Siglunes Sheep’s Solo Journey Ends with Surprise Lamb Skip to content

Siglunes Sheep’s Solo Journey Ends with Surprise Lamb

By Ragnar Tómas

Photo: Snjólaug the sheep (Screenshot from RÚV).

A sheep from Siglunes in North Iceland evaded herders and later navigated a perilous ten-kilometre journey home. Initially presumed sterile, she surprised her owners by returning with a lamb, RÚV reports.

A pleasant surprise

Snjólaug, a sheep from Siglunes in North Iceland, found herself amidst a flock when herders approached in October. Disinterested in accompanying them home, she fled – which was what she had also done during an earlier roundup in September.

When Snjólaug decided the time was right, she embarked on her solitary journey home. The path, highlighted in a below graphic from RÚV, spans approximately ten kilometres and is known for its steep and often treacherous terrain.

Map of Siglunes
Screenshot from RÚV

Despite the risks, Snjólaug safely reached the sheepfold.

Adding to the astonishment was Snjólaug’s unexpected companion; previously thought to be sterile, her owners were pleasantly surprised to discover that she had returned with a lamb. Although exhausted from the trek, the lamb, named Hrafnheiður, has since thrived. When inquired about the fate of Snjólaug and Hrafnheiður, the owners affirmed that both would continue to live, stating that there had never been any other consideration.

Sign up for our weekly newsletter

Get news from Iceland, photos, and in-depth stories delivered to your inbox every week!

* indicates required

Subscribe to Iceland Review

In-depth stories and high-quality photography showcasing life in Iceland!