We are Mirjam and Sverrir, running Ytra Lon Farm Lodge. We share a passion for nature. We have made our living from sheep herding and everything our abundant piece of land is giving us, such as: eider down, Siberian driftwood, trout fishing in river and lake. In our attempts to be self sustainable we try to use as much of the products the farm produces as possible. We have four children, Karlotta, Janneke, Alvin and Hugbjört, as they grow older they fly in and out of the nest as they like. They are still very connected to the land and love helping out in the farm and Lodge whenever they can.
We love the freedom this way of living gives us, beeing our own boss and running our own companies. But it is also a hard working live and living in a place like this means that we don‘t enjoy the same services and possibillities people living in more densed areas take for granted. We‘ve learned to deal with it, our kids have grown up with it, we love the wilderness and appreciate the joy and balance it‘s giving us. We hope our guests come to learn to enjoy this the same way.
We like to welcome you in our world and wish you experience this connection with nature like we do.
We are training Border Collies
ourself in the farm.
Our main emphasis in the breeding of the Icelandic lamb is to produce a high quality of meat. A few weeks after the lambing in May, sheep are sent to run free and graze in mountain pastures until autumn, feeding on the rich and nourishing vegetation.
In the autumn we start to gather our flock and that‘s where the dogs and horses come in. Usually, the round-up is carried out on horseback with assistance of sheepdogs. The process takes many days. Each sheep farmer has his own earmark in order to identify his livestock. After the gathering, the sheep are all sorted into designated pens, according to earmarks.
Our flock consists of about 500 sheep during winter, while after lambing in Mai they are around 1300 total.
We also care for wild eider ducks . We protect the eiders which nest on our land and their habitat and in return we harvest the soft down feathers from the ducks’ nests when they have finished breeding. The eiderdown is then sold to be used for stuffing the finest quality pillows and duvets, since eiderdown is extremely soft and excellent at retaining heat.
Herding & Training
We keep a flock of hardy Icelandic sheep and Border Collie sheepdogs, as well as some Icelandic horses and settlement hens.
Icelandic sheep are an original breed, they‘re not an ‘improved breed‘, so we’re dealing with the same sheep that were running around Iceland during the Viking times. They’re more like wild mountain sheep. But they’re not feral, they‘re smart and they go their own way.
The breed, with fine-grained meat and a wooly coat that is both light-as-air and rugged, has retained one of the purest bloodlines in the agricultural world and carries a romantic and wild history. Without sheep milk, meat and hides, life for our Viking ancestors would have been impossible. They were essential to surviving in Iceland.
The Icelandic sheep is an ancient North European breed, whose double-layered coat is uniquely suited to cold and wet conditions. They are raised primarily for their meat, but the wool is a valuable byproduct. The inner layer, or thel, is insulating, superlight and very airy, while the outer layer, or tog, is long, strong and water repellent. Carded together, these two layers make lopi, versatile wool used to knit lopapeysa, the distinctive traditional Icelandic sweater of concentric rings.
Lambing season starts in May, be there !