Our farm Gufuá is located just north of Borgarnes. The last residents moved from there in the year 1964 and no one has lived there since, until we bought it in 2018. When we decided to settle there, we had to start completely from the beginning because there were no houses or stables left - only the land itself and one small, old sheep shed.
Gufuá is a very beautiful farm, with hills where original birch grows, waterfalls, gorges and a canyon, where the salmon river Gufuá flows through. Yes, the river has the same name as the farm – infact the farm is named after the river.
The main riding trail between Thingvalla and Snæfellsness goes through the farmland at Gufuá. But that is not the only trail, since on the farm there are also other great riding trails going in in all directions, free from motor traffic.
The location of the farm and the landscapes are ideal for training horses and to hold longer and shorter riding courses.
At Gufuá, we practice farming intertwined with horse related tourism and clinics. We keep riding horses on the farm but no breeding mares. They are kept elsewhere with their foals. Most of the horses we use stem from our breeding. Other livestock on the farm are sheep (incl. the unique Leader sheep), goats, chickens, sometimes ducks, dogs and cats.
Sustainability and harmony with nature form the basis of farming practices at our farm Gufaá.
In the summer of 2019, a reforestration-project in cooperation with the State Forestry was started at Gufuá. This project is scheduled to be finished in 10 years. Another part of the farmland has been dedicated to High Nature Value Farming (HNV). The aim and purpose of that project is to explore the possibility of integrating agriculture and nature conservation, as well as identifying opportunities, barriers, synergies and potential benefits of conservation measures in agricultural areas. This project has been going on in other countries for quite some time, but Gufuá is among the first farms in Iceland to participate in it.