VIDEO: Icelandic horses and Northern Lights

5 Dec 2016 Regular Iceland Monitor reader Olivier Staiger has sent in his latest Iceland-inspired artistic creation – a video combining footage of the majestic Icelandic horse and the haunting beauty of the Northern Lights.

View on Iceland: Longevity, Viking Horses and Mosquitoes

5 Nov 2016 Once you finished browsing Iceland Monitor’s wide selection of news, events and features, you might like to have a look at some other Iceland-related material from around the world that we shall be collecting for you weekly.

View on Iceland: Democracy, Horses and Doing Business

3 Sep 2016 Once you finished browsing Iceland Monitor’s wide selection of news, events and features, you might like to have a look at some other Iceland-related material from around the world that we shall be collecting for you weekly.

Riding a horse in the "skeið" or flying pace is considered very fine horsemanship.

The "flying" gait of the Icelandic horse researched

12 Aug 2016 New research conducted in cooperation with Scandinavian universities sheds new light on the origins of the Icelandic horse.

In older times, the blue-eyed horses were considered ugly, or ghost-like, and were known as the glass eyed horses.

The incredible blue-eyed horses of Iceland

12 Jun 2016 The extraordinary beauty of the blue-eyed splashed white horses of Hindisvík in Iceland caught the eye of photographer Gígja Einarsdóttir whose passion is photographing horses. This colourpattern has existed in Iceland for centuries but the blue, or "glass" eyes were considered ugly in earlier times.

Horse riding in Iceland: get back to nature!

11 May 2016 The unique Icelandic horse is a true symbol of the country, and their relatively small size make them perfect for riding.

The horse came to Iceland with the settlers from Norway some 1100 years ago.

New campaign to promote the Icelandic horse

18 Mar 2016 A new marketing campaign, Horses of Iceland, established to promote the Icelandic horse, is underway. Tourists passing through Iceland's international airport will be able to see a presentation of the horse which is unique to Iceland and is also the only horse breed in the country.

The Icelandic horse has a thick coat during the winter which it sheds in spring. Many horses spend the winter outside, which they enjoy.

Horses in fresh winter snow

20 Jan 2016 Morgunblaðið photographer RAX, Ragnar Axelsson captured this wonderful photograph of the Icelandic horse in its winter coat, frollicking in the snow.

The Icelandic horse grows a thick coat in winter so it can withstand harsh weather and freezing temperatures.

The beauty of the Icelandic horse in winter

4 Dec 2015 The Icelandic horse is a unique breed which developed from the horses brought over by Norse settlers in the 9th and 10th century. Here's a beautiful video of the Icelandic horse in winter, when it grows a thick coat of fur to withstand the harsh climate.

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