The Highlands – Arctic char in Iceland

Endless streams, rivers, lakes and Arctic char

The Icelandic highlands are home to mountain char and endless streams, rivers and lakes providing a varied fishing experience. This is fishing with a backpack and exploring every lie and stretch of river in the hope of finding big Arctic char. This option is for anglers that want to be alone in the wilderness with endless possibilities of untouched waters. The only limit is your own imagination. You can walk up river, down river, fish a lake that you find interesting just whatever in whenever as fishing in the midnight sun in Iceland is an experience worth having.


Big and angry Arctic char on nymphs & dries

There are three main rivers, the Vatnsdalsá, Alka and Brikakvisl, these rivers all divided up to many smaller streams when you venture higher up offering over 100 kms of fishable water. In the highlands there is a mix of water offering both numbers of char and other locations where it is all about big char.

These char are old and angry, if you have never hooked a big Arctic char then this is the place for you. The power and brute strength is amazing and it can often take longer to land these char than salmon of the same size.

Generally the fish average 2 – 3 lbs but there are many ranging from 5 – 10 lbs. The fishing is predominantly done upstream with nymphs but the char can also come on to the dries in good conditions.

There is a strict catch and release policy in the highlands.

Rustic highlands cabins

In the highlands accommodation options are limited. For the most part we use rustic highlands cabins. The cabins provide the basic facilities such as electricity, running water, BBQ, kitchen, toilet and a big common sleeping area. Whilst it is a single room there is plenty of space for each angler. Food is prepared

It is also possible to offer accommodation in a local guesthouse. This would offer the possibility of single rooms and catered packages. However, the accommodation would move you further away from the fishing meaning transfers of about 45 minutes each way everyday.