Kuninkaan polku -ratsastusmatka

Taso: kokeneet ratsastajat

Kun Tanskan ja Islannin kuningas vuonna 1907 oli tulossa vierailemaan Islantiin, täytyi Thingvellirissä, jossa parlamentti kokoontui, parannella kulkuyhteyksiä. Tämän vuoksi osaa alueen reiteistä kutsutaan edelleen Kuninkaan poluksi. Seitsemän päivän ratsastusmatkalla kuljetaan Vatnsdalurin laaksosta Islannin läntisten ylänköjen halki Thingvellirin kansallispuistoon saaren eteläosissa. Ratsastajien mukana kulkee lauma vapaana vaeltavia hevosia, joista jokainen ratsastaja löytää matkan aikana suosikkinsa.

Matkalla ratsastetaan noin 175 km. Ratsastusta seitsemänä päivänä.

Ajankohta: 7 päivää, kesäkaudella

alk. 2 590 €/hlö

Varaa

Matkaohjelma englanniksi

  • North-South – Day 1: Reykjavík – Vatnsdalur Valley – Hvammur Farm – Haukagil

    Pick up between 8:00 and 9:00 in the morning from pick up points in Reykjavík (www.busstop.is). Drive to the north where our farmer and his team welcome us at Hvammur farm. The farm is in the valley Vatnsdalur which is said to be one of the most fertile and beautiful valleys in Iceland, shaped by water, glaciers and volcanic activity. On our ride we pass the historical farm Hof and cross Vatnsdalsá river. Vatnsdalur is the setting of one of the ancient sagas, the Vatnsdælasaga. On our way we hear tales from Iceland´s heroic past of bloody conflict, revenge and love. You can sense the happiness of the free running horses as we are heading towards the highland. The horses stay at Haukagil farm which is the last farm on this side of the valley before we enter the highland plateau. We stay overnight at Hvammur. The hot tub offers a nice relaxation as we get ready for the riding adventures of the coming days. (Approx. 20 km)

  • Day 2: Haukagil – Haugakvíslarskáli Mountain Cabin

    We start off by gathering up the herd of horses we take with us on the adventurous trail. Today we are riding through the summer pastures of horses and sheep from the farmers in the north of Iceland. We ascend towards the highland plateau Víðidalstunguheiði heath. It is great to drive the horses through the very free fields of the highlands. The highland opens up for us and we see the mighty Álkugil gorge with picturesque waterfalls tumbling down over rock formations. The wideness and freedom feeling is inspiring for horses and people. It is graceful to see the free running herd tölt on the soft paths of the peaceful area. We see the remains of the old Kings Trail and the tracks from travelling horses through the centuries. Here the only inhabitants are foxes, birds and maybe some trolls. We spend the night at Haugakvíslarskáli Mountain Cabin. (Approx 35 km)

  • Day 3: Haugakvíslarskáli – Arnarvatnsheiði Heath and Lake Arnarvatn – Álftakrókur Mountain Cabin

    Further into the mountains we set course for the spacious Fellaskáli Cabin owned by the farmers of Víðidalur valley. There we have the lunchbreak of the day. The strong riding horses bring us safely through the ancient highland paths. We enjoy the magnificent view over the impressive highland mountains and the glaciers Langjökull and Eiríksjökull as they get closer step by step. We can see how the vegetation is changing into lush green colours, created by rich soil and water from many lakes as we ride to the heart of Arnarvatnsheiði. We pass the lake Réttarvatn on our way beside the beautiful lake Arnarvatn. Truly a fascinating mystical place of silence and tranquillity we will never forget. Fertile highland vegetation and rich birdlife are the highlights of this area. As we say goodbye to the north we ride further to the impressive part of the high plateau that belongs to the west area Borgarfjörður. Further on we ride to Álftakrókur Mountain Cabin where wanted men were supposed to hide out from the law enforcements long ago. (Approx. 35 km)

  • Day 4: Álftakrókur – Eríksjökull Glacier – Hallmundarhraun Lava – Surtshellir Cave – Borgarfjörður Area

