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Trophy Hunting

A reindeer or musk ox trophy ranks high on any hunter’s wish list, and such a goal is within easy reach – just a five-hour flight from Denmark.

A collection of reindeer antlers outside a house in Qeqertarsuatsiaat south of Nuuk in Greenland. Photo: Mads Pihl, Visit Greenland

A collection of reindeer antlers outside a house in Qeqertarsuatsiaat south of Nuuk in Greenland. Photo: Mads Pihl, Visit Greenland

Take an eternal memory home with you

Greenland is a hunter’s land. For centuries fishing and hunting have taken place in interaction with the natural surroundings, and this remains true today. The hunters follow the animals’ rhythm and hunting takes place on nature’s terms.

Musk oxen, reindeer, foxes, birds and seals can be hunted by participants on hunting trips. Options available include hunting trips in which you go after small game and trophy hunting trips in which the prey is musk oxen.

In Kangerlussuaq and Maniitsoq there are organised tours with specialised outfitters who on trophy hunting trips make sure that everything is taken care of, from when the prey has been shot to when the trophy is cleaned and packed ready for transport.

The hunt for musk oxen usually takes place close to the Ice Sheet and by the fjord where the large old bulls graze. Reindeer can be difficult to get close to as they wander in large herds on the tundra.

Trophy hunting in Greenland

Trophy hunting in Greenland is an unique opportunity for a hunting trip in a landscape where musk oxen and reindeer live in natural and untouched grounds. Here, even the most seasoned trophy hunters are challenged on their hunting instincts. You can experience trophy hunting in West Greenland, South Greenland, North Greenland and East Greenland.

Trophy hunting in West Greenland can be done, for example, in Kangerlussuaq. Here you have the opportunity to hunt both reindeer and musk oxen. Transport during hunting depends on the season. In the winter, you have the opportunity to experience a traditional form of hunting where you are transported around in a dogsled. If you hunt in the summer and autumn, the transport in the hunting areas usually takes place by boat along the fjord.  

Local providers of trophy hunting in Kangerlussuaq

South Greenland is particularly known for its many trouts in the region. However, the region also offers musk oxen and reindeer. During the summer and autumn period, it is possible from the Ivittuut area to go trophy hunting, where the transport is sailing along icebergs. 

Trophy hunting in North Greenland you have from Disko Bay and northwards the opportunity for trophy hunting at Lersletten (Naternaq) near the town of Qasigiannguit. 
In the winter you travel with a dogsled, and in the summer you travel by boat. 

In East Greenland is the town of Ittoqqortoormiit, which is home to immigrant musk oxen. In Scoresbysundfjord, which is the world's largest fjord complex, you will find good hunting areas. During the spring, you can also go seal hunting on the sea ice, which gives a sense of traditional Arctic culture.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • The hunting seasons runs from 1 March until 1 May and from August until September.
  • Hunting for seals generally takes place in the spring.
  • Trophy hunting for musk oxen takes place in both summer and winter. The oxen are hunted according to specific quotas. The animals are removed from the overall quota and trophy hunting does not have any negative impact on the population.
  • Hunting on your own is not permitted in Greenland – you must take part in an organised hunting trip.
  • World of Greenland - Arctic Circle (WOGAC) has close contacts with good hunters in the area.

Trophy hunting rules in Greenland

If you are going on a trophy hunt in Greenland, you must have an approved trophy hunting permit with an authorized hunting organizer. In addition, you must be able to present a valid firearms permit from your home country and have a license to hunt animals (musk ox or reindeer license). 

Import of weapons and ammunition for hunting in Greenland

If you want to bring weapons and ammunition for hunting, it must be checked in as special luggage. It is important that you bring a valid firearms permit as well as a declaration that must be completed and signed. At check-in, you must state the type of weapon, type of ammunition and weight of the ammunition. You can read more about the requiments here.