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Day 7 : Hólaskjól - Landmannahellir

Icelandic Horse (also called Icelandic Pony) is a breed of horse developed in Iceland. It is a descendant of horses brought by Viking settlets in 10th century. There was no crossbreeding with other breeds from that time. It is very resistant to hard weather conditions and needs very poor food so it is very well adapted to Iceland. It was used for a long time for farm works. Today it is mostly used for leisure because of its skill on hard grounds and its sense of locality. But some farmers still use them to bring back sheeps in Iceland Highlands.

About the picture ... I took this picture from the same place as the two previous ones I posted, along the F208 track road near Landmannalaugar. As we were shooting the wonderful landscape there, I saw a cloud of dust going down from the mountains behind us. Actually it was a group of tens of icelandic horses ! Some of them carried riders, other were "naked" such as this one. I heard later that horseback riding is very popular in Landmannalaugar area and these groups have many horses for every rider. It was an instant of pure beauty anyway !

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