National Coastguard helicopter on the lookout for polar bears in Iceland's West Fjords

 The pack ice that is reaching the West Fjords is bringing with it the danger of polar bears. TF-SYN, the National Coastguard helicopter has been dispatched to the area to look for possible polar bears who can of course be extremely dangerous. 

Polar bears are not native to Iceland at all, but sometimes drift to shore on pack ice. All polar bears who have walked onto Iceland's shores have been shot. 

Pack ice fast approaching Iceland

On board the helicopter are members of the West Fjords police and the Iceland Environment Agency. 

The pack ice and a massive ice berg can now be seen from the Litla Ávík weather station in Strandir. 


Partly cloudy


4 °C

Light rain

Later today

3 °C

Light rain


6 °C

Exchange rates

USD USD 117.34 EUR EUR 135.00
GBP GBP 152.90 DKK DKK 18.10
NOK NOK 14.26 SEK SEK 13.07
CHF CHF 117.63 JPY JPY 1.04
ISK price of selected currencies, according to the official exchange rate of the Central Bank of Iceland. Updated daily.