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October 29, 2010

Herd in Iceland

Today we take a trip to northern Iceland, where photographers Lindsay Blatt and Paul Taggart traveled in September and October of 2010. They were in Iceland working on a short film and photographic project, documenting the historic herding of the prized Icelandic horse. Each year traditional herdsman take to the back country to round up thousands of horses, which have spent the summer grazing in the highlands. Throughout the three weeks of production, Lindsay and Paul shot on land and air, foot and hoof across the vast Icelandic landscape. Lindsay and Paul were kind enough to share some of their photos below - more photos and video can be found on their project's website. (17 photos total)

A silhouette of a horse near Blönduós in northern Iceland. (© Lindsay Blatt / Herd in Iceland)

Hundreds of horses on their way to the Víðidalstungurétt sorting pen. (© Paul Taggart / Herd in Iceland) #

A horse rears in the sorting pen at the Víðidalstungurétt Roundup in Northern Iceland. The farmers are sorting their horses, which have spent the summer grazing in the highlands. At the Víðidalstungurétt Roundup, the owners know which horses are theirs by sight alone. At some of the larger roundups, a data chip scanner may be used. (© Paul Taggart / Herd in Iceland) #

A silhouette of a horse near Þingeyrar farm in Northern Iceland. (© Paul Taggart / Herd in Iceland) #

An aerial view of snow on a mountain near Akureyri, Iceland. (© Lindsay Blatt / Herd in Iceland) #

A pile of horse shoes at Brekkulækur farm. (© Paul Taggart / Herd in Iceland) #

A horse in Northern Iceland. (© Paul Taggart / Herd in Iceland) #

A silhouette of a horse near Blönduós in northern Iceland. (© Paul Taggart / Herd in Iceland) #

A herder near the sorting pen of the Víðidalstungurétt roundup in Northern Iceland. (© Lindsay Blatt / Herd in Iceland) #

Horses in Northern Iceland. (© Paul Taggart / Herd in Iceland) #

A sheep skull found in a field during the Víðidalstungurétt Roundup. (© Paul Taggart / Herd in Iceland) #

Horses that were used to bring in the herd at the Víðidalstungurétt Roundup in Northern Iceland. (© Lindsay Blatt / Herd in Iceland) #

An aerial view of some horses that will be herded during the annual roundup in Northern Iceland. (© Paul Taggart / Herd in Iceland) #

A herd of horses crosses a stream on Þingeyrar farm in Northern Iceland. (© Paul Taggart / Herd in Iceland) #

An aerial view of Northern Iceland. (© Paul Taggart / Herd in Iceland) #

Two horses in Northern Iceland. (© Paul Taggart / Herd in Iceland) #

Horses near Blönduós in Northern Iceland. (© Paul Taggart / Herd in Iceland) #

 
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