Iceland’s clean environment and pure waters are home to several species of fresh-water game fish. Most notable is the Atlantic salmon, which for eons have returned to Iceland to the rivers of their birth. Several of Iceland’s rivers are world-famous and have drawn fishermen from all ranks to try their luck. Large and aggressive brown trout also test the angler’s skill, and no less that four species of Arctic Char may be caught from a single lake in Thingvellir National Park.
Several angling clubs offer choice sites to fish, and a Fishing Card is available that permits fishing in a broad selection of waters.
You can expect beautiful surroundings and challenging waters. There’s more to fishing than catching fish, but there’s one thing we CAN guarantee—you’ll never be elbow to elbow with the next fisherman!
Iceland has been the topic of numerous fishing articles and books, and two recent volumes are: Fly fishing in Iceland and Salmon Flies of Icelandic Rivers.
Please note if you bring your own tackle and gear to Iceland, you must have it disinfected at your point of entry at modest cost, or show a veterinary certificate that this has been done just prior to your departure. This is to prevent transmission of fish disease between waterways.
You’ll never find a better place to play hooky than Iceland and this is one of our founder’s favorite f-stops!