There are a number of places in Skagafj÷rur that offer visits and tours around their stud farms. On these visits you get to experience the way of daily works that goes into breeding & owning horses in Iceland. You'll also have the opportunity to learn about the history of the Icelandic Horse and especially their history and influence of the life of people here in Skagafj÷rur.
On this visits you'll get the chance to get near the horses, experience their natural charm. Also you'll see them showing off their 5 gaits and their natural beauty they show under their riders.
A horse show and farm visit for 1 - 1 1/2 hours, depending on the group┤s schedule.
The family will introduce the Icelandic horse and show its versatility in action. It differs from other races of horses in that it has five gaits:
Apart from the walk, trot and jump there are the tolt and the flying pace. You will be shown
some of the results of the family┤s horse breeding as well as gaining an insight into the daily life on an ordinary Icelandic farm. You will get a short presentation of the history of the Icelandic horse and its importance in modern Iceland. Also a brief history of the farm and how its name is connected to the first horse race known to have been held in the country.
Included: Coffee or tea and homemade biscuits and bread.
Light lunch available on request.
On our farm Lřtingsstair we breed horses and offer touristic services such as riding tours, accommodation and the popular program Horses&Heritage.
Horses&Heritage is available for smaller and larger groups and contains a multimedia presentation about the history of the Icelandic horse and its meaning for Icelandĺs culture and heritage. After the presentation guests can step inside our OLD STABLE built from turf and experience how horses were kept on farms during the old days. Beside the stable is a storage room where we have a display featuring old tools, tack and other items connected with horses and farming.
Horses & Heritage runs every Tuesday evening in the summer and on request all year round for groups and as a guided day tour from Akureyri, see www.ttv.is for more information.
VarmilŠkuur is located in Skagafj÷rur. In VarmilŠkur we practice horse breeding, training and selling horses and have horse shows for toursits. Your hosts at VarmilŠkur are Bj÷rn sveinsson and Magnea K. Gumundsdˇttir.