. Here we have our lunch. In the afternoon we ride towards the highland and south river Suðurá to the area of Réttartorfur up to the waterfalls of Hrafnabjörg. We ride over lava and sand. In the morning we ride about 12km, in the afternoon about 16km.

Overnight at Stórutunga.
5 1/2 hours in saddle.

Day 5:
We say good bye to Stóratunga and ride over Landsmelar at Viðiker into the area of Myvatn. We ride over sandy hills and moorland. A tremendous view awaits us reaching the highest point. If we are lucky we might see the queen of the Icelandic mountains in a distance: Herdubreið. We leave the horses at farmhouse Stöng and start our sightseeing tour into the Mývatnarea: The pseudocraters of Skutustaðir, the bizarre lavaformation of Dimmuborgir and the bubbling mud pools of Námaskarð.

We stay at Breiðamýri community center.
4 hours in saddle.

Day 6:
We leave Stöng first to the south close to the old farmhouse of Hörgsdalur and ride then along Myvatnsheiði to the valley of the smoke - Reykjadalur. Smooth tracks, adventurous tracks and a diversified landscape await us. Mountain Kinnarfjöll to the west side and mountain Gaesafjöll to the east side are visible if the weather allows it. We stay overnight again at Breiðamyri, close to the little village Laugar.
We ride 6 hours.

Day 7:
We ride along Vatnshlið a wooded way.There is a wonderful view over the valley Reykjadalur and the lake Vestmannsvatn. After the hill Fljótsheiði a terrific and diversified ride awaits us along the river Skjálfandafljót and through the forest Fellskógur. On the way the waterfalls Ullarfoss and Barnafoss are greeting us. We leave the horses at Fremstafell farm and drive home. Overnight at farmhouse Grytubakki.
We are 6 hours in saddle.

Day 8:
After breakfast transfer to Akureyri. We say our good-byes to the guests.

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In 2020 we are riding four different ways!

 

Tour description: July 4th and July 24 th

We ride all the way up North to the peninsula of Melrakkaslétta and back again.

 

Tour description: July 14th

We explore the beautiful area around Sveinungsvík - close to Raufarhöfn and surroundings at Melrakkaslétta.

 

Jubilee Tour: August 23rd

From Fremstafell we ride alongside lake Ljósavatn into the valley of Fnjóská and finish the day at the farm Böðvarsnes. Like the first stay, we spent the night at our farmhouse Grytubakki. Next day we start our ride into the second of the three valleys of our jubilee tour, named Flateyjardalur. From Fnjóskádalur, this valley extends 30 km out to the ocean. Amazing colours and a diverse landscape await us. We sleep at the hut Heiðarhús, which is located in the middle of the valley. Along an extensive river landscape and impressive mountains to both sides we ride out to the sea. After a lunchbreak at the beach we go back to Heiðarhús, where we spent the night again. The next day we ride through Fnjóskádalur back to our farm Grytubakki where we sleep. The last two days we spent with a ride up to the magic mountains of the peninsula Fjörður, where we spent one night in the hut of Gil. The last overnight will be at Grytubakki.

 

Riding with a group of horses   Crossing a river   In the highlands

Price per person

Classic:

2.120 EURO

 

Melrakkaslétta:

2.370 EURO

 

Jubilee Tour:

2035 EURO

Duration of

riding tour

8 days - 7 nights

6 riding days

Departures 2020

Jun 24 - July 1:

Classic

 

July 04 - July 11:

Melrakkaslétta

(9 places left)

 

July 14- July 21:

Melrakkaslétta

(8 places left)

 

July 24 - July 31:

Melrakkaslétta

(3 places left)

 

Aug 03 - Aug 10:

Classic

 

Aug 13 - Aug 20:

Classic

 

Aug 23 - Aug 30:

Jubilee Tour

35 years Pólar Hestar

(fully booked)

Daily rides 25-35 km
Riding level Experienced riders
Min. age 10 years

Number of

participants

12-18
Accomodation

Classic:

sleeping bag

 

Melrakkaslétta:

sleeping bag /

made-up beds

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