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Things to Do

Icelandic Horses: How to see them and where to ride them

Icelandic horses are unique, and their history is amazing.

Here’s a quick summary. In the year 982 (yes, nine eighty-two!) a law was passed in Iceland forbidding any horse from being imported into Iceland. A horse can leave the country, but it can never come back. And this law has been in place continuously for over 1,000 years.

These Icelandic horses have a unique characteristic. Most (all?) horses can walk, trot, and gallop. But Icelandic horses have two more gaits: The Tölt, and Flying Pace. Both of these gaits are considered to be extremely smooth for how fast they are. Read more

Things to Do

Fakasel: The Icelandic Horse Park

UPDATED August 2017: Fakasel’s web site is now more or less blank. Sadly, please treat the information below as nostalgia only, since you won’t be able to visit! See our new post about other options for seeing and riding Icelandic horses.

UPDATED MAY 2017: Fakasel’s web site says there are temporarily closed, and it has said that for about a month. I don’t have any additional information, but it is strange for an attraction to be “temporarily” closed as we approach the busy summer tourist season. I’ll let you know if I found out what’s going on.

Perhaps I should work on a list of underappreciated things to see in Iceland. I’d put the Westman Islands on there. The petting zoo Slakki. Probably the local thermal pools. I’m not quite sure Fakasel makes the list, but the afternoon show might come close. The large tour bus companies seem to have discovered this place, but maybe not people touring on their own.

Fakasel is on Route 1, between Hveragerði and Selfoss. Those are some of the first towns you will come across heading east from Reykjavik; Fakasel is about 40 minutes from the center of Reykjavik. And right as you pull into the parking lot, you’ll know you’ve arrived.

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Monday, July 4 update: Reykjavik Park and Zoo

We spent today at the Family Park and Zoo. Now, this place won’t compete against some of the large and impressive zoos you may have visited in the United States or elsewhere. But the price doesn’t compete either:

Adults (anyone 13+): 840 krona, or about $6.80
Kids 5-12: 640 krona, or about $5
Kids under 5: 0 krona, or $0.

So a family of 4 with 2 kids who are, say, 8 and 10, can get into both the zoo and the park for under $25 total.

Let’s start with the zoo. The highlight is the seals, who have a large pool an enclosure right in the middle of the zoo area:

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