Iceland Trout Fishing

World-Class Arctic Char and Brown Trout

Fly Fishing the Highland Rivers

The Highlands, known as the true heart of Iceland, showcase the powerful forces of fire and ice that have shaped this volcanic island's landscape over the centuries. Amidst the epic beauty, trout and arctic char peacefully cruise the clear streams as they have since the Ice Age.

River Kaldakvisl - Arctic Char and Browns

The River Kaldakvísl, a hidden treasure in the Icelandic landscape. Known for its crystal-clear waters and the abundant fish population, the river has a five-rod limit, and fishing here is exclusive to our outfitter's guests.

Our outfitter has exclusive leases on these rivers for excellent Arctic char and brown trout fishing.
River Kaldakvisl is a hidden gem. On the 16-mile stretch, you’ll find beautiful waterfalls, canyons, slow and fast-moving water, rocks, sand, and more. The Kaldakvisl is full of Arctic char, averaging 3 to 4 pounds, some up to seven. The river has a five-rod limit, and fishing here is exclusive to our outfitter's guests.

River Tungnaa - Native Browns and Char

The River Tungnaá is a remarkable geographical feature, coursing through the rugged landscapes of Iceland. The river is known for its wild beauty, formidable rapids, and brown trout fishing.

River Tungnaa, a small Highland stream, is probably one of the best-kept trout secrets in the angling world. Formerly a milky glacial river, the Tungnaa became gin-clear in 2013 due to a newly opened hydroelectric power plant. Micro canyons and fast and slow running pools filled with big Arctic char. The Tungaa is a technical river, with upstream nymphing being the most productive method. Stealth is required. Native browns and char average 2-5 pounds, with up to 10-pound monsters.

Close-up of Trophy Brown Trout

Typical Fishing Day:
After breakfast, your guide will pick you up at 9:00 a.m.
You’ll fish between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. You’ll have lunch streamside and a delicious dinner at the Lodge. After dinner, you can relax, fish the creeks near the Lodge, or take a sightseeing trip to the Highland's numerous waterfalls, canyons, and glaciers. For a small gratuity, your guide will drive you, a one-hour drive, from the Lodge to an unforgettable thermal hot spring stream in Landmannalaugar—also known as the Gateway to the Highlands.

Rafts and Anglers at Base of Kaldakvisl Waterfall

Highland Fishing Facts

Season:  The Highland Rivers season runs May through September 15, with peak fishing from June 20 through July 20.
Travel Time:  Guides will drive you in 4x4 vehicles from the Lodge to the beat of the day. Travel time varies from 5 to 30 minutes.
Guides:  Knowledgeable English-speaking guides. Two anglers per guide.
Fishing Equipment:  No equipment is provided. Bring #4-7 single-handed rods, nymphs, dry flies, and streamers. A comprehensive gear and tackle list is included in our confirmation packet.
Rental Equipment: For a $80.00 per day rental fee, you get the use of a rod, reel, line, waders, and boots.
Fishing License:  A fishing license is included in the package.

Kaldakvisl Native Brown

The Kaldakvisl Native Brown, found in the serene waters of Iceland’s Kaldakvisl River, is a distinctive trout species known for its unique color pattern and remarkable resilience.

Tungnaa River Canyons

Angler at Base of Waterfall on Tungnaa

Kaldakvisl River Canyon

Native Brown Trout

Tungnaa Trophy Brown

Tungnaa River Angler with Large Brown Trout

Kaldakvísl Waterfall

River Kaldakvís Photo Credit: Matt Harris

Tungnaa Trophy Brown

Female Angler with  Tungnaá Brown Trout
Highland Fishing Lodge with Water on three sides

Highland Fishing Lodge

You’ll stay at the Highland Fishing Lodge. The Lodge, formerly a shepherd’s house, was renovated by our outfitter in 2019. The Lodge is in the remote Highlands, only five minutes from the Tungnaa and the Kaldakvisl Rivers. The Lodge has a small living and dining room overlooking the Spordoldulon Reservoir.

Dining Table and Ten Chairs

Meals and Beverages

Meals:  Continental breakfast at the Lodge, a packed sandwich lunch from the chef, and delicious homestyle dinners at the Lodge. The Lodge chef is an Argentinian, so there's an Argentine influence with fresh Icelandic ingredients. Grilled lamb, fresh Arctic char, and so forth.
Alcohol:  You will need to bring your own alcohol if desired. Iceland has specialty liquor stores such as Vinbud or the duty-free store at the Keflavik Airport. Wine, beer, flies, and other items are available for purchase at the Lodge's shop.

Six Bedrooms with Twin Beds and Two Shared Bathrooms

Two Twin Beds and Nightlight

Six bedrooms have two twin beds and a sink. There are two shared bathrooms (two toilets/three showers). The Lodge hosts ten anglers per week.

Nefji Waterfall - The Highlands

Nefji Waterfall with Angler in Lower Pool

River Kaldakvísl - The outfitter leases their fishing rights, and almost all rivers and some lakes have limited rods per day, ensuring each angler plenty of space.

Getting to Highland Fishing Lodge:

Arrival Day:  You'll fly to Reykjavík, the capital of Iceland. In the morning, a Lodge representative will pick you up from the airport or your hotel in Reykjavík. (The hotel night is not included in the package. Hotel recommendations are in our confirmation packet.) After the two-hour 95-mile drive to the Highlands, you'll check in at the Lodge and head out for a day of fishing.
Departure Day:  After breakfast, your guide will drive you back to the airport in Reykjavík for your flight home.

2024 USD Rates:

Highland Rivers:
Season:  June 1 - August 31
5-nights and 5-days guided fishing
Two anglers per room and guide:
$6,000.00 per person
One angler per room and guide:
$8,500.00 per person
3-nights and 3-days guided fishing
Two anglers per room and guide:
$3,995.00 per person
One angler per room and guide:
$6,375.00 per person

Highland and Lake Thingvallavatn Combo:
Season:  June 1 - August 31
5-nights and 5-days guided fishing
(3-days at Highland Rivers and 2-days at Lake Thingvallavatn)
Two anglers per room and guide:
From $5,920.00 per person
One angler per room and guide:
From $8,650.00 per person
Request an information packet.
*Prices may vary depending on currency fluctuations.

The Packages Include:

• Roundtrip ground transfers between Reykjavik and the Lodge
• 5-nights lodging
• Wi-Fi at the Lodge
• Meals at the Lodge
• 5-days guided fishing
• Daily ground transfers to/from the fishing beats
• Fishing license.

The Packages Do Not Include:

• Airfare to Reykjavik, and return
• Ground transfers in Reykjavik
• Optional lodging and meals in Reykjavik
• Alcohol
• Gratuities for guides and staff
• Fishing equipment
• Optional Equipment rental fee of $80.00 per day
• Global Rescue
• Travel Insurance
• Anything not covered under inclusions.

Fishing Travel Experts

Guy Schoenborn

1-800-205-3474 ext. 1

MT Office:  406-322-5709


Brad Staples

1-800-205-3474 ext. 3

Cell (503) 250-0558