About Icelandic Sheep
The modern day Icelandic sheep has changed very
little from those brought to Iceland by the Viking
settlers over 1100 years ago. They are possibly the
oldest and purest breed of domestic sheep in the
world today. They are a medium-sized and beautiful
mountain breed with a dual coat and multiple uses.
For centuries they have been used for their milk,
warm fibers and tasty lean meat. They are of the
North European Short Tailed type (no need to dock
tails) and are related to the Romanov, Finnsheep
and Shetland sheep. They come in many color and
pattern combinations, and horns are acceptable in
both sexes. It is uncommon but not rare to find
4-horned sheep in Iceland as well.
Today, sheep farmers in Iceland allow their herds to
roam the mountains during the warmer months and
round them up in the fall for breeding and shearing.
They spend the winter and spring close to the farms,
and are released back to the mountains shortly after
lambing, and another shearing.
Icelandic Sheep in North America
The first Icelandic sheep brought to North America,
arrived at Yeoman Farm in Ontario, Canada in 1985.
Since then, small farmers across Canada and the
US have fallen in love with Icelandic Sheep. Many
are raised on small farms by loving shepherds and