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Cod and Halibut Sea Fishing | Flateyri | Iceland

Overview

Tour code: ICE001  

Ever fancied targeting huge Cod in Iceland? Well, we are pleased to offer you this fantastic opportunity to join us fishing in Iceland and battle with such fish in the comfort of your very own boat. Either choose to be fully guided or DIY, the option is yours. We provide the very best boats that come fully equipped with all the electronics to make your stay as easy as possible. Fishing in Iceland can be compared to fishing in northern Norway. Some of the largest fish stocks in the North Atlantic are found in Icelandic waters, including the Cod stock, which is Iceland’s most important species There are many species that can be caught when fishing in Iceland, however, the most common that attracts sea anglers from all over Europe are the huge Cod and Halibut. The town is quite self-contained and all major services are to be found there. It has its own tranquil way of life, along with our 9 self-catering cabins, conveniently located just a short walk from our professional self-drive boats.

Location
Flateyri is located in the north of Iceland and is situated in the westfjords. With its close proximity to the wild North Atlantic Ocean the destination of Flateyri offers the opportunity of some very good fishing. This beautiful Nordic country is renowned for its stunning scenery and fantastic wildlife. The camp of Flateyri is located on a working fishing harbour where the commercial boats bring in their catches to be frozen down and taken away to their final destinations.

Fishing
Our boats are Icelandic made Seigla boats, which are tailor-made for sea fishing on the open ocean around Iceland. The boats are 7.80 meters long and 2.85 meters wide with 130 horsepower turbo diesel engine (inboard engine). On board, we provide all the equipment you need: GPS plotter, Eco-load, Radio to coast-guard, GPS security signal, life vest, lifeboat, extra tank for fuel and rod rests. Fishing can be found within just a 10 mins boat ride or, if you prefer, you can go further afield and fish the open seas. All the fishing marks are pre-programmed into your boat chart plotter.

Guides
There are guides available at this camp but please enquire when booking if you require to be guided for this holiday.

Contact our expert team, who will help you to organize your perfect Iceland fishing holiday. Alternatively, view all our sea fishing holiday destinations.

Accommodation
Flateyri Cabin

At Flateyri we have 9 cabins with spectacular views of the harbor, suitable for up to 5 people. Each cabin has 2 twin bedded rooms and one single bed bedroom. All cabins feature kitchens, lounge and private bathrooms. The kitchens feature everything you need to prepare a meal, including a coffee maker. All of our cabins are with in 300 meters of the boats.

Although these are self catering cabins in the village of Flateyri, you will find everything you need, grocery and fishing tackle shops. In the village there is a small shop, a swimming pool, a pub/restaurant and a harbor with gass station to fuel your boat.

Note: each cabin comes with one boat, therfore should you wish to fish 2 people pr boat only 2 people will share a cabin.

Board: Self catering
Rooms: Single and double rooms
Internet: Free WiFi
Power: 220 Volts
Equipment Hire: Chargeable
Cards Accepted: Debit & credit card
Cash Accepted: Icelandic Kroner
Species Information
Cod
Season: April to September
Peak: April to June
Weight: 5lb to 70lb
Average Weight: 20lb
Coalfish
Season: July to September
Peak: July
Weight: 10lb to 20lb
Average Weight: 10lb
Halibut
Season: April to September
Peak: June to September
Weight: 6lb to 300lb
Average Weight: 30lb
Wolffish
Season: April to July
Peak: April
Weight: 10lb to 24lb
Average Weight: 15lb
Plaice
Season: April to September
Peak: July to September
Weight: 1lb to 8lb
Average Weight: 3lb

Itinerary

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Although the fishing has set weeks, we have daily flights departing from the UK, therefore should you wish to either extend your stay with additional days at the beginning or end in Iceland, the itinerary below can be tailored to suit.

Day 1 - (Tuesday)

You will depart from the UK (alternative routes available) and arrive in Keflavík International.

After you have cleared customs, our holiday representative will greet you and transfer to your hotel in Hafnarfjordur which is 20 minutes from Reykjavík.

Overnight Accommodation: Hotel Viking (Double, triple and quadruple rooms) B/B

Day 2 - (Wednesday)

After breakfast in the hotel, you will be transferred to the domestic airport for your flight to the Westfjords, approximately 45 min.

You will depart Reykjavík and arrive in Isafjordur.

On arrival in Isafjordur, you will be transferred to Flateyri where our fishing guide will greet you. Alternatively, we will provide you with a hire car so you can drive yourself

Note: Our fishing guides and service staff are available during your whole stay.

Overnight Accommodation: Flateyri Cabins (Twin room) S/C

Days 3 to 5 - Fishing Days (Thursday to Saturday)

As you have your own boat, there is no time limit to how much or how little you wish to fish and even at certain times of the year, it remains daylight for 24hrs.

