Choose Orvis-endorsed outfitter Fish Partner for your fly-fishing trip to Iceland. In addition to the abundance of big fish and amazing rivers and lakes, Icelandic fishing is primarily known for exclusivity. All fishing rights in Iceland are privately owned and mostly leased to outfitters. All rivers and lakes are controlled by limitations of rods, and some with catch-and-release and fly fishing only. Fishermen can, therefore, know exactly what to expect. No need to wake up in the middle of the night and race to your favorite spot—it is reserved for you throughout the day!
The Highland rivers of Kaldakvísl and Tungnaá are exclusively available to the customers of Fish Partner. The same applies to the Fish Partner beats in Lake Thingvallavatn. While fishing in Iceland with Fish Partner, you can expect to fish some of the best trout, char, and salmon streams in the world with the best guides in Iceland, standing in the middle of the most scenic landscape in the world.
An all-inclusive day for two anglers sharing a room and a guide starts at $850 per person. Note that prices are USD can fluctuate slightly due to currency exchange rates.
There are five species of freshwater fish in Iceland, three of which are targeted by fly fishermen. Those three are all part of the salmon family (Salmonidae); the Atlantic salmon, the Arctic char and the brown trout.
If you are reading these lines, you most likely have heard of the brown trout. This favorite of so many anglers can be found swimming wild in countless streams and lakes in Iceland. Iceland is known for its incredibly large brown trout, mainly the "ice age" trout of Lake Thingvallavatn, which got landlocked there during the last ice age. Common size for brown trout in Iceland is 2-5 lbs., while the "ice age" trout can reach over 30 lbs. and average 8 lbs.
Arctic char is the most widespread freshwater fish species found in Iceland. Common size for char is 1-4 lbs. The Highland rivers of Kaldakvísl and Tungnaá are full of these strong fighting fish with an average size of 3 lbs.
Iceland has been known for its world-class Atlantic salmon fishing. Fish Partner focuses its tours on brown trout and Arctic char, but salmon fishing can be arranged.
The fishing season in Iceland runs April 1st through October 31. However, each river or lake has a different season and waters are simply closed for the off-season. Prime-time differs quite a bit between waters and species. For example, the prime time for the big ice age trout of lake Thingvallavatn is April-June and September, while the prime time for the Highland rivers of Kaldakvísl and Tungnaá is June-August.
The Highlands are the true heart of Iceland. With its uncanny beauty and epic scenery, the Highlands offer you an experience unlike any other. Here, you can truly become one with nature, as the Highlands are completely untouched and uninhabited by humans. The vast wilderness—mountains, deserts, canyons, lakes and rivers—bears witness to the powerful forces of fire and ice which have shaped the landscape on this volcanic island over centuries. The geological extremes are unlike those found anywhere else. Alongside black sands, one can find bright glowing green moss, red rocks or boiling water. Amidst all this beauty, there is are big trout and arctic char, peacefully cruising the gin-clear streams of the Highlands, as it has been since the Ice Age.
You can expect any weather in Iceland. However, the summer months of June-August are generally rather mild. The saying "if you don’t like the weather, just wait five minutes" is very true about Iceland and therefore good or bad weather usually does not last for days. In the south, the average high temperature is 42°F in April and 55°F in July-August, with the average low being 32°F and 46°F respectively.
Fish Partner provides all-inclusive services. Anglers can be picked up at the airport or another location of their choice. From the pickup, all food and beverages (except alcohol) and accommodation are included. Guiding is also included (except gratuities). Fish Partner can also provide anglers with all equipment (rods and waders) if needed (please request this specifically). The Highland Lodge sells essential fly patterns for fishing the Highlands and Lake Thingvallavatn.
Anglers should bring warm layers of clothes and wind and waterproof jackets. A camera is also recommended, to capture all the beauty.
For fishing for trout and char in Iceland in general 5 wt. and 6 wt. rods are recommended. Be prepared for nymphing, dry-fly fishing and streamer fishing. Tippet sizes of 3X-5X are most common. For ice age browns in Lake Thingvallavatn and for Atlantic Salmon 6 wt. to 8 wt. rods are recommended (single-handed although some big salmon rivers require two-handed rods).
Fish Partner can arrange a number of other activities for guests such as horseback riding, whale watching, river rafting, hiking, snowmobiling and more.
Reservations, Deposits & Payments
The deposit is 25% 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.
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