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Arinbjörn Jóhannsson
531 Hvammstangi
Phone +354-451 2938
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  • The Great Sheep Event


    We start our journey in the west of Iceland in the beautiful region of Borgarfjörður and its natural wonders: the waterfalls Hraunfossar and Barnafoss and the most powerful hot spring area Deildartunguhver. From there, we will journey onwards to the northwest of Iceland, where we will visit the Vatnsnes peninsula with Iceland’s biggest seal colony, black beaches and the unique basalt formation Hvítserkur. Then the festival starts, where every year in September thousands of sheep and horses are driven down from the highlands, where they graze all summer, and return to their local valleys. There is no other time when Icelandic traditions are as much alive as during the sheep round-up called “réttir”. This yearly event is a public festival and a good way to get to know Icelanders and some of their oldest traditions. And last but not least: The northern lights season starts in September!

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  • Program „The Great Sheep Event“

    Day 1Day 2Day 3Day 4Day 5Day 6Day 7
    Tue.: Keflavík – Borgarfjörður
    Reception at the airport Keflavík between 15:00 and 16:30 or in Reykjavík BSÍ bus station around 17:00. Transfer to the beautiful Borgarfjörður, where we spend the night in a cosy hotel.(D)
    Wed.: Borgarfjörður – Brekkulækur
    Today, we visit the extraordinary headwater with the waterfalls Hraunfossar and Barnafoss and the most powerful hot spring of Europe, Deildartunguhver. Afterwards, we will drive to the farm Brekkulækur in the north-west of the island. (B, D)
    Thu.: Vatnsnes Peninsula – Seals
    After breakfast, we take a guided walk around the farm and gain insight into life in the countryside, the flowers, plants and animals in Iceland. After lunch, we will go for an excursion around the unique peninsula Vatnsnes, walk along black beaches and watch the seals. We will also look at the unique basalt formation Hvítserkur and the old fortress Borgarviki. We end the day with a relaxing bath in natural hot swimming pool of Hvammstangi. (B, L, D)
    Thu.: Núpssdalur – Highland – Sheep
    After breakfast, we drive to the highland, where we will join the herds and herders and help for some hours to drive sheep and lambs towards the pen. They leave the pastures of our community in the highland, where the sheep and horses have spent the summers for centuries. Therefore, the method to collect them is very traditional. Along with the sheep, the mares and their foals start their journey home from the mountains as well. (B, P, D)
    Sat.: Brekkulækur
    In the morning, the mares and foals will be sorted out according to their owners. Afterwards, the flocks of sheep will arrive at the pen. It is going to be a busy day at the “réttir” and we will take part as much and as long as we like. Brekkulækur is in sight of the fold. In the evening, there is a party „dance“ at the town house to celebrate the successful return of the sheep and horses . (B, L, D)
    Sun.: Brekkulækur – Reykjavík
    We leave the farm Brekkulækur and journey back to Reykjavik, Iceland’s lively capital, where you have time for sightseeing and shopping. We spend the night in a simple hotel downtown. (B)
    Mon.: Transfer to the airport
    Transfer to the airport and flight back home.
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06.09. – 12.09.2023


1.690,- EUR per person only tour without flight (6 nights)


  • Tour as described
  • Entrance fee according to program
  • 7 days
  • 6 nights in guesthouses in double- and triple-bed rooms
  • Single rooms on request and with extra charge 220 EUR
  • Board as described (B=breakfast, L=lunch, P=Simple picnic, D=dinner); no breakfast on day 7 with early morning flights
  • German, English and Iceland speaking guide
  • Easy hiking except on day 4 (then up to 7 hours)

Not included: Insurance, short transfers in Reykjavík


maximum number: 16
minimum number: 8