    Our ride continues beside one of the biggest lavafields in Iceland Hallmundarhraun. This is a mystical area filled with legends of outlaws and tales from the past. You have the feeling you see elfs and trolls in the formations of the lava. The horses already sense that we are getting closer to the grasland of the farms in Borgarfjörður Area, and tölt happily as we ride on the banks of the glacial river Norðlingafljót, which we will also cross during our ride. Eríksjökull Glacier, which also is a Vulcano, is majestic on the east side of our trail. We will see the best known cave in Iceland Surtshellir. The spectacular 3500 m long lava cave was a hide out for bandits back in the days. The horses will stay at Þorvaldsstaðir. Accommodation at Hótel Á. (Approx. 30 km)

  • Day 5: Þorvaldsstaðir – Húsafell – Hraunfossar – Augastaðir

    We spend the day riding through and exploring the extraordinary area of Húsafell. We sense the qualities of our Icelandic horses as they bring us through the biggest natural forest of Iceland, Húsafellsskógur. Húsafell, often called the pearl between the lava and the glaciers is a unique natural gem in a magnificent landscape. The place has a big historical importance. There are tales all the way back from the settlement as well as stories of witchcraft and ghosts from later centuries. Today we will visit the exceptionally beautiful waterfall Hraunfossar. The water seems to appear from the lava but is actually a cold spring that surges through the ground and runs in rapids down into the river Hvítá. After a great day with the horses they rest at Augastaðir and we enjoy the geothermal pool of Húsafell. Accommodation at Húsafell Gamli Bær Guesthouse. (Approx. 20 km)

  • Day 6: Húsafell – Ancient Ok Trail – Brunnar Mountain Cabin – Brautartunga Community center in Lundareykjardalur

    Our route today leads us from Augastaðir over the mystical ancient trail of Ok. This fascinating highland trail is named after the 1190m high impressive glacier Ok on the east side of the trails, there we also see the glaciers Geitlandsjökull, Langjökull and Þórisjökull. This impressive area without any vegetation reminds us on how rough nature can be in Iceland. We leave our horses at Brunnar Mountain Cabin to rest and go for an overnight stay to the community center Brautartunga in Lundareykjadalur Valley, were we have our own private hot tub and swimming pool. A great place to enjoy our last evening of the tour together with a good Icelandic meal, storytelling and singing. (Approx. 35 km)

  • Day 7: Brunnar – Skógarhólar – Þingvellir – Reykjavík

    We continue our ride and enjoy the great view riding in fast tölt on the trail over Bláskógarheiði Heath towards National Park Þingvellir. These tracks were used for centuries by the people travelling to the parliament in Þingvellir. Here are the historical sites by every foot step as we get closer to our destination. Only a few km from Brunnar we pass the legendary stone cairns Hallbjarnarvörður. The Sturlunga Saga, that describes battles of families in Iceland in the 13. Century, mentions this location as a meeting place of armies and their chieftains. Our trail brings us south by the Kaldidalur road, further on great riding tracks by Draugabrekka (Ghostslopes) and Tröllaháls (Trollhill). As we see the Ármannsfell Mountain we are close to Skógarhólar Fields were our great ride ends this time. Skógarhólar is run by the Icelandic Horse Clubs Association and is located in Þingvellir National Park. We thank our horses and say good-bye until next time. We experience the beautiful sites and history of Þingvellir often called the national shrine of Iceland. Here was the oldest existing parliament in the world assembled. The spectacular Geology of Þingvellir is very visual in the Canyon Almannagjá which is formed between two tectonic continental plates drifting from each other. Transfer to Reykjavík, Landsmót Horse Festival and your accommodation. Approx. arrival in Reykjavík between 17 and 18. (Approx. 20 km)

  • South-North – Day 1: Reykjavík – Þingvellir – Skógarhólar – Brunnar Mountain Cabin

    Pick up between 08:00 and 09:00 in the morning from pick up points in Reykjavik (www.busstop.is). Please be ready at the earliest pick up time and be ready in your riding clothes. Transfer to the Skógarhólar Fields where our Horseman and guide Haukur, his team and horses from Hvammur farm will meet you. Skógarhólar is run by the Icelandic Horse Clubs Association and is located in Þingvellir National Park. We experience the beautiful sites and history of Þingvellir often called the national shrine of Iceland. Here was the oldest existing parliament in the world assembled. The spectacular Geology of Þingvellir is very visual in the Canyon Almannagjá which is formed between two tectonic continental plates drifting from each other. We enjoy our first riding day in fast tölt with great view over the Bláskógarheiði Heath. These tracks were used for centuries by the people travelling to the parliament in Þingvellir. We pass Ármannsfell Mountain and ride further by Tröllaháls (Trollhill) on the tracks by so called Draugabrekka (Ghostslopes). Our ride brings us north on Kaldidalur road. Here are the historical sites by every foot step as we get closer to our destination of the day, Brunnar. Only a few km from there we pass the legendary stone cairns Hallbjarnarvörður. The Sturlunga Saga, that describes battles of families in Iceland in the 13. Century, mentions this location as a meeting place of armies and their chieftains. We leave the horses for the night at Brunnar. We stay over night at the cultural heart of Iceland, Þingvellir. (Approx. 20 km)

