With miles of uncharted lands, spectacular scenery and vast open plains, Iceland’s wild terrain is ideal for horseback riding, and the country’s is world renowned for its unique native horses. A protected breed that date back over 1,000 years and still run in semi-wild herds throughout the countryside, the Icelandic Horse is small (pony-size, although they are still dubbed ‘horses’) but strong and hardy, able to cover tough terrain and long distances, and most famous for their unusual gait – the tölt, a smooth, ambling trot. Their calm temperaments and comfortable gaits make them perfect beginner mounts, yet they can get up enough speed to thrill even the most experienced equestrians, making horse riding in Iceland an adventure suitable for all levels.
Iceland is often described as a quirky place. It’s at once super modern (free wifi everywhere) but also delightfully detached (it’s so safe that parents often leave their babies in their strollers parked outside a restaurants while the parents keep an eye on them from within), which makes for an interesting combination often labeled as […]
Icelandic food doesn’t have the best reputation – at least, not among travelers who have yet to visit. Once you’ve tasted tart skyr, slurped creamy lobster soup, and eaten the freshest fish and most tender lamb you’ve ever tasted, your opinion is bound to change. Those who want to learn more about Icelandic food, or […]
Making a name for itself as the world’s northernmost botanical garden, Lystigardur, Akureyri’s famous botanic garden, is among the city’s top attractions and belies its chilly arctic location with a surprising variety of plants from all over the globe.
In Iceland, volcanic eruptions are a fact of life. The country has more than 100 volcanoes packed into a landmass the size of Kentucky, and those volcanoes regularly erupt, spewing ash into the atmosphere, creating new islands, and lately, luring tourists who come to see the fiery show. But above-ground isn’t the only way to […]
With natural spectacles like the Northern Lights and Midnight Sun, a renowned nightlife and music scene, and a host of unique annual festivals, there are plenty of excuses to stay up late in the Icelandic capital. Don’t want the fun to stop at dusk? Here are eight great things to do in Reykjavik at night.