During the summer months, Friðheimar offers its own horse show: A Meeting with the Icelandic Horse. Available in fourteen different languages, with an accompaniment of lively Icelandic music.
The show provides an insight into the story of this remarkable horse breed, which was brought to Iceland by the first settlers from Scandinavia around 900 AD. Whether on the farm or for overland transport, the horse has been the trusty companion of the Icelanders down the centuries, and even today farmers ride into the highlands to round up their sheep in autumn. In modern times the horse has become the Icelanders’ favourite leisure companion. The Icelandic horse is a small, sturdy breed, famed for its five gaits: in addition to the walk, trot and gallop, Icelandic horses may have the tölt (a smooth run) and skeið (flying pace). Four- and five-gaiters are prized.
The display is followed by a visit to the stable, where visitors can enjoy a hot drink, meet the riders and their steeds, and take photographs.
“A Meeting with the Icelandic Horse” is available from 1 May to 30 September for groups of fifteen or more, and must be booked in advance.
Further information and group bookings on tel. (+354) 486 8894 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.