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Last Farmer in Remote Iceland District Gives Up

Thorbjörn Pétursson, a farmer at Ós in Arnarfjördur in the West Fjords, and the last farmer in the isolated rural district of Audkúluhreppur, has decided to give up sheep farming and slaughter his entire herd next fall due to health concerns.

“It is of course not painless to let them go,” Pétursson told Fréttabladid, adding that he had not yet decided whether he will move.

Pétursson especially regrets having to slaughter his favorite band of sheep, which he calls “the black gang.” These sheep have received special treatment and are therefore tamer than the rest of the herd.

The old district of Audkúluhreppur is mostly famous for two things; Hrafnseyri, which is the birthplace of Jón Sigurdsson (1811-1879), the leader of the 19th century Icelandic independence movement, and the waterfall Dynjandi.

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