About the Movie

Aerial view of sorting day

A tradition as old as Iceland itself, rettir, the annual movement of herds of sheep and horses from summer pasture in the wild, remote highlands back down to coastal farms and grazing areas in the autumn, was vital for the early settlers to survive the long, often brutal winters.

From the time the first settlers arrived on the island in the 900’s, right through to today, the people of Iceland have put their daily lives on hold ever autumn to gather and retrieve their herds from some of the most rugged and unforgiving landscapes in the world.

A Thousand Autumns follows a young farmer named Ingvar and his small band of men and women as they battle the torrential rains, life-threatening floods, and spectacular but unforgiving terrain, to bring their animals back to safety.