Many people in Iceland are growing up with the horses as a natural part of their life. The children go horseback riding even before they walk and later on they help with the daily run of the farm - and some might even take over the business.


Árbæjarhjáleiga is located in the south of Iceland - close to the town Hella. Marjolijn and Kristinn have owned the farm and lived here with their two daughters Hekla Katharína and Rakel Nathalie since 1992. In 2017 Hekla Katharína and her husband Eiríkur Vilhelm began to run the stable.

About the breeding at Árbæjarhjáleiga Hekla Katharína tells: “We have had good luck with some truly great horses from our farm. The highest judged is Jarl frá Árbæjarhjáleigu, IS2007, which has a total of 8.78 in the breeding assessment. 8.50 for conformation and 8.96 for ridden abilities. Jarl offspring’s have a lot af character, good gaits and there is always something special about them, some extra charisma. Already some have been shown in breeding assessments.

Þökk frá Árbæjarhjáleigu was the highest judged 4year old in 2015. In 2016 Eldey frá Árbæjarhjáleigu was shown and has 7.97. Last year Fura frá Árbæjarhjáleigu was shown 4-year-old and scored 8.12 in total. Two stallions went for breeding assessment also and both got price. We know that many of Jarl’s offspring’s are heading for breeding assessment this summer and hopefully they will also be shown at Landsmót hestamanna in Reykjavík. Our breeding line is strongly connected to the great Ófeigur frá Flugumýri. Five of our breeding mares are his daughters. The qualities that we like so much from Ófeigur are the strong characters with a lot of movement and a great willingness. We would say that we breed our horses with the goal of having horses with a good character, charismatic looks, big movements and five good gaits with a big emphasis on good and clear beated tölt.

We focus a lot on certain qualities in our breeding - I would say we go a lot by feeling. What feeling does the stallion or mare give you when you see it or ride it. We try to use our instinct.

The whole family are looking forward to welcome this year’s Horse Expo guests. We are really excited. Jarl will be showed as well as his off springs. We have a lot of new talents in the stable which will hopefully show their best. We are really looking forward to welcome Horse Expo at Árbæjarhjáleiga and show the fruit of our breeding."

The photos below show Fura frá Árbæjarhjáleigu (four years old) and Hekla Katharína Kristinsdóttir, Þökk, and Jarl.