7 nights, 6 days
Price: $5,195 per person, double occupancy
This Orvis-exclusive group fly-fishing trip has been designed to give you a full taste of Iceland in a unique and exciting way. You'll have the opportunity to fish some of the country's most iconic and productive water, tour the capital city of Reykjavik, horseback ride in the Highlands region, visit breathtaking waterfalls, and of course, bathe in some of the many hot springs found around Iceland.
We have worked closely with our partner in Iceland, Fish Partner, to put together this one-of-a-kind itinerary aimed to please all types of travelers. Each day of the trip, you can choose from fishing various beats exclusive to Fish Partner for native brown trout and arctic char or experiencing one of the many cultural tours offered. The summer solstice is on the penultimate day of the trip, resulting in the opportunity to fish the world-famous Lake Thingvallavatn through midnight on the longest day of the year!
The trip starts at Keflavik Airport (KEF), where you will arrive in the early morning. A representative from Fish Partner will be there to greet you and take you by shuttle to Hotel Borg. After you drop your bags and freshen up, the day is yours to explore the capital city of Reykjavik. There are museums, shops, and excursions that can be booked. Reykjavik is a very walkable city and is beautiful to tour on foot. You can enjoy lunch on your own at one of the many great options around Reykjavik. The group will meet up for dinner at Old Iceland, a small local seafood restaurant. Dinner is included in your package.
After breakfast on the 16th, you will be picked up by your guide at 9:00 a.m. and driven about 2 hours to the Highland Fishing Lodge, your home for the next two nights. You can settle into your room, enjoy lunch, and then head out to fish sections of Kaldakvísl or Tungnaá River. You will fish until about 7:00 p.m. when you head back to the lodge for dinner. Following dinner, you can relax, or go back out to fish some more.
On the 17th, you will enjoy breakfast at the lodge and leave to fish around 9:00 a.m. You will again be fishing Kaldakvísl or Tungnaá River, likely the one you did not fish the day before, and return to the lodge for lunch. Following lunch, you can relax and enjoy a nap or fish immediately outside the lodge until dinner. Dinner will be served around 7:00 p.m., after which you will have the opportunity to fish again from 10:00 p.m. to 1:00 or 2:00 a.m. The fishing in these first hours of the morning can be exceptional as the sun just barely dips below the horizon.
On the morning of July 18th, you can sleep a little later. Breakfast will be served between 9:00 and 10:00 a.m. This will allow you to pack your bags before you go to fish Kaldakvísl or Tungnaá River for the last time. Following your fishing day, your guide will drive you to the next stop on the trip, Hótel Grímsborgir. Once you arrive, you will have the chance to settle into your room and freshen up before dinner.
On any of the three days that you are in the highlands, you can choose to go horseback riding, river rafting, take a scenic helicopter tour, or visit the Secret Lagoon hot spring, just to name a few options.
Your first full day at Hótel Grímsborgir is a non-fishing day for everyone in the group. After a buffet breakfast, you will have your choice of horseback riding, snorkeling where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet, visiting Fontana spa, or sightseeing trips to Gullfoss (the golden waterfall) and the great Geysir, which is the first know geyser described in print. After your day of exploration or relaxation, you will return to Hótel Grímsborgir for dinner.
On the 20th, you again start with breakfast at Hótel Grímsborgir and then will have your choice of activities from the previous day, or the opportunity to fish Lake Thingvallavatn and other water in the area. The group will reconvene at Hótel Grímsborgir for dinner.
Your last full day of the trip, July 21st, falls on the summer solstice, so it will be a full day of adventure! Following breakfast, you will have your choice of activity for the morning. After which you can return to Hótel Grímsborgir for lunch, some downtime, and an early dinner. Following dinner, you will meet up with your guide and go out to fish Lake Thingvallavatn under the midnight sun. When you and your guide decide you have fished enough, you will return to the hotel for the evening.
This is the last day of our trip, but it does not need to be the end of your adventure. You will have breakfast at Hótel Grímsborgir, after which you can take a shuttle to the airport to catch your flight home or onto your next destination. If you wish to extend your stay at Hótel Grímsborgir, that can be arranged as well.
You’ll stay in three different locations over the course of this trip.
