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Kangia River Lodge | Fly Fishing Arctic Char | Greenland

Overview

Tour code: GRE001

This spectacular fly fishing destination for Arctic Char offers exclusive fishing on the famous Greenland Kangia River, which provides our customers between 2,000 and 3,000 landed fish per week. The numbers of Arctic Char that the Kangia River produces during the summer migration is an insight into understanding why the waters surrounding Greenland are one of the most treasured marine environments on the planet.

Location
The Kangia River Lodge is majestically situated overlooking the pristine ocean and river. This area, until now, has been kept a huge secret as each year it receives a huge sea run of sea Arctic Char. These fish are the largest Char on the whole of Greenland’s west fjords.

The Kangia River is made for fly anglers with its cut-banks, rapids, slow and deep stretches, waterfalls and its pocket-water all the way down to the tidal influenced delta. It also has a waterfall 6 kilometres up the valley, which blocks the migrating fish from entering the headwaters as well as the lake that is far upstream.

Fishing
Our fishing operation opens its gates on the second weekend of July and runs through to the first week of September. The short but intense season guarantees the best possible results.

Not only do the Char run up the river in mind dazzling numbers but they also pack some weight with an average of well above 2 kg. Fish in the size of 3-4 kg are common and fish up to 7 kg have been hooked and landed on fly tackle in the beautiful pools of this wildly meandering river. Arctic Char are not to be judged by their size though, they will put on a show that will leave seasoned Salmon, Sea Trout or Steelhead anglers baffled.

Fishing is mainly with single handed rods in the 5 to 7 # weight rigged with floating lines. Additional sink tip lines in suitable size will cover about every single imaginable occasion and technique on all sections of the Kangia River. If you prefer swinging flies, bring an additional light switch rod (6–7) with short Skagit heads and various tips between Floating, T7 and T11 as well as some mini intruder flies, the sport you will have will be amazing.

Most pools can be fished with a floating line. Floating lines also benefit you when nymphing, hitching or skating dry flies. Even swung flies will work perfectly on most pools. However, short sink tip lines are deadly effective, especially when deeper and slower pools with big fish ask for streamers and deep intruders. A short sink tip line is recommended. Kangia River is not about distance; shorter tapers with a little more weight to them are beneficial when casting a longer leader on close quarters.

Guides
This trip is based on light guiding. We have two full-time English speaking guides between the 12 rods. Each day our guides will spend equal time amongst all guests making sure that you have everything you need to maximise the most out of your trip.

Other Activities
Apart from the Arctic Char fishing, There is little else to do apart from walking and studying the local scenery and bird life. However, this can also be a welcome break from full-on fishing.

If you have any questions about this Arctic Char fishing holiday, contact our experienced team who will be happy to answer any queries you can.

 

 

Accommodation
Kangia River Lodge

The Kangia River Lodge, located on a plateau right at the delta of the majestic river, comes with spectacular views overlooking seapool and a sheltered bay where the river meets the Atlantic Ocean. The lodge is equipped with all the conveniences one would expect from a comfortable all-inclusive setup. From 2017 on we operate this fully refurbished lodge where we offer what we believe one of the best fishing experiences in Greenland.

The main lodge can accommodate up to 12 anglers at once. Sleeping quarters are based on a bunk bed system with a total of 6 rooms with two people sharing each room. The main lodge has two toilets, two warm water showers, a fully equipped kitchen, a brand new bar and lounge area as well as a spacious dining area overlooking the river. The Lodge comes with a big veranda where you can catch every minute of sun during the day. The front part of the veranda, overlooking the river mouth and valley below is the perfect place to enjoy an after-fishing drink and share some good stories with your friends.

Apart from the main lodge we have a smaller satellite-camp located 2,7 km upriver from the lodge, right on one of the hot spots offering a comfortable resting place along the river. For those wanting to fish the mid and upper sections of the river this is a good starting point. To make the hike up here as easy as possible guests will be able to leave waders and wading shoes at the satellite camp and make the walk forth and back in normal hiking shoes and trousers instead of waders and wading shoes. Whether you prefer to stay near the main lodge or venture all the way up to the waterfalls is up to you. The fish are plentiful and you can fish at your own pace all day, every day.

