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Icelandic campsite evacuated after polar bear fears

A North Iceland campsite was evacuated after a Spanish tourist reported a polar bear.
North Iceland campsite was evacuated after polar bear sighting. Image by flickrfavorites / CC BY 2.0

A campsite in Jökulsárgljúfur, North Iceland was evacuated after a Spanish tourist reported seeing a polar bear. Around ten people had been staying at the campsite, which is in Vatnajökull National Park, Europe’s largest protected reserve. Polar bears are one of the few animals in the world that will hunt humans. They are not native to Iceland, but are sighted around every two years – they’re believed to arrive on icebergs from Greenland. The campsite was reopened over the weekend after rangers decided the sighting was a case of mistaken identity. Read more: icelandreview.com