Images: Animals of Iceland

Iceland has a funny reputation. Though most people know that it’s not a country covered with a giant slab of ice, they aren’t exactly sure what to expect. Iceland isn’t covered with ice, but it’s also not covered with greenery, which is another misconception. And one of the things I found most surprising is that Iceland’s landscape is actually quite harsh, stark and unforgiving.

Nonetheless, this isolated island sustains a variety of wildlife, most of which was introduced by early settlers to the country. The arctic fox is the only mammal that is native to the country and, due to over hunting, its population is dwindling. We spotted one in the wild, but our best views of the critters was at the Arctic Fox Center, an exhibition and research center, where we saw two babies learning how to play, wrestle and survive.

They weren’t the only animals we saw in Iceland though …

iceland horse

iceland sheep iceland puffin iceland starfish iceland seals iceand whale iceland sheep iceland fox iceland duck

6 Responses to “Images: Animals of Iceland”

  1. Camels & Chocolate

    YOU SAW PUFFINS. It’s pretty much my life’s dream to see puffins! I keep falling short of that…

    Also, I went whale-watching while in Iceland, and even though there’s allegedly a 99% chance you’ll see a whale…I didn’t. But I did pay homage to the porcelain god on the boat as the water was ROUGH that day. Can’t blame the whales for staying at home!

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    • JoAnna

      I can’t believe you didn’t see any whales! We were seriously inundated with them to the point of having them on all sides of the boat at once. In choppy conditions, though, maybe they don’t surface. You’ll have to give it another try sometime.

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    • JoAnna

      Thanks! We loved seeing all of the critters!

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  2. Alouise

    I love the arctic fox picture, and the ponies.

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    • JoAnna

      The horses and I didn’t really see eye-to-eye, but they might have the best hair on the island nonetheless!

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