Board: Full board
Rooms: Twin rooms (Bunk Beds)
Power: 220-240 volt
Meals: On site
Alcohol: Beer & limited spirits included
Equipment Hire: Rods, reels & lines $100 per week
Shop: Small tackle items available
Cash Accepted: Euro & USD
Species Information
Arctic Char
Season: 14th July to 10th September
Peak: August
Weight: 3lb to 16lb
Average Weight: 5.5lb

Itinerary

The below itinerary is only a suggested one, as we have daily flights departing from the UK, therefore should you wish to extend your stay with either more free days in Copenhagen or  Maniitsoq, the itinerary below can be tailored to suit.

Day 1: (Wednesday)

Depart UK with Norwegian Air
Arrive in Copenhagen.

On arrival take a taxi to your airport hotel.

Overnight accommodation: Airport Hotel B/B

Day 2: (Thursday)

In the morning you will take a taxi back to the International airport.

Depart Copenhagen with Greenland Air
Arrive in Kangerlussuaq.

Depart Kangerlussuaq
Arrive to Maniitsoq.

On arrival, you will be transferred to the lodge by boat which will take approximately 8 hours. The actual departure time will depend on the tides as we need the high tide to access the fjord and lodge.

Overnight accommodation: Kangia River Lodge (Twin room) F/B

Days 3 & 4: Fishing Days (Friday & Saturday)

Each day you will fish the river for Arctic Char. Guiding is on a light basis with two full-time guides and one camp manager on hand at all times.

Overnight accommodation: Kangia River Lodge (Twin room) F/B

Days 5 & 6: Fishing Days (Sunday & Monday)

You will enjoy another two great guided days on the river, there are large areas to fish and explore with all types of water to fish. More than enough to keep any avid fly angler happy and interested every day.

Overnight accommodation: Kangia River Lodge (Twin room) F/B

Days 7 & 8: Fishing Days (Tuesday & Wednesday)

You will spend your days either exploring the river hunting down the hundreds of Arctic Char or if you fancy a change we do have a boat available so you can even chase Cod and Halibut on the fly.

Overnight accommodation: Kangia River Lodge (Twin room) F/B

Day 9: (Thursday)

If there is time you can have a few hours fishing in the morning as the exact time that everyone departs will be subject to the tide.

You will depart the lodge via boat and transferred to Hotel Maniitsoq.

Overnight accommodation: Hotel Maniitsoq B/B

Day 10: (Friday)

In the morning you will take a taxi and make your way to the airport, which is 5 minutes away, to start your journey home.

Depart Maniitsoq with Greenland Air
Arrive in Kangerlussuaq.

Depart Kangerlussuaq
Arrive in Copenhagen.

On arrival take a taxi to your airport hotel.

Overnight accommodation: Airport Hotel B/B

Day 11: (Saturday)

You can spend the morning relaxing before taking a taxi back to the International airport.

Depart Copenhagen with Norwegian Air
Arrive UK

Prices

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.

Start Date End Date Days Nights Fishing Angler Non-Angler Availability Notes
07/07/2021 17/07/2021 11 10 6.5 £6,403 N/A Sold Out N/A
14/07/2021 24/07/2021 11 10 6.5 £6,403 N/A Sold Out N/A
21/07/2021 31/07/2021 11 10 6.5 £6,403 N/A Enquire Now N/A
28/07/2021 07/08/2021 11 10 6.5 £6,403 N/A Enquire Now N/A
04/08/2021 14/08/2021 11 10 6.5 £6,403 N/A Sold Out N/A
11/08/2021 21/08/2021 11 10 6.5 £6,403 N/A Enquire Now N/A
18/08/2021 28/08/2021 11 10 6.5 £6,403 N/A Enquire Now N/A
25/08/2021 01/09/2021 11 10 6.5 £6,403 N/A Sold Out N/A
01/09/2021 05/09/2021 11 10 6.5 £6,403 N/A Sold Out N/A
08/09/2021 09/09/2021 11 10 6.5 £6,403 N/A Sold Out On request / Min 7
06/07/2022 15/07/2022 11 10 6.5 £6,649 N/A Enquire Now N/A
13/07/2022 23/07/2022 11 10 6.5 £6,649 N/A Enquire Now N/A
20/07/2022 30/07/2022 11 10 6.5 £6,649 N/A Enquire Now N/A
27/07/2022 06/08/2022 11 10 6.5 £6,649 N/A Enquire Now N/A
03/08/2022 13/08/2022 11 10 6.5 £6,649 N/A Sold Out N/A
10/08/2022 20/08/2022 11 10 6.5 £6,649 N/A Enquire Now N/A
17/08/2022 27/08/2022 11 10 6.5 £6,649 N/A Sold Out N/A
24/08/2022 03/09/2022 11 10 6.5 £6,649 N/A Sold Out N/A
31/08/2022 10/09/2022 11 10 6.5 £6,649 N/A Enquire Now N/A
07/09/2022 17/09/2022 11 10 6.5 £6,649 N/A Sold Out N/A

