L eam Total Iceland receives mail once in awhile asking about the possibilities of leisure fishing in Iceland. Indeed, that may well be one of the very best ways of enjoying the outdoors in this great country.
The difference between fishing trips and other trips is the fact that most lakes, streams and rivers are located in the highlands and thus very much off the downtrodden path of mass-tourism which, truth be told, is getting to be quite a problem.
For serious fishermen there are very fine salmon rivers all across this small island. But for those others more interested in just relaxing in the wilderness and perhaps catching a trout or char for the fun of it your options are almost unlimited.
One place in particular where you can take in the highlands, fish all you want and be totally void of large-scale tourism is Arnarvatnsheidi in the western part of Iceland. Not only is this vast area covered with many different bodies of water most of which it is possible to buy fishing permits for a small fee but getting there is a bit of adventure too. You will need a 4×4 vehicle to reach the area crossing some fairly hardcore rivers on the way. You will also need to buy permits beforehand but these range from 30 – 35€ / 40 – 48$.
Tours available» Arnarvatnsheidi moor is roughly three hours drive from Reykjavik city. Some tour operators offer trips to this place in summertime. Get in touch if you need more info and we´ll set you on your way. firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
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