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Unusual visitor to Höfn

20.09.2021 - 16:09
Mynd: Lilja Jóhannsdóttir / Lilja Jóhannsdóttir
A walrus made itself at home on a pontoon in the southeast Iceland town of Höfn í Hornafirði yesterday, much to the surprise and delight of local people and tourists.

The walrus disappeared overnight, presumably out to sea. The local police chief says the animal does not appear to have caused any damage to the pontoon and became a huge focal point in Höfn yesterday.

Jón Garðar Bjarnason, the police officer, says the walrus was last seen around midnight and was nowhere to be seen by 07.00 this morning. “He wasn’t all that big,” Jón says. The walrus’s iconic tusks were also small, “So it’s not a very old animal, I believe.” 

Jón says the walrus appears to have enjoyed all the attention, but made it loudly known when he felt people were getting too close.

Have walruses ever visited Höfn before?

“I heard that a walrus visited sometime some years ago, but that was to Jökulsárlón [glacial lagoon].” 

Walruses are a High-Arctic species and only very rare visitors to Iceland. It is even rarer to spot them in the southern half of the country.  

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