Started in 1950 at Þingvellir National Park

The first Landsmót was held at Þingvellir National Park in 1950-, and has since then grown into the full-blown biennial country festival that it is today.  The Landsmót has been held at rotating locations around Iceland since the beginning. At the 2008 Landsmót at Hella, South Iceland, attendance reached a record high of 14,000 people.  

Gæðingakeppni, Tölt and Breeding Horses

The main theme of the event is “Gæðingakeppni”, an all-encompassing Icelandic Riding Horse Competition where riders of all ages and their horses compete, demonstrating all five gaits of the Icelandic horse; Tölt, trot, walk, gallop and flying pace. - The parallel theme is a competition and show of breeding horses, were the best stallions and breeding mares are shown and rated.  As tölt is the most treasured gait of the Icelandic horse, the highlight of the Landsmót is always the tölt Competition where the best tölt horses and their riders compete for the Landsmót Tölt Champion Title.

Landsmót 2018, The National Icelandic Horse Competition


The National Icelandic Horse Competition, known to Icelanders as the “Landsmót” is the largest outdoor sporting event in Iceland showcasing Iceland’s best horses and riders.

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1. July 2018 - 8. July 2018

Reykjavík, IS