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Carry On Icelandic: Culture [selections] (2004)

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Dıralíf - Animal Life

Dıralíf

Vegna einangrunar landsins hafa ekki orğiğ miklar breytingar á dıralífi şess. Flestar dırategundir eru af erlendum uppruna og taliğ er ağ einungis ein spendırategund, tófan, hafi haft hér búsetu á undan manninum. Ağrar spendırategundir hafa komiğ meğ honum viğ landnám. Şeirra á meğal er sauğkindin, sem átti eftir ağ halda lífinu í mannfólkinu á erfiğleikatímum, og hesturinn sem er líklega şekktastur íslenskra dıra.

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Hestar eigast viğ í Eyjafirği (Horses fighting in Eyjafjörğur).

Hreindır voru flutt til landsins á 18. öld og eru nú um 3000 talsins. Şau eru einu dırin af hjartarætt á Íslandi og lifa á heiğunum norğan og austan Vatnajökuls.

Fiskisæld er mikil í íslenskum ám og vötnum og er lax- og silungsveiği vinsælt sport. Şá er fuglalíf fremur fjölskrúğugt í landinu og viğ strendur şess. Í hafinu umhverfis landiğ er fjölbreytt lífríki og şangağ hafa Íslendingar jafnan sótt lífsbjörg sína.

Animal Life

Due to the isolation of the country, there has been little change in its animal life. Most of the animal species have been introduced and it is thought that only one type of mammal, the fox (locally called "tófan"), had its home in Iceland prior to human settlement. The other mammals have been brought to Iceland since settlement. These include the sheep, which has often kept people alive during difficult times, and the horse, most likely the best-known of animals in Iceland.

Reindeer were introduced to Iceland in the eighteenth-century and now number around 3000. They are the only type of deer to be found in Iceland and live on the heath lands to the north and east of Vatnajökull.

The rivers and lakes of Iceland abound with a rich stock of fish and salmon and trout fishing are popular sports. The bird life is rather diverse in the country and along the coastline. The coastal waters are home to great biological diversity, and here too Icelanders have often sought life-saving sustenance.

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