The Icelandic Horses

One reoccurring local during our trip across the southern part of Iceland were the horses. Usually in fields close to the road, they were quite friendly and easy to approach.


They’re relatively short, usually 13 to 15 hands high which is generally considered pony size, but don’t call them ponies. Developed from Scandinavian ponies taken to Iceland in the 9th and 10th centuries by settlers, the breed has been bred pure for the last 1000 years. There is a law that no horses may be imported to Iceland and if any are exported, they’re not allowed to return.  That’s how they can keep the breed so pure.

The long mane, thick fur and their small stout size make them really unique.  We had a lot of fun just walking amongst them scratching ears and noses.

Lots of different colors within the herds.

be sure to click on the images to see these guys bigger!

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