Kaldakvisl, Iceland

A Highlands Hidden Gem for Char and Trout

The Kaldakvísl River is a hidden gem in Iceland’s highlands. Fished by a select few, the 16km section of river has only limited number of rods available each season. Words are unequal to the task of describing the landscape’s beauty, and diversity and contrasts are the river’s main characteristics. The native Arctic char average two to four pounds, with some fish in excess of seven pounds. Although less prevalent, there are also some large wild brown trout to be found.

Fly Fishing for big Arctic Char

Over the 16km course of the Kaldakvisl River, anglers can find beautiful waterfalls, great canyons, fast water, slow water, rock pockets, sandy stretches and so much more. All of which offers a rich habitat for Arctic char and brown trout.

At the bottom end, the river drops into char-filled lake. It is from this lake that, through the summer months, the char migrate upriver. Anglers have the opportunity to target these incredibly strong fish as they rest in the pools during their journey. The upper part of the river flows through inaccessibly deep canyons, and it is in these canyons that the char and trout can grow to their full size, safe from anglers.

The river has a four rod limit, and with miles of water to explore you will always have new water to cover in this pristine environment.

Nymphs and streamers on a floating line have been the most productive methods. Dry fly fishing can also be great when caddis and the famous Iceland midge (non-biting) hatches are in full force. Each season we enjoy learning new secrets and intricacies of this wonderful highland river.

Highlands Comfort

When fishing the highland rivers, guests will stay in comfortable Thoristungur Highland Lodge. Completely renovated for the 2019 season the lodge offers a quiet and secluded stay in the highlands. It has six double/twin bedrooms and can accommodate up to 12 people. The bedrooms are not big but each has a sink and a large wardrobe.

There is a shared bathroom with two toilets and three showers. The cozy living room and a dining room are perfect spots to relax with a good meal and a drink after a long day on the water.

Awe-inspiring wilderness

The highlands are truly the heart of Iceland. Starkly beautiful and awe-inspiring, the region offers an experience unlike any other. Untouched and uninhabited you can become one with nature amid mountains, deserts, canyons, lakes and rivers, all of which demonstrate the powerful forces of fire and ice which have shaped the Icelandic landscape.

The geological extremes are remarkable. Next to dark sands you might find bright glowing green moss, red rocks or boiling water. Among all of this beauty there are wild brown trout and Arctic char, peacefully cruising the gin clear streams, as they have done since the Ice Age. Words don’t do the highlands justice, it’s one of those places you just have to see to fully appreciate.

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