Iceland on Horseback

Photo by Nick Dimbleby
Photos by Nick Dimbleby

Hveragerði, Iceland: While the first signs of spring are definitely in the air in continental Europe, long and sunny days still feels far away in Iceland. Nonetheless this is a wonderful time to come here for a time out after the bustle of the last weeks, find tranquillity and reconnect with nature. And what better way to do this than on horseback. Horses were first brought to Iceland by the Vikings, and the small, strong Icelandic horses are one of the oldest horse breeds in the world.

I had the opportunity to go horseback riding on one of these beautiful horses at Eldhestar. Their farm and stables are in the heart of Iceland’s south-western countryside just outside Reykjavík. It’s a very special location between volcanic mountains, rivers and the ocean, and I haven’t felt this calm and peaceful in a long time – nothing but the wind on my cheeks, the warm body of the horse carrying me, the sound of the hooves on the frozen ground and the dramatic Icelandic landscape unfolding before my eyes.

This trip was supported by Jaguar Land Rover and Hermès Paris.

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