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Icebergs off Northwest Iceland, No Polar Bears Sighted

By Iceland Review

At least three icebergs, probably four, were spotted off Northwest Iceland on Sunday as confirmed by the Icelandic Coast Guard. The iceberg closest to land was said to be around nine miles from Straumsnes in the West Fjords.

greenland_psGreenland. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

Duty officer at the Icelandic Coat Guard Björgólfur Ingason told Fréttablaðið that the icebergs pose a danger when they drift so close to land as pieces can break off which are very difficult for ships to detect.

“They’re so close to land,” Björgólfur stated. “It is to be expected that there is more sea ice in the area than what has been reported in the past days.”

It is reportedly unlikely that any polar bears are on the iceberg. Sometimes polar bears—which are not native to Iceland—drift from Greenland towards the country on sea ice and swim ashore.

Click here to read about the last alleged polar bear sighting in Iceland.

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