Reindeer Invade Bakkafjörður - VIDEO - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Reindeer Invade Bakkafjörður – VIDEO

Published May 17, 2016

Photos by
Art Bicnick

A herd of reindeer recently visited the sleepy Icelandic town, leaving property and residents alike unharmed.

RÚV reports that the herd inexplicably showed up last weekend, but did not stick around for very long. Bakkafjörður resident Járnbrá Ólafsdóttir was on the scene, and took the following video of the event:

“They were remarkably calm,” she told reporters. “We can drive past them and they run a couple metres away and stop. So they’re not angry,” adding that this is the third or fourth year that reindeer have visited the town, much to the delight of area children.

In fact, reindeer have been steadily moving closer to populated areas in search of food. The unusually high amounts of snow and ice in their usual grazing areas have compelled them to move to greener locales, often bringing them in contact with people in general.

As such, those traveling in east Iceland especially should watch out for reindeer on the road.

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