With a population of less than 350,000 and more miles of pristine water than could be fished in a lifetime, Iceland offers some of the best and most legitimate fishing opportunities for trophy brown trout, arctic char and Atlantic Salmon found anywhere in the world. For anglers looking for an incredibly unique fishing experience that not only provides intimate waters, seclusion and world-class service, but also the opportunity to target trophy species, Iceland should definitely be considered! Yellow Dog is pleased to be offering angling packages and trips with Reykjavik Angling Club, the premier outfitter and license holders on most of the renowned and fabled waters on the island.
LOCATION: Iceland (both northern and southern regions of the island)
SEASON: June through September
CAPACITY: Groups of up to eight (8) anglers can be accommodated
CLOSEST MAJOR AIR HUB: Keflavík International Airport (Aiport code: KEF) is the largest airport in Iceland and the country's main hub for international transportation. It is situated 31 miles southwest of Reykjavík
TARGET SPECIES: Wild brown trout, Atlantic salmon, arctic char and sea run brown trout
DOCUMENTS REQUIRED: Valid passport. No visa required for citizens of most countries
CONTACT US FOR MORE INFO 888-777-5060 INTL 01-1-406-585-8667 info [at] yellowdogflyfishing [dot] com
With over 24 different rivers to choose from throughout this small island country, every fishing itineray and package is totally customized, and anglers are paired with the lodge or lodges that will best suit their needs and preferences. Most of the fishing lodges that are a part of the Reykjavik Angling Club (RAC) packages are very well appointed. All offer a complete line-up of services, and all are either directly situated on the banks of a river or in close proximity to the area's best fishing. While the majority of lodges are small, groups of any sizes can be accommodated. In addition to full service lodge packages, Reykjavik Angling Club also has handful of “do-it-yourself” options for those who prefer a more rustic, DIY experience. All lodging packages and itineraries are completely customized based on availability, time of year, size of group and desired species.
Food and Beverages
All of the full service lodges operated by Reykjavik Angling Club take great pride in the culinary experience offered to their guests. Breakfasts are served each morning continental style, and usually consist of local meats, eggs, fresh fruit, juices and plenty of coffee to get you out the door. After the morning fishing session (which usually last 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM), lunch is typically served back at the lodge. Following the evening fishing session (usually from 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM), a late, full-course dinner is served at the lodge. Anglers can expect numerous dinner options including local meats, fresh seafood, pasta, soups, fresh breads and locally caught fish.
Typical Length of Stay
All packages are completely customized, and trips of any length of stay can be arranged. It is recommended to book your trip well in advance (at least 6-8 months prior to arrival) to guarantee availability during the prime summer and fall dates of the season (June through September). While shorter itineraries can be accommodated, we recommend that anglers try to book at least a week-long package to maximize opportunities and see all that Iceland has to offer.
Non-Angling Activities and Options
The entire country of Iceland provides great opportunities for non-anglers, couples and families to enjoy themselves during their stay. While most of the lodges that we work with through RAC are fairly fishing-focused, any trip can be paired with additional stays in different areas of the country or in Iceland’s largest city, Reykjavik. Non-angling activities are plentiful all throughout the country, and include hiking, camping, countless geothermal hot springs and soaking, waterfalls, sight-seeing tours by helicopter, kayaking, shopping, live music and much, much more. Reykjavik is considered a cultural melting pot in Europe and can easily provide something for everyone in your group.
Internet / Communications
Wi-Fi is available at most of the full services lodges and in any major town in Iceland. Depending on your service provider, cell phone coverage is also available all throughout the country with an international plan. Communications throughout Iceland are very good compared to most countries.
For anglers looking to experience some of the best Atlantic Salmon fishing in the world, specifically swinging smaller flies and topwater surface patterns, Iceland offers a one-of-a-kind experience and will surpass the expectations of even the most experienced salmon anglers. The salmon rivers managed by Reykjavik Angling Club are focused on conservation efforts and opportunities to retain strong salmon runs for the future, so most rivers only offer a very limited number of rods available each day of the season. Yellow Dog and Reykjavik Angling Club will work with anglers to come up with the best river options and scenarios based on what you are looking to experience, the timing and seasonality, and your preferences for each angling package.
