Destination Overview
Destination: Lake Thingvallavatn
Country: Iceland
Freshwater: Still water fishing
Capacity: 6 per week
Season: Mid April to Late June
Specialties: Hot tubs or sauna, Single handed fishing
Species: Arctic char, Brown Trout

Lake Thingvallavatn

Lake Thingvallavatn is situated in Thingvellir National Park in south-western Iceland. The largest natural lake in Iceland it covers 84 km² and reaches depths of up to 114 metres. The volcanic origin of the islands in the lake is clearly visible. The cracks and faults around it, of which the famous Almannagjá canyon is the largest, is where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates meet. Silfra fissure, in the lake is rated as one of the 50 top scuba diving sites in the world partly due to the astonishing clarity of the lake water.

In Lake Thingvallavatn and the Nesjavellir area there are numerous hot springs maintaining a constant 3 – 4°C. Here, life flourishes and the brown trout have a huge quantity of natural food from midge to stickleback. Stories of extraordinary battles have gone down in folklore with the largest fish landed in 2013 being 36 lbs. Much like the UK reservoirs, the lake is fished with a variety of fly fishing methods which are dictated by the conditions at the time. Flies range from small nymphs and dries to large and heavy streamers, and with all methods there is the opportunity to catch some very large wild brown trout. As well as the large browns, Thingvallavatn is the only place in Iceland with four varieties of arctic char that can be caught on fly too.

The guides have access to three private areas of the lake that are regarded as some of the best places to encounter these large fish. These areas will be rotated between only six anglers, two to each area. As well as fishing from the shore you can also fish from float tubes (belly boats) which provide opportunities to get at the fish that are just out of reach.

Your base during the fishing is the luxury ION hotel only 50 minutes from Reykjavik and rarely more than 10 minutes from your fishing location. This boutique hotel offers a bar, swimming pool and spa in some of the most incredible scenery in the heart of the national park. Room options include standard double, standard single or luxury rooms and the restaurant produces some of the most exquisite cuisine in Iceland.
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Travel Tips:
Iceland is 1 hour behind GMT and flying time from London is approximately 2 ½ hours plus transfer time.

Visa's are not required for British passport holders.


Please contact Aardvark McLeod with any questions or for booking information.