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Experience the annual rounding of the sheep in West Iceland

By Sara McMahon

  • On their way home. This is the time of year that sheep farmers begin to round-up the stocky, short-tailed Icelandic sheep. Photo/VIlhelm Gunnarsson

This is the time of year that sheep farmers begin to round-up the stocky, short-tailed Icelandic sheep that spend the summer grazing season roaming the open countryside. The annual event is known as “réttir” in Icelandic and often features much singing, dancing and drinking.

Here’s a little fun fact for our readers: In the olden days it was widely believed that if sheep begin to urinate in the pen more frequently than normally it meant the next days it would rain heavily, but of course. Rainfall could also be expected when livestock started to shake themselves in dry weather. Headbutting sheep on the other hand, predicted heavy winds.

For those who wish to partake in the lively, Icelandic tradition there are round-ups taking place in Brekkurétt in Saurbær, Skerðingsstaðarétt in Hvammssveit and Skarðsrétt in Skarðsströnd, West Iceland, at 11 am on Sunday September 21. Also, the round-ups in Flekkudalsrétt in Fellsströnd and Vörðufellsrétt in Skógarströnd, West Iceland, occur on Saturday the 20th. 

For further information on sheep round ups in West Iceland visit Vesturland.is.

 

PhotoVilhelm Gunnarsson

 

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