Iceland: A Photo Gallery


The fjallkongur, or Mountain King, is identified by the stick he carries. He is chosen by his peers and leads the group of sheep farmers and volunteers into the mountains for a three-day roundup, where they sleep in a mountain hut at night. Because a roundup member is occasionally lost overnight in the fog, their instructions, should they become separated from the group, are to stay whre they are, with their horses, until the Mountain King's search party locates them the next morning, an event the aurhor witnessed during the roundup she participated in.


Farmers recover their own tagged sheep from the roundup before trucking them home for the winter. A windblown mother props her two bundled little ones on a patient horse.


--Photographs by Herb Swanson.