Summer Farewell

RIDING AND SIGHTSEEING WHEN SUMMER SAYS GOOD-BYE

 

Accommodation in made-up beds.


Summer is still trying to defend its position with mostly wonderful sunny days, but a touch of autumn is already in the air. We experience the days where summer says good-bye with rides into the varied landscape of our farm, into the wooden valley of river Fnjóská, out to the coast and up to the deserted peninsula of Fjörður.
As a change we will drive you to the magnificient lake of the midges – Mývatn.


Detailed tour description:

Day 1
Our guests are picked up at Akureyri airport or the bus station in the late afternoon. A 30 minutes drive will bring us to the farmhouse Grýtubakki. After dinner details about the next days will be provided.
Overnight at Grýtubakki.

Day 2

After breakfast we saddle our horses for the first riding excursion. We ride through the marshy country of Nes and then after about an hour we reach the valley of river Fnjóská. We cross the river on an old bridge and continue into the valley. River Fnjóská is the longest freshwater river of Iceland. The valley is rather narrow but with a big variety of different landscape.

We will find a nice place for our lunch break and then we turn back to Grýtubakki where we will have coffee and cakes.

We ride approx. 4 hours.

After coffee we drive to the well-known turfhouses of Laufás. It is a journey into the past! Laufás farmhouse is a pure example of the gabled Icelandic farms of those times. It has been a vicarage from the earliest Christian times.

Dinner and overnight at Grýtubakki.

Day 3

After breakfast we ride towards the longest fjord of Iceland: Eyjafjörður. First we ride along river Gljúfurá and then start the surrounding of hill Höfði, which is a remnant of the ice age. We are enjoying amazing views from different perspectives. Fjord Eyjafjörður is one of the best places to spot whales in Iceland mostly the huge Humpback Whales, harbour porpoises, Minke whales and the Northern bottlenose whale. We will stop several times to look out for them! On our way we also see the island of Hrísey. It is the second biggest island of Iceland and gave the fjord its name: Fjord of the island.

We ride approx. 4 hours.

Coffee and cakes at Grýtubakki.

After coffee we saddle once again the horses and enjoy a short ride in the vicinity of the farm. We will be 1 1/2 to 2 hours in saddle. Let's see where the horses will bring us!

Dinner and overnight.

Day 4
Today we will have a day ride to the coast Látrastönd –above steep cliffs, through clear brooks and wonderful green valleys. We will have our lunch break close to the ruins of the old farmhouse Svínarnes. Inhabited until the middle of the last century they are witnesses of formal life. We enjoy the amazing view to the island of Hrísey, fjord Eyjafjördur and the open sea. Maybe we will see again some whales or even the shy seals!

We are approx. 4 to 5 hours in saddle.

Coffee and cake at Grýtubakki

After coffee we will drive our guests to the swimming pool of Grenivík.

Dinner and overnight at Grýtubakki.

Day 5
The famous area of Mývatn is our destination today. The lake was created by a large basaltic lava eruption 2300 years ago, and the surrounding landscape is dominated by volcanic landforms, including lava pillars and rootless vents (pseudocraters). We have a look at the pseudocraters of Skútustaðir, the bizarre formations made of lava in Dimmuborgir and the bubbling mud pools of Námaskard. A day full of impressions!

We will have coffee and cakes at Grýtubakki and afterwards we saddle our horses and ride in the surroundings of the farm. This excursion will last 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

Dinner and overnight at Grýtubakki.

Day 6
Today we will ride up to the mountains into the wild valley Fjördur. Fjörður is a mysterious and deserted countryside. It has been closed off from the rest of the world for 40 years. Only about 4000 sheep spend the summertime here every year, together with the trolls and elves. Names like Trölladalur, the valley of the trolls and Álfaborgir, the cities of the elves remind us of the existence of these invisible beings. From the rise of Leirdalsheiði we have a wonderful view over to the fjord of Eyjafjörður, the fishing village Grenivík and the surrounding farms. We ride through green valleys, along rushing rivers and over stony paths. Extinct volcanoes, silent glaciers and hidden waterfalls accompany us. In the afternoon we will be back at Grýtubakki.

We ride 4 to 5 hours.

Coffee and cakes are waiting for us at the farm.

It is time to say good-bye to the horses!


Last dinner and overnight.

Day 7
After breakfast transfer back to Akureyri.

Into the elves valley   Autumn colours   Happy riders

Above the fjord   Mystic mountains   Late sun and riders

Price pr. per. 1.370 EURO
Duration

7 days - 6 nights

Departure 2019

Aug 22 - Aug 28

Daily rides 20-35 km
Riding Level Medium Riders
Min. particip.

2

 

 

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