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Sheep Herding Adventure in South Iceland

5.0 (6)
7 days 6 nights
Iceland
Difficulty
Challenging
Comfort
Basic
Weight limit
110 kg / 243 lb

On this unique excursion, we participate alongside farmers in South Iceland as they gather numerous sheep from the mountains. The sheep are herded into the communal sheepfold of Rangárvallaafréttur near the renowned Landmannalaugar geothermal region. The colorful rhyolite mountains in shades of yellow, red and green create a mystical atmosphere in this area.

Here, with the majestic Mt. Hekla looming overhead, we guide the sheep across the dark volcanic sands, remnants of ash ejected by the same volcano over the centuries. Local farmers have been herding sheep in this region for generations. Gain insights from them on managing the flock, guiding sheep down slopes, crossing rivers and leading them out of sheltered valleys to their nightly resting spot, before beginning another day of rounding up more sheep.

US$ 2 958
per tourist for 7 days
Departing from
Capital Region, Reykjavík
Tour starts
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Number of individuals
up to 8 tourists over 12 years old
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Photo Heiðdís S.
Heiðdís S. is the provider of this trip
The provider speaks: English
Our Company is owned by local Icelandic farmers, and our tours are organized by them. Our farmers live in almost every part of Iceland so we offer riding tours in a diversified landscape.

Tour highlights

Icelandic Horses
Stunning Landscapes
Enjoy the peaceful Icelandic scenery
Help the Local Farmers
Assist them in herding their sheep and join them in their celebration afterward
Tölt With Icelandic Horses
Try the legendary four-beat smooth gait

Route details

Day 1
Arrival

Pick up at BSÍ Bus station in Reykjavik at 06:00 in the morning. Your accommodation might be the first one for pick up and dress already in riding clothes.

On to Hungurfit where we meet the horses and fellow riders. We use this day to gather up the horses and drive them to Hvanngil Mountain Cabin. This is a short riding day which gives us time to get acquainted with the terrain and to learn about the task which lies ahead. 

Overnight stay in Hvanngil (4 – 5 hrs.)

Day 2
Mælifellssandur and Strútur
Day 3
Kaldaklof – Brattháls
Day 4
Álftavatn – Sáta – Krókur
Day 5
Rangárbotnar – Sultarfit
Day 6
Áfangagil – Galtalækur Farm
Day 7
Day of the Round-Up
Difficulty
Challenging
Tour provider's comments

6 riding days. For advanced riders. Therefore an open mind, good physical health and the ability to work as a team are essential. Expect to be treated as one of the crowd, be prepared to pull your weight each day and enjoy the camaraderie of all those participating.

Horses: Icelandic. Tack: Icelandic.

horse

Accommodation

Comfort
Basic
Camp Site
6 nights

Sleeping bag in mountain cabins. Accommodation before and after the ride to be arranged individually.

3 nights
Hvanngil Hut
1 night
Krókur Cabin
1 night
Hungurfit Cabin
1 night
Foss Farm

Travel recommendations

Group meeting place
Capital Region, Reykjavík
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Tour conditions

Included

  • riding;
  • all transfers during the tour;
  • rainwear, water bottle, saddle bag, riding helmet;
  • transfer from Reykjavík to the farm and back;
  • full-board;
  • accommodation;
  • 11% VAT.

Extras

  • alcoholic beverages;
  • international flights;
  • tips;
  • insurance.

Group size

up to 8 tourists

Duration

7 days
6 nights

It's important to know

Personal equipment you need for the tour

Please bring your own sleeping bag.

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Tour reviews

5.0
Based on 6 reviews
  • L
    Lena
    15 Apr, 2024
    about provider
    Friendly horses, enjoyable guided tours and an authentic Icelandic experience that feels welcoming, like being at home. Thank you!
    15 Apr, 2024
  • W
    Wolfram
    10 Mar, 2024
    about provider
    Wir haben jetzt schon zum fünften Mal eine Tour gemacht. Alle Touren sind richtig gut organisiert. Die Pferde sind super und die Strecken sind echt schön anzusehen Wir übernachten auf isländischen Bauernhöfen und die Atmosphäre ist total familiär und toll. Diese Touren sind nur für erfahrene Reiter geeignet Das Team ist großartig und alles ist top organisiert
    10 Mar, 2024
  • A
    Annette
    5 Dec, 2023
    about provider
    I consider them to be the top horse riding company in Iceland. This was my fourth experience with them, and I am already making plans for a trip in 2024!
    5 Dec, 2023

Dates and Prices

  • US$ 2 958
    15 – 21 Sep 7 days 6 nights
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