Life is not something to be tamed. It’s something to be conquered, a chance to forge your own path, to be curious and ambitious, to tell stories and to stand up for what you believe in. Becoming the best version of yourself.
Tenacious owner of Laxnes horse rental company, Haukur Pórarinsson is one of Iceland’s most experienced horse farmers.
Following in his Grandfather’s, go-getter footsteps (he bought the farm in the 1940’s), Haukur remains close to his family’s roots and traditions, renting out Icelandic horses to brave travelers looking for an incredible adventure in extreme weather conditions.
When the first settlers sailed from Norway to Iceland in the 10th century, they could only bring two horses per ship, so they selected the best and strongest ones. Originating from Southern China, these horses worked their way through Siberia, Russia and Norway, eventually finding their way to Iceland, evolving through their crossings, in order to survive and adapt to the harsh, Icelandic conditions. It was well and truly a “Survival of the Fittest” and only the strongest and best acclimated horses survived, making this breed one of the best in terms of strength, resistance and speed.