Overnight Accommodation: Flateyri Cabins (Twin room) S/C

Days 6 to 8 - Fishing Days (Sunday to Tuesday)

The fishing around Iceland is varied and some of the marks for Halibut are located very close to the camp and, if you fancy some Cod fishing, then simply go further out.

All the marks are pre-programmed into your chart plotters.

Overnight Accommodation: Flateyri Cabins (Twin room) S/C

Day 9 - (Wednesday)

In the morning you will be transferred back to the airport, ready for your departure flight back to Reykjavík. Alternatively, if you have chosen the hire car then make your way back to the airport to drop off your hire car.

You will depart Isafjordur and arrive in Reykjavík.

On arrival in Reykjavík, our staff will meet you and take you back to the hotel in Hafnarfjordur.

Overnight Accommodation: Hotel Viking or Hotel Hafnarfjordur (Double, triple and quadruple rooms) B/B

Day 10 - (Thursday)

You will have breakfast in the hotel and transfer to Keflavik International Airport for your flight back home.

Depart Keflavík International
Arrive UK

Prices

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Remember that Sportquest Holidays' services are completely FREE! When you book a trip with Sportquest Holidays, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge and flights independently. Plus what’s more if you book with Sportquest Holidays your holiday is protect by our ATOL and the Travel Package Regulations Act. To see more details CLICK HERE.

Start Date End Date Days Nights Fishing Angler Non-Angler Availability Notes
10/09/2019 19/09/2019 10 9 6 £1,468 N/A Book Now N/A
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02/06/2020 11/06/2020 10 9 6 £1,904 N/A Book Now N/A
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07/07/2020 16/07/2020 10 9 6 £1,904 N/A Book Now N/A
14/07/2020 23/07/2020 10 9 6 £1,904 N/A Book Now N/A
21/07/2020 30/07/2020 10 9 6 £1,904 N/A Book Now N/A
28/07/2020 06/08/2020 10 9 6 £1,851 N/A Book Now N/A
04/08/2020 13/08/2020 10 9 6 £1,851 N/A Book Now N/A
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18/08/2020 27/08/2020 10 9 6 £1,851 N/A Book Now N/A
25/08/2020 03/09/2020 10 9 6 £1,516 N/A Book Now N/A
01/09/2020 10/09/2020 10 9 6 £1,516 N/A Book Now N/A
08/09/2020 17/09/2020 10 9 6 £1,516 N/A Book Now N/A
15/09/2020 24/09/2020 10 9 6 £1,516 N/A Book Now N/A

Price Notes

Prices are based on four adults sharing transfers, fishing and accommodation (unless otherwise stated) and are correct at the time of going to press. Subject to time of year or date and currency fluctuations, these prices may fluctuate slightly due to flight price increases or fuel surcharge.

ATOL
Holidays or flights booked with Sportquest Holidays Limited are protected by the Civil Aviation Authority by our ATOL bond (Number 6371). ATOL protects you from losing your money or being stranded abroad. It does this by carrying out financial checks on the firms it licenses and requiring a guarantee, called a bond.

What's Included

  • All international flights
  • Internal flights
  • Accommodation in Reykjavik B/B (Double, triple & quadruple)
  • Transfers to and from Hotel and airport
  • Transfers to and from Hotel to Reykjavik airport
  • Transfers to and from Flateyri to Isafjordur
  • Car hire if required
  • All accommodation as per itinerary
  • Boat Insurance included (Excluding propeller)
  • 6 days fishing via self drive boat
  • Fishing Boat with Sonar, chart plotter (GPS), VHF & radar
  • Bed linen, towels and final cabin cleaning

What's Excluded

  • Fuel for boat
  • Fishing tackle
  • Personal holiday insurance
  • Meals
  • Local tips
  • Final boat cleaning

Options

  • Full professional guide 8 hrs € 200, 4 hrs € 100

  • Fishing Tackle Hire € 60 per week
  • Survival Suit Hire € 50 per week

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Price Supplements

  • Please call us for an up to date price if your groups size is smaller or larger than 4 people

Price Match Promise

We are so confident that our packaged prices are the best available and offer great value for money.

If, however, you find an identical holiday available with any other fully bonded Tour Operator at a lower price, we will match that price.

Financial Security

Holidays or flights booked with Sportquest Holidays Limited are protected by the Civil Aviation Authority by our ATOL bond (Number 6371). ATOL protects you from losing your money or being stranded abroad. It does this by carrying out financial checks on the firms it licenses and requiring a guarantee, called a bond.

Tour Notes

Visa

A machine-readable passport with at least 6 months before expiry. No visa for UK citizens required.

Medical Requirements

No vaccinations currently required.

