The first day of the Expo started with an extensive breakfast at the hotel. Then we drove up north to Skagafjördur, the area in the North where we’re spending the Expo days. We were welcomed by a nice Icelandic lunch in the riding hall of Svaðastaða: Grilled Icelandic lamb.
After lunch, we drove to Kolkuós through a really beautiful landscape, while Anna Þóra Jónsdóttir from Vatnsleysa told us a lot of interesting details about this area and the farms here; the early times, history of the Kolkuós and Svaðastaðir breeding lines, and about some of the famous horses from this specific area. Kolkuós is a former farm and now run as a guesthouse, but the bloodlines from Kolkuós has definitely a very special place in the breeding of the Icelandic horse.
After the historic throwback, we continued by visiting Syðra-Skörðugil, the family farm owned by Elvar and Fjóla. Here we got a presentation about the business model at the farm, their concepts of breeding and the horses at the stable. We also had the pleasure of seeing a great demonstration of two interesting young mares in front of the stable. The family at Syðra-Skörðugil served us coffee and homemade Icelandic snacks. And before saying “sjáumst” the group also got the opportunity to take a walk in the herds outside and visit some breeding horses and youngsters.
In the afternoon, we returned to the riding hall at Svaðastaða, where we visited Þórarinn Eymundsson, known as Tóti. He made an introduction to his training and breeding followed by a demonstration of two young stallions and a very interesting young mare with a lot of “thinking forwardness”. We enjoyed the horses, the riding and the delicious snacks and beer, that we were offered. The visit ended with a little show with three first-price-stallions under the saddle.
Checking in at Hotel Varmahlíð and Hestasport Cottages we had the pleasure of a really beautiful Icelandic sunset. We finished the day with a meet-up and a delicious dinner at the hotel.
These were just small highlights the first day in the North of Iceland 2017. Today will bring us new adventures!