Island Life: Cranes, Flooding, A Possible New Species Of Trout - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Island Life: Cranes, Flooding, A Possible New Species Of Trout

Published October 1, 2019

Andie Fontaine

The cranes have arrived in East Iceland. And by that we don’t mean the band; we mean the actual birds. They’re not native to Iceland, but for some reason they’re arriving in increasing numbers. Conservationists are more fascinated by the trend than worried.

There has been considerable flooding in West Iceland lately, causing mudslides and temporary road closings in an unseasonably rainy late summer. As always, you should check road conditions before travelling into the countryside.

A new species of trout may be evolving in Þingvellir lake. Genetic testing on some fish has shown significant divergence from the trout that already swim in this lake, but research is still ongoing. Still, “the Icelandic trout” sounds pretty cool, no?

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