Reindeer Hunt Gets A Rave Review


Published: February - 1999

I have hunted all over the world, but my recent hunt for reindeer in Iceland was one of my most enjoyable experiences. The company I hunted with is called The Angling Club LAX-A/Icelandic Shooting Club and is run by a man named Arni Baldursson. He had everything organized, right from the moment I arrived at the international airport in Keflavik, where a customs officer handed me my hunting license and gun permit. They were all filled out, ready for my signature. When I exited the office, my contact was waiting for me, and in a matter of minutes we were on our way to the capital, Reykjavic, where the domestic airport is located and where I boarded a plane to Egilsstadir in the northeastern part of the country.

There, I was met by my guide, Skuli Magnusson, who drove me about five hours north in a Ford Bronco to an elegant cabin in the mountains. The food, accommodations, guiding and equipment were all excellent. The hunting was conducted in spot-and-stalk fashion. We sighted many quality animals but found the actual stalking of one to be quite challenging because the country is very open. Another problem was the terrain. There were glaciers, lakes, waterfalls and mountains everywhere, much like one finds on the South Island of New Zealand. The ground itself, however, reminded me of northern Ungava in Quebec. Soggy lichens and rocks predominated, which made for fairly difficult walking. Still, with moderate effort, there is no reason not to bag a good trophy on this hunt. During my stay, the temperature ranged between 28 and 45 degrees Fahrenheit.

I bagged my reindeer on the second day and spent the remainder of the time sightseeing and birdshooting. The latter, incidentally, is beyond belief, and the fishing for big trout is good as well. One of the highlights of the trip, other than meeting so many friendly people (most of whom speak English), was a dinner we had centered around sea birds known as puffins. It was delicious! I will be glad to discuss this trip with fellow subscribers. They can........(continued)

 
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