The Icelandic goat, is an ancient breed believed to be of Norwegian origin and dating back to the settlement of Iceland over 1100 years ago. The breed was on the verge of extinction during the late 19th century. Recently it has only recovered due to protection, like the Icelandic Goat Centre in Haafell works towards. Icelandic goats are kept mostly as pets. However, Haafell farm is experimenting with some economic potential as for the meat, milk, cheese, cashmere and soap.
At Haafell you can adopt a goat. It is a fun and easy way to have direct impact on the care of the Icelandic goat. While it is a symbolic adoption, you can still choose your goat and throughout the year, the farmer will send you news and information about the goat via e-mail or facebook. Included in the adoption fee are two visits for you and your family per year. Remember, adoptions are also a great gift for the goat or animal lover in your life, while giving back to the goats, too!
Other animals on the farm are horses, sheep, chickens, dogs and cats. If you are travelling with younger explorers in West Iceland we fully recommend a visit to the farm.
Haafell farm is open for visitors during June, July and August from 1 pm – 6 pm. Available on other days year-round upon request.