On this unique tour we join the farmers in South Iceland as they gather thousands of sheep from the mountains.
Riding time: 6 days
Note: Some walking will be involved.
Accomodation: Sleeping bag accommodation (bring your own!) in simple mountain cabins, shared by the local farmers participating with you in rounding up the sheep.
Included: Transfer to the farm and back to Reykjavík. During the ride full board is provided. Our menu consists of a large breakfast and traditional Icelandic meals (fish or lamb). Vegetarian meals are available if requested in advance. All riders make their own packed lunch from the breakfast table. Rain wear, saddle bag and riding helmet.
Excluded: Individual travel insurance is not included in the tour price. We encourage clients to obtain relevant travel insurance before visiting Iceland. Flights to and from Iceland are not included.
Bring with you: Warm clothes, sturdy shoes.
We gather sheep in Landmannaafréttur, the grazing grounds close to the famous Landmannalaugar area. Yellow, reddish and greenish rhyolite mountains give the scenery a magical touch and Mount Hekla is dominates the landscape.
We will gather sheep from the area covered with the black sand and ashes which were sent into the sky by the eruptions of this great volcano throughout the centuries.
Local farmers and their ancestors have been gathering sheep in this area for centuries. Learn from them how to manage the flock and to drive the sheep down steep hillsides, across rivers and out of sheltered valleys to their resting place for the night, only to go out again the next day to gather more sheep.
One cannot get any closer to the heart and soul of the true Icelanders – the farmers.
All participants join in with an annual tradition and this is not a customized riding tour. Therefore the ability to keep an open mind, good physical health and the ability to work hand in hand with others is required. Expect to be treated as one of the crowd, required to fulfill your duty every day and enjoy the camaraderie of all those participating in this great adventure of the fall.