  • Day 2: Brunnar – Ancient Ok Trail – Augastaðir Farm – Hraunfossar Waterfalls

    Our route today leads us from Brunnar over the mystical ancient trail of Ok. This fascinating highland trail is named after the 1190m high impressive glacier Ok on the east side of the tracks, there we also see the glaciers Geitlandsjökull, Langjökull and Þórisjökull. This impressive area without any vegetation reminds us on how rough nature can be in Iceland. We leave our horses at Augastaðir Farm to rest and go for an overnight stay at Hotel Á by the farm Kirkjuból. Today we will visit the exceptionally beautiful waterfall Hraunfossar. The water seems to appear from the lava but is actually a cold spring that surges through the ground and runs in rapids down into the river Hvítá. (Approx. 35 km)

  • Day 3: Augastaðir – Húsafell – Þorvaldsstaðir Farm – Surtshellir Cave

    We spend the day riding through and exploring the extraordinary area of Húsafell. We sense the qualities of our Icelandic horses as they bring us through the biggest natural forest of Iceland, Húsafellsskógur. Húsafell, often called the pearl between the lava and the glaciers is a unique natural gem in a magnificent landscape. The place has a big historical importance. There are tales all the way back from the settlement as well as stories of witchcraft and ghosts from later centuries. After a great day with the horses they rest at Þorvaldsstaðir. We will visit the best known cave in Iceland Surtshellir. The spectacular 3500 m long lava cave was a hide out for bandits back in the days. It is a great feeling to relax and enjoy the geothermal pool of Húsafell. Accommodation at Hótel Á. (Approx. 20 km)

  • Day 4: Borgarfjörður Area -– Eríksjökull Glacier – Hallmundarhraun Lava – Álftakrókur Mountain Cabin

    We are leaving the grasland of the farms in Borgarfjörður and heading for Iceland´s Western Highlands. Our ride continues beside one of the biggest lavafields in Iceland Hallmundarhraun. This is a mystical area filled with legends of outlaws and tales from the past. You have the feeling you see elfs and trolls in the formations of the lava. Our horses tölt happily as we ride on the banks of the glacial river Norðlingafljót, which we will also cross during our ride. Eríksjökull Glacier, which also is a Vulcano, is majestic on the east side of our trail. Further on we ride to Álftakrókur Mountain Cabin where wanted men were supposed to hide out from the law enforcements long ago. (Approx. 30 km)

  • Day 5: Álftakrókur – Arnarvatnsheiði Heath and Lake Arnarvatn – Haugakvíslarskáli Mountain Cabin

    Further into the mountains we set course for the spacious Fellaskáli Cabin owned by the farmers of Víðidalur valley. There we have the main break of the day. The strong riding horses bring us safely through the ancient highland paths. We enjoy the magnificent view over the impressive highland mountains and the glaciers Langjökull and Eiríksjökull. We can see how the vegetation is changing into lush green colours, created by rich soil and water from many lakes as we ride to the heart of Arnarvatnsheiði. We pass the lake Réttarvatn on our way beside the beautiful lake Arnarvatn. Truly a fascinating mystical place of silence and tranquillity we will never forget. Fertile highland vegetation and rich birdlife are the highlights of this area. As we say goodbye to the south we ride further to the impressive part of the high plateau that belongs to the North Area Húnvavatnssýsla Districht. Here the only inhabitants are foxes, birds and maybe some trolls. We are riding through the summer pastures of horses and sheep as we ascend towards our Mountain Cabin for the night, Haugakvíslarkáli in Víðidalstunduheiði Heath. (Approx. 35 km)

