Highland River Fishing - General Information

Highland River Fishing

This fly fishing day tour will let you experience the Highlands, which are truly the heart of Iceland. With its uncanny beauty and epic scenery the Highlands offer you an experience unlike any other. Here you can truly become one with nature as the Highlands are untouched and uninhibited by men. The vast wilderness - mountains, deserts, canyons, lakes and rivers - demonstrates the powerful forces of fire and ice which have shaped the landscape on this volcanic island over centuries. Amidst all of this beauty, are the trout and the arctic char - peacefully cruising the gin clear streams of the Highlands like it has done from the Ice age. The experience cannot be put into words - it has to be lived.

Fishermen will fish either river Kaldakvísl or river Tungnaá. The river Kaldakvísl is truly a hidden gem. Fished only by a select few, Kaldakvísl has now been made exclusively available only to the customers of Fish Partner. Diversity and contrasts are the river’s main characteristics. On the 12 km (16 mile) beat, one can find beautiful waterfalls, great canyons, fast water, slow water, rocks, sand and so much more. The river is full of arctic char, their size averaging at 3-4 lbs, although char weighing up to 7 lbs can be found there, as can big brown trout.

River Tungnaá is a gin clear spring water flowing into beautiful micro canyons area along with traditional fast and slow running pools, filled with big Arctic char. This smallish, south Iceland Highland trout stream is probably one of the best-kept trout secrets in global angling. It is a technical river where stealth, among other attributes, is needed. The quarry is native brown trout and monster chars. They are on average 2-5 pounds, with the monsters ranging to 10 pounds.

Duration: 10-12 hours
Price from: $615

Season: May - September
Species: Brown trout / Arctic char
Average size: 5 pounds / 2 Pounds
Tackle: #4-7 single handed
Best flies Streamers, nymphs, dry-flies
Distance from Reykjavík: 150 km / 95 miles


Fishing for arctic char in Kaldakvísl river in the Icelandic highlands

Day Tour Itinerary

08:00 am - Pick up at your hotel.

10:00 am - Arrival in the Highlands and start fishing.

12:00 am - Lunch served at the bank. Snacks available throughout the day.

06:00 pm - Drive to Reykjavík.

08:00 pm - Arrive at the hotel.

What's Included

Transportation to and from Reykjavik

Fishing licences

Private guide

Equipment (rod, waders and flies)

Lunch box, snacks and drinks

What do I need to bring?

Traditional waterproof outdoor jacket is recommended


Day Tour Price

Price per person from $380

Price for a guide is (mandatory) $710 (three people can share one guide)

For groups larger than 6 persons or if the tour is sold out online, please contact us directly


Photos from Highland River Fishing