/ Herd Foals, Viking Style, in Iceland /
Pint-sized Icelandic horses are one of the world’s tough-est mounts, and people have held onto the little equines’
trademark tölt because it made long hours in the saddle
traversing lava-strewn hillocks more comfortable.
Equestrians can saddle up with Ishetar for a wide variety of
single and multi-day horse tours throughout the island nation’s wilds. But one
tour stands out from the rest: the annual horse round up at Skrapatungurétt.
Each autumn, tough and inspired riders can spend four days alongside Icelandic farmers as they reclaim their horses from the summer pastures. You’ll crash
through icy rivers, chase down mares and their foals, and wrap it all up with a
Stóðréttardansleikur dance. Plus, you’ll get a taste of life in a world where there’s a
horse for ever four people.
When to go: The horse round-up only happens once per year. In 2017, it’ll
be in early September. However, Ishetar runs horseback tours throughout the
country from spring through fall. www.ishestar.is
guesthouses and hotels. The trail is
accessible to all levels of rider, but the
last afternoon offers those with expe-
rience the chance to jump around a
cross-country course at Dartfield.
Should you opt to test your mettle
and hunt with the Galway Blazers,
you’ll be in for the ride of a lifetime.
The Irish hunting horse, a cross
between a Thoroughbred stallion and
native Irish Draught mare, is known to
be brave, athletic, and kind.
When to go: Trail riders should visit
between April and October while aspiring fox hunters can ride from October
to April. www.connemara-trails.com/