Sheep in the Land of Fire and Ice, one of the highest rated MOOCs of all time

Did you know that Sheep in the Land of Fire and Ice has over 1,400 students enrolled as of the end of November?  From 92 countries?  From ages 12 to 83?  

And the course was recently was recently rated as the #46 highest rated MOOC of all-time, from a list of over 15,000 MOOCs!!

Send an invitation to your friends and family to sign up for the holidays!

Assessment of rangeland condition in Iceland

GróLind is a national programme for monitoring vegetation and soil resources in Iceland. This large project is coordinated by one of the lecturers in Sheep in the Land of Fire and Ice, Bryndís Marteinsdóttir.

Last week GróLind published their assessment on rangeland condition in Iceland, including a very cool 3D visualization tool for rangelands all over Iceland. You can find more information on the GróLind website: (unfortunately the information is so far only available in Icelandic, but you can still enjoy the interactive map here).

Thanks to the great effort of the GróLind team, we know now that 62% of Iceland is used as rangelands; within this area 10% of the rangelands are in excellent condition, whereas nearly 40% of the rangelands are in poor condition. This is a very important first steps towards learning more about the impacts of grazing in Iceland.

Congratulations to the GróLind team!

The Minister of Environment attends the MOOC launch in January 2019


Guðmundur Ingi Guðbrandsson, Minister for the Environment and Natural Resources of Iceland participated in the official launch of Sheep in the Land of Fire and Ice in January 2019.  We were also joined by the Rectors of the University of Iceland, the Agricultural University of Iceland, and the Canadian Ambassador, among many others.  And the Sheep Cello Project provided the entertainment!