When the Vikings settle Iceland they brought with them sheep for both food and fiber. Since that time it’s been illegal to bring any more sheep into Iceland so the breed has developed in utter isolation. They are a very hardy breed, with good feed economy and a wonderful double coat that allows them to withstand even the harshest weather.
Icelandic sheep come in a wide variety of colors and patterns and the fleece takes dye relatively well giving fiber artists nearly unlimited options.
The dual coat can be used together or can easily be separated. The long outer fibers are strong and sturdy, and the shorter inner fibers offer “next-to-the-skin” softness. Both fibers are extremely warm and durable.
Iclandic fiber felts quite easily so care must be used if that is not your ultimate goal. However if felting is what you are after you will love how easy this fiber is to work with.