The reindeer that live in Iceland were originally imported here from Finnmark in Norway in the year 1787. They now only inhabit the east fjords of Iceland and live in the highlands around there. Reindeer, just as the fox, thrive in cold climates and therefor this “frozen” island so far in the north suits them perfectly. They are beautiful and graceful herding animals and often great herds can be spotted in Fagridalur (beautiful valley) and even sometimes down by some of the small towns in the east fjords. Every year, around 1000 reindeers are hunted and their meat is considered a great delicacy. Their hide is also used for all kinds of clothing, mostly sold to tourists. The reindeer’s most known act is flying Santa Clause’s sleigh and Rudolf is without a doubt one of the most famous animal for his role there.
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