Sheep round up - Reykjarréttir
- Duration: 3 Days (approx.)
- Location: Hafnarfjordur
- Product code: IH-22A
On this tour we take part in the traditional sheep farmer´s work in the corral i.e. sorting the sheep.
HELP THE FARMERS ROUNDING UP THEIR SHEEP IN ADVENTUROUS RIDING TOUR
From Kálfhóll Farm we head off through fertile farmland and enter the beautiful trail along mighty glacier river Thjórsá. The ride continues towards the herd of sheep that are herded down from the highlands in tenth of thousands. When we meet the herd we will herd them for the rest of the way to Reykjaréttir (Reykja Coral) where all the sheep farmers come together to collect their sheep from the herd. We will get the opportunity to help one farmer to collect his sheep by catching them and check their mark. When everybody has got their sheep into the right (“dilkur”) place we will head back to Kálfhóll farm riding on our horses. On our way there is a local pub that serves the traditional “réttarsúpa” (coral soup) which is a traditional Icelandic soup with meat and vegetable. When we arrive at Kálfhóll in the late afternoon we get our dinner. At the same pub we stopped on our way there will be a dance in the evening so if you like to go that can be arranged for those who want. The next morning, we enjoy breakfast and later the bus will take you back to Reykjavík city.
When you participate in the Round Ups you are experiencing the Real Thing! You will be one of the group to herd and sort the animals. Of course that means long hours outside in sometimes cold weather. Iceland in autumn has many colors and types of weather. Anticipate to be in golden sunshine one moment and to ride in rain and even sleet during the next.
We therefore recommend to dress well during these tours, to bring long woolen underwear and lots of woolen socks and gloves. It is also good to bring some „quick energy supplier“ like chocolate. A warm rider is a happy rider!
Thursday, September 13 Reykjavík – Kálfhóll
Pick up between 09:00 – 10:00 from your hotel in the morning. Please be ready at the earliest pick up time. Your accommodation might be the first one for pick up and dress already in riding clothes. You will arrive at Kálfhóll farm around noon and have a nice local lunch. We then go to the stable where you will have a riding lesson to know your horse. We will then ride ahead to the round ups by the river Thjórsá. We stay overnight at Kálfhóll. (Approx. 15 km)
Friday, September 14 Sandlækjarmýri – Reykjaréttir
Now it’s time to ride towards the herd of sheep coming down from the mountains. We will meet them on the way to the roundups and herd with the locals. It is amazing sight to see a flock of sheep kilometers long! When we arrive we will have our lunch bag. While the sheep stay overnight by the corral we drive back to Kálfhóll farm and dream about the Round-Up which will take place next morning. (Approx. 20 km)
Saturday, September 15 Reykjaréttir – Kálfhóll
The Round Up starts early so we wake up early and go by bus to Reykjaréttir corral since our horses are to already there. You get the opportunity to help collecting sheep for a local farmer, it is an interesting job and quite fun and does not get more authentic! When all sheep are at the right place with their farmer and we have done a well-done farmer´s work, we head back on our horses to Kálfhóll farm. On our way we stop on the local pub “Hestakráin” (The Horse Pub) where we will have a traditional Icelandic meat soup. When we arrive at Kálfhóll, a farewell dinner will be served and relaxing hot tub awaits us. Those who wants to party with the locals in the evening are offered a lift to the pub for a local dance (réttarball) but you can also just relax at the farm. (Approx. 20 km)
Sunday, September 16 Kálfhóll – Reykjavík
Breakfast will be served and later on we say goodbye and the bus will take you back to Reykjavík city.
– We reserve the right to alter the itinerary if necessary –
2-3 bedded rooms with shared facilities
WHAT IS INCLUDED
Bus transfer from Reykjavík to the farm.
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 when booking. All riders make their own packed lunch from the breakfast table.
Alcoholic beverages are not included in the tour price and are hard to get in the highlands. They can be bought at a reasonable price in the Duty Free Store at Keflavik Airport upon arrival.
Rain wear, water bottle, saddle bag, riding helmet.
Individual travel insurance is not included in the tour price. We encourage clients to obtain relevant travel insurance before visiting Iceland.
Flight to and from Iceland is not included
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