East Reykjavik Neighbourhood Beset By Stray Horses, Traffic Stopped - The Reykjavik Grapevine

East Reykjavik Neighbourhood Beset By Stray Horses, Traffic Stopped

Published May 7, 2019

Andie Fontaine
Main photo by
Sigurður Guðni Guðjónsson

Residents of Árbær, a neighbourhood of East Reykjavík, had more to contend with than usual during morning rush hour as horses sought to reclaim the roads and dine on front lawns.

MBL reports that traffic came to a standstill in Ártúns­brekka this morning, as horses had gotten loose and were wandering onto the highway.

The horses also took it upon themselves to feast on neighbourhood lawns, as can be seen by this Facebook post from Sigurður Guðni Guðjónsson.

“Got a surprise visit from two horses this morning,” Sigurður writes with these two photos they took. “That’s how diverse life is in the suburbs.”

Witnesses at the scene reported that the horses have also been pooping “enthusiastically” on neighbourhood streets. Police were alerted to the situation, and are currently trying to round all the horses up, with the help of trained horse specialists.

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