  • Day 6: Haugakvíslarskáli – Haukagil Farm – Vatnsdalur Valley – Hvammur Farm

    Today we are riding down from the highland plateau Víðidalstunguheiði heath to our beautiful valley Vatnsdalur. The horses already sense that we are getting closer to the juice grasland of home and tölt happily direction north. It is great to drive the horses through the very free fields of the highlands before entering the civilisation again. We see the mighty Álkugil gorge with picturesque waterfalls tumbling down over rock formations. The wideness and freedom feeling is inspiring for horses and people. It is graceful to see the free running herd tölt on the soft paths of the peaceful area. We see the remains of the old Kings Trail and the tracks from travelling horses through the centuries. We spend the night at Haukur’s Farm Hvammur. Here we enjoy our last evening of the tour together with an outdoor jacuzzi, good meal, storytelling and singing (Approx 35 km)

  • Day 7: Haukagil – Vatnsdalur – Hvammur Farm – Reykjavík

    Vatnsdalur is said to be one of the most fertile and beautiful valleys in Iceland, shaped by water, glaciers and volcanic activity. On our ride we pass the historical farm Hof and cross Vatnsdalsá river. Vatnsdalur is the setting of one of the ancient sagas, the Vatnsdælasaga. On our way we hear tales from Iceland´s heroic past of bloody conflict, revenge and love. We experience the spirit of our horses as we are heading towards home on the great riding paths at the banks of Vatnsdalsá River. We thank our very special friends the horses and say good-bye to Haukur and his crew until next time. Our bus will bring you to Reykjavík, either to BSÍ (Main Bus Station) or to your accommodation. Approx. time of arrival in Reykjavík at 18:00. (Approx. 20 km)

Hinnasto

Hinnat 2020 / Kuninkaan polku / The King’s Trail
LähtöpäiväHinta €/hlö
4.7., 12.7.2590

Matkaan sisältyy:

  • Lennot Reykjavikista Húsavikiin ja bussikuljetus farmille
  • Viisi ratsastuspäivää
  • Makuupussimajoitus jaetuissa huoneissa
  • Täysihoito (runsas aamiainen, lounaspaketti aamiaispöydästä sekä perinteinen islantilainen päivällinen
  • Sadevaatteet, vesipullo, satulalaukku sekä ratsastuskypärä

Oma makuupussi mukaan!

 

Lapsialennus: 25 % matkan hinnasta (alle 12-vuotiaat)

Perhealennus: 5 % kun vanhemmat ja 12-18 -vuotiaat lapset matkustavat yhdessä, 3 henkilöä tai enemmän (perhealennusta ja lapsialennusta ei voi yhdistää.)

 

Huom! Nouto hotellistasi tai keskustan alueella lähimmältä bussipysäkiltä klo 6.30–7.30. Yhteiskuljetus lentokentälle. Pukeudu valmiiksi ratsastusasuun ja muista ottaa passi mukaan!

Lennot Suomesta eivät sisälly hintoihin.

Matkaan sisältyy:
– Seitsemän ratsastuspäivää
– Kuljetukset Reykjavikista hevostilalle ja takaisin
– Majoitus vuoristomökeissä 2-4 hengen huoneissa (Huom! Oma makuupussi mukaan)
– Täysihoito ratsastuspäivien aikana sis. runsaan aamiaisen, illallisen (kala tai lammas). Kasvisruoka varattava etukäteen. Lounaseväät pakataan mukaan aamiaispöydästä
– Sadevaatteet, vesipullo, satulalaukku sekä ratsastuskypärä

Lapsialennus: alle 12 v. 25 % matkan hinnasta

Perhealennus: 5 % kun vanhemmat ja 12-18 -vuotiaat lapset matkustavat yhdessä (3 henkilöä tai enemmän). Perhealennusta ja lapsialennusta ei voi yhdistää.

Huom! Nouto BSI-bussiterminaalilta tai lähimmältä noutopisteeltä (tutustu www.busstop.is) Reykjavikissa klo 8:00-9:00.

Lennot Suomesta eivät sisälly hintoihin.

Lisätietoa

Aikaisempi saapuminen

Voit saapua Reykjavikiin aikaisemmin ja viipyä haluamasi määrän öitä (lisämaksu).

 

Muistilista ratsastusmatkalle

Varustaudu kaikkiin sääolosuhteisiin, sillä sää saattaa muuttua Islannissa hyvin nopeasti. Suosittelemme, että pakkaat pitemmille ratsastusretkille mukaan mm. seuraavat tavarat.

