Iceland is without a doubt one of the top trout fishing destinations in the world. We at Fish Partner offer a wide variety of premium trout and char fisheries. Brown trout and Arctic char fishing is our specialty and we are constantly adding the best fishing options in Iceland to our selection.
Tungufljót í Skaftártungu – Seatrout
Tungufljót river in Skaftafell is one of the best known Sea trout rivers in Iceland and is most famous for the high average weight of fish caught, every year multiple Sea-Run Brown trout in the 20lbs range are caught with the average weight of the fish being between 5-10 pounds. Pound for pound sea-run browns is one of the hardest fighting fish in the world. The fish stock in the river is all-natural and native to Iceland.
Kaldakvísl (The Highlands)
A Hidden Gem in the Highlands – 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. Words are unequal to the task of describing the landscape’s beauty. Diversity and contrasts are the river’s main characteristics.
Tungnaá (The Highlands)
Sight-fishing in gin clear water – Tungnaá is a formerly milky glacial river that became gin clear in 2013 as a consequence of a newly opened hydro-electric power plant. The new plant transformed this formerly rough, dark river into a fascinating crystal-clear stream, flowing into beautiful miniature canyons as well as more traditional pools filled with both Ice Age brown trout and big arctic char.
Norðlingafljót is a large river that runs from just north of Langjökull glacier west for 70km where it merges with the Hvítá Glacier river. The river is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful rivers in Iceland. Running through a lush heath and volcanic landscapes with towering glaciers and mountains in the distance. It runs in large parts through the Arnarvatnsheiði(“Eagle Lake Heath”, a large fishing area consisting of countless mountain lakes and streams).
Thingvallavatn – Kárastaðir Beat 1
The Most Scenic Beat in Lake Thingvallavatn – The Kárastaðir beat (Beat 1) is in the north end of Lake Thingvallavatn where river Öxará, the brown trout’s main spawning stream, runs into the lake. The giant trout travels in groups and is often found circling around the beat where fishermen can run into great adventures. The area is characterized by rough lava and deep underwater channels and drop-offs where the trout can be found. These channels create thermal movements of the water which allows the trout to spawn in the lake
Thingvallavatn – Black Cliffs Beat 2
Beautiful Nights at the Black Cliffs – The Black Cliffs beat (beat 2) is a shoreline in the northwestern part of Lake Thingvallavatn. The beat is known for its giant brown trout. The brown trout seek nourishment in the mouth of river Móakotsá which runs into the lake. Off the Black Cliffs fishermen can wade far into the lake to a lava drop-off where one can often fin
Thingvallavatn – Villingavatn Beat 3-A
One of the best brown trout beats in the world – Villingavatnsárós (means the mouth of river Villingavatnsá) is one of the greatest brown trout beats in the world. The beat offers the opportunity to catch the giant ice age brown trout on small nymphs and dry flies. Streamers can also be strong. The beat is only fished with two rods and all brown trout shall be released. It is fly-fishing only.
Thingvallavatn – Villingavatn Beat 3-B
Brown trout paradise in Lake Thingvallavatn – This beat lies next to the famous Villingavatnsárós. Two points are on the beat which are usually the best spots. By the western point fishermen can wade into the lake to cast toward a drop-off which often holds fish.
Villingavatn Beat 3-D (The Lake)
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. The lake has four-rod limitation. The lake is split into two beats, beat D-1 on the west bank and beat D-2 on the east bank. Each beat is fished with two rods. The lake is fly-fishing only, and catch and release.
Thingvallavatn – Kaldárhöfði Beat 4
One of the largest beats on Lake Thingvallavatn is finally on the market exclusively for Fish Partner clients – The Kaldárhöfði beat (beat 4) is in the southmost part of Lake Thingvallavatn where River Sog runs from the lake. The beat also stretches south into Lake Úlfljótsvatn. 2018 is the first year Fish Partner offers fishing in this new beat and therefore the price of licenses is very affordable. This beat is also known as excellent Arctic char fishing, especially in June through August. Six rods are permitted on the beat and this is the only Fish Partner beat that also allows spinning. All fishing is catch and release.
Úlfljótsvatn – Efri Brú – Beat 5
Efri-Brú beat 5 is located in Lake Úlfljótsvatn, Lake Thingvallavatn drains into Úlfljótsvatn via the Efra-Sog river. The beat is apart of Fish Partners Lake Thingvallavatn fishing area. The beat is known as a top-class Arctic Char fishery with a high average size of Char as well as a good amount of Brown Trout caught […]
The Northern Highlands
Extremely remote – The Northern Higlands area is the best option for those who want to fish very remote locations with simple accommodations. The vast area has more than six rivers with brown trout and Arctic char.
Gljúfurá is a small and beautiful river in North-Western Iceland about 200 km (120 miles) from Reykjavík, the capital. The river runs into Lake Hópið, which is by the seaside. The name Gljúfurá means “canyon river” and it takes its name from its many canyons and gullies it runs through.
Big Laxa – Árbót Beat
Fantastic Brown Trout and Salmon Fishery – Árbót beat in Big Laxa is an extraordinary beat with great character and offers an excellent option for those looking for bigger brown trout and salmon. It is 3,7 km (2.2 miles) long, and limited to two rods only. It has many beautiful pools that sport both trout and salmon. The season runs from May 1 to September 20. Peak season for trout is from mid-may until the end of June. From mid-July onward, you can be sure to find salmon in every pool and the salmon fishing can be excellent. The river is well known for its huge salmon, weighing up to and over thirty pounds.
Big Laxa – Syðra-Fjall Beat
Dry-fly paradise – The Syðra-Fjall beat in the Big Laxa (Laxá in Aðaldal) river offers a unique opportunity to fish for brown trout and Atlantic salmon. The beat is 1.5 km (1 mile) long and includes the mouth of Eyvindarlækur river. The famous salmon beat Nes is adjacent to Syðra-Fjall. As part of the river is shallow, dry fly fishing can be excellent. When the weather is good and the hatch is on, one can have great luck fishing dry’s. The beat has two small islands, which can be very effective places to fish.
Geldingatjörn near Reykjavík
Geldingatjörn is a unique trout fishing lake only 25 minutes driving distance from Reykjavik city centre. The lake is privately owned and fishing permits have not been obtainable on the open market until now.
Sporðöldulón Reservoir (The Highlands)
Reservoir fishing in the Icelandic Highlands – Sporðöldulón is a 7 square kilometer (3 square miles) large reservoir in the Icelandic Highlands. Kaldakvísl river runs into the reservoir along with several smaller rivers and creeks. The reservoir holds a great number of fish, both brown trout and Artic char. Fish up to 6 pounds have been caught with the average size around 2-3 pounds. Fly, bait and spinners are permitted in the reservoir.
Kvíslarveita (The Highlands)
Fishing in the Highland desert – Kvíslarveita consists of three lakes and reservoirs connected by a series of streams, creeks and channels. It was mainly formed in the years 1980-84. Most of the lakes are glacier milky in color but the best fishing is usually where clear streams run into them. All bait, flies and spinners are permitted.