Evening photo: Horses in the Icelandic Highlands

Photograph by Charlotte Goss.

“A great cloud of dust formed in the distance as we drove through the deserted Icelandic highlands,” writes Your Shot member Charlotte Goss. “We stopped the car and seized our cameras as the herd of Icelandic horses sped toward us. They watched us as we watched them, each of us surprised by the others’ presence. It was over in seconds, yet forever frozen with a single click.”

  • Rosenmops

    I wondered if they were wild, so I googled and found this:


    They are not wild, but often run free for the first few years of their life. Apparently 80% of people in Iceland own horses, and they have only had cars there for 40 years.
    The horses were brought by Vikings. There are no predators so the horses have become very trusting and docile .

    • Frau Katze

      Interesting. There are a lot of scenic photos of Iceland, relative to it’s size. The volcanoes, treeless plains, northern lights, etc make it an interesting place.

      • Linda1000

        Interesting older article on Iceland. They are being invaded by foreigners, also.

      • UCSPanther

        Iceland is a favorite site for both volcanologists and paleoglaciologists to study, since so many of the processes of the Ice Age are still going on.

        Glacial floods, subglacial volcanos and other related phenomena are all in abundance.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Of course in Iceland they all have the same 33 letter unpronounceable name.