After an evening of random tv and early sleep, we were all ready for Day 7.
It was a good day, bright and sunny as we headed off to our first stop; Goðafoss, one of the most historic waterfalls in Iceland!
Goðafoss is known as the “Waterfall of the Gods”. How did this name come about? Legend has it that in year 1000, a local cheiftain, Þorgeir Ljósvetningagoði, decided that Icelanders throughout the land should adopt the Christian faith. He then threw all his pagan status into the waterfall, thus the name Goðafoss!
After our brief stop, it was time to depart for Sauðárkrókur – the original birthplace of Icelandic horses! Seemed like the perfect place for a riding tour!
There are many places offering riding tours all throughout Iceland, so much so you’ll be spoilt for choice. There are horses everywhere here, and you’ll be surprised to learn that every horse here has an owner, there are no wild horses. For those on shorter trips etc, there are even riding tours from Reykjavik, so if horse-riding is a priority, you’ll definitely get it done! I, however, liked the idea of riding the horses at their “birthplace”, so I booked a 2-hour beginner’s tour with Iceland Horse Tours.
As we arrived, we bumped into the trainers and their adorable 1 year-old pup, bringing their horses back from training. These farm horses are usually trained both for herding sheep and riding tours.
We saddled up and headed off! I was paired with a beautiful 15 year-old white stallion named Lalli. He was perfect for a beginner like me, gentle and easy to ride. Such a patient one!
I’d totally recommend taking the tour with them. Our guide, Andrea, was all smiles, always friendly and very informative. Did you know all the horses in Iceland is owned by someone? There are no wild horses. Each horse has its own temperament, and while some may never be domesticated, they’re still under “ownership”. Others are so tame, they’re used to transport stubborn sheep (the farmers carry the struggling sheep while riding the horse, imagine that!). They seem to have the best lifestyle here in Iceland though, most horses we’ve passed are given acres of land to roam freely in. Those at the farm are usually kept in an enclosed area in the day, and brought to pasture in the evening. During the winter months, they go “on break”. What a life!
It was a beautiful, scenic ride with the horses. This tour made me want to take up horse-riding and own horses one day.