Horses on the Road in Reykjavík

A rare sight in downtown Reykjavík.

A rare sight in downtown Reykjavík. Photo/Contributed

Vala Hafstað

If you visited downtown Reykjavík Saturday, you may have wondered why there were numerous horses on the road. The reason: the riding club Fákur, Reykjavík, was celebrating its 100 th anniversary. The ride through town was followed by festivities in the evening, reports.


Among the riders was Reykavík Mayor Dagur B. Eggertsson.

The riding tour started at BSÍ bus terminal, up to Hallgrímskirkja church, down Skólavörðustígur, and ended by the Reykjavík pond.


A hundred years ago, when Fákur was being established, people rode horses through the city,” states Hjörtur Bergstað, head of Fákur. “The first car didn’t arrive until about 1920. So, we’re following in the footsteps of our forefathers by doing it this way.”


Fákur’s stables are located in Víðidalur valley, in the eastern part of Reykjavík. During the festivities in the evening, Dagur stated he’d like the stables to remain in that area.

In front of Hallgrímskirkja church.

In front of Hallgrímskirkja church. Photo/Contributed

Sigurbjörn Bárðarson, 70, became honorary member of Fákur Saturday night — the second person to receive such an honor in the club’s 100-year history.


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