From July 27 to August 10. 2014 I celebrated my 50th birthday on a horseback tour in Iceland, riding from North to South - Across Iceland. We were a group of six riders (including my 15 years old daughter), one driver, one chef and one dog. During some parts of the tour we were accompanied by local guides and partners and that really made the tour fantastic as well quite a good weather. We only got one day of rain, some cold days and some very warm days. Each of us had 5-6 well trained horses at the age of 7-20 years. We mainly trained them during the winter season but
We started our tour in the North by the lighthouse at Fontur in Langanes (the "bird" on the Iceland map) so we had to drive our horses 750 km from Álftanes, where most of us live. We had one big van suitable for 15 horses and then two horse trailers. We had to stay overnight half way since it was quite a journey for the horses. The horses were so happy when we arrived at the starting point and eager to start their journey back home, we, the riders, were both excited and nervous! After just 2 hours ride by steep bird cliffs my Australian Sheepdog, Stjarna, totally disappeared. We looked everywhere for her and the group decided to keep on going while I kept calling her name in desperation. I did not ride more that day and the poor dog was totally lost. The local farmers where quite sure she had fallen off the cliff while chasing some puffins and was probably dead. I did not sleep much that night. But we kept on going and after riding 20 km on day two we got a phone call. My dog was found alive! Nobody knew what had happened, but she was found wandering around the lighthouse (where we started the tour) the next day. Oh my, I was so happy! But the dog stayed in the car for the rest of the tour and was taken home later.
Now I just must start plan the riding tour on my 60th birthday – will you join me?
Text and photos: Steinunn (firstname.lastname@example.org)
More photos and videos on our Facebook page: Fontur - Reykjanestá 2014