Lonely Planet (UK) - - Winter Experiences -

Ice­landic horses are of a height that would mark them as ponies any where else; it’s their per­son­al­i­ties that are out­sized. Ro­bust enough to feel at home on an is­land that’s hard work for trees, even - tem­pered de­spite the ex­tremes of weather, the breed can also man­age five gaits in­stead of the usual equine three or four. Ice­land has banned im­ports of horses ever since 982 AD, so the beast is es­sen­tially a Vik­ing one – with a thou­sand years’ more tough­en­ing up. New riders prob­a­bly won’t be tr ying out the uniquely Ice­landic ‘tölt’ (like an am­ble on fast- for ward), but a one - hour win­ter jaunt out­side Reyk­javík, against a back­drop of the Bláfjöll Moun­tains and an­cient lava fields, is a chance to get to know these won­der­ful crea­tures. From £60pp; ad­ven­­land/day- tours/horse - rid­ing/horse - rid­ing- ice­landic- na­ture

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