Price Notes

Prices are based on two adults sharing transfers, fishing and staying in twin rooms for 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
  • All hotels B/B
  • Boat transfers
  • Accommodation Kangia River Lodge F/B
  • 6.5 days guided fly fishing
  • Fishing Licence

What's Excluded

  • Airport transfers
  • Alcohol
  • Fishing tackle
  • Personal holiday insurance
  • Guide tips

Options

  • Flight upgrades

  • Premium fly rods & reels are available to rent only $100 per person pr week. (We also have flies, leaders etc available at the lodge to purchase)

Price Supplements

  • N/A

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

Not required

A machine-readable passport with at least 6 months before expiry.

Medical Requirements

Tetanus advisable.

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 Greenland.

Flight Route & Flight Time

UK – Copenhagen (approx 1 hr 50 mins)
Copenhagen – Kangerlussuaq (approx 4 hrs 40 mins)
Kangerlussuaq – Maniitsoq (approx 40 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

Maniitsoq  – Kangia River Lodge (approx 8 hours by boat) The actual departure time will depend on the tides as we need high tide to access the fjord and lodge.

Questions & Answers

Where is the lodge?

Kangia River Lodge is located on the eagle’s eyrie plateau at the delta of the majestic river. It commands spectacular views overlooking the Kangia sea pool and its sheltered bay, where the river meets the Atlantic Ocean. Alongside the main lodge, there is a smaller satellite-camp, located 2.7 km upriver from the lodge, right on one of the fishing hot spots.

Where do they fish?

Kangia River is the hidden gem of Greenland’s west coast. Known amongst locals and a few off-the-grid-anglers for its high numbers of fish and very good average sizes. It is also known for its sheer unbelievable structure and beauty beyond compare.

How long does it take to reach the fishing grounds?

This depends on which zone you are fishing, the lower section is only a 10-minute walk but the upper section is a considerable walk to get to the top. Located 2.7 km upriver from the lodge, on one of the fishing hot spots we have a satellite-camp. For those wanting to fish the mid and upper sections of the river the satellite camp can be used as a base to leave waders and fishing gear, allowing for a tranquil walk from the main lodge, unencumbered by gear and the opportunity to easily venture from there to the upper waterfall or beyond.

What fish will I catch?

The main species and only species you will be targeting in the river are the stunning Arctic Char, which will range from silverfish right through to their full majestic spawning colours that are magnificent.

How many fish will I catch?

This is the main attraction of this destination the sheer numbers of fish. Many weeks we catch between 2,000 and 3,000 fish between just 12 rods, so on an average week, you can expect around 150 fish per person. Not only do the Char run the river in mind dazzling numbers, they also pack some weight with an average of well above 2 kg. Fish in the size of 3-4 kg are common and fish up to 7 kg have been hooked and landed on fly gear. This is a very sparsely fished river and even bigger fish have been hooked and lost, and no doubt will be caught in the future.

How do they fish?

Early in the season (July), bigger Steelhead intruders and streamers presented on a light Skagit or sink tip-line outfit are perfect to search for big chrome fish in higher water conditions. Whether you fish on a single or switch rod is very much personal preference. The river is comparable to many Icelandic rivers in scale and tackle requirements. Streamers and classic Salmon flies work most of the time. A variety of pattern selection seems to be key to continual success. Nymphing, hitching and dry fly fishing for explosive, freshly-run chromers, might be considered the higher-art form of fishing on the Kangia. Swinging a skater across the surface, followed by a bunch of bow-waving big fish is as exhilarating as it gets!

