Skorrastaðir, Skorrahestar Skorra horses

Posted on January 12, 2019

Skorrahestar offers unique horse riding tours in East Iceland. Ride up and over the steep mountains, along the lush green valleys and race across the sandy beaches on well trained Icelandic horses.

Horse riding tours
A riding tour with Skorrahestar is a unique experience where history, nature, beautiful horses and good company are rolled into one. In 2017 we offer one and two-hour riding tours through the stunning area our farm is located in. We have many trails, one of them we take you along a river full of waterfalls and up the mountainside where you have a spectacular view of our beautiful fjord, Norðfjörður. During the ride you can try out the special gait of the Icelandic horse, the tölt. It is a very comfortable gait and what the Icelandic horse is most known for.
All our horses are family members and we take great pride in that. Our riding guides are born and raised in the area, have excellent story-telling skills and will tell you all about local history and nature on the tour. We end our two-hour tour with a traditional Icelandic afternoon coffee with the family on the farm, where you enjoy delicious Icelandic cakes and share the experiences of the day. The group will be kept small and intimate to ensure you receive full attention. This is a great way to get to know a special horse breed, see the our nature’s beauty and get a taste of Icelandic folklore and history.
Departure for the ride coincides with departure for an equally long hiking tour, so if you are travelling with someone who prefers hiking you can easily split up and then meet again for coffee at the farm!

Hiking tours
In 2017 Skorrahestar will offer hiking tours that let you experience the beautiful and rough nature of East Iceland. Be prepared to hike up a mountainside and along a river full of waterfalls as this adventurous hike will take you through some of  the nicest places our fjord, Norðfjörður, has to offer. During this two-hour hike, our guide will tell you all about nature, local history and folklore. He is born and raised in this area, an excellent story-teller and an experienced hiker. We end our tour with a traditional Icelandic afternoon coffee with the Skorrahestar family on the farm, where you enjoy delicious cream-filled pancakes and share the experiences of the day.
The group is kept small and intimate to ensure you receive our full attention. A great way to experience Icelandic culture and natural beauty in one place, in one unforgettable afternoon. Departure for the hike coincides with departure for an equally long riding tour, so if you are traveling with someone who prefers riding you can easily split up and then meet again for coffee at the farm!

Meditation Seminars

The idea behind the meditation seminars is to help you take in all the beauty in the nature around you, the fjords and all the land in a place far away from your everyday worries. Come and we will offer meditation classes with certified teacher and you will melt all your worries away. If interested please contact us.

The Guesthouse
The guesthouse at Skorrahestar farm is in a renovated barn. The guesthouse includes a dormitory room with 6 made up beds, bathroom, shower and a seating area. There are 3 double bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, quadruple room with en-suite bathroom, and a triple room with en-suite bathroom. Additionally there is 1 twin bedroom with shared bathroom located in the owners house. All guests have access to the seating lounge and fully equipped kitchen and barbecue facilities. Outside the guesthouse there is a patio to sit and enjoy the summer air.
In and around Norðfjörður there is a lot to see and to do. There are many museums, swimming-pools, hiking-trails and scheduled town walks that you can embark on beside visiting us at Skorrahestar. There is variety of service available in our area make it possible for people with different hobbies to come and stay at Skorrastaður and everybody to have a nice time.

The Icelandic horse is a breed of horse developed in Iceland.  Icelandic horses are long-lived and hardy. In their native country they have few diseases; Icelandic law prevents horses from being imported into the country and exported animals are not allowed to return. The Icelandic horse displays two gaits in addition to the typical walk, trot, and canter/gallop commonly displayed by other breeds.

This is the only breed of horse in Iceland, they are also popular internationally, and sizable populations exist in Europe and North America. The breed is still used for traditional farm work for example roundup of sheep, as well as for leisure, showing, and racing. Developed from ponies taken to Iceland by Scandinavian settlers in the 9th and 10th centuries, the breed is mentioned in literature and historical records throughout Icelandic history; the first reference to a named horse appears in the 12th century. Horses were highly respected in Norse mythology, a custom brought to Iceland by the country’s earliest settlers. Selective breeding over the centuries has developed the breed into its current form.

Natrual selection has also played a role, as the harsh Icelandic climate eliminated many horses through cold and starvation. In the 1780s, much of the breed was wiped out in the aftermath of a volcanic eruption. The first breed society for the Icelandic horse was created in Iceland in 1904, and today the breed is represented by organizations in 19 different nations, organized under a parent association, the International Federation of Icelandic Horse Associations.

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