From Iceland — Reindeer Seen In Bakkafjörður Camping Site Every Day

Reindeer Seen In Bakkafjörður Camping Site Every Day

Published May 24, 2022

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Timothee Lambrecq

For the past month, a group of reindeer has visited the camp site in Bakkafjörður every day, RÚV reports

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Þórir Örn Jónsson, the camp manager, says that the animals visit the camp site every morning, but they move to the pasture during the day. 

The people of Bakkfjörður have become well accustomed to dealing with reindeer, as they are often on the move freely around the settlement.

Þórir says the animals are unsympathetic to the cars and it’s fun how close they can go. There are between 20-100 animals in the herd.

Reindeer are not native to Iceland, but were imported from Norway in the 1700s. Since then, they have flourished in the country, preferring most of the time to stay in the Highlands. However, they will descend to the lowlands in the summer to feed, making them a seasonal spectacle for people who normally do not go into the Highlands.

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