Yesterday morning, the Icelandic Road Administration (Vegagerðin) reported a large herd of reindeer on Háreksstaðaleur road in East Iceland, all in a bid to warn foreign guests against potential driving collisions.
So shortly after Christmas, it is thought the reindeer have been taking some much needed downtime—that, or they are simply moving from the highlands, their natural habitat in the summer, to warmer, low-level grasslands closer to the coast.
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East and North East Iceland are the only areas of the country where it is possible to see herds of wild reindeer, making them two of the country’s most desirable regions for wildlife enthusiasts.
The species is not native to Iceland, but was shipped over from Norway in the late eighteenth century for domestication. Unfortunately, this plan was never realised and the reindeer have since been allowed to roam freely. Today, Iceland is home to approximately 3000 wild reindeer.
As previously stated by the Icelandic Road Administration, please take extra special care when driving in East Iceland this month so as not to accidentally run over Rudolph and the gang.