Horses

Our stable is a home to ten Icelandic horses and one Shetland pony. We have suitable mounts for both experienced riders and total beginners. Click on the photos to see a bigger version!

Askur frĺn Sallerup "ASKO"
gelding, born in 2005 (Sweden)

Asko is a sturdy gelding with fast and pleasant gaits. Calm and trustworthy Asko is a favourite of many experienced riders but also a very reliable mount for beginners.

Meaning of the name: Askur is Icelandic and translates to ash tree. There's one in Norse mythology, a mythical tree called Yggdrasil.

photo © Kirsi Rantanen

Faxi frá Hlíđarbergi "BALDER"
gelding, born in 1997 (Iceland)

Balder is a hardworking and reliable little horse. Great with beginners and children. Balder has small and pleasant movements.

Meaning of the name in mythology: Balder (aka Baldr, Baldur), a second son of Odin and Frigg, is a god of innocence, beauty, joy, purity, sun and peace.

Kjarndís frá Mykjunesi 2 "DIISA"
mare, born in 2004 (Iceland)

Although kind and friendly, Diisa has a bit of a temperament like many mares do and she likes to go fast. For these reasons she is mainly ridden by riders with some experience.

photo © Jenna Ranta

Glćra frá Grafarkoti "KLAARA"
mare, born in 2007 (Iceland)

Klaara is a very sociable and outgoing mare who likes to be petted! Plumpish and calm on the outside but fast and fiery when needed. Mainly ridden by riders with some experience.

Meaning of the name: Glćra is Icelandic and translates to crystal clear.

photo © Iida Kapiainen, onneton.kuvat.fi

Hnallur fra Heimströnd "NALLE"
gelding, born in 2011 (Finland), owned by Essi Alén

Nalle is boarding with us. He has big movements and a strong character. His tölt is very nice but requires a little work from the rider. Best suited for riders with some experience.

Meaning of the name: Hnallur is Icelandic and translates to wooden shoe.

photo © Kirsi Rantanen

"NIILO"
gelding, born in 2002 (Sweden), owned by Riitta Vossi

Niilo is the only non-Icelandic of the herd. This small but feisty Shetland pony doesn't do trail rides nor is he a suitable mount for kids because of his temperament. Therefore he is mainly a mascot!

photo © Johanna Lätti

Njördur frĺn Musö "NÖRTTI"
gelding, born in 2002 (Sweden)

Nörtti is a big and handsome gelding. He is calm and pleasant to ride but works best (and is mostly seen) as a lead horse on trails rather than with customers in a queue.

Meaning of the name: Njörđur an Icelandic man's name which translates to god.

photo © Mirka Pihamaa

Alfur frĺn Säläng "ODIN"
gelding, born in 2009 (Sweden)

Odin is a lively but gentle boy. Suitable for beginners as he is of a calm and easy-going type. Can think of little "pranks" for his rider but nothing too bad. Odin likes to tölt and has a very smooth canter.

Meaning of the name in mythology: Odin is an ancient Germanic god who was worshipped in continental Europe, England and Scandinavia. "The king of gods" and the god of royalty, war, wisdom and death.

photo © Kirsi Rantanen

Samverji frá Grafarkoti "SAMI"
gelding, born in 2007 (Iceland)

Sami is a sensitive gelding with stunning looks. He has very nice gaits with big movements and he likes to go fast. Mainly for riders with some experience but works fine on beginners too on slow-paced rides.

Meaning of the name: Samverji is Icelandic and translates to Samaritan.

photo © Kirsi Rantanen

Hákon Unnur "UNSKI"
gelding, born in 2013 (Finland), owned by Taru Hautalainen

Unski is a happy and forward-going little guy. He has four nice gaits but needs a little help from the rider in order to stay in one gait at a time... Besides his looks Unski has a little bit of pony in his temperament too and is therefore best suited for small experienced riders.

Meaning of the name: Hákon (or Haakon) is a Norwegian man's name which translates to high son. Unnur is Icelandic and translates to wave.

photo © Jenna Ranta

Frasi frá Lyngási "VIDAR"
gelding, born in 2000 (Iceland)

Vidar is a horse well-suited for many as he is moderately forward-going and very kind. He does however enjoy all things green that grow in the forest during the summer months and knows many tricks to get some despite the rider's best efforts.

Meaning of the name in mythology: Vidar (aka Víđarr), a son of Odin, is a god of vengeance and silence.

 

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Gráblesi frá Vestra-Fíflholti "TOR"
1993-2019

Tor was the most kind and patient kids' horse who was known for his good appetite while out on trails. He also enjoyed having mud baths. Tor was the last of the original herd of horses brought here from Iceland back in 2001.

Salka frĺn Vendel "SAGA"
2007-2018

Beautiful Saga had to be put down way too early due to osteoarthritis. Saga had two foals, one in Sweden and one in here some months after first arriving, to everyone's surprise. That foal was named Óvart which is Icelandic for "surprise".

kuva © Nelli Saarinen

Olís frá Hemlu "NJORD" / "NORTTI"
1992-2017

Nortti was the unquestioned leader of the herd before his last few years. He liked to go fast but was also very calm and patient with kids and beginners. Bright and cheery to the end.

Öln frá Grafarkoti "NÖLLI"
2007-2017

Nölli's passing, after knowing her for only a year, was a tragic loss. Sudden sickness took her in two days. Nölli was beautiful to look at and had the most amazing character.

kuva © Iida Kapiainen, onneton.kuvat.fi

Mósi frá Eystra-Fróđholti ”FREY”
1992-2017

We remember Frey from his unbelievably patient and calm but also somewhat stubborn character. He retired and moved elsewhere to enjoy his leisure days in 2016 but had to be put down in 2017 due to disease that was found at that time.

Hćgfari frá Eystra-Fróđholti "RIMFAXE" / "RIMPINEN"
1992-2016

Rimpinen was kind of a sidekick for the herd leader Nortti. Calm and easy-going with people but often found small and seemingly ordinary things quite terrifying.

Bína frá Lćk 1 "BINA"
1994-2015

Bina was a tough little lady who wouldn't let anyone in the herd boss her around. Very kind and calm for kids and beginners to ride. She used to be quite slow at the beginning of a trek but towards the end would begin to sneak past the horses in front of her.

Gummi frá Mosfellsbć
"SLEIPNER" / "SLEPU"
1992-2015

We didn't have the pleasure of knowing Sleipner for very long but we remember him for his handsome looks and independent, proud character. He didn't really enjoy being cuddled.