THE REIGN OF THE REINDEER

Updated: Jan 14, 2019

Vegagerðin (the public roads administration) has warned drivers of large herds of reindeer crossing the snowy roads of eastern Iceland this week. Reindeer were introduced to Iceland from Norway in the eighteenth century but reindeer husbandry never worked nor caught on, and the animals were never domesticated. There are now about 3,000 wild reindeer in the east of the country. In the summer, they graze at higher altitudes, but when the snow comes, they move down the valleys and onto the roads. They tend to be found along Route 1 between Mývatn and Jökulsárlón.

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