Iceland is easily one of the most incredible countries we’ve ever visited. One of the things I really didn’t want to miss while in Iceland was seeing the Icelandic horses so we hoped on a tour & got to ride through the tundra to the snow covered forest & back in. These hardy horses were incredible! They were so fuzzy & definitely had a mind of their own. I could barely walk in all of the snow & ice. I don’t know how the horses did it, but it was a lot of fun trudging through the snow on horseback!
Iceland does not allow any outside animals to enter the country. We also had to sign off saying that we hadn’t handled any livestock in the last month. The Icelandic horses have an incredible natural immune system and resistance to the cold weather. They are not vaccinated so as to not interfere with their natural systems, which means their owners are extra careful about outsiders. The horses are shorter and stockier than most of the horses that you see in the US. They are also covered with a very thick skin and heavy fur coat to keep them warm.
The extra thick skin allows Icelandic horses to be very playful with each other. They could kick each other at full force & even bite without hurting each other. We were surprised to see some of the horses fighting at first, but after riding for awhile and getting a sense of their personality, it all made sense! The thick skin meant that you had to give them a super strong kick for them to feel anything. Timid riders had a really hard time staying on the trail and keeping the pace!
The scenery looked like something from a different world! Our horses went slipping and sliding through the snow & ice, but never lost us!
On our way back in, we passed a bright red house that jumped out against the snow. So beautiful!
If you are taking a trip to Iceland, I strongly recommend getting out to meet the Icelandic horses! We booked our tour through Ishestar & had a great experience!
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