One of the things I didn't expect on my January trip to Iceland was how many people used horses as a mode of transportation. Iceland is well known for its beautiful ponies, and they were one of the things I was most looking forward to seeing on the trip.
Icelandic ponies are about three-quarters the size of a standard horse, standing about 52-56 inches tall and weighing in at 700-850 pounds. The ponies have an endearing curiosity and sweet disposition about them, and they all seem to really enjoy a good scratch behind the ears.
Despite the frigid January cold, we saw people everywhere riding their horses around Iceland, seemingly oblivious to the cold. Between this eco-friendly form of transportation and their adeptness at harnessing geothermal power, I think Icelanders are way ahead of the curve when it comes to being green.