SHEEP ROUND-UP "RÉTTIR", GULLFOSS, GEYSIR AND ÞINGVELLIR
Thursday 12th of September 2009
The Icelandic sheep´s run free during the summertime in the Icelandic nature, from shoreline up to mountaintops. The lambs are born there and spend their short life in nature away from humans. 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 "happy lamb". In the fall the farmers gather the sheep to a fold, the Icelandic term is "réttir". There the farmers sort out the sheep according to their home 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 it 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.
Registration: Registration deadline is Thursday, September 10th at 24:00 o‘clock. Registration is online on www.ask.hi.is/page/introice
Cost: 3500 ISK, pay on the bus in cash, no cards are accepted
Time: Saturday, September 12th, 08:00-18:00
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 cannot go to the trip you will need to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org BEFORE the registration deadline, otherwise your registration is binding.