The beautiful breed of the Icelandic sheep first made the journey to North America, thanks to the very persistent efforts of Stefania Sveinbjarnardottir. Stefania was a native of Iceland who had moved to Canada. The first import consisted of twelve sheep; the second import was 4 years later and included 73 sheep. Five years after that, Barbara Webb was the first to import the breed to the United States.
You can read the story of Stefania’s dedicated work to import the sheep that she loved on the pages listed below. The links are on the Web site of a former member of ISBONA, Susan Briggs. She was also one of the pioneers of the breed in the US. The Web site has been left up for reference reading and the email address on it is not active.