Cat Goes On An Epic 4-Month Iceland Adventure

Story ByLee Bullen, Sub EditorJoseph Golder, AgencyNewsflash

An adventurous pet cat has been safely returned home after a four-month trek across northern Iceland.

Gunnlaugur the cat, who lives in the northern Icelandic village of Hofsos, was found some 50 kilometres (31 miles) in the village of Varmahlio where locals had posted a picture of him online in the hope of finding the owners.

Freyja Amble Gisladottir told Newsflash: “We were extremely happy to know the cat was well and healthy, and very glad to have him back.”

Freyja Amble Gisladottir/Newsflash

Gisladottir’s boyfriend has owned Gunnlaugur for eight years.

In an interview, she said that the cat went missing in June, but that it is quite normal for the moggy to disappear for several days at a time because he likes to hunt.

Gisladottir said: “When he didn’t come back, we went looking for him, but couldn’t find him anywhere. After two months of looking we gave up on finding him, and went and got kittens.”

Out of the blue, the adventurous cat suddenly appeared in Varmahlio where it was found by locals.

Gisladottir said: “I woke up and my boyfriend has just seen a Facebook post about a lost cat. Our vet shared it.

Freyja Amble Gisladottir/Newsflash

“It’s about 50 kilometres from us to Varmahlio where he was found, and there are lots of lakes and rivers to cross.”

Gisladottir told Newsflash: “He was a little too fat when he left us, but now he is great condition.

“He is like any other cat, he likes to eat and sleep, get cuddled and order us around. He is pretty much the boss of the stables, and he is already back in his normal routine.

“Gunnlaugur’s job is to catch mice in the stable, which he does really well. He feels safe around the horses and dog and also bosses them around!”

She added: “He is very happy to be back, and we would never have found him if people hadn’t advertised him online. It’s amazing!”

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