Kaldakvísl – The Highlands

Distance from Reykjavík:

150km

Season:

15. May - 30. September

Average size:

3 pounds

Number of rods:

4

Tackle:

Fly only

Fishing equipment:

Single handed #3-6

The best flies:

Nymphs and dries

Lodging:

The Highland Fishing Lodge

Accessability:

Mixed

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Kaldakvísl – 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 incapable of describing the landscape’s beauty. Diversity and contrasts are the river’s main characteristics. On the 12 km (16 miles) beat, one can find beautiful waterfalls, great canyons, fast water, slow water, rocks, sand and so much more. The river is full of arctic char, their size averaging at 3-4 lbs, although char weighing up to 7 lbs can be found there, as can big brown trout. The upper part of the river flows through inaccessibly deep canyons, and it is in these canyons where the char and trout can grow to their full size, safe from anglers. The river has a four-rod limit. It’s hard not to fall in love with Kaldakvísl once you’ve had the chance to get to know her.

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 uninhabited 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 as it has done from the Ice age. The experience cannot be put into words – it has to be lived.

The Highland Fishing Lodge – Þóristungur

When fishing the Highland rivers, guests will stay in Fish Partner’s Highland Lodge. Completely renovated for the 2019 season the lodge offers a quiet and secluded stay in the Highlands. It has six double/twin bedrooms and can, therefore, accommodate 12 people. The bedrooms are not big but each bedroom has a sink and a large wardrobe. A shared bathroom with two toilets and three showers is at the lodge. The cozy living room and a dining room are perfect to relax after a long day of fishing and enjoying a good meal and a drink..

 

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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.