I made it to
It is a special place with its combination of remoteness, natural beauty and its horses. Not that I have fallen over the edge of the world up there; however, in my tour, I have certainly been smitten by
I lived for more than a month on that visit in
In staying with Baldvin Ari during the summer months of June and July, I tagged along in his shadow and went with him to his work with horses each day. He keeps a stable of about 15 stallions that we would ride and 30 mares and geldings also in his training. His work is quite a systematic process of riding through the list of horses. Many of the horses are younger promising horses that he is presenting at shows to finish them as top rated horses. In the end, these horses then get sold and exported to horseman, typically in
As part of the training and conditioning, every few days they take a herd of 20 or 30 horses and drive them along up into the mountains stopping at staged corrals along the way to rest and trade mounts before continuing. We started one evening around and rode under the midnight sun until , leaving the horses up in a mountain pasture to rest for that day. The following day we then went back and drove them back down to the stables... all the time riding through this beautiful landscape which rises straight up from the sea to snow capped mountains with waterfalls and rivers running through it all.
Such a life they live!
Living on caffeine, at night, I was able to attend a national conference on Icelandic culture that by luck was held this month while I was there. Every night there was folk music, choral, orchestra, folk dance etc which I jumped into. It was great fun and I met a number of Icelandic people this
way. Of course I was the odd American at these events; however, they were humored by my participation.
One night a radio interviewer came through and my Icelandic friends pointed him towards me. For about 2 moments I was famous on their national radio!
I was in Akureyri in the North for most of my trip. Towards the end, I joined my wife, Jennifer and our kids and several friends back in the south near Reykjevik for a week of horse trekking with our friend's tour company Eldhestar. In timing, the horse tour then ended in the north again in time for
For a nation full of horseman, this show was like a calling
Summer is a glorious time to be in
My salute home for that summer became: "summer regards to all you hot stuffy friends and family from this cool and pleasant north!"
Jennifer ride and keep a herd of Icelandic horses at their farm in