We are thrilled to bring back in July 2016, our popular Iceland Horseback Riding trip, selected in 2013 by National Geographic Traveler Magazine as one of their “50 Tours of a Lifetime!”
We love Icelandic horses and here are a few reasons why!
FUN FACTS ABOUT ICELANDIC HORSES
- The Icelandic Horse is one of the purest and oldest breeds in the world. They were brought to Iceland by the Vikings in the 8th century.
- To keep Icelandic horses disease free and guarantee breed purity, Icelandic law prevents horses from being imported into the country and exported animals are not allowed to return.
- Icelandic Horses have heavy double layer coats protecting them from the harsh climate of Iceland.
- They are 12-14 hands high (4 to 5 feet tall) and weigh 600-900 pounds.
- They may be small, but DO NOT call them ponies!
- Pound for pound they are the strongest breed in the world.
- Icelandic Horses have up to 5 gaits (instead of 3 like other horses). Walk, trot, canter, tölt, and flying pace. They are known for their tölt, a smooth four-beat lateral ambling gait, which is very comfortable and fast.
- They can appear in 42 different color combinations, with more than a hundred variations.
- Icelandics tend to be very friendly, docile, easy to handle, and love people. They have a lively temperament and a strong but workable character
- Icelandics are traditionally raised in herds which helps them develop their social skills and intelligence. They are usually not started in training until the age of 4 years old as their structural development is not complete until age 7. They are often ridden into their 30s.