Faroe Islands and Japan,
it is an
old tradition in Iceland, dating back a few centuries.
Poster by AllPosters.
Click on thumbnail
modern times, Norwegian
expanded to Iceland, where many whaling stations were established.
main targets were blue and fin whales, however sei and humpbacks were
also taken if there was an opportinity.
The opinions were mixed as
whaling sometimes conflicted with fishing which was also a big
In the last century, Iceland was much better than Japan and Norway.
It stopped whaling several times. It did not originally take
reservation against the IWC's moratorium, and while practicing research
whaling for a while, it stopped it in 1989 under the pressure it got
from anti-whaling countries and activists. In the 1990s
however it left the IWC, to rejoin it in the early 2000s
with a reservation to the moratorium.
By now, it has followed the steps
of Norway back to commercial whaling. However, the amounts of whales
taken are relatively small, even though along with minke whales, fin
whales have also been caught - the latter is still an endangered
It's a shame but at least Iceland does have a valid excuse, being a
small island, which limits the land available for agriculture, and
having a very cold climate, which makes agriculture hard to practice
during most of the year.