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Sheep and Horse Roundup Season Begins

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Sheep and Horse Roundup Season Begins

Gathering sheep in Tungnarétt, South Iceland

Photo: Sverrir Geirmundsson.

The first sheep herders headed for the mountains yesterday for the annual réttir, roundups of horses and sheep. The first réttir will take place in the Húnavatnssýsla and Eyjafjörður regions tomorrow, ruv.is reports.

In Iceland, sheep and horses are driven to highland pastures in the spring and allowed to roam freely and feed on grass and wild herbs in the summer.

Come autumn, the animals are driven down the mountains and into a pen, where farmers locate their animals and separate them from the rest of the herd.

Approximately 200 réttir will take place across the country in the coming weeks. It has become popular among tourists to observe the spectacle.

Réttir dates and locations can be found on bbl.is.

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