SHIFTING INTO AUTUMN
Collecting all the sheep from the mountains is quite an effort, considering that there are more sheep than people in Iceland (500 thousand vs 335 thousand). The herding is mostly done by foot or on horseback and takes at least 2 - 3 days. It is, however, very much a social event, where relatives and friends come from the city to help out. After the sheep have been rounded up and allotted to the farmers the celebration begins. “Réttarball”, the “roundup party” is truly a night to remember, characterized by traditional Icelandic songs, dance and drinks.