Autumn at Eldhestar

It is hard to believe we already have mid October! After a first glimpse of snow it feels almost like summer is back. Today is another beautiful, warm day with a palette of soft autumn colors laying upon the mountains and meadows surrounding our farm.

Autumn can be a very nice season for riding in Iceland and our guests enjoy many sunny days with warm daytime temperatures and crystal clear air. We can often observe the stunning Northern Lights in the evening skies above our farm and are looking forward to welcome the participants in our winter tours. It is getting cosy in our Hotel and the horses quickly change to being quite cuddly in their winter coat.
Sun rise is now at 8:15 and every day gets about 6 minutes less daylight, so it will soon be dark when we pick up the herd from the field.

We now have about 70 horses at the farm and just started training the young ones, which is always a very exciting time. Our tour horses on the farm are trained regularly by our staff during the winter months and most of the other ones keep on enjoying life on large fields until next summer. In the office we are busy preparing for next season, already receiving lots of bookings for our long tours.

Welcome to our new website

Eldhestar is pleased to announce the release of our new website, designed with a fresh new look and a user friendly navigation. We hope you enjoy our new website and would love to hear what you think about it.

Sheep Round Up

In Iceland, the sheep round-up has a long tradition. Every year in September we offer this unique experience to our guests as a riding tour.

After lambs are born in May the sheep are released to the mountain pastures. During September, they are collected and driven home to the farms where they are going to spend the winter.

The sheep round-up is done in areas which are separated from each other by a well-build sheep fence or a natural border (large rivers, glaciers, etc). Each area has its own “rétt” which is the place where they collect and afterwards sort the sheep. For the round-up, all the farmers in the region and their families come together and help to collect the sheep as it has been done for centuries. It is hard work and depending on the length and the terrain it can be done by foot or on horseback.  For each area there is a “mountain-king” which is the “leader” – he coordinates the round-up and the farmers and keeps control over everything.

When the sheep is collected from the mountains and driven into the “rétt”, the farmers start to sort them out. Each sheep has an ear mark so they know to which farm it belongs to. Sorting the sheep in the “rétt” is the biggest event of the sheep round-up everywhere in Iceland. People, family and friends come together, sing, talk and of course sort sheep 🙂

At some places in North Iceland horses, which have been spending the summer in the mountains, are also collected. Though they are not wild, they have an owner and stallions are not allowed.

This years Eldhestar´s sheep round-up tour was great fun, we participating in herding around 4000 sheep and helped to sort them. There will be a sheep round-up next year as well (9-15 Sept). We are sure that that will be a life-time experience for our guests, with both a lot of fun and great memories!

For more pictures of this years sheep round-up  please click here