River Tungnaa (Highlands)

Tungnaá  is a former glacier milky river that have been running for thousands of years until the year 2013 where the government constructed a huge dam to capture the big water for energy production. Normally the consequences by raising dam for power plant in the untouched Icelandic highland nature is destructive and negative for the environment but certainly not in this case! This governmental action let to us a incredible beautiful highland stream running in the center of the former huge riverbed with extraordinary surroundings created by the glacier milky river.

Today we are proud to present this new born trout fishing paradise offering fly only fishing in a diverse and fascinating 4 rod river with gin clear spring water flowing in to beautiful micro canyons area along with traditional fast and slow running pools, filled with stocks of both Ice age brown trout and big arctic char. This smallish, south Iceland Highland trout stream is probably one of the best kept trout secrets in global angling. It is a technical river where stealth, among other attributes, is needed. The quarry is native brown trout and monster chars. They are on average 3-5 pounds, with the monsters ranging to 12 pounds.


The Highlands

The Highlands are truly the heart of Iceland. With its uncanny beauty and epic scenery the Highlands offer you an experience unlike any other. Here you can truly become one with nature as the Highlands are untouched and inhibited by men. The vast wilderness - mountains, deserts, canyons, lakes and rivers - demonstrates the powerful forces of fire and ice which have shaped the landscape on this volcanic island over centuries. 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 is the trout and the arctic char - peacefully cruising the gin clear streams of the Highlands like it has done from the Ice age. The experience cannot be put into words - it has to be lived. 

Good to know

Distance from Reykjavík: 220 km.

Extent: 7,5 km long river, double bank

Fishing season: 20th of May – 10th  of September

Prime time:  June-August

Fishing hours: 12 hours per day.

Average size (Brown trout) : 3-4 lbs

Average size (Arctic char) : 4-5 lbs

Equipment: Single hand rods 9 –10” for 4 – 6 weight lines.
(Best flies are Streamers, nymphs and dry flies of assorted patterns)

Access: Quite good

Number of rods: 4

Accommodation: Several options available

( full service can be arranged upon request)


Fly only, catch & release!