Several years ago I lost a border collie pup and took a gamble on a new breed of dog that was totally foreign to me but reminded me of the brains and beauty of border collies with a little less intensity: Icelandic Sheepdogs. Bringing Poppy onto the farm 3 1/2 years ago and then a male friend for her named Roki, opened up an interest in Iceland for me. Finally, in September, I was able to make the journey across the ocean to this incredible, awe-inspiring country to explore the farms, the landscape and the history.
Icelandic horses a five-gaited breed bred pure for 1,000 years in Iceland.
Thorvaldseyri, a farm that was effected by the 2010 eruptions of Eyjafjallajökull, causing enormous disruption to air travel across western and northern Europe over an initial period of six days. See the video.
A beautiful border collie and Icelandic sheep dog mix that I met on a horse farm we stayed at.
Roki and Poppy, our two Icelandic Sheepdogs at Fat Toad Farm. The Icelandic Sheepdog is a breed of dog of spitz type originating from the dogs brought to Iceland by the Vikings.
Icelandic sheep: “They are a strong, hardy race which has adapted well to Icelandic conditions.” Learn more.
Geothermal greenhouses growing tomatoes. Learn more.
Cow dairies are prevalent in Iceland producing products like, Skyr, a unique Icelandic yogurt.
The Icelandic fishing industry is a major part of the economy.