Réttir in the Vatnasdal Valley

One of the reasons I wanted to go to Iceland in September was to take part in the sheep and horse round-ups of Réttir and to experience wool creation from its inception.

During Réttir, the sheep are herded down the mountainside and along the road. The streak of white at the top of this photo is the middle of sheep flock; the procession stretched three or four times down the road, taking a couple of hours to reach the sorting pens.

Vatnasdal Valley (Vatnsdalur) is where we went to see the sheep round up.

These mountains are a part of the mountain ranges that I drew from my room at the residency. The mountains are enchanting; constantly changing from shifting light, clouds, and weather… at times literally moment by moment.

Vatsnsdal Drawings – Ruddle

In The Saga of the People of Vatnsdal (see The Sagas of The Icelanders) Ingimund  (the hero of the saga and the tapestry at the Textílsetur), named the valley in the 9th century.

You can identify Ingimund by his red cloak in the tapestry and it follows his many adventures and the settlement of Iceland by the people of Norway.

Vatnsdal road sign on the Icelandic “Ring Road” (Highway Route 1)

The road sign above shows many areas named, claimed, and mapped by Norwegian settlers in The Saga of the People of Vatnsdal which was written between 1270-1320.

However, we just went to Undirfell in the Vatnsdal valley to see the sheep sorted.

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