The crew of a fishing boat located off Haelavík inlet at Hornstrandir, an uninhabited region in the northeastern West Fjords, spotted a stray polar bear strolling on the beach shortly before 9 am this morning.
Inside a Coast Guard helicopter. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.
The fishermen contacted the Coast Guard and one of its helicopters is on its way to observe the visitor, visir.is reports.
According to Hrafnhildur Brynja Stefánsdóttir, the Coast Guard’s information officer, the matter is being supervised by the Iceland Environment Agency and the West Fjords’ police department.
A polar bear last swam ashore in Iceland in Thistilfjördur, east Iceland, in January 2010. It was shot to protect the safety of the area’s inhabitants and their livestock.
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