Into the Far East – On old postal roads through the East Fjords
Detailed Daily Itinerary:
DAY 1 (July 15 ) Arrival in Egilsstaðir, drive to Loðmundarfjörður
Overnight mountain hut Lodmundarfjördur
We meet at 07.00 am at the domestic airport in Reykjavik from where we fly to the small town Egilsstaðir in the East. There you will be picked up and then drive approximately 150 km to the start point of the trail. This is a scenic route into the beautiful fishing village Bakkagerdi in Borgarfjördur eystri, where we make leisurely a lunch break at the puffin rock Holmavík.
Then it’s about 2 hours on serpentine paths in the enchanted, lonely Lodmundarfjord where
our horses have been accommodated since Tour 1. After coffee break we will go to the first
horse ride to the sea to get to know the horses before it starts with the whole herd the next
day. We spend the night in the cozy hiking hut in Lodmundarfjörður next to the small church
Klyppstaðir with a magical view of the surrounding mountains.
DAY 2 (July 16) Loðmundarfjörður – Húsavík, Overnight mountain hut Húsavík
Now it starts with the whole herd on our tour. A very beautiful route over the steep mountains
to the next mountain hut in Húsavík.
From there we can in the evening ride or drive again to the sea and visit the small beautiful Húsavík Church.
DAY 3 (July 17) Húsavík –Breiðavík, Overnight mountain hut Breiðavík
We ride from the hut in Húsavík through a fascinating mountain landscape, past the striking
liparite-rich rock Hvitserkur and the mountain lake Gæsavatn, down into the next fjörd
Breiðavík. The hut is very close to the sea and you can ride again in the evening to the beach with your favorite horse.
4th day, July 18 Breiðavík -Borgarfjörður-eystri, (Overnight Hotel Blábjörg, Borg.eystri)
It goes back over 2 mountain passes towards Borgarfjörður eystri and back to the idyllic
village of Bakkagerði, where apart from the bird rock Holmavik there is still much more to
discover: an “elf hill” to be walked around, the old church of Bakkagerdi, the cozy Álfacafe
and finally the hot pot / spa right next to the sea to relax. “Luxury” overnight at Hotel
Blábjorg (Admission hot pot / spa inclusive, see http://www.blabjorg.com/)
DAY 5 (July 19) Borgarfjörður-eystri –Unaós (Overnight Geirastaðir)
After the delicious breakfast buffet in Blábjörg, we start from Bakkagerdi on the country road
along the sea to Njarðvík, where we take a leisurely break at the sheepfold. Then we ride or if
necessary lead the horses over the steep, scenic mountain pass Gönguskarð with sea view over
the last mountain of our tour. On the other side we leave our horses at the farm Unaós and drive to our farm Geirastadir.
DAY 6 (July 20) Unaós-Hóll (Overnight Geirastaðir)
At Unaós the wide Herað plain opens. We ride over sand dunes and open uneven meadow
areas and all have to work well with each other to keep the horses as herd together. Today’s
track is not very long – so we will maybe have time to spent the afternoon in Egilsstaðir with
shopping, swimming pool visit or a short hike to the waterfall Fardagafoss. In the evening we
drive back and stay overnight on our farm Geirastaðir.
Day 7 (July 21) Hóll –Geirastaðir, Overnight Geirastaðir
The last part of the riding tour along the big river Lagarfljót to the old church Kirkjubær, from
where an old postal tour leads directly to our farm Geirastaðir. There the horses are allowed
finally on their native pastures and we ourselves celebrate the “made” tour Roasted lamb.
DAY 8 On the morning of the 22th of July we drive the participants to the domestic airport
(departure 9.00) in Egilsstaðir – and wish a good home journey or even onward journey in
Flight ticket to and from Egilstadir is included in the price
**We reserve the right to change tour route as necessary.