Because it’s Valentine’s Day this week, I thought I should add some romanticism to this blog. And, when I think about a love story, I immediately think about sheep.
Let me explain….
When I was in Iceland, I talked with an old Icelander man and I told him how impressed I was by the number of wild sheep there was in Iceland! I mean… you go on a trek for three hours in a mountain, and then you encounter a sheep. You drive two minutes outside Reykjavik, and you see sheep. There are freaking sheep everywhere in the country!
The man look at me and laughed!
– There’s no wild sheep in Iceland! Every sheep belongs to somebody.
– Really? How come they are everywhere, free?
“Because, when it’s spring, we set them free so they can eat grass everywhere in the country as wild animal. In September, it’s the Sheep Round-up. Groups of farmers and Icelanders, and pretty much everybody who want to help, round-up sheep and sort them to bring them back to their owner. Every sheep has an identification in its ear. There’s no wild sheep.
Traditionally, that’s how people met their loved one.”
Isn’t it a great love story, uh?
If you want to take part, there are some companies offering tours. I didn’t personally try them, but here’s one: Extreme Iceland.
Now, if you’re into role play and things like that, who is playing the sheep and who’s playing the farmer is really none of my business… ;)
Planning a trip to Iceland?
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- 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Iceland
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- Walking on the Biggest Glacier of Iceland
- What to Pack For Iceland in Summer
- 14 Days Itinerary in Iceland – Part 1
- 14 Days Itinerary in Iceland – Part 2
- Playlist For a Road Trip in Iceland
Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!