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Animals in Iceland
Iceland, a small, rugged country in the northern Atlantic Ocean, has a volcanic and geologically tumultuous landscape due to the fact that it is located along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Mountains, glaciers, geysers, and waterfalls are spread throughout its harsh but dreamlike terrain. Because of its rough and severe surroundings, not many animals make their home in Iceland. The fact that the country is located in a remote and isolated part
of the Atlantic Ocean also contributes to its lack of animals and wildlife.

The Icelandic horse is the most common and popular animal found in Iceland. It is a majestic and pure breed that Icelanders are proud of. The Icelandic horse has the intelligence and ability to learn five different kinds of gaits; this skill is what sets it apart from other horses. The Icelandic horse has played a significant role in Iceland's history, having been being used for transportation, warfare, and sheep herding.

Iceland has around 270 different species of birds. It is a migratory paradise. Birds migrate from Europe, Africa, and South America, and often build nests along Iceland's rocky sea-cliffs in which to lay their eggs. The Ptarmigan, however, resides in Iceland all year long; it changes color according to the seasons and shifts in climate. The
Puffin
Puffin is the most common bird found in Iceland.

The majority of domestic animals in Iceland were brought by the early settlers. The Icelandic fox, a breed of
Arctic fox
Arctic fox, however, is native to the country. Its strong, thick coat of fur enables it to survive the harsh and brutal Icelandic winters. Due to over-hunting, it is believed that there are only 3000-4000 foxes left in Iceland.
The types of animals found in Iceland reflect the country's landscape. Its difficult climate and rugged surroundings make survival uncertain for any animal.


Click here for a list of endangered animals in Iceland.
Even-toed ungulates in Iceland
Roe deer
Carnivores in Iceland
Hooded seal
Bearded seal
Gray seal
Common seal
Cross fox
Arctic fox
Dolphins, porpoises, and whales in Iceland
Common rorqual
Devil fish
Long-finned pilot whale
Bottlehead
Atlantic white-sided dolphin
White-beaked dolphin
Bunch
North atlantic beaked whale
Killer whale
Common porpoise
North atlantic right whale
Bowhead whale
Common minke whale
Coalfish whale
Blue whale
Hares, pikas, and rabbits in Iceland
Arctic hare
Rodents in Iceland
Long-tailed field mouse
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