Lake Thingvallavatn Self Drive

Thingvallavatn – Self-Drive DIY – General Information

This trip is all about big browns. Lake Thingvallavatn is the largest lake in Iceland, located only 40 minutes from Reykjavík. Thingvellir, where the Althingi, the Icelandic parliament, was established around the year 930, is a place of historic significance. The lake lies along the North Atlantic Ridge, sitting where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates separate from each other. It is also the home of the ice-age brown trout.

The giant brown trout of Thingvallavatn has evolved there in isolation since the last ice age. This legendary fish is the most coveted catch of many a fisherman, Icelandic or otherwise. Tales of battling these mighty fish are akin to fairy tales and are never forgotten by those lucky enough to play a part in them. These extraordinary brown trout can grow to a weight of over 30 lbs, and specimens in excess of 20 lbs are frequently caught in peak fishing times. In Thingvallavatn, you never know what the next cast will bring.

In this self-drive tour, you will rotate Fish Partner’s exclusive beats in Lake Thingvallavatn. One day you may be searching for giant browns in the deep crevasses of Kárastaðir beat and the next day casting dry-flies to those monsters in shallow water at Villingavatn beat. Learn more about the beats here.

Fish Partner offers several options for accommodation around Lake Thingvallavatn, including Fish Partners’ new Efri-Brú lodge, Kárastaðir guesthouse in a well-equipped self-catering apartment, or a Lakeside villa.


Day 1 – Meet the guide at the guesthouse at 10:00 am (or other preferred time). The guide will show you around the lake and introduce different beats. Fish one of Fish Partner’s exclusive beats in Lake Thingvallavatn with the guide. Fishing hours are optional (12 hr limit per day). Check-in at the guesthouse is available from 3:00 pm (earlier if possible).
Day 2 – Fish one of Fish Partner’s exclusive beats in Lake Thingvallavatn.
Day 3 – Fish one of Fish Partner’s exclusive beats in Lake Thingvallavatn.
Day 4 – Fish one of Fish Partner’s exclusive beats in Lake Thingvallavatn.
Day 5 – Fish one of Fish Partner’s exclusive beats in Lake Thingvallavatn.
Day 6 – Check out of the guesthouse after breakfast.

What’s Included


Five days of fishing (licenses), thereof one fully guided day.
Five nights at Kárastaðir guesthouse (self-catering, beddings, and towels).
Available updates: Fully guided, several different accommodation options, full board services, equipment, and more.

Rental car. Fish Partner can provide a rental car.
Equipment (rod, waders, and flies)
Food and drinks


Price from $1401 per/person.
*Price varies based on season, currency fluctuations and customization

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  • Easy – Very little hiking required, easy for every one.
  • Modrate – Some hiking required.
  • Hard – Strenuous hiking require, good physical conditions required.
  • Mixed – Some easy access areas and others that require hiking.