Icelandic horses

Icelandic horse – a breed of small, long-lived and hardy horses, developed in harsh climate of Iceland and the only breed of horse in that country (no other breed is allowed into a country and the horses which were transported out of Iceland cannot be brought back).

Icelandic horse is a “five-gaited” breed: the horses can perform – apart from walk, trot, and canter/gallo – two additional gaits: tölt four-beat lateral ambling gait and flying pace (skeið / flugskeið), fast (even up to 48 km/h), used in races.

Update 2022: Below the photos: a Visit Iceland campign 🙂


September 12, 2o18


See also:

Icelandic sheepNorth-West Iceland


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7 thoughts on “Icelandic horses

  1. I only saw the Icelandic horses while driving by the road side on my trip in 2018. Didn’t get to go up-close to them, but they were absolutely beautiful and majestic. Definitely adds to the wild beauty of the country!

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