This tour is your opportunity to join a real Icelandic tradition. After the lambs are born in spring, farmers send the sheep into the mountains, where they spend the summer grazing freely around the highlands. Every September, the farmers and horsemen group together all over country with their mountain king or queen to herd the sheep down from the the highlands down to a specific holding place called “Réttir” in Icelandic. After the sheep are sorted they’re taken to their home farms for the winter.
In this tour participants will be riding in a valley south of Iceland called Þjórsárdalur. Riders will join Icelandic farmers and horsemen in the gathering sheep from the mountains down to a fenced hold “Réttir”. There riders will join the Icelandic tradition of helping to sort and select the sheep between different gates which are represented by the local farmers. It is not unusual for participants to have a little drink and song during this gathering even if it is a little early in the day. This tour offers a great opportunity to be a part of a great Icelandic tradition by participating in this annual event which is truly joyful for both farmers and visitors.
Réttir is a really big festival in the area. We eat and drink well, and bring our selected sheep home. Enjoy nice days, spend hours in the saddle, try many Icelandic horses, eat traditional tasty food and discover beautiful nature. We will stay in nice house (beds with bedclothes) and hot tub with amazing view on Hekla.
9:00 – Participants will be Picked up at their accommodation in Reykjavik and driven to Breiðanes farm in the south of Iceland. There riders will be teamed up with their horses.
11:00 – Icelandic lunch
12:00 – We will then ride for about 6 hours with a few short breaks. We will pass through some beautiful nature along the way including mountains, rivers and forest.
20:00 – Icelandic traditional dinner.
21:00 – Relax in hot tub and take it easy for the evening.
08:30 – Breakfast
9:00 – We will ride up to the group of farmers and horsemen to join them to in the rounding up the sheep. We will help them to bring the sheep down to Þjórsádalur valley. It will be a long day of riding with some thousands of sheep being rounded up.
20:30 – Late arrival back at the cottage for a nice Icelandic dinner and some well deserved relaxation.
6:00 – Early breakfast
07:00 – We start our ride of gathering the sheep down to Skaftholtsréttir, after short break we will started to select the sheep. When ’Réttir’ is finished we will ride back to the cottage, returning a few sheep back at their farm along the way.
19:00 – Icelandic traditional dinner
20:00 – Hot tub and maybe even northern lights if lady luck is with us.
8:30 – Breakfast and time to leave
10:00 – You will be driven back to your accommodation in Reykjavík.
The tour is subject to time changes depending on weather conditions and experience of riders. Only 10 seats will be available.
During the trip, we provide full meals and drinks. A healthy breakfast, light lunch, snack on the break during a trip, and traditional Icelandic dinners after the ride. It is possible also to order a vegetable dinner if necessary or let us know about any other food preferences. There is no breakfast on the first day.
Riders are required to bring:
Warm clothes (good windproof jacket, sweater -woolen or fleece, gloves and warm socks, at least two pairs, hat or cap, good footwear – riding shoes, riding trousers) and towels for the 3 days and nights.