“Horse” Mountain, Westfjords

You would not believe how many photos we seem to have of this mountain. It was very noticeably-oddly shaped and made an interesting panorama. It’s also a bit mysterious as Its Icelandic name means “Horse Mountain”, but I’m not sure if this is because it is supposed to look like a horse or if there is more to it.

Here is a better view of the shape:

I don’t see how it looks like a horse. The promontory in front of the mountain is called “Colt’s foot”. There’s obviously a horse connection here that I don’t see. If anyone reading can explain the name, please do!


14 thoughts on ““Horse” Mountain, Westfjords

  1. I can’t help you in that case. The name seems nothing to do with the shape of the mountain. So no one I know can see a horse shape. I hope, someone has an explanation. Have a nice day. 😀

  2. A lot of saga names relate to events that happened near the place, which would not be obvious to later visitors unless they were told the story. It would be interesting if anyone could discover the story 🙂

    • Yes, that’s a good point. The Iceland Road Atlas is usually good at including things like that but didn’t mention anything around that area. I’ve since been told by a Facebook friend that it may be that the farm at the base of the mountain is also named “Hestur”, and would have given the mountain its name. That would make sense.

  3. I can see a horse!

    I had no idea that this was a specifically named mountain when I took a picture (or two :)), but it did just sort of appear to be special amongst the general landscape.

    From a distance (the first photo in the post), given the rest of the landscape around is composed of plateaux at about the same height as those you can see in the photo, one could argue that the structure resembles a huge horse that has hunkered down for the night on top of that particular plateau (with its head facing to the left, resting on the ground).

    That’s what I see in the photo anyway. I suspect that I’m totally wrong and there used to be a horse farm nearby 🙂

  4. Well the name of the mountain does not necessarily mean that it looks like a horse. But the fact it its stands by Hestfjörð (Horse fjord) and there was a farm (now a summerhouse) under the mountain that was named Hestur. Sorry that it is not as an epic/mystical story as of Ásbyrgi 🙂

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