Please Note

All details of visa and medical requirements are correct at time of press however please check these requirements for changes.

Departure tax

There is no additional airport departure tax when leaving Iceland.

Flight Route & Flight Time

UK to Keflavik International (approx 3 hrs)
Reykjavik to Isafjordur (approx 45 mins)

Baggage Allowance

Your actual allowance is based on both which airline you are flying with and also what class of seat you are travelling in. Normally in economy it is 1 checked bag, Premium Economy / Business 2 checked bags, First 3 checked bags. In addition to your checked bags you are also allowed 1 cabin bag and either 1-laptop bag or ladies handbag. The actual size and weight limit for bags is dependent on the airline. We therefore recommend that once your flights are booked you check on the airlines website for the up to date allowances.

If your itinerary includes private light aircraft or helicopter flights we will advise you on your baggage and weight allowance.

Transfer Time

Keflavík international airport – Hotel (approx 30 mins)
Hotel – Reykjavík airport (approx 20 mins)
Isafjordur airport – Fishing cabins (approx 20 mins)

Questions & Answers

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Where is the Lodge?

Flateyri is located on the Island of Iceland. Located in the North of Iceland Flateyri is a stunning area capped by some huge mountains and stunning scenery.

Where do they fish?

The great thing with sea fishing in Flateyri is that you have direct open ocean fishing as well as wind protected fjords in case the weather is against you.

How long does it take to reach the fishing grounds?

This depends on which species you are targeting. The main Cod fishing grounds are anything from 30 mins to an hours drive from the harbour. The Halibut grounds are as close as 5 minutes from the harbour. However, there are many different areas around Flateyri for you to try.

What fish will I catch?

The sea fishing in Flateyri offers a huge variety of species. March and April are the perfect months for the Skrei Cod and April to September are perfect for Coalfish and Halibut. Other species can be found in this area such as the big Plaice that can be found here.

How many fish will I catch?

When you are targeting Cod the shoals are very large especially in the months of March and April and the catch rates will depend on how many you can handle catching. Halibut fishing, on the other hand, is a little slower as these are not shoal fish, so you should expect to catch on an average day 2 to 3 Halibut per boat. When targeting the Coalfish, these swim round in huge shoals but will normally only feed for a short period so when they are feeding it will be one a drop.

How do they fish?

The sea fishing is all self-drive so the methods of fishing are down to the individuals. Lowering either a Chrome Pirk or small shad to the bottom and with an up and down movement to excite the Cod will normally see you catching the Cod. The same method is very productive for the Coalfish but instead of leaving the shad/pirk near the bottom, we advise you to hit the bottom then wind back to the surface and the Coalfish normally will take on the retrieve. Halibut fishing, as mentioned before, is a waiting game and you can go a few hours without contacting anything then all of a sudden you will be in for a fight of your life. The main most productive method is to fish with a dead Coalfish on a Halibut Anti Twist rig lowered to the bottom then wind up a few metres and keep it around 2 metres from the bottom and let the boat drift.

Do the guides speak English?

The guides speak perfect English and will always help you with any questions that may arise.

Who is best suited to this destination?

Flateyri is a great destination for all, as the accommodation is top class and of course the fishing has been set up to ensure everyone has the best experience of the North of Iceland.

 

What skill level is required?

As mentioned previously, this destination suits all abilities as you have nice weather, protected fjords and the option of fishing the open ocean.

How physically demanding is this trip?

The destination is suitable for all abilities. There is a small step to get in the boats but other than that the rest of the resort is suitable for all.

When to go?

If it is the largest of the Cod you are after then we recommend travelling in March and April, as the average weight is enormous. The Halibut and Coalfish fishing happen around the same time, which is May to September with the peak months being July and August for both Halibut and Coalfish.

How to get there?

The normal route is from the UK to Keflavik where you will then overnight in a hotel before catching your connecting flight to Isafjordur the next morning. You will then be met by a Sportquest representative before being transferred to your cabins.

 

What is the accommodation like?

At Flateyri the cabins are luxurious, maybe the best you will find in Iceland. These cabins are kitted out with 2 bathrooms of which one has a lovely shower, the kitchen has very good facilities with everything you need to cook your evening meals. The lounge area has various seating arrangements.

What is the food like?

This camp is fully self catering .

Does the lodge provide fishing tackle?

Flateyri does offer the chance to hire fishing equipment that comes with rod, reel and braid.

Is internet and phone signal available?

The phone signal and Wi-Fi is very good all around the camp and it is free for customers to use. Just ask a member of the staff for the password when you arrive.

 

Are there other activities available?

The camp of Flateyri does not have specific activities set out but the nearby mountains offer lots of opportunities to go on walks and take in the local wildlife.

How much does it cost?

We offer the complete package including all flights and transfers. To view all available weeks and prices click the ‘Dates & Prices’ tab above.

