Iceland - Dustin Waits
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Northeast Tölt

The Icelandic horse is a unique breed that was brought to Iceland by the first Viking settlers in the 9th century C.E. It has remained isolated on the island for over a thousand years since its arrival and it is the only breed of horse on the island. Once an Icelandic leaves it is never allowed to return, nor is any other horse allowed to be brought to Iceland. Icelandics are descended from an ancient breed that is now extinct outside of Iceland. These fascinating horses are among the most pure-bred in the world, and are known for their small, stout stature, spirited nature, ability to cover rough terrain, and of course, their five distinct gaits. Here, riders cross a large, pumice-filled basin heading Northeast toward Hvanngil.