Fossálar

Fossálar has located 260km, a 3-hour drive, east of Reykjavík. The nearest town is the hamlet of Kirkjubæjarklaustur about 10mins away.

Fossálar is known for its amazing beauty, you will surely be mesmerized by the cacophony of cascades; some gently fall while others tumble and babbles actively down from the massive cliffs. It seems like a landscape painting and captivates the onlookers. This river is located amidst the lava field and falls in many smaller waterfalls. During the super-eruption of Laki in 1783, this lava field was created. It was considered one of the deadliest eruptions in history.  Part of the Fossalar river is on Unesco’s natural heritage list, so you can imagine the beauty of the landscape in this area.

Famous for its large, both in size and runs size, Sea-run brown trout this river is an anglers paradise. The roughly 15km(9,5mile) long fishery offers an amazing variety of pools and landscapes. The main seatrout fishing months are spring; April, May. And Fall; August-October. Other species that can be caught in the system are Arctic Char and the occasional Atlantic Salmon.

Battle Hill Lodge

The lodge is an old farmhouse and is under renovation now for the first season. It is really cozy and is located on the banks of the Fossalar river.
It has two and a half bathrooms. Two single rooms and four twin rooms on two floors. The name of it comes from a hill on the land called “Orustuóll” or The Battle Hill, named so due to it being the location of the killing of Hróars Tungugoði, a famed Icelandic Viking Chieftain in the 10th century. The view from it is extremely beautiful overlooking a lava field and Vatnajokull glacier. 

 

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Distance from Reykjavík:

260km

Season:

April 1. - October 20.

Average size:

Number of rods:

Tackle:

Fly only - Catch and Release

Fishing equipment:

Single handed #7-8. Double handed 11-12ft #7-8

The best flies:

Streamers and Nymphs

Lodging:

Battle Hill Lodge

Accessability:

Mixed

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Popular Fisheries

A Hidden Gem in the Highlands – The river Kaldakvísl is truly a hidden gem. Fished only by a select few, Kaldakvísl has now been made exclusively available only to the customers of Fish Partner. Words are unequal to the task of describing the landscape’s beauty. Diversity and contrasts are the river’s main characteristics.
One of the best brown trout beats in the world – Villingavatnsárós (means the mouth of river Villingavatnsá) is one of the greatest brown trout beats in the world. The beat offers the opportunity to catch the giant ice age brown trout on small nymphs and dry flies. Streamers can also be strong. The beat is only fished with two rods and all brown trout shall be released. It is fly-fishing only.
A Hidden Gem in the Highlands – The river Kaldakvísl is truly a hidden gem. Fished only by a select few, Kaldakvísl has now been made exclusively available only to the customers of Fish Partner. Words are unequal to the task of describing the landscape’s beauty. Diversity and contrasts are the river’s main characteristics.
One of the best brown trout beats in the world – Villingavatnsárós (means the mouth of river Villingavatnsá) is one of the greatest brown trout beats in the world. The beat offers the opportunity to catch the giant ice age brown trout on small nymphs and dry flies. Streamers can also be strong. The beat is only fished with two rods and all brown trout shall be released. It is fly-fishing only.
Tungufljót river in Skaftafell is one of the best known Sea trout rivers in Iceland and is most famous for the high average weight of fish caught, every year multiple Sea-Run Brown trout in the 20lbs range are caught with the average weight of the fish being between 5-10 pounds.

Accessability

  • 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.