The Icelandic goats at Haafell are an ancient Viking breed dating back to the settlement of Iceland over 1.100 years ago. The breed was on the verge of extinction during the late 19th century. Recently, it has recovered due to preservation efforts like Haafell’s Icelandic goat center.

Icelandic goats probably originated in Norway.  Viking settlers brought them to Iceland in the Middle Ages.  Over the centuries, goat farming became less important.  Farms like Haafell (pronounced: HOW-uh-fet-el) are bringing back this heirloom species.

Today, Icelanders mainly keep goats as pets. However, Haafell farm is experimenting with economic enterprises: goat milk. meat, cheese, cashmere, and soap. Places in Iceland, such as Krauma Spa’s restaurant, include Haafell’s milk and meat products on their menu.

At Haafell you can also adopt a goat. It is a fun and easy way directly impact the preservation of the Icelandic goat species.  While the adoption is symbolic, you still will choose your goat. Throughout the year, the farmer will send you news and information about your goat via e-mail or Facebook. Included in the adoption fee are two visits for you and your family per year. Remember: adoptions also make a great gift for the goat or animal lover in your life, while giving back to the goats, too!

Other animals on Haafell 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.

When can you visit Haafell Farm?

Haafell farm is open for visitors during June, July and August daily from 13:00 – 14:00 (1 pm – 6 pm). The center can open on other days by request.