Salmon, trout or char – How will you do Iceland?

It’s no secret that Iceland is a fly fisher’s paradise, with more rivers and lakes than anyone could hope to fish in a single lifetime. Whilst many of our clients travel to Iceland each year solely in search of Atlantic salmon, Farlows Travel is pleased to have established relationships with a number of Icelandic lodges now offering wonderful brown trout, sea trout and Arctic char fishing on some of the country’s best rivers and lakes.

Travelling with non-fishing group members? We also work with conventional tour operators on the ground in Iceland to organise day trips to some of Iceland’s most famous natural wonders, ensuring that every member of your group, whether a fly fisher or not, comes away from Iceland having made unforgettable memories.

Which fish is your target species? Read on to find out more…

 

ATLANTIC SALMON

From prolific west coast grilse rivers, easily reached from Reykjavik, with some of the highest fish-per-rod numbers anywhere in the world, to remote north coast rivers hidden in deep canyons that hold some of Iceland’s largest Atlantic salmon, we at Farlows Travel can help you find the right location to meet your group’s requirements.

We work closely with some of Iceland’s top fishing lodges, offering 5-star service and dining and the best guides in the business, as well as self-catering and self-guided options for those more budget-conscious travellers. Whichever options you choose, many of Iceland’s best salmon rivers are within a couple of hours drive of Reykjavik, meaning you can fly out in the morning and be hooked-up to a fresh-run salmon the same afternoon.

Week-long packages are available, in addition to shorter 3-day trips – the perfect long weekend!

Many of Iceland’s salmon rivers are famously gin-clear, and there are few experiences quite like watching an Atlantic salmon take a hitch fly before your very eyes. Needless to say, we think it’s something that everyone needs to try at least once!

Get in touch at [email protected] for the latest salmon fishing availability and advice.

 

BROWN TROUT & ARCTIC CHAR

Iceland is fast-gaining legendary status for the remarkable brown trout fishing to be had in its many rivers and lakes, particularly in some of the lakes near Reykjavik such as the infamous Thingvallavatn, home to a truly gargantuan strain of brown trout than can reach weights of up to 30lbs.

We’ve now begun working with a brand-new fishing lodge that has access to some of the best beats on this lake, in addition to a great many trout and char rivers in the remote Icelandic highlands. Arctic char are some of the most visually stunning members of the Salmonid family and will take dry flies and nymphs with gusto. If you’re a fan of fishing lightweight gear and sight-casting to rising fish, you’ll love what the Icelandic highlands have to offer.

A father-and-son team who travelled to Iceland with us last season had this to say:

”We’ve just returned from a magical long weekend’s fishing in Iceland, all of which was brilliantly organised by Jonathon Muir of Farlows Travel. I was treating my 16 year old, Ollie, and Jonathon listened carefully to my wishes, and all came true. Ollie caught a lot of Arctic char, all between 2-4lbs, and the holiday finished superbly by Ollie’s catching a 9lb brown trout in a fast running pool at the bottom of the most dramatic and stunning waterfall. Huge thanks to Jonathon, we will be back!”

If you’re hunting for a monster brown trout or gorgeous white-finned Arctic char, drop us a line at [email protected] and find out how to make it happen!

 

SEA TROUT

If sea trout are your target species, it’s time to put Iceland firmly on the map. Whilst good runs of sea trout typically enter the main salmon rivers during the mid-point of the season, we’re extremely excited to now be offering specially designed sea trout packages to Iceland, in some cases fishing on rivers that have not been publicly accessible for years.

Our trusted partners in Iceland have just taken over the lease of a river in the south of the country, previously held by a private local angling club, which we feel has the potential to rival some of the great sea trout rivers in Tierra del Fuego, both for the numbers and average size of fish.

We have a number of full-board and self-catered sea trout fishing options so, if you’re looking for adventure and something a bit more exploratory, this is a great opportunity to secure a spot at a new destination before the whole world finds out how good it is!

Get in touch at [email protected] to find out more about sea trout fishing in Iceland.

 

NON-FISHING ACTIVITIES

Here at Farlows Travel we’re highly experienced in designing bespoke Icelandic trip-packages, not just for groups of fly fishers, but also for families, couples and groups of friends who may wish to fit some other activities into their schedule. After all, Iceland is home to so many natural wonders and stunning landscapes unlike those found anywhere else in the world.

From a base at one of the many fishing lodges we work with, non-fishing guests can enjoy a personalised itinerary of sightseeing with our trusted partner tour operator in Iceland. Take a guided drive along the south coast, stopping off at black volcanic beaches and towering waterfalls, or get up-close with Iceland’s explosive geysers. Why not take a dip in a secret hot spring lagoon or tour some of Iceland’s dramatic glaciers? The choice is yours – tell us what you want to see and we’ll take care of the rest.

Iceland has so much variety to offer, not only for fishers, but for the whole family. Drop us a message at [email protected] Your Icelandic adventure starts here…