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Lake Thingvallavatn | Iceland | Wild Trout


Tour code: ICE012

This is the perfect fishing trip for a novice or experienced angler looking for a short fully guided holiday with the chance of catching an exceptionally large Trout. Fishing on stunning private beats, you will have your guide on hand to answer any questions and photograph your magnificent fish.

Lake Thingvallavatn is the largest natural lake in Iceland, with a surface area of 32 square miles, it has an abundance of natural food which is how the Trout manages to grow so big but out of all this natural food its the vast shoals of Arctic Char that help fuel the diets of these super-sized Brownies. Lake Thingvallavatn consists of deep water in the middle and then shallows up into many different bays that the trout use to push the Char into and then hunt them down and feed on them. The lake is found in the South-West part of the country approx 50km from Reykjavík. Thingvellir fishing is made exceptional due it being surrounded by other amazing natural wonders that make up Þingvallavatn national park. Looking at the lake it is clear to see its volcanic heritage with an abundance of porous rocks covered in fissures!

The fish of Lake Thingvallavatn are of a different ilk to virtually any other Brown Trout in the world, this subspecies started off as Sea Trout but are believed to have become trapped in the lake during the last ice age, where they developed into the chrome bodied Super Trout that they are today.

The shallow bays in the lake are the areas that you can wade and target these big Trout with streamer patterns, tapping into their heightened predatory instincts. As well as fishing with streamer patterns at times your guide will read the fishes behaviour and advise you to fish more traditional wet and dry flies, watching a double-figure wild Brown Trout come up and sup in a size 14 dry fly really does take some beating.

Your guide will tell you on a day to day basis but generally fishing setups consist of a 6# rod with either a floating or an intermediate line for fishing the smaller flies in settled conditions, or in windier weather a single or switch rod in 7/8# is good for casting bigger patterns in search of some dedicated fish eaters.

When tackling up for these brutish fish it is advisable to have a reel that holds plenty of backing, as once hooked these Chrome torpedoes try to head straight out to deeper water and can quickly have your fly line surging out of sight. With five exclusive prime beats on the lake and some of the best local guides in Iceland, Lake Thingvallavatn really does have the potential to hand out a new PB Brown Trout every trip.

This trip is based on you and one other angler per guide, this is a good combination as it means you do not have the guide breathing down your neck the whole time but if you need assistance they can be with you in a very short time. The guide will take you to some of the lakes best beats that we have private access too.  these areas are a mixture of shallow bays and deeper drop-offs that give you some fantastic varied fishing in different weather conditions.

Other activities
This part of Iceland has so many different activities that are very interesting to any nature lovers. Mountains, Lava fields, natural hot springs, and fantastic waterfalls are just the tip of the iceberg.  The number of National parks are countless, each one with its own unique highlights and all worth visiting. There are so many extra activities that can be added on to this trip it is probably worth calling one of the sales team who can talk you through some different options.

For more information about this tour, contact our experienced team who will be happy to answer any queries you have. Alternatively, can request a free brochure.



Hotel Borealis

Hotel Borealis is situated in the south Iceland region about 46 km from Reykjavík. This trip is based on two anglers sharing a twin room, and these are very comfortable en-suite rooms that are more cost affective in a relatively expensive country such as Iceland. If you and your fishing partner wish single rooms can be booked in advance but do come with a supplement.

The Borealis hotel features a sun terrace with a hot tub which is the perfect place for returning anglers to relax in the evenings! The onsite restaurant serves excellent Icelandic dishes and has a well stocked bar, you can also make use of the hotel’s free WiFi.

The Hotel has some great views of the surrounding area and has good parking if you have hired a car for the week. The hotel is perfectly situated for this trip as it is just a short distance from the lake.

Board: Full
Rooms: Twin
Telephone: Hotel phone
Internet: WIFI
Power: 230v type C and F
Meals: Three meals a day
Alcohol: Purchased in Bar
Cards Accepted
Cash Accepted
Species Information
Brown Trout
Season: April to June
Peak: May
Weight: 2lb to 30lb
Average Weight: 8lb
Season: June to August
Peak: July
Weight: 1lb to 8lb
Average Weight: 2lb


The below itinerary is only a suggested one as we have flights departing from the UK everyday, therefore should you wish to extend your stay with more fishing days or adding more nights in Iceland, the itinerary below can be tailored to suit.


