Nordicsheep.com is the fulfillment of a thirty year dream of owning a farm to raise Icelandic sheep. I am a Norwegian American and as a child my grandparents visited Scandinavia including Iceland and brought back a crocheted quilt made of Icelandic wool. It was soft and springy and the warmest quilt I had ever felt. When I asked my Grandmother about what made it so warm she said that "it was made of a special wool from a sheep that was only found in Iceland as they had been brought to Iceland by the Vikings". That was all I needed to hear. I decided then and there that when I grew up that I wanted to have a small farm and raise Icelandic Sheep (and maybe a goat or two).
That childhood dream came true in July of 1998 as our family brought the first Icelandic sheep to Northern Virginia and the Baltimore/ Washington area. Our farm is located on a foothill in the Blue Ridge Mountains just an hour from Washington, DC the nation's capitol. While our farm has raised natural colored Corriedale/Lincoln cross sheep for the last 10 years, when we bought the farm in 1998 the first thing we did was to look for Icelandic sheep. To my surprise, Icelandic Sheep have only been in the United States since 1990 and in North America since 1985. In the fall of 2000 we dispersed the last of the Corriedale/Lincoln flock by giving them to a fellow sheep producer from our local Loudoun Valley Sheep Producers Association of which we are members.
There are a few people who are responsible for the introduction of Icelandic Sheep to North America. Stefania Thordis Sveinbjarnardottir- Dignum of Yeoman Farm had grown up in Iceland and when she and her husband Ray Dignum settled in Canada, Stefania wanted to raise the Icelandic sheep that she grew up with in Iceland. In 1985 she imported 2 rams and 10 ewes from Iceland. In 1990 she again imported 12 rams and 62 ewes. These formed the genetic foundation of all of the Icelandic sheep bred in North America and the United States today. Her web site can be found at http://www.yeoman-islandic-sheep.on.ca
The other person who has had a great influence on Icelandic sheep being brought to the United States was Barbara Webb of Jager Farm. Barbara was the first person in the United States to import Icelandic Sheep to the United States and has bred Icelandic sheep on her farm in Western Massachusetts since 1990. Her website can be found at http://www.jager-icelandics.com . The largest flock of Icelandic Sheep in North America is at Susan Mongold's Tongue River Farm in Bunker, Missouri which have over 300 Icelandic Sheep.
We have been members of Icelandic Sheep Breeders of North America (ISBONA) and highly recommend it to anyone that owns and breeds Icelandic Sheep. We have met and made so great friends who breed Icelandic sheep through ISBONA. We at Nordicsheep have bought Icelandic sheep from Canada, Montana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, and Maine to make sure that our flock is as genetically diverse as possible. The current President of ISBONA is Elaine Clark whom we have bought very nice ewes from before. Elaine's website, http://www.frelsifarm.com is a good place to learn about Icelandic sheep. Not only does Elaine breed Icelandic sheep, she also breeds Icelandic Sheepdogs. We bought a long hair tri-color male Icelandic Sheepdog named Thor from Elaine and everyone who meets him wants an Icelandic Sheepdog..
Nordicsheep.com was the first breeder of Icelandic Sheep in the Baltimore/Washington metropolitan area. We represented Jager Farm Icelandics and Tongue River Farm at the 1999 Maryland Sheep and Wool festival and are members of the Loudoun Valley Sheep Producers association. This makes us centrally located for potential breeders in the Mid-Atlantic region. We are even able to arrange delivery via air freight which is very fast and avoids the stress of a long drive to pickup sheep.