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A Month in the Land of Ice and Fire

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To any and all who have done the long horse treks in Iceland during the July and August time frames, I am already booked for two of them back to back up the northeast. Am an advanced rider, and been in touch with my guides for more than two years. What I'd love to hear from this group is about the kinds of clothing you took. I tend towards very cold, so if you've done this, and have suggestions based on being out and experiencing Iceland's weather, kindly advise. I have all the gear available, prefer not to overpack. Down, wool, all are going. I also have riding boots that double as mucking boots. What did you take? Mine have not been worn, nor my helmet, they are waiting for Iceland.

Other advice would be loved for a 10 day trip from Reykjavik up the Ring Road and back down. Bit of a rush but didn't want to come to Iceland and not do it. Hotels are already booked (at least a year in advance, I was warned) but if anyone has something special to recommend, kindly say so.

What I love: riding, kayaking, adventure, hiking, anything that gets the blood going.

My biggest challenge that I need help with: FOOD. I do NOT eat fish, red meat, bread, crackers, cake or cookies. I eat fruit, vegetables, milk products like yogurt, lots of eggs. Fish turns my stomach big time. How bad is this going to be in Iceland? Should I be taking a separate suitcase of KIND bars? It's happened before!

Something else to keep in mind, please kindly. I'm a journalist and author. I really do not like or wish to visit touristy places. I love to duck into out of the way places, find a couple of pieces of fruit and a carton of yogurt and someone local and go get lost for a day or two. If there are too many people at a place I will keep going. I will have my own car (rented already) and it is not suited for deep inner country travels. I can hire someone for that.

That said, I will be leaving on July 19th, and hope to hear from the many trusted folks on here who've done this already. Riders in particular, if you encountered rain/snow/wet/ what did you take for your breeches? Was wind constant? That kind of thing. So very helpful.

Thanks again to all.

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