The Diamond Circle horseback riding tour

THIS tour was nominated as one of the 10 best trails in the world by the Sunday Times!

The North of Iceland is best known for it’s great natural sights and beautifully varied landscape. Our tour leaves from Saltvík Farm near Húsavík, to the Lake Mývatn area, known for it’s volcanic features and countless numbers of wild breeding ducks. An optional whale watching tour concludes the circle of natural highlights on and off shore.

A visit to the picturesque Goðafoss and mighty Dettifoss waterfalls will be something to remember. We ride along soft riding tracks, ideal for riding “tölt”, the unique gait of the Icelandic horse. From fertile farm land we turn towards the Gæsafjöll Mountains and spend a night in the mountaincabin at Theistareykir, a place with bubbling hot water and white clouds rising to the sky from the steam vents.

Through an area covered with cracks and fissures from earthquakes and volcanic activity, the route leads towards Lake Mývatn where boiling mud pools and eerie lava formations remind you of the active volcanic energy hidden beneath. After a long day in the saddle it is ideal to take a relaxing soak in an outdoor bathing facility with hot geothermal water at „ Jarðböð“. The next riding days will take us from the black sand deserts of Hólasandur to the forested hillsides in Laxárdalur. On our last riding day we cross the river Laxá before riding over Hvammsheiði Heath and towards the shore, offering a terrific view over Skjálfandi Bay before we head home to Saltvík Farm. The accomodation on this tour is in shared rooms ( 2-4 persons pr. room) at Saltvík holidayfarm (made up beds) and one night at Þeistareykir mountain hut ( sleeping bags). At Saltvík farm our guests have access to hot pools every evening to relax after long days in the saddle!

THIS tour was nominated as one of the 10 best trails in the world by the Sunday Times!

Day by day

Day 1/ Reykjavík- Saltvík – Saltvík (15 km)

In the morning you leave your guesthouse to go to Eagle Air airport for a direct flight to Húsavík. Saltvík farm is located only 5 min. drive from the airport.

At Saltvik, we start our ride after a short introduction to the Icelandic horse and it’s special gait. the first day we follow excellent trails along the coastline and up to the hills around Saltvík farm. This day is a nice warmup for the more challenging day´s to come as we get to know the icelandic horses while enjoying breathtaking nature and scenary at the edge of the arctic !

A relaxing bath in a warm outdoor tub before dinner at Saltvik farm is well deserved after this first day of our journey!

Optional in the afternoon!! Whale watching tour from Húsavík Harbour. Húsavík and the bay of Skjálfandi is known to be one of the best places in the world to find and see some of the gentle giants of the ocean. Humpbacks, Minky whales, dolphins and even Blue whales are some of the creatures you can expect to see! (80 euros with transport from/to Saltvík)

Day 2/ Saltvík – Aðalból ( 30 km)

Now we head up to the moorlands and heaths south of Saltvík farm. Today we take a heard of around 40-50 horses with us. From now on every rider changes horses once or twice pr. day as the rides get more challenging. We enjoy soft trails of the heaths and finish the day by crossing Laxá river at a passing where the river is about 100 m. wide . We end the ride at the farm Aðalból where we leave the horses behind and drive back to Saltvík farm for the night.

Day 3/ Aðalból – Mývatn (40 km)

We saddle up again and head towards the Myvatn area. We ride along the colourful Laxárdalur valley with the glittering salmon River Laxá in the middle. A true day of contrasts in the ever changing Icelandic landscape. A magnificent view over the Lake Myvatn area, surrounded by mighty volcanoes, awaits us when we come closer to the lake. Before dinner we relax and enjoy a nice hot bath in Jardböd, an outdoor lagoon with geothermal water. .

Day / Mývatn – Þeistareykir (40 km)

The trail today leads us higher up to the mountains towards the geothermal area of Þeistareykir. We spend the night in a cozy mountain hut surrounded by hot springs and bubbling mudpools !

Day 5/ Þeistareykir – Saltvík farm (35 km)

On the last day of our ride, we start heading home to Saltvík farm. We cross the highland plateu Reykjaheiði past lavafields and cracks showing the extreme powers of creation.

At the end of the ride amazing view out to the bay of Skjálfandi awaits the riders before riding the last trails down to Saltvík farm where we celebrate our journey in the evening with a farewell party!

Day 6/ After a good breakfast it´s time to travel back to Reykjavík and enjoy a day in the capital. Stay overnight at a guesthouse in Reykjavík if needed.

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Tour provider: Saltvik
Hestamiðstöðin Saltvík
641 Húsavík

By Road #85