Orvis Week with Fish Partner at Battle Hill Lodge
Experience an exclusive fishery in a recently remodeled, Icelandic farmhouse, wedged between ancient lava, Europe’s largest glacier and epic scenery.
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Orvis Week with Fish Partner at Battle Hill Lodge
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April 21-27, 2023
September 2 - 8, 2023 SOLD OUT
Length of Trip:
6 nights, 6 days of fishing (5 full days, 2 half days)
April: $6,950 per angler, (shared room/shared guide)
September: $7,950 per angler, (shared room/shared guide)
- Guided fishing with Orvis-Endorsed Fish Partner
- Fish Skaftá glacial tributaries: Vatnamót, Fossálar, and Geirlandsa rivers
- Opportunities to catch the amazing Icelandic native sea trout
- Experience the culture and natural wonders of Iceland
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Battle Hill Lodge is around 260km or a 3-hour drive from Reykjavik and the rivers are about 10 minutes east of the town of Kirkjubaejarklaustur. Battle Hill lodge is an old farmhouse newly renovated for the inaugural first season in 2022. It is cozy with Icelandic charm and located on the banks of the Fossalar river. Orustuóll, as it is called in Icelandic, is named after a great battle in this exact spot where Hróars Tungugoði, a famed Icelandic Viking Chieftain of the 10th century, fought and lost against his adversary tribe. Now this historic area is a full-service lodge that offers two single rooms and four double rooms on two floors allowing for a maximum occupancy of 10. While the rooms do not have private baths, it provides three bathrooms for the group. Enjoy a drink or two after a long day of fishing, while taking in the beauty of the Vatnjökull Glacier, lava fields, and the flowing river that surrounds the lodge.
September 2nd: ARRIVAL
We strongly encourage guests to arrive the day before their trip starts. Reykjavik is a great city to walk around in and has many nice hotels and fabulous restaurants. Arriving a day early will ensure you’re well-rested for your first day of fishing. On the first day of the trip, September 2nd, a shuttle will pick guests up in Reykjavík city or Keflavík airport around 10 AM and transfer the group to Battle Hill Lodge (approx. travel time 3 hours). Once there, guests will settle in at the lodge, have lunch, and head out to fish. Dinner at 8 pm.
September 3rd – 7th: FIVE FULL DAYS OF FISHING
Breakfast will be served around 8 AM. Following breakfast, guests will then head out fishing. Lunch is usually packed and eaten on the river or had back at the lodge around 1 PM. Dinner will be served around 8 PM. The fishing is all relatively close, and the closest beats are a 10–15 minute drive from the lodge, while the headwaters and other waters can be 60 minutes, at the furthest. Most fishing is done by rotating between the different beats of the main rivers closest to the lodge; Vatnamót, Fossálar, and Geirlandsa. All are all part of the same watershed and have a variety of situations where two-handed Spey rods and single-handed rods may be used. Based on availability and water conditions, guests may also fish Tungufljót, Grenlækur, Ásgarður, and Jónskvísl, which are other nearby sea-run brown trout fisheries managed by Fish Partner. There are other fisheries that have char, salmon, and native brown trout; they are a little further away but manageable at about 45 minutes to an hour each way.
September 8th: DEPARTURE
Breakfast will be served around 8 AM. Guests will get to fish in the morning followed by lunch at 12 PM. After lunch, guests will pack up and head to Reykjavík to overnight or head home.
The Vatnamot is one of the most famous sea-trout fisheries in Iceland. Vatnamot means ‘a junction’ in Icelandic. This place is often called the junction of the junctions in Iceland. This is where Fossalar, Geirlandsa, and Horgsa rivers meet the Mighty Skafta. Each year, there have been up to 2,000 sea trout caught on five rods and the beat is around 5 km long. The Fossalar is also nearby and is extremely beautiful with diverse pools. It is about 15 km of water and is fished with five rods max. Fish Partner does not have exact numbers of fish caught, but the river is full of big and beautiful sea trout during the season. Part of the Fossalar river is on UNESCO's natural heritage site list, so you can imagine the beauty in this area. The rivers run in a volcanic basin, so you will experience fishing in lava fields and along black sand riverbanks. This area is best to fish with double-handed rods and swing flies and is productive nymphing with single-handed rods through some extremely good-looking pools.
What is Included?
- Transportation to and from the Keflavik Airport (KEF) to Battle Hill Lodge
- All meals, accommodations, and limited alcoholic beverages
- Guided fishing (2 anglers per guide)
- Orvis Adventures trips are including flies purchased and used on site
- Fishing license & fishing fees
- Limited fishing equipment or terminal tackle
What is Not Included?
