There’s a tradition in Iceland, where farmers release all of their younger horses into the northern mountainside, so that they’re able to run free. Farmers do this because it allows horses to develop a sense of independence that they would otherwise never achieve. As we all know, horses are majestic and resilient creatures, so it makes sense that having a full contact with the wild can allow them to unlock their full potential.
As autumn comes in, so does the time to get the horses back from the mountains and into the farms, so the farm community all gathers together to seek out all of the young horses and herd them back home. This entire tradition is known as göngur.
The video above shows us a glimpse of what this amazing tradition entices, and as you will see for yourself, it doesn’t seem easy at all. It can take an especially high toll on the older farmers, but they do it for the sake of their beloved tradition and their horses. It’s fantastic that people can gather together for amazing activities like göngur!
You can watch this incredible and noble tradition for yourself in the video just below from here.