Ptarmigan Hunting Season Begins Skip to content

Ptarmigan Hunting Season Begins

By Iceland Review

The ptarmigan hunting season in Iceland began yesterday. Thousands of hunters took part in the first day of hunting. It is permitted to hunt the bird throughout this weekend, next weekend and the third and fourth weekend in November, a total of nine days.

ptarmigan_heArchive photo by Hallgrímur Egilsson.

This year’s quota is 34,000 birds, up from 31,000 last year, reports. The Environment Agency of Iceland asks hunters to respect the quota.

Although the quota has been increased since 2011, 34,000 birds is a fraction of the quota issued in the previous years.

At the turn of the century, between 100,000 and 200,000 birds were hunted. Back then, there was a thriving market for ptarmigan but now it is forbidden to buy or sell the bird.

The Environment Agency of Iceland estimates the harvestable stock to be at 390,000 birds.

As a ban on hunting exists in the southeast corner of the country, and hunters have been traveling to the south, north and east. reports that many hunters could be seen passing through Akureyri and Egilsstaðir airports yesterday.

Related story:

October 9 | Quota of 31,000 Ptarmigans Issued in Iceland


Sign up for our weekly newsletter

Get news from Iceland, photos, and in-depth stories delivered to your inbox every week!

* indicates required

Subscribe to Iceland Review

In-depth stories and high-quality photography showcasing life in Iceland!