There are so many things that are unique and beautiful in Iceland, and that is certainly true for the island’s Icelandic Horses.
While doing the planning for my trip to Iceland I started noticing horse riding and horse farm tours. Why would someone go to Iceland to see horses when there is so much epic scenery? But the more I learned about the horses, the more I wanted to see these beautiful creatures.
The horses were first introduced to Iceland by Norse Viking settlers in the 9th and 10th centuries. Isolated from the rest of the world, the horses have been pure bred for a thousand years in the harsh Icelandic environment. The horses retain their ancient far-northern European heritage, while also genetically adapting to the particular conditions in Iceland.
While I was able to see many of the Icelandic Horses from the Extreme Iceland mini-bus along Ring Road between Reykjavik and Vik, I was finally able to see them up close in a pasture adjacent to the Gerdi Guesthouse in Hofn, the overnight accommodations for the Extreme Iceland two-day tour.
Though most of the horses stayed at a distance, one nice horse did come to the fence to greet me!
Icelandic Horses Photos
Above: Icelandic Horses seen from Ring Road.
Above: Icelandic Horses in a pasture adjacent to the Gerdi Guesthouse in Hofn, Iceland.
Above: Icelandic Horses are majestic creatures.
Above: This horse greeted me at the fence!
Above and below: Two of the prettiest horses (right) stood head to head the entire time I was there.