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The Icelandic Horse History Centre

The Icelandic Horse History Centre was founded it 2001 at Hólar in Hjaltadalur is located in the old stable at Hólar, built in 1931. The old stable was remodeled in 2010 and The Exhibition of the Icelandic Horse opened.

In addition, two special exhibitions can be found at The Icelandic Horse History Centre. On the one hand, The Origin of the Traits of the Icelandic Horse, the breeding horses introduced at this exhibition have all had a great impact on Icelandic horse breeding from the beginning of organized breeding up to the present day. Another one is the exhibition Splendid Saddlery from Past Centuries, disclosing interesting information about saddlery in the past centuries.

Summer Opening Hours:

June - August

Monday: Closed

Tuesday - Sunday: 10 am - 18 pm

Winter Opening Hours: The exhibitions at the Icelandic Horse History Centre are open for groups during winter, in accordance with previous reservations. For those interested, please contact the curator, Kristinn Hugason, tel. +354 891 9879, email: sogusetrid@gmail.com.

The Icelandic Horse History Centre

Hólar, Hjaltadalur

GPS Points N65° 43' 57.868" W19° 6' 45.594"
Opening period All year
Categories Museums , Exhibitions

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