The lambs baa

Since the country was settled, 1150 years ago, it can be said that sheep have kept us Icelanders alive. Produce food and then wool for clothing. The Icelandic sheep is the same today, as it was at the beginning of the settlement. A special Nordic breed, found only in small numbers today, in Orkney Islands, Shetland Islands, Faroe Islands, Sweden, Norway and Finland. Lamb has been the main meat of Icelanders for centuries, and for the first time in history, last year, more chicken was sold than lamb. The sheep population counted at the end of last year, according to Statistics Iceland, 365 thousand animals. Which is very similar to the country’s population. Icelandic lamb is considered unique, like the wool that has kept us alive for over a thousand years.

Icelandic Times / Land & Saga , ventured east, into Flói south of Selfoss, to photograph the little lambs, the season for the lambs to be born is at its peak throughout the country.

A little black lamb

Only five days old


With mom

Time for some milk

Soon they will be taken to the highlands for the summer, up to Kjölur

Taking a stroll with mom

Nice and warm on mom’s back

Photographs & text: Páll Stefánsson
Bay 15/05/2023 : A7R IV, RX1R II : FE 200-600 G, 2.0/35mm Z