Road to Snæfellsnes, Iceland

Descend, bold traveller, into the crater of the jökull of Snæfell, which the shadow of Scartaris touches before the Kalends of July, and you will attain the center of the earth. 
-Jules Verne

The volcano to the center of the earth is Snæfellsjökull and it is situated on the Snæfellsnes peninsula.

After picking up the rental car, I set out to my own expedition. It only takes two hours to get to Snæfellsnes from Reykjavik. But when driving in Iceland, stops are essential.

Stop #1. Horses

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Stop #2 Fisherman and waterfall Continue reading “Road to Snæfellsnes, Iceland”

Riding an Icelandic Horse

“The noblest conquest of man is to have gained the friendship of the horse”.
Comte de Buffon

I’ve never ridden a horse before. The first time I do so, it happens to be an Icelandic horse.

The size of a pony, Icelandic horse is a unique breed of horses that came to Iceland with the Norse settlers in the 9th and 10th centuries. Isolated from disease and natural predators, the breed is strictly regulated to maintain its purity. Icelandic horse does five gaits, comes in many colors and is known for its spirited temperament and large personality.

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My horse’s name is Sól and she is quite a character. Continue reading “Riding an Icelandic Horse”