Stefán Hrafn Magnússon, who was born in Iceland, founded the Isortoq Reindeer Station in Greenland in 1990. Located approx 100 km from Qaqortoq and Narsaq, the station is currently the third largest reindeer farm in the Nordic countries.
Mr. Magnússon was educated in agriculture in Scandinavia, with a special emphasis on reindeer breeding. From the time he visited Greenland for the first time, at the age of fourteen, he was determined to return, which he did in 1983. To begin with he bought 250 reindeer and a share in a reindeer farm. After a few years the stock doubled and today Mr. Magnússon runs the Isortoq Reindeer Station together with his partner Mr. Ole Kristiansen.
The reindeer bred at the farm are all of Scandinavian origin, Rangifer Tarandeus Linne, from Finnmark, which is the northernmost part of Norway. This stock is sturdy and thrives exceptionally well in the Greenlandic climate. The animals graze freely on the ranges belonging to the station, which means that the meat is a first-class ecological product.
In 1996 the wintering stock numbered 3,000 animals. Meat production is the main occupation for the time being. The annual production of meat, about 80 t, and 1 t of antlers, are sold both domestically and internationally.
The station also arranges hunting on the 2,500 km2 lot, for those interested in reindeer hunting. The station offers full facilities for guests including travel arrangements in Greenland. The high season is from the middle of July to 10 September.
The ocean and numerous lakes in the area are excellent for trout fishing, the distance from the station being only 15 min. by boat.
From December to May, all transportation in the area is by snowmobiles, as the water routes used during other seasons are covered with ice. Close co-operation has been established between the station and Greenland Air, who supplies the company with helicopters when transportation is needed.