Réttir - Annual Sheep Roundup!

During the month of September both Icelanders and a fair number of tourists head-off to the countryside to take part in Réttir - the annual sheep roundup.

This activity is one of the country’s oldest cultural traditions where Icelandic sheep farmers invite family, friends and anyone who’s interested, to help out with rounding up the sheep from their summer grazing period in the mountains and valleys.

It involves lots of walking and/or horse riding, followed by a night of celebration, with some traditional singing and dancing at the local ‘roundup shindig’ or ‘Réttaball’. The first round-ups start early in September and continue across the country until early October.  

A Listing of Sheep Roundups for 2017