One big standout to the Icelandic fishery is the lesser-know yet world-class brown trout fishing opportunities that are also available throughout the summer season. Fantastic brown trout fishing areas are found throughout the northern regions of the island, and the size of fish found will rival any renowned brown trout fishery in the world. We would equate the trout fishing habitat and the techniques used to fishing in Montana and throughout the Western U.S. Anglers can expect a variety of different fishing scenarios for trophy browns, including great action with streamers, nymphs and what may be the finest dry fly fishing found anywhere. While Iceland is not considered a “numbers-focused” trout fishery, the quality and size of the trout will have the even most seasoned trout anglers wondering when they can get back and experience the fishery again. Arctic Char and sea-run browns are also available on a number of the rivers operated by Reykjavik Angling Club.
With both trout and salmon fishing, anglers fish the "beat" system all throughout the country. This typically means that anglers and their guide are assigened a morning section and then a different afternoon section. The size of the beats are substantial, and there is plenty of water to fish during each session. This ensures a solitary, uncrowded angling experience on the most productive waters and productive runs in all of Iceland.
While some lodges do have a small variety of tackle and flies available for purchase on site, it is recommended that anglers bring their own gear and tackle or purchase it upon arrival in Reykjavik, Iceland (there are a number of fantastic fly shops in the city that carry high quality flies and gear). For equipment, 5-7 weight rods are considered ideal for trout fishing scenarios, with 6-8 weight rods more typical for Atlantic Salmon. Floating lines for both trout and salmon are almost always used, but a light sink tip (150-200 grain) or interchangeable head can be used as well. Waders and non-felt boots are also a must for fishign in Iceland.
How To Get There
All trips with Reykjavik Angling Club arrive and depart from Keflavik International Airport (KEF), a quick 35 minute drive outside the capitol of Reykjavik. Depending on your itinerary, you will either be met upon arrival by your guide or can pick up a rental car and drive to the first lodge of your stay. IcelandAir offers regular non-stop flights from many major U.S. cities including New York, Seattle, Denver, Boston etc, along with other major U.S. airlines including Delta, United and American Airlines offering regular daily service.
Optional Air Transfers While in Iceland
For anglers and visitors that really want to experience the beauty and scenery of Iceland from a totally different perspective than simply driving the roads, we highly recommend a transfer from Reykjavik to the river via helicopter. We are pleased to recommend the services of Norðurflug Helicopter Tours - the leading helicopter tour operator in Iceland. If you are fishing any of the salmon or trout rivers in southern Iceland that are within a one to two hour drive from Reykjavik, this is a great option for transferring directly to the lodge. The flight-seeing aspect of this type of transfer adds an entirely different perspective to the trip and allows you to experience the beauty of Iceland from above.
Arrival and Departure Details / Times
Anglers can arrive and depart on any day of the week based on availability with Reykjavik Angling Club. Yellow Dog can also arrange for continued stays in Iceland at local hotels or bed and breakfasts in Reykjavik or Keflavik.
All U.S. citizens are required to have a valid passport that does not expire within six (6) months of trip dates. Please be sure that your passport has at least two blank, unstamped pages, and that it is not torn, delaminated or damaged in any way.
Yellow Dog offers a full in-house travel and reservations system, and can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact us at 888-777-5060 or travel [at] yellowdogflyfishing [dot] com for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services and trip insurance.
Remember that Yellow Dog's services are completely free! When you book a trip with Yellow Dog, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge or outfitter.
All packages with Reykjavik Angling Club are fully customized based on number of anglers, length of stay, rivers fished and time of season. All types of itinearies can be arranged based on availability, so please call Yellow Dog for details and custom package pricing. Sample itineraries includes the following possibilities:
- 7 night / 6 fishing day packages (4 days of trout fishing and 2 days of salmon fishing)
- 5 night / 4 fishing day packages (brown trout fishing in one or two locations)
- 5 night / 4 fishing day packages (Atlantic salmon fishing in one or two locations)
- 4 night / 3 fishing day packages (trout and salmon close to and staying in Reykjavik)