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Icelandic Horses

04th - 08th June, 2020

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Deposit €600.00

This atmospheric photo tour led by Jonathan Chritchley concentrates entirely on the beautiful Icelandic horses, shooting them in different locations and at different times of day. From our base at an established horse ranch in very remote northern Iceland, we photograph these wonderful animals running along black beaches, galloping through fields of purple lupins, trekking across dusty plains and lava fields, and at rest in the fields surrounding the farm. This is truly an amazing adventure for any horse lover, and the opportunity to create a unique body of work based on these amazing horses. Accommodation is in a traditional but warm and modernised Icelandic farmhouse. Shower and bathrooms are communal. All meals are included, and riding will of course be possible.

Experience a few days of authentic Icelandic life whilst creating the most amazing photographs. 

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Icelandic Horses are one of the oldest breeds of horse in the world. They were brought to Iceland long before any of the European Breeds that we are so familiar with had been established.The Icelandic Horse, along with only a couple of other rare breeds, represents the closest link we have to the first domesticated horses. The Norse horses that first arrived in Iceland with the Vikings were compact, sturdy animals, slightly larger than today’s Icelandic Horses. The horse had helped the Norse people to succeed and prosper by allowing them to travel long distances, carry heavy loads, and plow their fields, at a time when most Europeans were still plowing their fields by hand. The Vikings recognised the value and political power of their horses and gave them a place of great honour in their history and culture. They took them everywhere they went. So, when the first Vikings set sail to explore Northern oceans, along with them went the strong little horses. The nomadic people who first domesticated them encouraged both pacing and other flying gaits which could carry them long distances without tiring the horses. So, the horses that came to Iceland were excellent riding horses as well as being capable of hard work. Icelandic people are very proud of their horses and Icelandic horses in fact, seem very proud of themselves. The hardships they survived have given a horse that is not afraid to face the world. They are friendly, sure footed, strong, and willing. Their unique gaits make them a joy to ride, and they appear to enjoy the experience as much as those riding them!

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  • €3100
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    • Transfers
    • 4 nights' accommodation
    • All Meals & soft drinks
    • Travel to and from Reykjavik Airport, Keflavik
    • Alcoholic drinks
  • Flight to Reykjavik, arrive before 16.00 on 04th June, 2020. Depart Reykjavik, depart after 15.30 on 08th June, 2020.
  • 3-9°C, cloudy, some sunny intervals
  • 3.25 / 2.25
  • Workshop
  • Moderate
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