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Auntie Nanila's Top Travel Tip for Iceland [20110807|22:01]
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Icelandic horses

See this wonderful pastoral view, taken from a mountainside in Iceland in summer at sunset? See those sleek Icelandic horse silhouettes?

Well, if you want to experience and maintain an unblemished appreciation for this scene, then allow me to recommend the following. Do not, I repeat, do not park your hire car within a kilometre of these animals if you cannot see a fence between you and them. If you do, you can expect to return to your car, exhilarated after a couple of hours' hiking around the mountain whilst enveloped in the scent of wild thyme, to find that your hire car has gone from its relatively pristine condition to this, because Icelandic horses apparently have developed a taste for vehicle paint.



I now understand why Icelanders have no compunctions about eating horse.
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[User Picture]From: slutbunwalla
2011-08-07 21:51 (UTC)
That is bizarre. What the...what?
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-08-10 21:56 (UTC)
I don't know. What are they feeding them that makes vehicle paint seem appealing??
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[User Picture]From: slutbunwalla
2011-08-11 02:46 (UTC)
What could possibly be in vehicle paint... maybe they are just like OBJECT MIGHT BE EDIBLE. Since they didn't scrape it all off, maybe they just thought it COULD be edible. But it's not like there aren't a bunch of other things out there for them.
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[User Picture]From: chickenfeet2003
2011-08-07 23:01 (UTC)
Horse sacrifices of course were very much part of Nordic pagan tradition.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-08-10 21:56 (UTC)
Count me in at the next one.
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[User Picture]From: melissa_maples
2011-08-07 23:02 (UTC)
Hahahaha holy shit!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-08-10 21:57 (UTC)
Yeah. The bloke took one look at the car and went, "Your dad is going to go crackers."
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-08-10 21:58 (UTC)
Hilarious giant picture!
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[User Picture]From: sanat
2011-08-08 00:33 (UTC)
I'm just trying to figure out WHY. I mean, we hear lead-based paint is sweet and a threat to small children and all, but vehicle paint. Maybe it's just neophilia as with windscreen wipers and certain native parrots here in NZ.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-08-10 22:02 (UTC)
Whatever the cause, on my next trip to Iceland I'll be using the buses.
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[User Picture]From: flexagain
2011-08-08 10:22 (UTC)
Yikes, how bizarre, I've never heard of anything like that before.

On Dartmoor I've seen ponies resting their heads on car bonnets, but aside from a risk of very slightly scratching the paintwork, that's unlikely to cause much damage.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-08-10 22:02 (UTC)
Neither had we. But now you know. If you visit Iceland, use the buses!
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