Iceland Is Weird But So Great #5: Sheep Roundup!

Iceland Is Weird But So Great #5: Sheep Roundup!

Andie Sophia Fontaine
Photo by
Árni Sveins

It’s that time of year again: time to round up the sheep that have been running wild all summer, and bring them from the farmer’s pastures to your store-bought sandwich. The sheep vastly outnumber Icelanders, yet somehow we manage to keep them under control. But how well does a sheep roundup go?

In this video, you will meet some hobby farmers in southwest Iceland as they round up their various and sundry sheep, hear from the regional “Mountain King”, and learn what a “leader sheep” is.

This series is the work of film maker and director Árni Sveinsson, in collaboration with the Reykjavík Grapevine as media partners and sponsored by Go Car Rental. The series takes a look at some aspects of life around the country that might be familiar to locals, but are probably less known to visitors to the country.

The series runs in both directions, too: Árni encourages our readers to contact Grapevine if they have any suggestions for possible coverage. If you have any idea to throw Árni’s way, just drop us a line at with the subject line “iceland is weird but so great”.

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