Iceland is awe-inspiring. If you haven’t been there yet, we urge you to add it to your travel bucket list right now.
Blix have visited Fakasel Horse Park during the ‘Northern Lights Hunt’ a few months ago and it was truly one of the most unique experiences we have ever had. After a few hours of exploring the Golden Circle we arrived at Selfoss – a little town in the southern Iceland. Fakasel was next in our itinerary as it’s 10 minute drive away from Selfoss (or 40 minute drive from Reykjavik).
Fakasel – the one and only Horse Park in the middle of the Icelandic countryside, where you can mingle with locals, dine on fresh Icelandic food and most importantly, get to know the gorgeous Icelandic Horses.
We were greeted by Margrét Hilmisdóttir, Marketing Manager at Fakasel, who introduced us to this family run horse park, and told us some interesting facts about Icelandic horses. ”Icelandic horses today are one of the purest breeds of horses in the world. They were first brought into Iceland by Norse settlers in the 9th and 10th centuries. Icelandic horse is a Viking horse, because the breed has remained pure for about thousand years, since the first horse was brought to the island.”
Icelanders love their horses, but to maintain the pure breed they are making great sacrifices. ”If you take an Icelandic horse abroad, it can never return,” explains Margrét. ”This may sound harsh and heartbreaking, but it is the law. So if any horse goes abroad to competitions, it means a permanent deportation”.
We booked the evening show that starts at 7pm every day and lasts about 45 mins. Before the show, we grabbed a delicious pastry and coffee in the café and stocked up on souvenirs in the gift shop.
The show brings together pieces from Icelandic history with enchanting stories of elves, ghosts and Norse mythology, combined with a riding exhibition, demonstrating the extraordinary skills and extra gaits of the Icelandic horse. Speaking about gaits, this is another thing that differentiates the Icelandic horse from all other breeds as they have an extraordinary ability to perform two additional gaits – called tölt and the flying pace.
As the show finished, the spectators were invited to visit the barn and meet the stars behind the scenes. And we absolutely fell in love with these cute, playful smallish horses with big personalities.
After a few cheeky selfies with the stars, we made our way to in-house restaurant to try the traditional Icelandic meat soup. The restaurant has a very Scandi feel to it, warm and homely – all you need to experience that ‘hygge’ feeling the Nordic people are crazy about. Any no wonder why!
After a little bit of food and hygge, it was time to see ‘I am Aurora’. This perfectly produced multi-media show displayed on a 200 square meter screen was a great insight to the world of this beautiful natural phenomenal referred to as the Northern Lights.
For more information and to book your visit to Fakasel, please visit icelandichorsepark.com