Local farmers have been rounding up sheep in Iceland for centuries, bringing them down from the mountains to sort them before the winter. On these tours you'll learn from your hosts how to manage the flock, drive them down hillsides, across rivers and out of sheltered valleys to their resting place for the night, before heading off the next day to find more. Being amongst the farming community and lending a hand in this age-old tradition is as close to the heart and soul of Iceland as you can get.
We have a selection of round-ups across the country with varying landscapes and highlights, but all of them will be exhilarating and authentic for experienced riders. The Pearls of the Northwest includes just one day of round-up and the Reykjarettir is less challenging than the others so is an option for intermediate riders.
Sheep round-ups are an annual tradition and not customised riding tours, so an open mind, good physical health and the ability to work as a team is essential. Expect to be treated as one of the crowd, be prepared to pull your weight each day and enjoy the camaraderie of those participating.
Our Sheep Round-Ups are the real thing, which means long hours outdoors in sometimes cold weather. Iceland in autumn has many colours and types of weather - you could be in golden sunshine one moment and riding in rain or sleet the next. We recommend dressing well and bringing lots of warm woollen clothing and waterproofs, although your hosts will supply outer layer oilskins to add on top.