When you participate in the round ups you are experiencing the real thing. You will be one of the group who will herd and sort the animals. It means spending long hours in the saddle in possibly very cold weather. Autumn in Iceland is colourful and with changeable weather. Sunshine one minute and changing to rain and possibly sleet within a short space of time. You will need to dress well and warmly possibly with a pocket full of chocolate!
You have to imagine hundreds of free and spirited horses cantering down from their highland summer pastures to be reclaimed by their owners. Mares and their foals, young horses and geldings traverse the rough terrain, not yet quite willing to surrender their freedom before the onset of winter. The ancient tradition of rounding up horses is only kept alive in the North of Iceland.
When this task is complete the locals celebrate with a special round-up dance or “réttardansleikur”. You will, of course, be more than welcome to join in the fun. The round-up continues the next day when the horses get sorted at the corral and you will help in returning some of them to their home meadows.
Haukur Suska lives in Hvammur Farm in Vatnsdalur in North Iceland. Haukur operates several tours and offers accommodation for the Kjölur tour as well. Haukur has four children and many many horses. His wonderful family help him operate the tour and take care of the guests. Haukur is always cheerful and he loves spending time with the guests and you may find he will take out his guitar to start playing and singing. Haukur offers two dates for horse round ups in September and they are both very exciting!