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Have you ever been face to face with an Icelandic Horse? They’re absolutely beautiful! I had the chance to hang out with a couple of them while in Iceland with Viking Cruises. I met them while on a tour of Iceland’s Golden Circle.

Icelandic horses were created in Iceland. Although they’re are small, at times pony-sized, most registries for the Icelandic horse do refer to it as a horse. In Iceland they have few diseases and are therefore very hardy and long living. Icelandic horses are the only breed of horse in Iceland. They were brought to Iceland in the 9th and 10th century by Norse settlers. Icelandic horses comes in many colors, including chestnut, dun, bay, black, grey, palomino and pinto. There are over 100 names for the various colors and patterns in Icelandic. While I was visiting some of the Icelandic horses my guide told me they’re very strictly regulated and once they leave Iceland they can’t return so as to not interfere with the wild population and gene pool. 

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