Do the guides speak English?

All the guides and lodge staff speak very good English.

Who is best suited to this destination?

Fishing on Kangia River is suitable for levels of anglers, plus being more sheltered compared to other famous rivers, it is far easier to cast for beginners with a single handed rod. The great thing about this destination is as a beginner you will catch fish. For the more experienced anglers who just love the rewards of technical Arctic Char fishing, this place will keep you entertain for days to come.

How physically demanding is this trip?

Fishing all day and catching so many fish can take its toll on your energy. Our advice is to take it at a pace that you feel comfortable with. The fish are always there in front of you so there is no rush. With the walking, there is no rush to the best spot or pool, just take your time on the long walks.

When to go?

The summer is the season of the midnight sun and a great time to experience Greenland, on both land and water. Whales swim along the shores, icebergs flow from calving glaciers, flowers and plants grow at tremendous speeds, hiking trails open up the backcountry, and boats connect the many communities along the coastline.
The climate is generally mild and the weather in Greenland is often fine for long spells throughout its short, fiery season. Longer days and warmer weather spark herald the start of the reproduction cycle of the sea-run Arctic Char, who then migrate along the coastline and ultimately into the river of their birth, to spawn close to the place they hatched years ago.
Our fishing operation opens its gates on the second weekend of July and runs through the first week of September. The short but intense season guarantees the best possible results.

How to get there?

You will fly from the UK to Copenhagen, stay overnight in Copenhagen before flying the next day to Kangerlussuaq then another flight to Maniitsoq. From here the rest of the way to the lodge is by boat.

What is the accommodation like?

The lodge is equipped with all the conveniences one would expect from a comfortable all-inclusive lodge, albeit one that is exceptionally remote. The main lodge can accommodate up to 12 anglers. Bedrooms are straightforward with two anglers sharing each room. The main lodge has the washroom facilities, a fully equipped kitchen, bar and lounge area as well as a spacious dining area overlooking the river. Views from the veranda are breath-taking, the perfect place to relax, reflect and re-live the day’s events.

What is the food like?

Food at the camp is basic as you are in the middle of nowhere and the supplies have to come out each week. Meals will be mainly meat, fish and local vegetables cooked in various ways through the week.

Does the lodge provide fishing tackle?

The lodge has a basic range of fishing tackle available mainly to support customers if any luggage gets lost or damaged.

Is internet and phone signal available?

There is no internet or phone signal available at the lodge, we do have a satellite phone for emergencies.

Are there other activities available?

Apart from taking walks to see the wildlife and birdlife, there is not much else to do.

How much does it cost?

We offer the complete package including all flights and transfers. To view all prices and availability click the “Dates & Prices” tab on our Arctic Char Greenland tour.

Alternatively, if you wish to arrange all your own travel we can book just the lodge and fishing for you. For more information on this contact our team.

Blogs

Reviews

Eric

In general a good trip

snow melt meant that the fish are running about 3 weeks late as a group we caught 120 fish, good numbers but nothing like normal.

Would love to go back next season may be 1 week later.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Eric

It was good catching up with you on the telephone, shame the fish are running a little later than normal, however so glad you liked it so much you are considering returning next season.

I will call you again and we can get things booked up for you.

Regards Peter

Mark

Great Holiday and excellent guides. The holiday information I feel was limited and travel itinerary and documentation could have been better and arrived earlier. There was no mention of how much walking was involved and fitness levels required.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Mark

Thank you so much for the customer feedback as these are very important to us. I did not realise that we had not made it clear on the website there was considerable walking as we talk this through over the phone, however as you booked with Peter, this may have got lost. I have added a footnote now to the bottom of the tour mentioning that there is a considerable amount of walking and customers need to be physically fit.

I will try again to contact you on the phone as I would love to chat about the pre trip information to see what you think was missing or needs some attention to. All this is great feedback as it allows us to improve each time.

Hopefully I will get to talk to you soon.

Börje

OK. How was it?