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Reviews

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Laura

Hello Mel, thank you so much for helping is organise this trip. With me not being a fisher person I soon had made my own itinerary visiting some lovely places around Iceland and can highly recommend this part of the world to any non angler. The guys on the other hand knew what they wanted to do and that was to fish as much as they could (Was no problem for me, it was nice to have them out of my hair) each day they came back with fresh fish to cook. They have also passed on their thanks and will forward you a collection of pictures from our trip over the next couple of days.

Once again thanks

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Laura, thank you for your very kind words and taking the time to fill out your feedback form. We do send a few non anglers to Iceland and they all love it.

I shall tell Paul in the office to keep an eye out for the pictures as I know he would love to write a report on your trip.

All my best,

Mel

Gary

Hi Sportquest, what an amazing holiday. All of the organisation was spot on and went smoothly. The guides at the cabins were very helpful and could not do enough for us. The fishing was a little tough sometimes but thats fishing. Perfect weather all week

Many thanks

Gary, Steve Andy and Peter

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hello Guys so glad you had a great time. The guys in Iceland look after everyone so well and they know their waters very well. Did you enjoy the last two days in the town? I here there is lots to do

Really keen to see your pictures. I will call you next week to discuss going back next year

All the best, Paul

Rob

Good morning, Paul

We returned from Iceland yesterday, having enjoyed a truly excellent six days of fishing in Flateyri.

The best cod was a 40-pounder - part of an incredible 600-kg catch taken 20 miles out to sea.

Matti, the guide, accompanied us on that trip, but the rest of the time we piloted the boat - which was first-class - ourselves, catching loads of cod, haddock, wolf-fish and coalfish.

I can't praise Matti too highly. He's only 26, but a true professional, who made sure that we had everything and all the information that we needed to fish effectively.

We were fortunate with conditions, and also the local topography. The flat seabed means that gear losses were minimal - just as well when you are using big Cutbait Herring.

The accommodation was also perfect. We each had a room, the cabin was warm and comfortable and the cooking facilities were very good.

The logistics of the whole holiday were also very good, though I have one suggestion: it would be easier if the courier greeting UK fishermen were to hold up a card with Sportquest on it. We had a few minutes' panic when we thought that no one was there to meet us at Keflavik.

However, I'll assign the whole experience five stars out of five. Well done, and many thanks for organising everything so well.

Kindest regards,

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hello, Glad you guys loved it and the guides looked after you so well. Thank you for the pictures

The cabins there are very nice and roomy. Good tip about the board at the airport i will ensure that they have one next time for you

All the best

Paul

Paul

Thanks Paul, you have made four very old boys laugh like children… We had a great time and was very needed after such a hard year at work

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Thats ok Paul, i am glad you had a great trip and isn't Iceland stunning?

Where next for you guys?

Regards

Paul

Brian

Hi Sportquest, just wanted to say thank you for organising this trip for myself and our group. We had a great time caught lots of big Cod. We lost 2 days due to bad weather but thats how it goes sometimes.

The cabins are very nice and also the hosts, they made us feel very welcome. It would of been nice to be able to go straight to the cabins rather than staying in the hotel at the start but i guess this is to do with the flights etc

We have all agreed to go to Norway next year so you will be hearing from me soon

All the best

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hello Brian and group. It was our pleasure in helping you Iceland is a fantastic place with a huge amount of fishing on offer, the Cod fishing at the time of year you went is some of the best in the World

We agree about the Hotel stay at the beginning but like you said it is to do with the flights no matching up, maybe one day it will be different

You will also love Norway, a little easier to get to and a lot cheaper to bring fish back if thats what you want to do

Regards

Paul

Freddie

Hi Paul, the group and i found this to be very hard as there is no one to help or give guidance on fishing marks. The little briefing at the start of the holiday was good and showed us some marks on the chart plotter but we tried these and no good

We did catch a few big Cod and lost what we think may of been a Halibut. The accommodation was very good and you got amazing views everything was great apart from struggled with the fishing

Perhaps not the best place to go for your first sea fishing holiday, but we live and learn

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Freddie and rest of the group. i am so sorry you struggled to find the fish, it is a very daunting place when you first arrive. all that open ocean and not enough time….. Perhaps we can look at seeing if there is a local guide that we can hire to help and assist future customers?

Leave it with me and i will let you know what i find out. Perhaps you would like to join me on oene of my hosted trips one year?

Speak soon

Paul

Tony

Thanks so much for pointing this new destination out to us, having the chance to be the first was both exciting and nervous for us, however the complete operation was first rate from start to finish. We will be back in 2011

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Thank you for being our first customers to this camp. I am sure it will become very popular with all the advertising it is getting on the fishing programmes and magazines

Regards

Paul

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