Begga Rist was born in Reykjavík in 1966. When she was only 5 years old Begga attended a riding class, which changed her life. Although the family didn’t keep horses Begga went riding whenever she had the opportunity. Her father, who was a pioneer in hydrological measurements for hydropower, took Begga with him on his travels in the Icelandic highlands. In a time when highland travel was not as common as today, these often difficult and testing journeys instilled with her a passion and respect for the Icelandic nature. Begga got her first horse when she was 12 years old and ever since has she loved being around the Icelandic horse and working with the combination of horses, people, and Icelandic wilderness.
Begga lived abroad for many years, in Norway, France and Denmark. She studied tourism for three years in Paris, France. Begga then moved to Copenhagen, Denmark, where she spent the next 14 years. In Copenhagen Begga studied veterinary medicine at the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, (now University of Copenhagen) and worked in a Veterinary Clinic. In 2005, after 17 years abroad, Begga and her family decided to move back home to Iceland, where she went to work for a veterinary hospital and continued to do the horse riding tours. In 2010 she received her diploma from the University of Iceland as an Iceland Tour Guide.
Begga’s first job involving horses was as an instructor at Fákur Riding School for children in Reykjavík. She has had a number of jobs involving horses and people, such as guide in Iceland from 1991, assistant on longer horse riding tours in Iceland from 1994, and tour guide on riding tours all over Iceland since 2005.
In February 2011 Begga opened her own business and guided her first tour with a group with ISLENSKI HESTURINN. Today Begga is the happy owner and director of the ÍSLENSKI HESTURINN – The Icelandic Horse, Horse Rental and Travel Agency.
Begga’s languages: Icelandic, Danish, Norwegian, English, French, Faroese, and some Swedish.
Begga’s motto: “I LOVE WHAT I DO AND DO WHAT I LOVE”