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Viðey On Horseback (KH)

katharinahauptmann02_dlFor the past week I’ve done everything a good tourist should do when in Iceland. Some friends from abroad were visiting me in Reykjavík so I showed them around. We did the basic tourist program including the Golden Circle, eating skyr, whale watching, the Blue Lagoon and, of course, horseback riding.

Iceland is famous for its sturdy, versatile and friendly horses and taking them for a ride is certainly a highlight for everyone.

We didn’t want one of these horse trips where you are one among a group of thirty other people feeling like mass processing because that’s just boring and impersonal. I’ve experienced that before and it really sucked, to be honest. This time, we booked the Viðey Tour with the Laxnes Horse Farm.

The Laxnes Horse Farm was founded in 1968 and is located in the beautiful Mosfellsbær and offers a broad variety of riding tours. As of 2012, the family-run company offers horseback riding trips on Viðey, an island located in Kollafjörður Bay.

Viðey is a rather small, uninhabited island of almost two square kilometers. It’s not only a pearl of nature with an interesting role in Icelandic history, but also a large nesting ground for various bird species.

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Photo courtesy of the Laxnes Horse Farm.

Even though it is near Reykjavík and easy to reach, I had never been there until now. What a fool I am for not going there earlier!

On the day in question, we, a group of five, were picked up by a friendly employee of the Laxnes Horse Farm who drove us to the landing place of the Viðey ferry. After spending only a few minutes at sea, we reached our destination.

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Photo courtesy of the Laxnes Horse Farm.

Soon after, we mounted our horses and began our trip under the supervision of our lovely guides. To our delight we were the only people in the group which made the whole experience even more interesting. Except for a couple of tourists at the island’s coffee house, we had Viðey all to ourselves. Well, to ourselves, and some birds and horses.

While we explored the stunningly beautiful island on the backs of our wonderful horses we came across a lot of wild birds such as Gray Geese couples with their goslings, and we also passed by Yoko Ono’s art work, the Imagine Peace Tower.

After we finished our tour and relieved our horses off their gear, the guides released the entire herd to roam free on the island.

It was very beautiful to see the animals go free as this is the way it is supposed to be.

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Photo courtesy of the Laxnes Horse Farm.

Getting to know Viðey or basically any place like this is idyllic. You are not only surrounded by a wild and stunning landscape, wild birds and the sea, but you are also riding Icelandic horses.

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Photo courtesy of the Laxnes Horse Farm.

During my almost seven years in Iceland I’ve taken a few horseback riding trips with different companies, but this Viðey trip with Laxnes Horse Farm was by far the most enjoyable and pleasant of them all. A true delight.

Katharina Hauptmann – [email protected]

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