Young and Hopeful Sheep Farmers on Grímsey Island Skip to content

Young and Hopeful Sheep Farmers on Grímsey Island

By Iceland Review

Grímsey island residents Rannveig Vilhjálmsdóttir and her sister-in-law Stella Gunnarsdóttir made their dream of sheep farming come true last fall when they took over the local farm Eidar. Their first lambs have now been born.

From Grímsey. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

“There is nothing more fun than sheep; they’re the nicest animals,” Vilhjálmsdóttir told grimsey.is. The farm came with 28 ewes and now the novice sheep farmers are expecting 50 lambs to be born this lambing season—17 have already seen the light of day.

“We think it’s incredibly enjoyable and rewarding and are thinking of having a larger herd. We’re optimistic at this farm and everything is pure bliss,” Vilhjálmsdóttir added.

Not many young Icelanders seen a future in sheep farming nowadays, but maybe that’s about to change?

Click here to watch an audio slideshow from last year’s lambing season.

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