If you want to battle the hardest fighting fish (pound for pound) in the world, head to Northern Iceland from June through September. Atlantic salmon and Arctic char challenge anglers of all skill levels. Eleven Experience has exclusive fishing beats on Iceland’s most prized rivers, including the Fljótaá, Hölkná, and Húseyjarkyísl. In addition, we can pull rods for the Big Laxa, Selá, Hofsa, and Nordurá rivers. Our expert guides are Iceland’s river and fishing frontrunners. They’ll transport you in 4×4 vehicles equipped with flies, nets, rod mounts, leaders, and nylon. And most important, they’ll know which flies and tackle suit the conditions.
a letter from your guide
Elvar Fridriksson, Fishing Operations Manager
Fishing in Iceland will test any angler’s skill, and you will almost always have the water to yourself. Conditions are usually crystal clear, so anglers are often able to sight fish, which makes the catch all the more exciting. Most fishing is done with floating lines and fairly light tackle, and nothing beats a big fish breaking the surface to take the fly. Pound for pound, the fish are strong and will put up a good fight, especially if the tackle is light. In Iceland, all fishing is catch-and-release. I find nothing more rewarding than releasing a beautiful fish, knowing it will go on to repopulate the river and ensure great fishing in the future. Various waters will test the guide’s and the angler’s knowledge in fly choice, presentation, and ability to read the water.
DAY 1 - ARRIVAL, TRANSFER TO HÖLKNÁ AND FISHING
Arrive in Reykjavik’s Keflavík International Airport (KEF), and catch another flight to Thorshofn before transferring to the Hölkná cabin. Our off-the-grid outpost is situated along the banks of the famed Hölkná River, where you’ll find more than 27 fishable pools over 10 kilometers. Spend a day fishing for fat North Atlantic salmon. Tonight, you’ll dine on traditional Icelandic cuisine.
DAY 2 – FISH HÖLKNÁ AND OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES
Fish another exclusive Eleven beat on the Hölkná, where the surrounding scenery is as inspiring as the water’s bounty. After, hike to Hölkná’s most incredible waterfalls. Spend the evening cozied up in the cabin with a chef prepared meal and fire.
DAY 3 – MORNING FISHING ON THE HÖLKNÁ, TRANSFER TO DEPLAR FARM, FISHING ON THE FLJÓTAÁ
Spend a final morning on the Hölkná. Then take a quick fixed-wing flight to Deplar Farm, your one-stop-shop for adventure, solitude, and high-end amenities. This afternoon you’ll fish the Fljótaá in Deplar’s backyard. Eleven has access to four beats, over 8 kilometers, all within a 10-minute drive from the lodge. The Atlantic salmon in this river can get up to 1 meter and over 20 pounds, while the Arctic char are hard fighting and range from 1 to 6 pounds.
DAY 4 – MORNING FISHING ON THE FLJÓTAÁ AND DEPARTURE
Tackle the Fljótaá one last time. Local guides will reveal their secret stashes. Lunch back at Deplar Farm before you transfer to Reykjavík.
- Polarized sunglasses (low light for late fishing)
- Fly rod and reel if you prefer to use your own (must be properly disinfected by a veterinarian first!)
- Fishing vest or pack
- Rain jacket and pants
- Insulated jacket or vest
- Warm layers for top and bottom: capilene, wool, fleece
- Heavy wool socks for inside waders
- Fleece or wool fishing gloves or fishing mittens
- Sandals, clogs or Birkenstocks (for inside the lodge after fishing)
- All necessary wading gear will be provided by Eleven*
*If you prefer to use your own waders and boots, they must be either new or properly disinfected prior to entering the country