Icelandic sheep. All images by Roman Gerasymenko

Icelandic sheep. All images by Roman Gerasymenko

If you’re visiting Iceland this September and would like to immerse yourself in traditional Icelandic culture, then I highly recommend you take part in one of the many sheep round-ups or ‘Réttir‘. For most of the year Iceland’s population of sheep are free to roam the mountains and valleys, but come September they are all rounded-up and brought home for the winter. With sheep outnumbering humans by a ratio of 3:1, sheep farmers invite family, friends and anyone who’s interested to help out with gathering them up for the winter. There are 173 round-ups taking place this month all over the country, so if you want to take part, the best thing to do is to contact the local tourist office of the region you wish to visit and ask for advice on which round-ups you could attend.  Most of this month’s events are scheduled to take place during the upcoming weekends: 13-14th & 20-21th Sept. Apart from lots of walking in the wild and perhaps some horse riding, participants can also look forward to a wild night of drinking Brennivin schnapps, singing songs and dangerous dancing at the local ‘round-up shindig’ or ‘Réttaball’. For more information visit the official list of round-up events published on the farmers’ web publication Bænadablaðið (bbi.is). It’s in Icelandic but you can easily figure out the places and the dates listed.

Icelandic Sheeps 14 ©Roman GerasymenkoIcelandic Sheep 02 ©Roman Gerasymenko Icelandic Sheep 03 ©Roman Gerasymenko Icelandic Sheep 04 ©Roman Gerasymenko Icelandic Sheep 05 ©Roman Gerasymenko Icelandic Sheep 07 ©Roman Gerasymenko Icelandic Sheep 09 ©Roman Gerasymenko Icelandic Sheep 12 ©Roman Gerasymenko Icelandic Sheep 13 ©Roman Gerasymenko Icelandic Sheep 15 ©Roman Gerasymenko

 

 

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