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Roundups in Northwest Iceland

Roundups - Experience the real Iceland

Nowhere in the country are as many horses gathered in the roundups as in Northwest Iceland. The main roundups are Víðidalstungurétt in Húnaþing-vestra, Skrapatungurétt in East Húnavatnssýsla and Laufskálarétt in Skagafjörður. Hundreds of horses are herded into the mountains in July. At the end of September and the start of October the farmers gather both sheep and horses from their summer pastures in the highlands down to their farmlands - as they have done for centuries.

It is a great experience to take part in the horse roundups and it has become very popular among Icelandic people and foreign guests. Travel agents offer horse trips to partake in the herding to the roundups. The roundups are one of the largest social events of the year for the local people. It is always exciting for the farmers to see their horses again when they come down after a summer in the highlands. At the roundups people enjoy themselves and sing and chat. Horse-trading often flourishes and good bargains can be made. Sheep roundups are also very common in Northwest Iceland. Among the oldest sheep roundup is Hamarsrétt and Miðfjarðarrétt in Húnaþing-vestra, Auðkúlurétt and Undirfellsrétt in East Húnavatnssýsla, and Staðarrétt and Skarðarétt in Skagafjörður.

Those who wish to book a trip or would like more information are welcome to contact the tourist officer’s in Northwest Iceland. Information centers.

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