Consulting and Services
The Icelandic Institute of Natural History has a legal obligation to provide instruction on the moderate exploitation of natural resources and to provide assistance in assessing the conservation value of ecosystems and natural history sites and the impact of construction work and other land use on nature.
The largest such consulting projects are those undertaken at the request of government ministries, energy companies, municipalities and private parties. The goal of this work is to provide basic data on flora, fauna and geology in order to be able to assess the conservation value of ecosystems and natural history sites within specific areas and evaluate the impact of land use on nature. The commissioning party receives a report detailing the project findings.
Contact: Trausti Baldursson
Permissions for export of natural history specimens
According to Icelandic law no. 60/1992 natural history specimens may not be exported from Iceland except with the permission of the Icelandic Institute of Natural History and under the conditions set by the Institute on each occasion. The same applies to micro-organisms originating in geothermal areas and their genetic material.
A formal application should be sent with an application form (pdf) to the institution by e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Institute offers pest identification and consulting services for the general public and for exterminators. Specimens are identified at the first possible opportunity and the findings mailed to the individual or organisation in question along with information on the behaviour and harmfulness of the species identified and directions for control.
Contact: Erling Ólafsson
Mushrooms and fungi
The Institute's mycologist identifies mushrooms and fungi for organisations and the general public. The Institute also gladly accepts information on Iceland's mushrooms and fungi. We recommend that you contact us before sending a specimen so that we can determine whether further identification is needed. Mushroom and fungi identification takes place at the Institute's Akureyri Division.
Contact: Guðríður Gyða Eyjólfsdóttir
Experts at the Institute identify plants on request. A photograph and/or dried specimen of the plant in question should accompany an enquiry whenever possible, along with information as to the location, habitat, date and any other relevant details.
Contact: Starri Heiðmarsson