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Priest Offers Horse Wagon Trips around Akureyri

Rev. Arnaldur Bárdarson in Glerárkirkja church in Akureyri, north Iceland, is offering tours in old-fashioned horse wagons around the oldest parts of town this summer. Bárdarson has been involved with horses for 30 years and worked as riding instructor for children.

Nonnahús, the Jón Sveinsson museum in Innbaerinn, Akureyri’s oldest neighborhood. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

Sveinn í Kálfsskinni [a local farmer and entrepreneur] mentioned this to me three years ago and insisted on borrowing me a wagon so that I could start offering such trips,” Bárdarson told Morgunbladid. “Nothing happened back then but now I decided to get started, also to provide some youngsters with projects.”

The youngsters in question will control the three available wagons. Bárdarson believes that the tours will prove especially interesting for the many tourists who come to Akureyri on cruise ships and the wagons will be at the pier when they arrive.

The tours will lead visitors through Oddeyri, the second-oldest part of town, and from there to Innbaerinn, the oldest part of Akureyri, and the local museum. Tickets cost EUR 5-6 (USD 7-8), or ISK 1,000, and everyone is welcome to go on a horse wagon tour.

“Everyone is happy about the horse wagons. They have already become popular and I’m pleased to see how positive other travel agents are towards this initiative,” Bárdarson concluded.

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