Icelandic sheep wool and the lopapeysa sweater

From an old Norwegian import to Iceland’s big souvenir export ESTER Your Friend in Reykjavík The Icelandic sheep The Icelandic sheep is a separate breed, brought by the Vikings from Norway more than 1,100 years ago. Because of the country’s isolation, the sheep of Iceland have developed certain traits that are not found anywhere else. Icelandic wool is special, and in this article I will tell you about it and the unique lopa­peysa sweater.­ More sheep than people in Iceland There are about half a million sheep in Iceland but only around 360,000 people. The sheep are bred almost exclusively for the meat and the wool. They are u
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