14 August 2017
My dear friends around the world – I’m so excited! I am finally in Iceland!
After our long overnight flight, we were all very tired, when we arrived at 7:00 in the morning, but I still posed for a picture to commemorate the occasion.
My fellow travellers and I landed in Reykjavik, but that was not our final stop. We had one more leg of the trip to go – a 380 km drive north to the city of Akureyri.
What a beautiful drive through the countryside it was. We saw vistas of mountains, waterfalls, and small glaciers.
There were sheep EVERYWHERE and Icelandic horses.
Paprika tried to explain how they are different than other horses, but she is really more of a cat person. She was only able to tell me that these horses have a different gait than other horses, that they tend to be shorter and stockier, and that they grow long hair in the winter. It gets extremely cold in Iceland, so their thick fur keeps them warm.
Professor Google told me that Icelandic horses are one of the oldest breeds of horses, having been brought to Iceland in the 9th and 10th centuries by the fearsome Vikings. The unusual gait that is unique to Icelandic horses is called the tölt, which looks kind of like a very fast trot/canter, but with one hoof always in contact with the ground. Apparently it is a very fast and comfortable way of covering lots of ground very quickly.
I hope I can persuade my friends to let me meet one soon!