FISHING AND HUNTING IN ICELAND
Through the centuries the inhabitants of this remote island have depended on their 'catch of the day' - fish coming from either the ocean or from rivers and lakes. Icelanders have been fishermen ever since the country was first settled and have taken great care to preserve their natural resources by monitoring their fish stocks.
Iceland´s clean air and pristine nature attract many foreign visitors who consider Iceland a great destination for outdoor sports. In addition to angling, bird and reindeer hunting have been gaining in popularity. The enjoyment of the outdoors, the chance to relax alone or with friends by one of a hundred salmon rivers, is an unforgettable experience.
Hunting is a fairly new sport in that sense in Iceland. Icelanders have been hunting for generations but only recently have tourists thought of hunting as an attraction.
The vast and wild interior of Iceland provides ideal habitat for ptarmigan and reindeer. The coastal fringes are host to thousands of geese that gather there in the autumn, after a summer of breeding in the mountain areas, before their long flight south. There are also duck along the coast for most of the year. Remember to check for hunting season when planning for your hunting trip.
Hunting is well organized and regulated, thus ensuring well-managed populations of hunting species. Importing firearms goes very smoothly as all the paperwork can be ready for you to sign on arrival at Keflavik airport.