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North Iceland Weather Better than Feared

By Iceland Review

Sheep roundup, or réttir, was held in Hraunsrétt in Aðaldalur, Northeast Iceland, on Saturday, unusually early because of the stormy and snowy weather that had been forecast to hit mountain pastures. The weather was not as bad as feared.

storm_northwest_iceland_psTaken on Snæfellsnes, West Iceland, on Friday. Photo: Páll Stefánsson/Iceland Review.

According to, farmers were satisfied with the day. Thousands of sheep were sorted by their owners and a number of visitors came to witness the spectacle. The roundup in Hraunsrétt, a sheepfold stacked with rocks, is usually held in mid-September.

The end of summer festival Akureyrarvaka was held in Akureyri, Northeast Iceland, on Saturday as scheduled with a varied program. Organizers were concerned about the weather forecast but it turned out to be better than expected.

The festival ended with a carnival in Listagilið downtown where the band Retro Stefson played for attendees, reports.

In the capital region, search and rescue were called out to assist securing loose roof slates and trampolines about to blow away by the storm that hit on Friday, as stated in a press release from ICE-SAR. The wind had calmed by the late evening.


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