Iceland is the only country in the world, where you can hunt Puffins. Our Puffin is the Atlantic Puffin. There are 3 Puffin species in the world: The Tufted and Horned Puffins in the Pacific Ocean and the Atlantic Puffin.
The Atlantic Puffin belongs to the Guillemot bird family. Other species of this bird family, that can be hunted along with the Puffins are Razorbill, Black Guillemot, and Common Guillemot.
Shooting at sea is a great experience and the locals have done it for centuries as a food source. However, interest in this branch of shooting has been growing especially amongst those hunters who have an interest in taxidermy and collecting bird trophies. These sea birds are also delicious to eat, which makes seabird shooting well worthwhile. The list of species that may be shot legally is extensive and Iceland is often the only place in the world where hunters can add to their collection.
Hunting season: September 1st to April 25th.
Primetime: March – April
The season for most sea birds runs from 1st September to 10th May and the best time for shooting specimens for mounting is during January to March. The birds most likely to be encountered include guillemots (the common and the black varieties), razorbills, cormorants, and shags.
On prime time a day’s bag for 2 hunters can be anywhere between 50-100 birds. You can also do some deep sea angling and the catch is Cod, Pollock, Haddock, and more species up to 30 and over pounds!
The coastline of the Reykjanes peninsula is where we do most of the shooting, using a boat that operates out of the harbor in Reykjavík. We can also offer to hunt out of other areas on the Island. On board, there is room for up to four hunters. Two on each side of the boat, The boats are fully equipped with a warm cabin, GPS, and all necessary safety gear, plus an English-speaking experienced captain.
Ducks such as the Long-Tail and Scaup can also be shot at sea. This shooting method can be taken either as a specific trip with four days of shooting or as a day or days added to another hunting or late-season fishing program.