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Is it possible to hunt in Iceland?

By Sara McMahon

  • Ptarmigan season counts four to five weekends in late October and until late November. Hunting is permitted only on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Photo/GVA

Is it possible to hunt in Iceland?

A: During autumn and winter one can choose between hunting reindeer, geese, or ptarmigan.
Hunting season for reindeer, also known as caribou, begins in July and extends into mid-September, with August generally regarded as the best for hunting. Every year a quota of around 1200 animals is randomly issued to applicants, local and international.
A large part of the Icelandic reindeer population is found in East Iceland. According to those in the know, hunting in these regions is a unique experience.

Ptarmigan season counts four to five weekends in late October and until late November. Hunting is permitted only on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
Hunting ptarmigan is a strenuous pastime that requires much hiking across difficult and snow-covered terrain, often in the dark. Those unfamiliar with the surroundings are strongly advised to hunt with a local guide.

Goose-hunting season begins in late August and stretches into late October, when the birds migrate to mainland Europe.

International hunters who wish to shoot in Iceland first need to obtain a short-term gun license from the local police authorities. When applying for a license one must present a valid hunting license and personal ID.

Here are some tour companies specializing in hunting tours: Huntingiceland.com, Iceland-hunting.com, and Nat.is

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