Icelandic is the purest breed in the world today. The sheep have a double coat; strong and hardy with a beautifully soft undercoat, the combination exquisite. The micron count ranges from 27 for the outer fleece and 20 microns for the inner coat. The thick but light fleece is hardy with a variety of colours. It's traditionally spun into LOPI wool. A beautiful natural halo crowns the popular Icelandic sweater today with unlimited creative designs. Super soft to the touch, it is great for hats, mittens, cowls and traditional leg warmers.
A descendant from Northern Europe, the Vikings brought them to Iceland in the middle ages. Icelandic sheep became a cornerstone of the culture then and are still today a big part of the Icelandic culture and economy. Genetically, the sheep remains today as it was 1100 years ago. Only imported to Canada beginning in 1985 with a detailed strict registry maintained. The sheep thrive in the similar cooler rugged climates here.