Archive for August 2013
I had an extra day at the end of the tour because of the timing of the Icelandair flight back to Halifax, so I booked a trip to Landmannalauger, in the southern interior.
To get there, we drove through the Icelandic desert – one photo shows the road – then hiked up to a geothermal area, and back through a lava field.
Quite a day, all 12 hours of it!
The Icelandic horses are everywhere but in the interior “deserts”. Beautiful animals, the very same breed brought from Norway in the ninth century.
The Icelanders are very careful to protect their horses from diseases from outside the country – no “foreign” horses are allowed to enter, and if you bring in riding gear, you have to have it disinfected.
On my last day, I rode one of the horses for an hour and a half. They have five gaits: walk, tölt, trot, pace, and gallop. I didn’t do the last two, as they’re very fast and I didn’t want to invite disaster!
Five horse pictures for you, below.
I came home from three and a half weeks in Iceland just over a week ago.
What a trip! What a country!
I’ve never been anywhere where the violence that shaped the landscape is so overt.
It’s a landscape of volcanoes (active and otherwise, at least two overdue for an eruption), of glaciers and snow, of highland deserts, of waterfalls, of geothermal areas where black mudpots boil and boiling water bursts out of the ground…utterly amazing.
Also Icelandic horses, many many sheep, gorgeous wildflowers, and birds everywhere.
The people are friendly, and most speak English.
I learned how to say “Góðin taggin” (good day) and “Takk fyrir” (thank you) and “Bless” (goodbye).
I even learned how to pronounce “Eyafjallajökull” the volcano that erupted in 2010 and disrupted international air traffic because of the huge clouds of ash.
Oh yes, and I took over 1100 photos.
First tour was the south coast.
A few photos, with captions.
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