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Things to Do

Fakasel: The Icelandic Horse Park

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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