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7 Day Hekla Wilderness Horseback Riding Holiday in Hvolsvöllur, Rangárþing eystra

Skálakot Manor Luxury Hotel, Skálakoti, 861 Hvolsvöllur, Iceland

Iceland Horseback Riding Holiday

This is the perfect horseback riding tour for those who want to experience the untouched wilderness. For five days, you will ride with a herd of free-running horses in a big circle around the glacier Tindfjallajökull. This tour will bring you through a varied landscape of green fields and slopes, but also through lava fields and rough mountains. This is a great tour for experienced riders who want to experience the different aspects that the Icelandic highlands have to offer.

Key Information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 264 pounds / 120 kilograms
  • Horse Height Range: 13 to 14 hands
  • Tack Type: English Tack
  • Horse Breed: Icelandic Horse


  • 5 horseback riding days
  • Icelandic wilderness adventure experience
  • Riding helmet and rain clothes use are included
  • Roundtrip BSÍ bus station transport in Reykjavik
  • Daily full board meals are provided
  • 6 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


5 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 15 participants
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During this holiday, you will stay in dormitories and mountain huts. Be prepared to stay crowded and share a room with others (double beds and bunk beds). This is an adventure in the Icelandic wilderness so not all huts will be equipped with showers or electricity. For the nights that you will be staying in Skálakot, it is possible to upgrade to a room in the manor hotel. Leave a note when sending an inquiry and you will be informed about the availability and prices.

Day 1: Arrival

  • Accommodation: Skálakot Dormitory (sleeping bag accommodation)
  • Facilities: Shared bathroom/shower, hot tub, Wi-Fi

Day 2: Skálakot - Fell

  • Accommodation: Mountain hut (sleeping bag accommodation)
  • Facilities: No warm water, no electricity, phone coverage

Day 3: Fell - Foss

  • Accommodation: Mountain hut (sleeping bag accommodation)
  • Facilities: Showers, no electricity, limited phone coverage

Day 4: Foss - Emstrur

  • Accommodation: Mountain hut (sleeping bag accommodation)
  • Facilities: No warm water, limited electricity, limited phone coverage

Day 5: Emstrur - Fell

  • Accommodation: Mountain hut (sleeping bag accommodation)
  • Facilities: No warm water, no electricity, phone coverage

Day 6: Fell - Skálakot

  • Accommodation: Skálakot dormitory (sleeping bag accommodation).
  • Facilities: Shared bathroom/shower, hot tub, Wi-Fi

Day 7: Departure


Day 1: Arrival

You will be picked up in Reykjavík at the BSÍ station at 5 p.m. From there, you will be driven along the South Coast to Skálakot. You will have dinner and there is a possibility to relax in the hot tub before going to bed.

Day 2: Skálakot - Fell (Riding Distance: 35 kilometers)

Start the day with a good breakfast. Before you leave, the guide will explain everything you need to know about the horses and riding with a herd of loose running horses. In the next days, you will always herd loose horses with Skalakot and make several stops on the way to change horses.

Ride from Skálakot along the mountains of Eyjafjöll, passing the waterfall Seljalandsfoss to ´Gamla brú´, an old bridge over the river Markarfljót, where you will stop to have lunch. After the lunch break, continue by crossing the old bridge and then head towards Fljótshlíð in the hills of the glacier and volcano Tindfjallajökull. Pass Stóri Dímon, the lonely mountain, and end your riding day at the mountain hut Fell, where you will stay for the night.

Day 3: Fell - Foss (Riding Distance: 37 kilometers)

After breakfast on Your second riding day, ride through the green area of Fljótshlíð and up to Vatnsdalur valley. After lunch, pass through a "real" Icelandic forest and through green hills, and further on lava fields from the volcano Hekla. Today, ride to the mountain hut Foss where you will stay for the night.

Day 4: Foss - Emstrur (Riding Distance: 40 kilometers)

This is, in fact, a pure wilderness day. Today, ride over mostly good tölting paths through beautiful lava fields to the hut Hvanngil, where you will have lunch with a view. After lunch, start riding into the mountains and all the way down to a beautiful hut called Krókur. From there, continue riding up and down, over some beautiful mountains and through some breathtaking valleys to Emstrur, where you will spend the night.

Day 5: Emstrur - Fell (Riding Distance: 27 kilometers)

In the morning, get set for another adventure day. Ride across the bridge over the Markarfljót river and towards the mountain Einhyrningur (Unicorn). In good weather, you will have a great view of Tindfjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull glaciers. Take a break in Bólstaður hut and continue to a mountain gorge where you can eat lunch and unleash the horses for grazing. After lunch, ride down from the mountains back to the hut Fell, where you also stayed on the first night.

Day 6: Fell - Skálakot (Riding Distance: 35 kilometers)

Today is your last riding day where you will ride the horses all the way back to Skálakot. The same way you came the first day but now seen from a different perspective. The horses know where they are going and by now, everyone is used to the riding, so you will have a good speed! In Skálakot, a nice dinner will be waiting for you, as well as a shower and a well deserved hot tub to relax your tired muscles after five days of riding.

Day 7: Departure Day

Enjoy one last breakfast together before being brought back to Reykjavík. You will be dropped you off at the BSÍ bus station around 12 p.m.

Riding Level 2

You should be an experienced rider who can ride different horses in all different gates and in different terrain. You should not be scared of riding fast or riding steep up and down mountains.

