Réttir and the Golden Circle

Our next trip will take place on the 13th of September 2014.

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We are going to visit a Sheep round-up "Réttir" and the Golden Circle.

The Icelandic sheep run free during the summertime in the Icelandic nature, from shoreline up to mountaintops. Because of this privilege of the Icelandic lamb, living its life free in the clean and beautiful Icelandic nature, it´s sometimes referred to as a "happy lamb".

In the fall the farmers gather, on horses, the sheep to a fold, the Icelandic term is "réttir". There the farmers sort out the sheep according to their home farm. After the sorting is finished the farmers and their friends and families go horseback riding and help bringing the sheep home to the farm. This used to be the biggest social event in the country provinces and still is a very lively event where people meet and after a hard work it’s customary to warm up the spirit with some traditional Icelandic alcohol "Brennivín" and sing songs about the beautiful countryside.

After visiting "réttir" (approx. 1 1/2 hour) the tour continues to the geothermal area around the great Geysir and Strokkur. From there is only a short drive to the beautiful waterfall Gullfoss. Before we return to Reykjavík we will stop in Þingvellir, where Alþingi assembly was established around 930 and continued to convene there until 1798. Today Þingvellir is a national park and research has made it clear that it is a natural wonder on an international scale, with the geologic history and the biosystem of Lake Þingvallavatn forming a unique entity.

Register: The deadline to register is Wedensday the 10th of September before 24.00 hour, please register at studyiniceland.is.

Time of trip: Saturday September 13th 2014, 08:00 – 17:00

Payment has to be made in advance at the University of Iceland , Sevice Desk  Háskólatorg (Student Service Center) , at the latest Thursday, September 11.

The Service Desk is open Mondays- Thursdays from 8:30-17 and Fridays 8:30-16

Meeting point: In front of the Main Building of the University of Iceland (the big gravel car park)

Important: if you register and then for some reason can not go on the trip you will need to send an e-mail to ask@hi.is BEFORE the registration deadline, otherwise your registration in binding.