If you follow me on Snapchat (nadia_dailyself), you’ll recognise these Icelandic horses from Heydalur!
Have you ever been to a country where you didn’t know a single other soul?
Then take an internal flight to an airport that pops up on the world’s most extreme landings lists in the most remote part of that same country?
Then drive for three hours along fjords and frozen waterfalls only passing a handful of other cars on the 130km stretch.
Then arrive to be outnumbered by animals 6:1?
That’s basically what this vlog is about![dt_gap height=”10″ /]
[dt_gap height=”10″ /]In March I took a WOW Air flight to Reykjavik, before transferring to the domestic airport for a 40 minute propeller plane IcelandAir flight landing in Ísfjördur the “capital” (with only 2,300 people) of the Westfjords, the most remote region of Iceland. I stayed in the town for a couple of days (see that video here) before driving along the coast through the fjords to eventually arrive at the Heydalur guesthouse. I was greeted by the owner, her two dogs and parrot and approximately zero other humans.
It’s quite difficult to explain the complete isolation of Heydalur, especially out of season. To give you an idea of how remote it is, I dropped a pin on Google maps and sent it to my sister to show her where in the world I was. She assumed that the map wouldn’t load because she couldn’t see anything for miles in any direction. It was fully loaded.
Having never really been up close and personal with horses before and the lack of people around should I need a bit of help, being surrounded by nearly twenty Icelandic horses in Heydalur was a bit of a shock.
Icelandic horses may look like shetland ponies, but trust me, they’re still pretty big and stocky and when you’re outnumbered twenty-to-one by surprise can be a bit scary! Luckily, it wasn’t long until we were friends. Just watch the video, you’ll see.[dt_gap height=”10″ /]