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July 29, Reykjavik, Iceland

There is only one breed of horse allowed in Iceland and that is the Iceland horse. These small, hardy horses have been in Iceland since the Vikings brought them here in the 10th century. The sheep (Icelanders refer to them as sheeps) and cattle share a similar story. There are currently over 75,000 horses in Iceland. You see them everywhere, almost everyone has had an Iceland horse at one time or another. They are lovely horses, very gentle, affectionate, well mannered and easy to ride.
This morning we had a wonderful time riding Iceland horses at a farm outside of Reykjavik. We spent over two hours riding trails through the amazing landscapes with views of volcanic mountains, lava formations, pretty streams and wildflowers.

Excited about going riding
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Charles got to ride one of the taller horses. He used to break and train horses so has lots of riding experience
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Avis having a chat with her horse
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Linda couldn't get the smile off her face for the whole ride, just wonderful to be riding a horse again. Look ahead of me and you will see Pat in her purple jacket on her horse.
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On the trail. That's Avis on my right
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Scenery along the trail
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The adorable horses. They come in many different colors
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How lovable is that face?
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After our ride we joined a tour to visit some of the major tourist sites in this area. Our first stop was at Pingvellir National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site and important place in Icelandic history. It was here that the Vikings first settled in the 10th century and in 930 AD formed the first parliament that is still in existence. The area is also geographically significant because two tectonic plates meet here and the landscape is constantly shifting and changing to make some very stunning lava formations. This location has been featured in a number of films and the series Game of Thrones.

Pingvellir National Park
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Our next stop was at the Gullfoss waterfall, another stunning attraction. However here the wind was blowing at hurricane level so it was too unpleasant to admire the views for very long.

Gullfoss waterfall
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Our last major stop was at Geysir Thermal area where we saw some hot springs and a geyser. The Icelanders make good use of all of this geothermal activity. They use it to generate electricity, to heat their homes and businesses and supply hot water.

Geysir thermal area
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We had some challenges getting back to our ship at the end of this tour and we didn't arrive back until well after 8 pm. Luckily the dining room staff were kind enough to seat us so we could get some dinner at the end of our long day.

Posted by linfays 03:50 Archived in Iceland

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Beautiful! What a wonderful few days. Thanks so much for sharing.

by Colleen Roy

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