Reindeer hunting in Iceland
Reindeers are the only big game in Iceland and the roam free in the Eastern part of the island. There are no or have been domestic reindeers in Iceland. Reindeer hunting in Iceland is a unique hunt for many reasons. The wild Eurasian reindeer was introduced in Iceland around 1780 and has lived wild in East Iceland ever since. The SCI has a separate category for the Icelandic reindeers in their record books.
Iceland is a safe country and the main attraction for tourists is the nature. There are up to 24 hours of daylight in the summer, the longest day being June 20. Reindeer hunting season starts July 10, but the antlers are not fully grown until August and velvet start to come off around August 10. So most of our reindeer hunting takes place between August 15 and September 5.
There is a draw for reindeer tags the first week of February. Local hunters have as much change as foreign hunters to get a tag but about 20% of the ones who enter the draw get a tag. There are around 1.200 tags issued yearly.
The hunting tour is usually 5 days with 3 hunting days. We advise you to add a few days to your tour to make the most of your visit to Iceland.
Day 1 Arrive Iceland, driver waits for you at Keflavik airport and drives you to Reykjavik airport where you fly to Egilsstadir town. In Egilsstadir you are met by your guide that takes you to a nice guesthouse and goes over the hunting plan with you.
Day 2 and 3 Full day hunting with a guide, breakfast and dinner at your guesthouse, but guide brings packed lunch.
Day 4 Hunting day, if you have already got your reindeer on the first 2 days, guide will take you fishing or sightseeing. If goose season has started you have the chance to go shooting in the morning.
Fly back to Reykjavik in the evening. Driver waits for you in Reykjavik to take you to a hotel of your choice either in Reykjavik or Keflavik.
Day 5 Depart Iceland.
How to enter the draw? Please send us the following by February 5th:
- Full name
- Phone number
- Copy of local hunting license
- Copy of local shooting license
- Copy of your passport.
Price for entering the draw is EUR 100, non-refundable but will be used as down payment if you get a tag.
August 1 – September 1
Minimum 234, many use 270