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Photo Exhibition on Sheep Roundup in Reykjavík

In the autumn, sheep and horses are herded back from the mountains where they’ve spent the summer and rounded up in a special fold where the owners sort them. This event is called réttir and has become quite the tourist attraction.


Yesterday the exhibition “Réttir” by Hjalti Sigfússon opened in the Reykjavík Museum of Photography. The pictures have been taken during roundup in the sheepfold Haukadalsréttir in Dalasýsla county, west Iceland, of farmers, livestock and spectators, a press release describes.

The Mountain Herding Directive (Fjallaskilareglugerd) states that the region’s sheep are to be rounded up in Haukadalsréttir the first Saturday after September 12 every year and on that day people flock to the sheepfold to assist farmers and watch the spectacle.

Sigfússon, an amateur photographer who takes a keen interest in Icelandic nature, won a photography competition held by Flikr@Iceland, Visit Reykjavík and Reykjavík Culture Night 2010 and was thus granted an exhibition at the museum.

The exhibition is open on weekdays between 12 and 7 pm and on weekends from 1 to 5 pm. It runs through October 19 and admission is free.

Click here to watch an audio slideshow on réttir.


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