Vesturhópsvatn

Distance from Reykjavík:

200km

Season:

Ice off- 30. September

Average size:

1-3 pund

Number of rods:

Tackle:

Fly, spinner, bait

Fishing equipment:

#4-6

The best flies:

various streamers, nymphs and dries

Lodging:

Options available

Accessability:

Easy

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Lake Vesturhópsvatn

Lake Vesturhópsvatn is a big lake located in the county of Vestur-Húnaþing. It lies 19 meters above sea level and is about 10 km². The lake is about 200 km outside of Reykjavik and 24 km outside the town of Hvammstangi. Around the lake, there are a lot of things to see. These are historic parts of the country and the Vikings fought many hard battles here. On the east side of the lake, you’ll find the ruins of an old Viking fort called “Borgvirki”. A good place to check out if you’re at the lake. There’s mostly brown trout at the lake, around 1 lb – 2 lbs but also Arctic Char. Every season there are fish up to 4 lbs caught. There is also some seatrout at the lake, and the odd salmon is caught as well. There are stories of up to 24lbs fish caught at the lake. According to locals, the biggest fish are caught in the autumn.

Fishing area

The area allowed to fish at the lake is the southern bank in the land of Bjarghús farm. The area is marked on the map and anglers are asked to respect the boundaries.

Season and fishing time

Fishing is allowed from when the ice clears off the lake and until 30. September. Fishing is allowed around the clock – no set opening hours. Camping: Please ask the game warden for permission before camping Game warden: Björn Bjarnason – Tel: +354 892 3490

How to get there

Distance from Reykjavik is 210 km and 24 km from the town of Hvammstangi. Following road 1 you make a left turn on to Síðuvegur (Road 716) just before crossing the bridge over river Víðidalsá. After about 4 km on road 716, you’ll reach the lake. (Please refer to the map)

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Reykjavik – Lake Vesturhópsvatn Route

 

 

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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.