Watch the farm’s horses demonstrate their five gaits: walk, trot, and gallop, as well as tölt and flying pace, both of which are unique to Icelandic horses. After the show, you’re welcome to pet and interact with the horses and ask questions about them.
Brunir Horse also houses a studio and exhibition area, where you can view paintings by the farmer and other artists. Then, enjoy local cuisine on the premises in the cozy café, which serves soups, salads, light meals, and desserts made with fresh ingredients from the region.
Things to Know Before You Go
Brúnir Horse is a must visit for animal lovers and families in Iceland.
Many of the paintings in the farm’s gallery are for sale.
Group bookings can be made for seven or more outside of designated show hours.
The on-site café offers light meals made from local ingredients, warm drinks, and homemade breads and pastries.
Brúnir Horse may not be fully wheelchair-accessible.
How to Get There
Brúnir Horse is a roughly 15-minute drive from Akureyri, along road 821 (Eyjafjardarbraut Vestri) or 829 (Eyjafjardarbraut Eystri). You’ll need your own vehicle to get there, as public transit doesn’t run to the farm and round-trip transportation isn’t offered.
When to Get There
The farm puts on shows every morning that it’s open to visitors, typically from the middle of June through the end of August, although times and dates may change. Shows don't have set start times; rather, they're available on request and last around 20 minutes.
The Icelandic Horse
Known in Iceland as the nation’s “most faithful servant,” and respected for its sure-footedness and ability to cross rough terrain, the Icelandic horse arrived in the country 1,100 years ago with the first settlers from Norway. The horse’s unique tölt gait is especially comfortable for riders, and enables the horse to travel long distances without tiring.