Not having ridden since I was 10 years old, (this was many years ago) I was a bit nervous about getting back on a horse.
My fears we un founded, as it was an amazing experience. we made our way through meadows and lava fields, passing several farms on the way.
The peace and quiet was so relaxing, and all you could hear were the horses’ hooves trotting along the pathway. They followed behind each other like little soldiers.
My horse was very gentle and obedient. It was as if he knew I was a novice, and hadn’t ridden for a good many years.
I soon forgot how nervous I was, and started to really enjoy the experience. Our two hour ride flew by, and I felt sad to be dismounting my horse back at the riding stables. We rounded off the tour with a hot drink and cinnamon bun.
What better way to see Iceland’s unique wilderness, endless meadows and rushing glacier streams.
The Icelandic horses are a hardy breed, and unique to Iceland. However, once they leave Iceland they are never allowed to return. This is to keep out any diseases.
Icelandic horses still play a large part in Icelandic life, despite increased mechanization and road improvements.
Farmers still use horses today to round up the sheep.
Read more about our Iceland Holidays.