Are you not sure if your riding level meets the requirements for the tour you want to do? Or are you not sure which tour matches your riding skills? Don't hesitate to send Skálakot an inquiry for more information.



Full board meals are included during the tour. The menu consists of a good breakfast and traditional Icelandic meals. Please let Skálakot know if you have any allergies or dietary wishes. Lunch is prepared out of the breakfast buffet.

Skálakot Restaurant

The Manor Hotel Restaurant offers fine dining with a good selection of dishes made with passion from fresh ingredients. The restaurant has a cozy and relaxing vibe with nice surroundings. The Skálakot is also a nice place to step in for refreshments on your way exploring the waterfalls and black sand beaches of South Iceland. Enjoy a rich and healthy breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m., coffee and delicious cakes in the afternoon, or a romantic candlelit dinner.

Restaurant Hours

  • Breakfast from 08:00 to 10:00
  • Lunch - Open on request (Minimum of eight people)
  • Dinner from 19:00 to 21:30

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Here you can find a selection of some of Skálakot's favorite things to do in the area. A perfect way to enjoy the best nature has to offer with volcanoes, glaciers, and black beaches.

Snowmobile Tour

The famous glacier and volcano Eyjafjallajökull is in a short distance from Skálakot Manor Hotel. It is the perfect place for doing an adventure snowmobile tour. The Glacier Eyjafjallajökull is a small ice cap on the south coast of Iceland and underneath the ice is a volcano with the same name. The volcano erupted in 2010 and the ash from the eruption did affect the air traffic in Europe for a few days.

The volcanic eruption lasted for around five weeks. Now the ice has covered the place where the volcanic eruption took place. A glacier is a great place for doing a snowmobile tour. It is only about a 15-minute drive from the hotel to the snowmobile base. There, they will suit you up and drive with you up to the mountain towards the glacier to the snowmobile location.

The drive is from 30 minutes to one hour, depending on the condition on the mountain, it is a fun ride in a super jeep. From the snowmobile location, you will do snowmobiling on the glacier. It always depends on the condition on the glacier and the weather condition where they will take you. On a nice clear day, you will get amazing views over the south coast.

  • Availability: Every day
  • Departures (Meeting time is 30 minutes before departure): 10:00 - 14:00
  • Duration: 2 - 3 hours (1 hour on snowmobile)
  • Location: From Gljúfrabúi Base (Road 249)
  • Price per person: 26,900 ISK (double ride) | 38,900 ISK (single ride)
  • Skill Level: Easy

Black Beach ATV Tour

The black volcanic beach in South Iceland is one of a kind and to be able to ride there on an ATV is amazing. You get to ride in a diverse landscape, crossing rivers and sandhills all the way to the coastline; to see the Atlantic Ocean hit the coast with all its power and beauty. On your way, you will get the chance to stop by the famous airplane wreck where Justin Bieber rolled on his skateboard in the music video "I’ll Show You".

From the Sólheimasandur black sand area, you head towards the foot of the mountains with a beautiful view of the glacier Mýrdalsjökull and the volcano Katla. In spring and summer, you also have rich birdlife and sometimes, there are seals playing in the ocean.

  • Availability: Every day
  • Departures (Meeting time is 30 minutes before departure): 10:00 - 12:30
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Price per person: 26,990 ISK (double ride) | 36,990 ISK (single ride)
  • Skill Level: Easy

Glacier Walk

Sólheimajökull glacier is the southernmost glacier in Iceland and a part of the Mýrdalsjökull ice cap and the volcano Katla. The glacier has been melting very fast for the last 20 years, about 55 meters on average a year. So the glacier and the surrounding of the glacier is changing a lot from time to time, making the glacier very interesting in many ways for going on a glacier walk.

Underneath the ice cap Mýrdalsjökull is the volcano Katla, one of Iceland's most active volcano, as well as being one of the most powerful in Iceland. The glacier walk gives you a good idea of how glacier forms and how they developed through time and you are able to see amazing formations on the glacier-like holes and crevasses.

  • Availability: Every day
  • Departures (Meeting time is 30 minutes before departure): 09:30 - 12:30 - 13:00 - 15:30
  • Duration: 2 to 2.5. hours
  • Location: Sólheimajökull glacier (Road 221)
  • Price per person: 8,490 ISK
  • Skill Level: Easy

What's included

  • 5 horseback riding days
  • Daily full board meals
  • Waterproof clothing and riding helmet (if necessary)
  • Transport from and back to the BSÍ bus station in Reykjavík
  • 6 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • Flights to and from Iceland
  • Airport transfers
  • Alcoholic beverages (When staying at Skálakot you can order alcoholic drinks at the hotel bar. When staying in the mountain huts, it is possible to buy beer/wine for a fair price. You can also bring your own alcoholic drinks with you if you want.)
  • Additional activities

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

You can fly to Keflavík International Airport (KEF). From this airport, you can take the fly bus to the main bus station in Reykjavík (BSÍ) where Skálakot Manor Luxury Hotel will pick you up at 5 p.m.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 29 days before arrival.
7 days / 6 nights
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Arrival: Thursday August 12, 2021
Departure: Wednesday August 18, 2021

Pricing information

The price per person is 1840 EUR. If you are a group of more than 6 people, please send Skálakot Manor Luxury Hotel an inquiry for more information.

Special Discount

Kids between 10 and 14 years old get a 10% discount.

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