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Are there penguins and polar-bears in Iceland?

By Sara McMahon

  • Just relaxing. Icelandic wild-life includes the Arctic fox, mink, mice, rats, rabbits and reindeer. Photo/Vilhelm Gunnarsson

There are no polar bears or penguins to be found in Iceland. Icelandic wild-life includes the Arctic fox, mink, mice, rats, rabbits and reindeer. However polar bears do occasionally drift on icebergs from Greenland to Iceland. Two polar bears came ashore in June 2008. The animals were considered a threat to local livestock and humans and were therefore killed.

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