Thingvallavatn - Self-Drive - General Information

This trip is all about big browns. Lake Thingvallavatn is the largest lake in Iceland, located only 40 minutes from Reykjavík. Thingvellir, where the Althingi, the Icelandic parliament, was established around the year 930, is a place of historic significance. The lake lies along the North Atlantic Ridge, sitting where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates separate from each other. It is also the home of the ice age brown trout.

The giant brown trout of Thingvallavatn has evolved there in isolation since the last ice age. This legendary fish is the most coveted catch of many a fisherman, Icelandic or otherwise. Tales of battling these mighty fish are akin to fairy tales and are never forgotten by those lucky enough to play a part in them. These extraordinary brown trout can grow to a weight of over 30 lbs, and specimens in excess of 20 lbs are frequently caught in peak fishing times. In Thingvallavatn, you never know what the next cast will bring.

In this self-drive tour, you will rotate Fish Partner's exclusive beats in Lake Thingvallavatn. One day you may be searching for giant browns in the deep crevasses of Kárastaðir beat and the next day casting dry-flies to those monsters in shallow water at Villingavatn beat. Learn more about the beats here.

Fish Partner offers several options for accommodation around Lake Thingvallavatn. In this tour, you will stay at Kárastaðir farm in a well equipped self-catering apartment.

Duration: 5 days / 5 nights
Season: April - June

Species: Brown trout
Average size: 4 kg / 8 lbs
Tackle: #6-8 single handed
Best flies: Streamers
Distance from Reykjavík: 40 km / 25 mi

Itinerary

Day 1 - Meet the guide at the guesthouse at 10:00 am (or other preferred time). The guide will show you around the lake and introduce different beats. Fish one of Fish Partner's exclusive beats in Lake Thingvallavatn with the guide. Fishing hours are optional (12 hr limit per day). Check in at the guesthouse available from 3:00 pm (earlier if possible).

Day 2 - Fish one of Fish Partner's exclusive beats in Lake Thingvallavatn.

Day 3 - Fish one of Fish Partner's exclusive beats in Lake Thingvallavatn.

Day 4 - Fish one of Fish Partner's exclusive beats in Lake Thingvallavatn.

Day 5 - Fish one of Fish Partner's exclusive beats in Lake Thingvallavatn.

Day 6 - Check out of the guesthouse after breakfast.

What's Included

Five days of fishing (licences), thereof one fully guided day.

Five nights at Kárastaðir guesthouse (self-catering, beddings and towles).

Available updates: Fully guided, several different accommodation options, full board services, equipment and more.

 

Excluded

Rental car. Fish Partner can provide a rental car.

Equipment (rod, waders and flies)

Food and drinks

Gratuities

Price

Price per person depends on the level of services selected. Please contact us for more details on this tour.

Photos from Lake Thingvallavatn

Location