After you land in Reykjavik, you’ll be taken to Hotel Borg by shuttle to drop your bags and freshen up if needed. Hotel Borg is in downtown Reykjavik, making it the ideal location from which to explore the city. Your package includes a room with either two twins or one king bed, and a private bathroom. You may upgrade your room for an additional fee if available.
Completely renovated in 2018 and just a few minutes from much of the great fishing in the region. You will undoubtedly see fish rising each evening in the water surrounding the lodge. Each morning will start with a coffee, tea, and breakfast served in the dining room before you head off for fishing on the local waters. The lodge has an equipment drying room, six double occupancy rooms (each with two twin beds) with a closet and sink, a dining room, a living room, and a shared bathroom with two large showers and three toilets.
Just 55 miles from Reykjavik but located in the center of Iceland’s Golden Circle. Its setting makes it an ideal place from which to explore the natural wonders of the country. Your package includes a room with two twin beds and a private bathroom. The rest of the group will be in the same building, which shares two hot tubs, a dining room, and a lounge. You may upgrade your room for an additional fee if available.
Surrounded by an extremely rugged, volcanic landscape, Iceland’s rivers and lakes are home to native Arctic char and brown trout. Below the water’s surface, abundant bug life and baitfish help the char and trout thrive, resulting in impressive fish density and in many places, remarkable size. All rivers and lakes in Iceland have restricted access to help protect the fisheries from over-fishing. Fish Partner has one of, if not the largest, portfolio of leases to access some of the best fishing around the country. Whether you have dreamed of catching Arctic char in a crystal-clear river, or chasing the legendary "Ice Age brown trout" of Lake Thingvallavatn, you will have the opportunity on this trip.
The rivers in the Highlands region of Iceland are filled with both brown trout and Arctic char. Many stretches of river have long stretches of riffles and pools, punctuated by waterfalls with deep blue canyons that hold trout and char deep below rocky banks.
is home to a unique subspecies of brown trout that have evolved in isolation since the last ice age. The lake is fed by thousands of springs that keep the temperature consistently around 38°F year-round. The stable temperature and abundance of food results in extraordinary brown trout. It is not uncommon for anglers to catch fish well over 10lbs., and each year much bigger fish are brought to the net!
Fish Partner has access to some of the most coveted beats around the lake. You may fish the mouth of one of the many springs, cast from cliffs overlooking where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet just under the surface, or from a black sand beach to cruising fish. No matter the beat, you are sure to have your heart race if you hook into one of these prehistoric beasts! The lake is also home to four unique subspecies of Arctic char.
Maximum of 8.
Any skill level is welcome.
Activities are offered to match all fitness levels.
Children are permitted. Parents should use their discretion regarding their children's level of maturity and patience if they will be joining the trip as an angler.
Throughout the week you'll enjoy a variety of Icelandic favorites and internationally inspired dishes. Your first meal will be at Old Icland, a small seafood restaurant in downtown Reykjavik (non-seafood options are available). All other meals will be served either at the lodge or while taking part in one of the various activities you'll enjoy.
Brown trout and Arctic char.
Daytime highs range from 50°-70°F in June. The weather can change rapidly, so it is important to always bring an extra layer and a raincoat.
Various regions of Iceland.
Fly rods: The most common are 9 foot, 5- or 6-wt. We always recommend bringing extra rods, 5-, 6-, or 7-wt. You will fish different kinds of water, from the small rivers in the Highlands to big lakes where a 7- or 8-wt. would be helpful.
Fly Lines: Weight forward floating to match your 5- or 6-wt., sinking lines, shooting heads, or full sinking for your heavier rod.
Leaders: 7½ ft., 2X and 9 ft., 3X, 4X diameter. For tippet materials, use 2X, 3X, 4X, and 5X.
Flies: You will likely use a variety of dries, nymphs and streamers throughout the week. You'll receive a detailed list after booking. Flies are available at the Highlands Lodge.
A detailed packing list will be provided upon booking. Some essential items to bring are:
In addition to amazing fishing, Iceland offers great activities to interest all travelers. This trip includes horseback riding, scenic tours of waterfalls and geysers, snorkeling where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet, or a trip to Fontana spa to enjoy the natural hot springs. Other tours can be arranged as well.
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.
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