Icelandic Horses

I read that settlers brought the Icelandic horse to Iceland over eleven centuries ago and ever since the Icelanders has managed to keep the horse breed clean and very healthy. Icelandic law prevents horses from being imported into the country and exported animals are not allowed to return. For that reason the Icelandic horse is the only breed of horse in Iceland.

It is indeed a beautiful animal and where one of the reasons I wanted to go to Iceland. On a hillside by the road north west of Reykjavik there was a herd and I stopped the car. In the beginning they were very skeptical and would not have anything to do with me. But gradually they became quite so curious. Especially when I started to change film in my camera and the film wrapping crackle as I put it in my pocket. They evidently believed that I had goodies to give away. Wish I had. They really did a great job as models. 


All photos are taken with Hasselblad 501cm + Carl Zeiss Planar T* 2.8/80 on Kodak Portra 160. Films are developed & scanned by Richard Photo Lab in California.