Pakkaa kotoa mukaasi

  • Ratsastussaappaat – mieluiten kumiset joen ylitysten takia
  • Lämmin takki
  • Lämmin paita (villainen tai fleece)
  • Lämpimät sukat ja käsineet (vähintään kahdet parit), kaulaliina ja hattu tai pipo
  • Lämpimät alusvaatteet, pitkät jos mahdollista
  • Ratsastushousut
  • Sisätossut majoituksia varten
  • Uimapuku, pyyhe, saippua jne.
  • Pieni kamera
  • Ensiaputarvikkeet mm. laastareita ja rakkolaastareita
  • Hyönteismyrkkyä, hyönteissuojahattu
  • Suklaata tai muuta sokeripitoista naposteltavaa pitämään verensokerin koholla
  • Aurinkovoide kasvoille ja huulille (korkea suojakerroin)

Tallilta saat mukaasi

  • Satulalaukun
  • Sadevaatteet
  • Ratsastuskypärän
  • Makuupussin lakanan kera, jos tarpeen

 

Ratsastusmatkojen vaikeustaso

Ratsastusmatkat on kategorisoitu vaikeustason mukaan. Osa ratsastusmatkoista soveltuu aloittelijoille, kun taas toiset vaativat enemmän ratsastuskokemusta. Retket on kategorisoitu seuraavasti:

Aloittelijat (Beginners / Easy)
Nämä ratsastusmatkat sopivat aloittelijoille, eikä aiempaa ratsastuskokemusta tarvita.

Keskitason ratsastajat (Intermediate riders / Challenging)
Nämä ratsastusmatkat vaativat aiempaa ratsastuskokemusta. Osallistujan tulee hallita käynti, keskipituiset ravimatkat (töltti) ja lyhyet laukkamatkat.

Kokeneet ratsastajat (Advanced / Extreme)
Tämän kategorian ratsastusmatkat vaativat aiempaa ratsastuskokemusta. Osallistujan tulee hallita kaikki askellajit, pysyä tukevasti satulassa ja voida ratsastaa noin seitsemän tuntia päivässä. Matkat sopivat harrastajalle, joka ratsastaa säännöllisesti ja pystyy hallitsemaan hevosen maastossa.

Ratsastusmatkojen alussa käydään läpi hevosen satuloiminen, selkään nouseminen ja askellajit. Lisäksi islanninhevosille ominainen erikoisaskellaji, töltti, käydään tarkkaan läpi.

 

Ratsastusvälineiden desinfiointi

Kaikki ulkomailta tuodut ratsastusvälineet tulee desinfioida ennen Islantiin matkustusta.

Ratsastusvaatteet (ratsastussaappaat, -housut ja -takit, jne.) tulee pestä vähintään 40 asteessa tai kuivapestä. Ratsastusvaatteet, joita ei voi pestä vähintään 40 asteessa tai kuivapestä, tulee desinfioida vähintään 5 vrk ennen saapumista Islantiin. Desinfiointi sujuu kätevimmin eläinlääkärin toimesta. Islannin eläinlääkäriviranomaiset suosittelevat desinfiointiin Virkon S –desinfiointiainetta. Tulli ei vaadi virallista kirjallista todistusta desinfioinnista, mutta maahan saapumisen helpottamiseksi on suositeltavaa olla mukana dokumentti, johon on lueteltu mitä ratsastusvälineitä/vaatteita matkatavaroissa on mukana ja milloin asianmukainen desinfiointi/pesu on tehty.

HUOM! Satuloita, suitsia, käytettyjä ratsastuskäsineitä materiaalista riippumatta tai muita käytettyjä nahkavälineitä ei saa tuoda Islantiin lainkaan. Jos mukaan tuo uudet ratsastuskäsineet, tulee hintalaput olla paikoillaan sekä kuitti ostosta.

Desinfiointi vaaditaan, koska Islannissa ei ole olemassa tarttuvia eläinsairauksia (esim. vesikauhua tai suu- ja sorkkatautia), ja siksi on tärkeää suojella maan eläimiä. Näin autamme osaltamme suojelemaan Islannin haurasta luontoa! Lisätietoa: www.cvo.is ja www.mast.is.

Varausmaksu 15 €

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