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Witness the annual sheep roundups in North and South Iceland

By Staff

  • Autumn is here Guests are invited to witness the annual sheep roundups that take place all over Iceland at different dates. Photo/Vilhelm Gunnarsson

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

Guests are invited to witness the annual sheep roundups that take place all over Iceland at different dates. We recommend that you do if you want to get in touch with Icelandic farming culture.

South Iceland:

11th of September:
Skaftholtsréttir in Gnúpverjahreppur, Árnessýsla district, at 11 am
Hrunaréttir in Hrunamannahreppur, Árnessýsla district, at 10 am

12th of September:
Reykjaréttir in Árnessýsla district at 9 am
Skaftárrétt in Skaftártunga, Vestur-Skaftafellssýsla district, at 9 am
Tungnaréttir in Biskupstungum, Árnessýsla district, at 9 am
Fossrétt at Síða, Vestur-Skaftafellssýsla district, at 1 pm

20th of September:
Selvogsrétt in Selvogur, Árnessýsla district, at 9 am.
Vestur-Landeyjaréttir near Forsæti, Rangárvallasýsla district
Austur-Landeyjaréttir near Miðey, Rangárvallasýsla district
Brúsastaðarétt in Þingvallasveit, Árnessýsla district, at 5 pm

21st of September:
Selflatarrétt in Grafningur, Árnessýsla district, at 10 am
 

North Iceland:

12th of September:
Flókadalsrétt in Flókadalur valley. (Horse roundup takes place on the 3rd of October)
Skálárrétt in Hrollleifsdalur valley
Deildardalsrétt in Deildardalur valley

13th of September:
Skrapatungurétt in Blönduós.
Laufskálarétt in Hjaltadalur valley
 

More dates and information for roundups in South Iceland and North Iceland.

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