Rangá Recommends: September 2018

Where to go, what to do and how to dress for the Icelandic weather.


Dress for the Weather

You know what the internet says: Winter is coming! And honestly, our cold ears can tell too.

Pair a beanie with a warm sweater (Icelandic wool anyone?) and a light jacket or bring out the winter parka if you feel so inclined. September has an average high of 52°F (11°C) and an average low of 43°F (6°C) but given the unruly temperament of the Icelandic weather gods it’s best to come prepared and dress in layers.


September brings beautiful fall colors and often rain but remember, your umbrella is no good here. Icelandic rain falls left right and even up but rarely straight down and the winds are likely to grab your umbrella faster than you can – stick to your raincoat and waterproof shoes.


Round-em Up!

Icelandic sheep run wild in the highlands during summer gorging on grasses, berries and mushrooms while enjoying the midnight sun. Now that fall is upon us, farmers will be flocking to the mountains with friends, family and whoever else wants to lend a helping hand to round up the sheep and bring them down.


A picture from Réttir by Stefán Pálsson

This process is called göngur and is immediately followed by réttir where the sheep are sorted, usually in a wooden sheepfold. The sheep are herded into an inner circle surrounded by compartments assigned to each farm and then, going by their earmarks, they are dragged into the appropriate pens. It’s a tradition filled with food, drinks and dances known as réttarböll which usually give the locals plenty to gossip about – but the main attraction is the good company and of course the Icelandic sheep which supply Icelanders with fresh meat and warm wool.


Many farmers are happy to have tourists take part. Make sure to ask our reception if there are réttir happening during your stay.


Don’t miss the colors

The roads into Landmannalaugar will close for the winter in mid-September, but now is the perfect time to see the highlands in all their colorful glory. Please note that it’s incredibly important to have the right equipment and appropriate vehicles, you may even want to take a guided tour to get the most out of your visit. Contact our reception for information about tours, guides and safety in the highlands.


Lastly, we recommend simply looking up on dark, cloudless nights, for a chance to see the dance of the Northern lights.