World-Class Arctic Char and Brown Trout
Fly Fishing the Highland Rivers
The Highlands are known as the true heart of Iceland. The Highlands 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 Kaldakvísl - Arctic Char and Browns
Fish Partner's offers two exclusive rivers for excellent Arctic char and brown trout fishing.
River Kaldakvísl is a hidden gem. On the 7.5-mile stretch, you’ll find beautiful waterfalls, canyons, slow and fast-moving water, rocks, sand, and more. The Kaldakvísl is full of Arctic char, averaging 3 to 4-pounds, some up to seven. The river has a four-rod limit and is only available to customers of Fish Partner.
Kaldakvísl Native Brown
River Tungnaá - Native Browns and Char
River Tungnaá, a small Highland stream, is probably one of the best-kept trout secrets in the angling world. Formerly a milky glacial river, the Tungnaá 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. 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.
Tungnaá River Canyons
Kaldakvísl River Canyon
Tungnaá Trophy Brown
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 $50.00 per day rental fee, you get the use of a rod, reel, line, waders, and boots.
Fishing License: Your fishing license is included in the package.
Day 1: A Fish Partner’s representative will pick you up from the airport in Reykjavík and drive you to the Highland Fishing Lodge, a 95-mile drive, about two hours.
Day 2-5: After you have 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 numerous waterfalls, canyons, and glaciers in the Highlands. 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.
Day 6: After breakfast, you’ll be driven (two hours) back to the airport in Reykjavík for your flight home.
Tungnaá Trophy Brown
Highland Fishing Lodge
You’ll stay at the Highland Fishing Lodge. The Lodge, formerly a shepherd’s house, was renovated by Fish Partners for the 2019 season. The Lodge is in the remote Highlands, only five minutes from both the Tungnaá and the Kaldakvísl Rivers. The Lodge has a small living and dining room with a view overlooking the Sporðöldulón Reservoir.
Meals and Beverages
Meals: Breakfast at the Lodge. Streamside lunch and delicious dinner at the Lodge.
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 Two Twin Bed and Shared Bathrooms
The Lodge hosts ten anglers per week. The bedrooms have two twin beds and a sink. There are shared bathrooms with two toilets and three showers.