Iceland is the 3rd largest island in the world, located in the North Atlantic Ocean between continental Europe and Greenland. Iceland is a part of Northern Europe. Iceland has a population of about 320.000 and a total area of 103,000 sq km (40,000 sq mi). The capital and most populous city of Iceland is Reykjavík.
Iceland is volcanically and geologically very active. This defines the landscape in various ways. The interior mainly consists of a plateau characterized by sand fields, mountains and glaciers, while many large glacial rivers flow to the sea through the lowlands. Warmed by the Gulf Stream, Iceland has a temperate climate relative to its latitude.
The only indigenous mammals are the arctic fox and the field mouse. Around 1780 European Reindeer was imported from Norway. It has survived in the wild highlands of East Iceland and has never been domesticated. Another mammal, the mink was unfortunately introduced into Iceland in 1930 for fur farming. Soon it escaped into the wild and has spread all over Iceland, seriously damaging Iceland birdlife. Arctic fox is hunted all year, but Reindeer is subject to draw. Around 1200 tags are issued yearly.
There are many bird species in Iceland. Those that can be hunted and are worth mentioning are:
- Puffins and their seabird relatives, Black Guillemot, Common Guillemot and Razorbill.
- 3 goose species, Greylag, Pinkfoot and Barnacle geese.
- 7 duck species, Mallard, Greenwing Teal, Eurasian Widgeon, Red breasted Merganser, Greater Scaupe, Tufted duck and Long tailed duck (Old squaw).
- Rock Ptarmigan.
Most of these birds are in abundant numbers. Therefore, we have no daily bag limits on any of these bird species.
Photos on this page by courtesy of Thomas Bjørsland Hansen