A wonderful display of how the Icelandic horse is still part of Iceland’s tradition and today’s culture are the horse roundups, primarily held in North Iceland in late September/early October. 

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A wonderful display of how the Icelandic horse is still part of Iceland’s tradition and today’s culture are the horse roundups, primarily held in North Iceland in late September/early October. In this region, horse farmers drive their horses to mountain valleys in the early summer and leave them there to fend for themselves, feed on wild grass and herbs until the autumn. Before winter arrives, the farmers ride back up into the mountains to locate and round up their horses, which can take a few days, and then drive the herd down the mountains into corrals, where the horses are sorted according to which farm they belong.

Here is a complete list of all horse roundups in Iceland 2021:

  • Auðkúlurétt at lake Svínavatn, near Blönduós - 25th of September. 16.00
  • Árhólarétt (Unadalsrétt), Hofsós, Skagafjörður - 24th of September
  • Deildardalsrétt in Deildardal, Skagafjörður - 24th of September
  • Flókadalsrétt, Fljótum, Skagafjörður
  • Fossárrétt in Skagi, A.-Húnavatnssýsla - 18th of September
  • Hlíðarrétt in Bólstaðarhlíð, A.-Húnavatnssýsla - 19th of September at 16.00
  • Kjalarlandsrétt, A.-Húnavatnssýsla - 18th of September
  • Laufskálarétt in Hjaltadalur, Skagafjörður - 25th of September
  • Melgerðismelarétt in Eyjafjörður 2nd of October at 13.00
  • Miðfjarðarrétt in Miðfjörður, V. - Húnavatnssýsla - 4th of September at 7.00
  • Selnesrétt in Skagi, Skagafjörður - 18th of September
  • Skarðarétt in Gönguskörð Skagafjörður -18th of September at 14.00
  • Skrapatungurétt in A.-Húnavatnssýsla - 19th of September at 11.00
  • Staðarrétt in Skagafjörður 18th of September
  • Tungurétt in Svarfaðardalur, Eyjafjörður - 2nd of October at 13.00
  • Unadalsrétt (Árhólarétt) near Hofsós, Skagafjörður 24th of September
  • Undirfellsrétt in Vatnsdalur, A.-Húnavatnssýsla - 25th of September at 9.00
  • Víðidalstungurétt in Víðidalur, V.-Húnavatnssýsla - 2nd of October at 11.00
  • Þverárrétt in Eyjafjarðarsveit - 2nd of October at 10.00
  • Þverárrétt in Vesturhópi, near Hvammstangi - 25th of September at 12.30

4. September 2021 - 2. October 2021

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