I got carried away in my last post, and was heading for snow, before I had posted about these marvellous creatures. The ancestors of the Icelandic horse were probably taken to Iceland by Viking Age Scandinavians between 860 and 935 AD. The Norse settlers were followed by immigrants from Norse colonies in Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Western Isles of Scotland. They are pony size, but are referred to as horses. In fact on the 4 x 4, I said pony, and I got an Icelandic hard stare from our driver, until I corrected myself. These were the first horses we saw and the lovely Icelandic driver, just incase he reads this, stopped and let us take some photos of these lovely little horses.
As we were making our way to the snow, we returned over the lava fields, and this time we could see the moss very clearly, the moss is a lichen whose erect or upright, leaflike habit gives it the appearance of a moss, where its name likely comes from. We stopped again so we could take some more photos of the moss. rocks and lava fields. I like taking some photos of the houses, although a few are holiday homes with fantastic views. The next post will be a snow one.
Cruise – March 2018