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First sheep round-ups of the year take place on Saturday!

By Staff

  • On the go The first sheep round-ups of the year take place on 10 September at Hvítársíða in Borgarfjörður and Fellsströnd in Dalir. Photo/Vilhelm 

The first sheep round-ups of the year take place on Saturday (3 September) in Hrúta­tungu­rétt in Hrútaf­jörður, Miðfjarðarrétt in Miðfjörður, Ruglu­dals­rétt in Blöndu­dalur in northwest Iceland and Hraun­gerðis­rétt in Eyjaf­jörður in north Iceland. 

The annual event is known as “réttir” in Icelandic and often features much singing, dancing, and drinking.

Guests are invited to witness the annual event that takes place all over Iceland at different dates. It‘s a great way to get in touch with local people and the Icelandic farming culture. 

Here’s a fun fact about sheep: In the olden days it was widely believed that if sheep begin to urinate in the pen more frequently than normally it meant it would rain heavily the next days. Head-butting sheep on the other hand, predicted heavy winds.

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