Lake Geldingatjorn / Brown trout

Geldingatjörn is a unique trout fishing lake only 25 minutes driving distance from Reykjavik city centre. The lake is privately owned and fishing permits have not been obtainable on the open market until now. The lake is set in a secluded heath 220m above sea level. From there one can see the beautiful Mosfellsdalur Valley below and nearby Mt. Esja . The lake is 0.6km² and its average depth is three metres. Originally no fish habited Geldingartjörn because the lake would freeze to the bottom during hard winters. In 1950 the landowners built a dam resulting in excellent living and growing habitat for trout. The fish was harvested in nets until 1995 when the dam broke and most of the fish died. In 2000 the farmer at Seljabrekka-farm rebuilt the dam and restocked the lake with trout, but this time with the world renowned giant brown trout from lake Thingvallavatn. This stock, which originates from the last ice age is incredibly strong and is now self-sustainable in Geldingartjörn. For the last decade fishing in Geldingartjörn has been restricted to a few friends of the landowners resulting in trout up to 16 pound in weight being caught. The lake is brimming with trout weighing 2-3 pounds on average. The exclusive group of fishermen who have had the privilege of fishing Geldingartjörn agree on the experience that the trout there is truly a tough opponent and a pure joy to play with.     

Good to know

Distance from Reykjavik: 25km

Season: 1/5 – 15/9

Prime time: May - June

Fishing hours: 8 am -1 pm 


Fly rod #4 - #6

Spinning rod 115gr – 120gr

Access: 4x4

Number of rods:

6-8 rods but up 25 if big group books a whole day 

Accomodation:  Picknick tent & latrine