Chasing Magic in the Snæfellsnes Peninsula: Part I- Icelandic Horses
Iceland is a visual wonderland, a daydreamer's paradise. Since I've returned from my trip, whenever I'm daydreaming of landscapes, there's a big chance it's pulled from memories of my drive up the picturesque west coast.
On the third day of our visit, my friend Devin and I decided on a whim to check out Snæfellsjökull National Park. It's about a three hour drive from Reykjavik, on the tip of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Although the park is definitely worth checking out if you have time, it was the planned and impromptu stops along the way that really took our breath away.
Iceland has its own breed of horses, and it is the only breed present in Iceland. Icelandic horses are beautiful- their coats and manes come in a variety of colors, from snowy white to carmel, chocolate brown to black. And, as we discovered, they are extremely friendly (and photogenic!).
While searching for Kirjufellsfoss, one missed turn ended up being a lucky mistake. After we accidentally passing the road we were supposed to turn on, we drove a bit before we could find a road to turn around on. Luckily for us, it was right next to a field of horses! We both agreed, without saying a word, that we needed to get out of the car and take a closer look at them.
With the wind whipping my hair, and the indigo skies and snow capped mountains setting the backdrop, it felt like I was stepping out of the car and into a fairytale as a magical princess. Well, more like a peasant girl before she discovers she's really a magical princess- and this is the field where all is revealed!
Okay, back to reality. Devin and I walked over to the fence, and expected to only quietly observe the horses for a few minutes. However, the horses had other plans! They were a friendly, curious bunch. It was surprising, considering we were in an isolated, seemingly uninhabited part of the country. Perhaps they had been waiting for us? (Perhaps this is where I would be granted my powers and crowned princess?)
Come closer, my pretties! The milk chocolate, blonde-maned horse led the herd over to us.