Christmas Trees Turned to Treats on Icelandic Goat Farm Skip to content

Christmas Trees Turned to Treats on Icelandic Goat Farm

By Yelena

Photo: A screenshot from RÚV.

Weeks after most humans have finished all their Christmas cookies, a group of goats in West Iceland is munching on a different sort of holiday treat: Christmas trees. When the holidays are over, goat farmer Jóhanna B. Þorvaldsdóttir travels around the district collecting used Christmas trees and brings them to the goats at her farm Háafell, who welcome the addition to their menu.

“The goats eat them to their heart’s content,” Jóhanna told Landinn reporters, explaining that evergreen needles contain cellulose, an important nutrient goats don’t get from their regular diet of grass and hay. “Christmas trees are a welcome supplement for them.” While the goats prefer pine, Jóhanna says they don’t turn their noses up at spruce either.

Háafell goats christmas trees
A screenshot from RÚV.

The Icelandic goat stock numbered just 70-80 animals in the early 60s, and Jóhanna was instrumental in bringing the species back from the brink of extinction. At Háafell farm, she runs a visitor’s centre, which welcomes guests year-round and provides education on (and interaction with) the species.

A few of Jóhanna’s goats were once featured in popular TV series Game of Thrones.

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!