Reindeers were introduced from Norway late in the 18th century originally for farming, but reindeer husbandry the Scandinavian style did not tempt the Icelanders, and the animals were never domesticated. Today the wild reindeer live only in East Iceland, mostly at higher elevations in summer but seek lower grassland, closer to the coast in winter. While their primary habitat is in the deserted expanses by Snæfell, reindeer are seen every year in the territory extending from Vopnafjördur in the north to the Glacier Lagoon in the south. The best places to view reindeer herds during the summer are the areas around mount Snæfell, in Vesturöræfi and Brúaröræfi.
The Reindeer are a joy to nature lovers, the arctic fox is never far off and the glacial rivers of Hérað are a home to hundreds of seals, easily seen along the coast by Húsey, as in the fjords.