A Hidden Gem

Despite being small, Lake Villingavatn is the home to some very large brown trout. It has been kept under the radar for years and has only been fished by selected few. From the lake a small stream runs into Lake Thingvallavatn, connecting the two lakes and allowing the Thingvallavatn trout to enter the lake. It has a four-rod limitation. The lake is fly-fishing only, and catch and release.

The beat is accessed from road no. 360 through the farm Villingarvatn. The shortest way from Reykjavík is to take road no. 1 (eastbound), turn left onto road no. 435 and turn right onto road no. 360. An alternative route is road no. 1 (eastbound), turn left onto road no. 35, again left onto road no. 36 and finally left onto road no. 360.

Stealth is often needed here as the fish can be right up along the bank, and wading is not advised. Casting along the banks and towards the weed lines usually produces the best results. Streamers are most productive here, for instance any patterns that resemble sticklebacks(local bait fish), however the browns will take nymphs and dries in the right conditions.


Other Beats on Lake Þingvallvatn

Kárastaðir beat 1

Black Cliffs beat 2

Villingavatnsárós beat 3A

Villingavatnsárós beat 3B

Kaldárhöfði beat 4

Efri-Brú beat 5

Distance from Reykjavík: 44 km
Fishing season: 1 April - 30 September
Average size: 8 pounds
Number of rods: 4
Tackle: #6-8
Best flies: Streamers
Access: Easy
Accommodation: Several options

Photos from Villingavatn