Tungnaa, Iceland

Highlands Sightfishing for Char and Trout

Tungnaá is a fascinating crystal-clear stream, flowing through beautiful miniature canyons as well as more traditional pools filled with both Ice Age brown trout and big Arctic char. This Highland stream is probably one of the best kept Iceland trout fishing secrets. The river offers a more technical challenge, where stealth, among other attributes, is essential. The native brown trout and Arctic char average 2-4 lbs, with some monsters reaching up to 12 lbs.


Sightfishing for big trout and char

Tungnaá is a formerly milky glacial river that became gin clear in 2013 as a consequence of a newly opened hydro-electric power plant. The new plant transformed this formerly rough, dark river into a fascinating crystal-clear stream. It is now a wonderful sight fishery for wild brown trout and Arctic char.

Anglers in recent seasons have thoroughly enjoyed the resident trout and Arctic char fishing with fish from 2 to 4 lbs being commonly caught. For those looking to target larger fish, it has not been uncommon to encounter both trout and char in the 7 lbs range.

Nymphs and streamers on a floating line have been the most productive methods in the cold waters of the Tungnaá. 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 highlands 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 in the lodge. The cozy living room and a dining room are perfect to relax after a long day of fishing and enjoying a good meal and a drink.

Awe-striking Wilderness

The Highlands are truly the heart of Iceland. With its uncanny beauty and awe-striking scenery it offers you an experience unlike any other. Here you can truly become one with nature as the highlands are untouched and inhibited by man. The vast wilderness; mountains, deserts, canyons, lakes and rivers, demonstrates the powerful forces of fire and ice which have shaped the Icelandic landscape.

The geological extremes are unlike any other. Next to dark sands one can find bright glowing green moss, red rocks or boiling water. Amidst all of this beauty there are wild brown trout and Arctic char, peacefully cruising the gin clear streams, as they have done from the Ice age. The experience cannot be put into words, it has to be experienced.


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