The Arctic pack ice that is reaching Iceland’s West Fjords bring’s with it the danger of polar bears, and a National Coast Guard helicopter has been dispatched to the area to look for them.
Polar bears are not native to Iceland, but sometimes drift to shore on pack ice and can be extremely dangerous. All polar bears who have walked onto Iceland’s shores have been shot.
On board the Coast Guard helicopter TF-SYN are members of the West Fjords police and the Iceland Environment Agency.
The concern is elevated as unusual weather patterns have brought especially large amounts of Greenland pack ice close to Iceland this season.
The pack ice and a massive ice berg can now be seen from the Litla Ávík weather station in Strandir.