Hvammstangi

"I have to exercise the horses. Would you like to come with me?"

Yes. The answer is yes.

Eirik is a schoolteacher in Hvammstangi, a tiny village next to one of the northern fjords in Iceland. He is also the town farrier. He runs a small corral and takes care of a few dozen horses, some his, some belonging to friends. Each morning, the horses take their exercise, galloping down a trail paralleling the road until they reach a field, where they are allowed to rest for a bit before being herded back. Horse-herding here is done with trucks. We were down one truck this morning, so Eirik and I had to get out of the truck and shoo the horses on foot at certain spots.