Day 1:

Depart UK
Arrive in Keflavík International

After arrival, you will collect your luggage and make your way to the taxi ramp to transfer to your overnight accommodation. The taxi is not included.

Overnight Accommodation: Eldey Airport Hotel (Twin Room) B/B

Day 2: Fishing Day

After breakfast your guide will collect you from the Accommodation in the morning and you will travel to lake Thingvallavatn to fish one of our exclusive beats with your guide. When you are ready lunch can be taken by the lake, although your hours are optional (12hr limit per day) your Hotel check in is available from 3pm onwards and then you can drop your bags off and take your evening meal at the lodge.
Overnight Accommodation: Hotel Borealis (Twin Room) F/B

Day 3: Fishing Day

After breakfast, your guide will take you one of the exclusive beats to hunt for the giant wild Brown Trout in the lake. Lunch will be taken by the lake and you will return to the hotel for your evening meal.

Overnight Accommodation: Hotel Borealis (Twin Room) F/B

Day 4: Fishing Day

You will have breakfast at the hotel before your guide comes to collect you to take you to the lake. Fishing another exclusive beat, you can fish different techniques to try and land your new PB Brown Trout. Lunch will be taken by the lake and your guide will return you to the hotel for an evening meal.

Overnight Accommodation: Hotel Borealis (Twin Room) F/B

Day 5: Fishing Day

This will be your last day on the lake so fish hard and take a good look at the beautiful surroundings during your lakeside lunch. Afterwards, you will head back to the hotel for your meal and refreshments.

Overnight Accommodation: Hotel Borealis (Twin Room) F/B

Day 6:

Once you have finished your breakfast at the hotel, your guide will then transfer you back to the airport in preparation for your return flight home.

Depart Keflavík International
Arrive UK


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
01/05/2020 31/05/2020 6 5 4 £3,519 N/A Enquire Now N/A
01/06/2020 30/06/2020 6 5 4 £3,519 N/A Enquire Now N/A
01/04/2021 30/04/2021 6 5 4 £3,519 N/A Enquire Now N/A
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01/06/2021 30/06/2021 6 5 4 £3,519 N/A Enquire Now N/A

Price Notes

Prices are based on two adults sharing, accommodation, hire car and fishing (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.

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

  • International Flights
  • Hotel airport B/B
  • Transportation to and from Reykjavik
  • Fully guided fishing
  • 4 nights Trophy Trout Lodge
  • Full board
  • Fishing permits

What's Excluded

  • Disinfection Certificate
  • Alcohol
  • Fishing Equipment
  • Personal holiday insurance
  • Petrol
  • Tips for the guide
  • Keflavík International to Eldey Airport Hotel Taxi


  • Flight Upgrades

  • Extra days

  • Extra activities

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


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 – Keflavík International (approx 3 hr 10 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.

Transfer Time

Keflavík International – Hotel Borealis. (approx. 1.5hr)

Questions & Answers

Where is the Lodge?

The hotel is located by the south part of the lake, by the smaller lake Úlfljótsvatn. It is only 5 min drive from the nearest Sportquest beat (beat 4) but 25 min from the furthest one (beat 1).

Where will I fish?

Lake Thingvallavatn and Lake Villingavatn. There are five different beats with different characteristics.

How long does it take to reach the fishing grounds?

The time varies between 5 and 25 minutes depending on the beats that you will be fishing on that given day. 

What fish will I catch?

The Trout of lake Thingvallavatn are legendary throughout the fly fishing world, this status has been born from three main factors.


Lake Thingvallavatn Trout are massive, the average weight of fish is around 6/7lb and with the biggest fish in the lake exceeding 30lb, if there ever was a place to target your PB Brown Trout this would have to be it. Part of the reason for the Trout in this lake grow so big is the vast amount of food they have access to. The volumes of Arctic char in Thingvallavatn is staggering and the Trout have become very successful at hunting them. The Trout will drive the char shoals up into the shallows, dividing them and then hunting them to feed their great growth rates.


Lake Thinvallavatn Trout are without question the most spectacular looking Brown Trout that can be found on earth. These fish are known for their chrome flanked bodies narrowing down to a big powerful tail and are easily distinguished from any other Trout that swims.


