Lonely Planet Writer

Fin whales won't be hunted in Iceland this summer

Fin whales will not be hunted in Iceland this summer. Fishing company Hvalur HF hunted 155 of the giant mammals, which are the second largest creatures on earth after blue whales, last year.

Fin whales won't be hunted in Iceland this summer.
Fin whales won’t be hunted in Iceland this summer. Image by Smudge 9000 / CC BY-SA 2.0

Japan is the main market for the animals, but according to Hvalur HF, bureaucracy and the need for chemical analysis meant an agreement could not be reached this year. The majority of people in Iceland still support whaling, although whale-watching around the country’s shores is an increasingly popular activity and is changing the way some companies do business. Read more: icelandreview.com