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annual sheep roundup






Get in on this really unique experience.
On this trip, you get to be part of the age old tradition of retrieving the wild roaming sheep from the deserted highlands of Iceland.
This hardworking horse tour provides the unique experience of participating in a 1000 year tradition of the Icelandic sheep roundup. This is guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.

Sept 7 - Arrival

Guests arrive at Keflavík Airport, Iceland and take the Flybus from Keflavík to Reykjavík (BSÍ Bus terminal). You will be greeted by our representatives between 5:30pm and 6:00pm, who will transport you to the farm Vellir in the neighborhood of Hveragerði. After check-in, dinner will be served at Hotel Eldhestar.(d)

Sept 8 - Get to know the horses!
This first day will be used to check out the participants riding skill and also o get to know our horses. In the morning we will make a short riding tour in the neighborhood of our farm.  After lunch, we will make 2.5-3 hours riding tour. We ride over meadows and then follow the old route towards Mt. Ingólfsfjall, named after the first Norwegian Viking who settled in Iceland and finish the tour along Mt. Reykjafjall.  After we stop off at the swimming pool in Hveragerði we’ll return to the hotel.

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Sept 9 - Riding and bringing the sheep down to Þjórsárdalur
On this day, farmers in the community of Gnúpverjahreppur bring their sheep from Hólaskógur and down to the valley Þjórsársdalur, We will join them from the waterfall Hjálparfoss and help the farmers to bring the sheep down to the Fossnes, where they will be kept over the night.  This is an adventure which requires a lot of hard work though gives the participants a possibility to experience both Icelandic nature and spirit of the Icelandic soul.

(b, l, d)


Sept 10 - Riding from Skaftholtsrétt to Skeiðarétt
We start the day by watching and helping the farmer to separate their sheep at the pasture of Skaftholtsrétt, before we bring the sheep belonging to the farmers from the community Skeiðahreppur further down the valley Þjórsárdalur to the pasture of Reykjaréttir, which is one of the biggest "réttir“ in Iceland.

(b, l, d)

Sept 11 - Reykjaréttir – Separating the sheep
The separating of the sheep starts at 9.00 in the morning and is finished around lunchtime. After the farmers have collected  their sheeps  they drive them back to their farms. We on the other hand are going back to Eldhestar for lunch and will be enjoying  a half day tour in the stable of Hveragerði and along the mountain Reykjafjall.

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Sept 12 - A day ride – Surprise! 
After, transfer back to Reykjavik after your ride in the afternoon to your hotel. Enjoy your evening to yourself.

(b, l)

Sept 13 - Home

After breakfast, check out of the hotel, enjoy a bit of Reyjkavik, then grab your Fly Bus back to Keflavík (BSÍ Bus terminal) to the airport for your journey back home.



7 days, 6 nights – 5 days on horseback


Around 56 Miles


English speaking guide 

Riding and safety equipment

Private transportation from (BSI Bus Terminal in  Reyjkavik to farm/Return from farm to Reykjavik Hotel.

Accommodation at Hótel Eldhestar or similar in double rooms with private facilities. Breakfast buffet, lunchbox: sandwich & cookies, coffee/tea & home-baked cake, 3-course dinner.

MEALS: 6 breakfast, 5 lunch, 5 dinner 



Airport transfers

Any goods or services not specifically included in itinerary.


This tour is for experienced riders only.

See our full TERMS AND CONDITIONS page for complete details.

An initial deposit of $1,000 is due at booking. Full balance is due no later than 60 days before departure.

Covid-19 Cancellation Policy - IcelandX reserves the right to cancel trips due to C-19 related issues or other issues outside of our control. In such case all payments are promptly refunded. See cancellation policy for further detail.

We reserve the rights to change itinerary based on availability and weather.

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Blue Lagoon w.Entrance Fee

*Price dependent on group size

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