Iceland: These horses answer your emails on vacation

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These Icelandic horses answer your emails on vacation

Iceland: Horses answer your emails on vacation - that's what's behind it

Icelandic horses can probably do more than you think (archive photo)

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With an unusual action, Iceland’s tourism authority wants to make your everyday work – or much more the break from it – easier. Three genuine Icelandic horses take care of your emails when you’re away – with the help of an XXL keyboard.

EWhen you go on vacation, there is a lot on the to-do list. In addition to packing their bags, employees also have to take care of annoying organizational stuff, such as writing handovers and of course – setting up the absence notice. Without them, there will be a rude awakening when you get back to your desk after your vacation.

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But how do you word the short message that you just don’t have time for submissions and appointments? The text should have the right balance between formal and humorous, but also remain factual. For those who are now rather lacking in ideas, the Icelandic Tourist Board has a solution ready: Just let three Icelandic horses answer your emails while you relax on vacation.

Yes, you’ve read that correctly. Before we tell you how you too can find the Icelandic horse that is right for you to “outhorse”, there is one more bonus question to be answered:

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Litla, Hrímnir and Hekla answer your emails efficiently and quickly

At least that’s the promise of the “Outhorse Your Email” campaign. Employees who just can’t keep their hands off their e-mails on vacation should finally be able to switch off thanks to the horse’s competence. “Get away from work and let the Icelandic horses answer your emails while you’re on vacation,” writes VisitIsland on the campaign’s homepage. The accompanying video cheekily states: “Your boss will never notice the difference”.

The three Icelandic horses were reportedly trained to type short emails on a giant outdoor keyboard. There are three horses to choose from: Litla Stjarna Frá Hvítarholti, who types quickly but often takes a nap; Hríminir Frá Hvammi, who is both assertive and efficient, and also has a very shiny mane; and last but not least, Hekla Frá Porkellshóli, which is friendly and specializes in business buzzwords. Simply select one of the three Icelanders, enter your e-mail address and holiday period and the selected horse will type the answers to incoming e-mails while you are chilling on Mallorca.

Here you can see the Icelandic horses at their “work”:

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Can the Icelandic horse’s away notice really work?

In any case, the animals write an email – but it is a jumble of letters. The horses, sometimes also referred to as Icelandic ponies, just tap randomly on their paddock using the XXL keyboard. Incidentally, this was specially made for the eager holiday representatives.

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So if you don’t have customers, colleagues or superiors who understand this fun, you should probably not use the Icelandic service. Otherwise there will be an even more unpleasant surprise after the trip than if you forgot to set up an out-of-office message at all.

Nevertheless: It looks very elegant how the three Icelandic horses strut across the keyboard. Maybe you should attach a video to every email. Incidentally, the horse breed is considered the symbol of the island in the Atlantic. If Icelandic horses can even answer e-mails, one would like to visit the animals. Hey hott! And the tourism authority has already achieved its goal with its funny advertising campaign.

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