Although you would normally associate power with the size it seems the Trout of lake Thingvallavatn are unnaturally strong for their size, even the relatively small ones pull like a normal Trout of twice their size. The lake has many stories of anglers hooking fish in the shallows and having the fish charge out to deeper water taking the angler all the way to the spool knot before the terrible sound of ‘PING’ declared that the fight was lost. You are advised to carry no less than 300m of backing on reels attached to 7/8# rods to try and tame these Leviathan fish.

How many fish will I catch?

Trophy Trout hunting is not a numbers game, it is a search for the fish of a lifetime. The best day at our beats, four anglers caught 50 fish between them, most in the 12-20 lb range. That was a unique day. Averaged out over the season, you would be hopeful of at least 2-3 fish per day.

How will they fish?

Fly fishing only, Streamers (5-10cm) generally have the edge for larger fish but on certain beats in the right conditions nymphs and dry fly can be deadly.

Do the guides speak English?

Yes and very fluently.

Who is best suited to this destination?

It is not difficult fishing in terms of hiking and terrain, but the time you should put into the fishing can be straining, especially if the weather is tough. Lake Thingvallavatn is suitable for everyone who is interested in catching a brown trout of a lifetime.

What skill level is required?

This is fishing for beginners and experts. However, some days the fish are not very close to the shore and therefore good casting skills will help. 

When is the best time to go?

The prime time is late April to early June, for the trophy brown trout. The fishing picks up again in late August and September.

How will I get there?

You will fly to Keflavík International Airport, here you will collect your hire cars with your host and drive approx 50km to the hotel.

What is the accommodation like?

Hotel Borealis is a nice country hotel close to the lake. It has a restaurant and well-equipped facilities.

What is the food like?

A la carte menu at the hotel consists of traditional Icelandic and European cuisine. Several dietary options (vegan, gluten-free etc.) available.

Does the lodge provide fishing tackle?

Yes, but it should be preordered separately. We can supply waders, rod/reel, flies, leaders etc. 

Is the internet and phone signal available?

Yes, there is a phone and 3G/4G signal. WiFi is available at the hotel.

Are there other activities available?

Yes, there are endless options. Lake Thingvallavatn is located near many natural wonders such as Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss (waterfall), Geysir and many more. Sightseeing is, therefore, a good option.
Activities such as snorkelling, river rafting, horseback riding, surfing, snowmobiling, glacier hiking, hiking, climbing and more can easily be arranged in cooperation with our expert partners in each field.

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 the Lake Thingvallavatn page.

Alternatively, if you wish to arrange all your own travel we can book just the lodge and fishing for you




I have been on between 70-80 overseas fishing trips in the last 25 years or so and this is without doubt the worst I have ever been on . The whole experience was a complete disaster , from the uncomfortable hotel , dreadful food and appalling fishing . I was in a group of 5 very experienced anglers who were told we could expect between 2-3 fish per angler per day averaging 6-7lb - and that we were fishing at the prime time . We caught a total of 2 fish between us in the entire week averaging 3lb and were fishing in a lake that seemed almost completely devoid of fish despite good fishing conditions . According to the catch returns not a single fish had been recorded anywhere for the previous 2 weeks and on some beats not since the previous season . I would warn anyone interested in such a trip that it is nothing like that which is advertised by Sportquest .

Reply from Sportquest Holidays


Thank you for your valued customer feedback and your previous detailed correspondence. We are sorry that this trip did not match your expectations. We have already explained that the fishing was adversely affected by unseasonal conditions which unfortunately had a major impact on the fishing, however these conditions are out of our control. In relation to the catch books, as mentioned before these catch books are sadly not kept up to date by anglers. Many of the catch books are kept in a tin container on each beat which has resulted in them getting wet and in poor condition. Anglers do not always record all the fish they catch. In your group the 2 fish that were caught were not recorded in any of the catch books. The accommodation is basic but as anyone can see from the independant traveller reviews on Trip Advisor it scores 4 stars out of five with a 'good' rating. There was an unfortunate issue on your trip with the hotel providing unsuitable packed lunches which we have now addressed. Again we are sorry that this tour did not meet with your expectations.

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