- International and domestic flights to and from Reykjavik, Iceland
- Trip insurance
- Any overnights and/or meals in Iceland including extra activities, tours, trip extensions or different fishing than listed in trip materials
- Transfers other than the ones listed above
- Tips for guide and lodge staff
- Some specialty alcohol, wine, and fishing gear may not be provided
- Sterilization of fishing equipment
How many people are on this trip?
What skill level is suggested?
All skill levels are welcome but having experience fishing with single and/or double-handed rods will increase your odds of landing sea-run brown trout. There are not a lot of high banks or objects behind you, so casting is easy. Be prepared for wind!
How strenuous are the activities?
The trip can be tailored to an individual's fitness level. All fishing is wade fishing and rivers are easy to wade in. There are not a lot of vertical hikes, most fishing is done on flat, riverside banks.
Is this a child-friendly trip?
Battle Hill Lodge welcomes families with teen kids who love the outdoors. They do not have childcare facilities here and it is not suitable for small children. Parents should use their discretion regarding their children's level of maturity and patience if they will be joining the trip as an angler.
What other activities are available?
This trip is focused on fishing only.
What is the typical weather?
The average daytime temperature around the coast from May to September is 10-12°C (50-55°F). A warm summer day will have a temperature of around 20°C (68°F). The average daily sunshine in July and August is 5–6 hours and during the summer months the night is bright. On clear days you have 24 hours of daylight and the midnight sun near the Arctic Circle. However, the weather is extremely changeable and unpredictable, so you should always be prepared for the unexpected. It's best to check the local weather forecast just prior to your trip for the most accurate weather conditions.
What gear do you recommend?
A detailed packing list will be sent to guests upon booking.
Reservations, Deposits & Payments
The deposit is 50% of the trip price unless stated differently in the itinerary. Deposits may be made by check or credit card: Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover Card. The balance of the trip cost is due 90 days before departure, except where specified differently on individual itineraries. The balance will be charged automatically to the credit card used for the deposit, unless otherwise specified. Any changes made to the method of payment after the final balance has been collected are subject to processing fees.
A reservation form and release are required prior to departure.
All prices must be paid in U.S. dollars. Deposits are not transferable from one trip to another.
Prices quoted are based on foreign exchange values and tariffs currently in effect and prices are subject to change. Orvis Adventures reserves the right to adjust prices accordingly until the time of departure.
When your reservation is confirmed, you will receive planning information to guide you through trip preparations. Details about arrival and departure, clothing and equipment, trip cancellation insurance, pre- and post- trip extensions, visas and documents and activities are included in the planning information.
Cancellation and Refund Policy
Although cancellation fees may be higher for some trips, the following minimum cancellation fees will apply:
|Days Prior to Trip||Fee|
|+ 90 days||$300 per person|
|89 days or less||100% of cost|
For trips that include an Orvis gift card or Orvis merchandise, the retail value of the gift card or merchandise is non-refundable upon delivery. Cancellation fees cannot be waived for any reason, including health, business or personal emergencies, or weather.
We strongly urge you to purchase trip cancellation insurance.
No refunds will be made for unused portions of a trip, including late arrival or early departure. Guide fees and hotel costs are not refundable if unused as outlined in the itinerary. Orvis reserves the right to modify an itinerary due to circumstances beyond our control. In the unlikely event that Orvis must cancel a tour, all payments received to date will be refunded, which constitutes a full settlement.
Orvis is not responsible for expenses incurred in preparation of any canceled trip, including airline tickets and visas fees.
Your planning information includes information for travel insurance covering cancel for any reason, cancellation for medical reasons, trip delay, medical expenses, lost baggage and medical evacuation. We urge you to obtain this coverage.
Trip prices are based on double occupancy. Single rooms & cabins are limited. If you request a single room, a single supplement will apply as noted in the itinerary. We will confirm the single room as early as possible, but in some cases it may not be earlier than 30 days prior to the trip. If you request a roommate, we can usually pair you with another guest of the same gender, and no single supplement will apply. If you request a roommate, and one is not available, we will only charge you the single supplement if required by the lodge or facility used in the trip.
Children under 18 must share a room with a parent or other family member. In some cases this may be waived.
Passports and documents
International trips require a passport. Check your passport early and make sure it has six months validity at the time of travel. A visa is needed in some countries and we will send you complete details and instructions.
Arrival and Departure
Group transfers from a central location such as an airport are described in the itinerary, and are included in the land cost.. Transfers are not included in the land cost if you arrive early or leave after the scheduled departure day.
Equipment & Clothing
You will receive a detailed list of appropriate gear with your trip planning information.
The land cost of your trip does not include airfare.
Limitation of liability
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