Our main activity for the day was horse-riding in Akureyri. I had been excited about this throughout the trip and it did not disappoint. This is the first time I’ve been horse riding so it was quite scary being so high up at first (although Icelandic horses are quite short compared to normal horses). I had a beautiful and gentle horse (pictured above). Our guide told us that horses can really sense the energy of their riders so if you’re feeling anxiety about riding, the horse can feel it too, or likewise if you’re calm, the horse will be too. I felt adoration as I looked upon the horse and a feeling of connectedness. I wondered if it could sense this from me.
We toured the scenic mountain area and also learned how to trot. When we took breaks and got off the horses, my horse would nudge me and rub it’s head up against me and use me as a scratching pole. Our guide told me it was a sign of affection. Horse riding was definitely a highlight of our trip and further concreted my love for them.
After horse riding, we headed down south towards Reykjavik. We stopped to visit this meteor crater along the Ring Road. You can see two people standing at the top of the crater in the distance.
It was a short hike up to the rim of the crater. On the signpost it said that a meteor had hit Iceland millions of years ago. Over time moss grew over the crater, creating a wonderful palette of contrasting colours.
From the top, you can get a good view of the surrounding area and the ring road in the distance.
From the crater rim you can also see the neighbouring crater where another meteor hit.
When we arrived in Reykjavik (the capital of Iceland) one of the places that I wanted to visit was the Harpa Concert Hall. I had first seen some images of Harpa from an EasyJet magazine on-board a flight and it instantly caught my attention. The architecture is amazing. The design won the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture in 2013.
Harpa is situated along the harbour. I was able to capture an intimate moment of a father and daughter watching the boats.
To end our trip on a good note we visited the most popular restaurant in Reykjavik, a hot dog stand close by to Harpa. The line was long when we got there but it moved quickly. The hot dogs are tasty and great for an afternoon snack. It had fried onion bits that added crunchiness.
Stay tuned for my final post about our road trip in Iceland.