Yeah I spent two full days at the airport in Kangerlussuaq and one full day at the hotel in Nuuk. I fished for three and a half day instead of six and a half day.
All of it weather related. Fog in Maniitsoq the first two days and storm with rain the third day. Nothing to do about that.
I stayed in a positive mood all the time. There was a hole group that had the same problem. Most of the time we laughed about it. We were well taken care of by Air Greenland. Food, taxi, hotel.
Sunday morning I was finally picked up at the airport in Maniitsoq by Franz. About lunchtime I was on my way upstream.
The place is pure magic. The fishing beyond expectations. The lodge basic but OK. Worked well with the guides and everything around the lodge.

So can you hear that I am very pleased with the experience.

The only thing that I think is not OK is that nobody tried to contact me when I did not show up in Maniitsoq on Thursday. The rest of the group were Americans and flew in from Island but the guy who picked them up should have cared when there was one person missing…
But no big thing.

Thank you for organizing the trip :-)

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Borje

Thanks for coming back to me, yes the only time we realised that there was something wrong was thewe had two guys on the week before you and we had hassle getting them home because of all the missed flights. So we then guessed there was something up. Thats when we contacted each other.

When I called Christer he had not even been informed, so definably something that has to change.

Glad you loves the place and yes basic but as you know with Christer over time things will get better and better.

Please to look after you and look forward in chatting again soon.

Kind regards

Peter Collingsworth

tim

The accommodation was extremely basic - the cramped bunk bed sleeping arrangements were reminiscent of 1970's Youth Hostel! Perhaps because of this the group gelled together very well and everyone had a good laugh.

As this was their first season, many small details need improving but there is potential for it being one of the best destination fishing lodges in the world - Greenland is so different from anywhere else. The fishing required thought and experimentation - the most successful method varying from pool to pool and with the time of day.

Tim Edmunds

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Tim

Thanks for the customer feedback, you are so correct it is still rough around the edges with many small points to be improved. However as we know all these things over the next few years will be built and sorted out.

However as you have said the fishing is off the scale the sheer numbers of fish being caught is amazing and even though its still in its early stages and bit rough around the edges everyone wants to return meaning we are already virtually sold out for next year. Not bad for a new destination.

Looking forward in having you with us in the new year 2 great weeks in Argentina we will have a great trip my friend.

Regards Peter

Rory

Kangia river is a one off and i throughly enjoyed my visit. Its a new destination and was only half way through its first season when i booked. As such the pre trip information was a little thin and needs updated. Notably the tackle section. 5 Weight rods in Switch/baby spey are ok but single handed rods need to be 6 or 7 weight. Heavy tungsten bead flies took more fish and these would have been better fished with a full sinking line or at least a fast intermediate rather than a floating line with a fast sinking poly leader to aid bite detection as the takes can be very subtle.

The fish aren't leader shy and 25Lb tippet was about as light as you needed to fish, the fish get pretty toothy so a thicker leader work best. The guides requested only single barbless hooks to be used, crushed barbs were ok however i will be using barbless hooks next time. The lodge had a good supply of leaders and some flies. Lawson and Thomas were our guides and did a fantastic job through out. Be prepared to walk as the majority of our fishing started at the satellite camp and went to the falls. I believe its around 7.5K from the Lodge to the falls so if you fish the upper reaches every days its 15K plus although not especially difficult walking once the satellite camp is reached. I mostly fished tungsten bead wooly buggers, size 10 through to 4, the biggest fish i caught all fell to the smaller sizes. A sparse heavy fly that gets down quick definitely had better results than a heavily dressed or lighter pattern. Fish will respond to a skated gurgler if the weather conditions suit, some of our group were successful with this and it is great fun - i didn't hook many fish this way although its definitely a lot of fun if you aren't worried about missing a lot of fish.

Its definitely more of an adventure location than a luxury one which suited me well however this could be clearer on the website. Accommodation and food are basic but served the purpose, the fishing makes up for any shortfalls elsewhere.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Rory

Thanks so much for the feedback and it is very very helpful.

As we all no this is a brand new operation and as such still to be worked on, its what we call work in progress. Also thanks for the update on tackle advice, it seems the fishing changes as the weeks change with the river conditions.

As discussed would be great to have you back and this time bring your dad.

Thanks a million for your continued custom and look forward in talking soon.

Regards Peter

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