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West Ranga Lodge | Iceland

Overview

Tour code: ICE100

Fly Fishing West Ranga Lodge Iceland

West Ranga Lodge Iceland is only a short drive from Reykjavik, which offers you the chance to fish Iceland’s most iconic Atlantic Salmon rivers within just hours of arriving in Iceland. The West Ranga River is now known as one of the top prolific Atlantic Salmon Rivers in Iceland, which produces good numbers of Salmon to 20lb plus. Back in 2009, this river boasted over an unprecedented 10,000 landed Salmon in a single season, making it second only to the Ponoi River Russia in terms of overall productivity. West Ranga River’s average yielded has been an incredible annual catch of 6,490 salmon over the past 14-years and is indisputably the single most productive Atlantic Salmon river in Iceland. Combine this first-class fishing on the West Ranga with the River Hotel Lodge providing a full service of all meals and single rooms right on the river edge, and you have the perfect Atlantic Salmon fishing destination in Iceland.

All About The West Ranga River

The river is only approximately just over a one hour drive from Reykjavík in the South of Iceland. From its headwaters near the foothills of the spectacular Mt. Hekla, one of Iceland’s most active volcanoes it runs for over 70km. Although Salmon populate most of the central area of the river the best Atlantic Salmon fishing is from the Árbæjarfoss waterfalls which tend to hold back the Salmon until later in the season, through to 15km downstream to the junction of the East Ranga.

The West Ranga River has an average width of 50 metres, with gentle flats and long gliding runs, punctuated by impressive multi-tiered falls. This river is spring-fed which is worth its weight in gold when Salmon fishing. It never has low water, and it is seldom if ever coloured due to flooding and heavy rains. The only enemy could be the wind blowing on and off, but that doesn’t stop a keen angler as you can always fish from the other bank. The West Rangá is an unusual Salmon river in as much as it has very little in the way of natural spawning habitat and it, therefore, relies on a very successful smolt-releasing programme which that began in 1989. It is this combination of a highly successful smolt rearing program and virtually perfect water conditions all season that has made the West Ranga one of the most popular fly waters for Salmon fishing in Iceland.

What is the Fly Fishing Like on the West Ranga River lodge Iceland?

The West Ranga lodge Iceland has exclusivity on four beats which provide approximately 25km of double bank fishing. There is a maximum of 16 rods per day on these beats; however, you can rod share if you would like. This way, there are only four anglers per beat each session. All fishing beats are on a rotation schedule that you are provided with on your arrival. On the suggested itinerary with four days fishing, you will get the chance to cover all the fishing waterfalls, small and big pools two times during your stay. 

On this river, you can fish the majority of pools with single-handed rods; however, due to its large size and the prevailing winds, it is often better to fish with a double-handed rod. These longer rods will allow you to cover the larger pools better and enable you to control a long line through the drift. As the river is entirely spring-fed, the water tends to be at colder temperatures than other Icelandic Rivers. For this reason, sunken fly techniques, often in conjunction with sink tip lines (or sinking leaders) are frequently more productive. During warm weather, fish will usually respond to smaller flies fished on floating lines, as well as hitched and stripped Sunray Shadows. 

This river is all wading which is easy as the bottom is mainly made up of black volcanic sand, making the wading relatively safe and comfortable for all abilities. Fishing is with 2 rods per guide, they are all very experienced anglers, who know the river very well and they will help you in any way to catch a fish. They are service-minded, speak perfect English and are good fun, ask them anything, and they will do their best to ensure you have the best time. Also as each day, the river is accessed by car, there is not too much walking involved so this destination suits anglers of all fishing and physical abilities. 

A Typical Day On The West Ranga River

You will fly fish the West Ranga river in two daily 6-hour sessions from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm and from 4:00 to 10:00 pm. Because of the lengthy amount of time you get with 12 hours of fully guided fishing per day. Many customers decide to share a rod which makes the fishing more economical. The number of fish, anyone, can expect to catch is, generally, if a relatively competent fly angler could be anything from 4-5 fish per day with many more lost on the way. That would be a realistic expectation, but of course, individual skills and both which week fished, river conditions and weather do affect average catches, so these figures are only as a guide.

Iceland Tackle Disinfection

Iceland has always been free of diseases like UDN and Gyrodactylus salaris, and they intend to keep it that way. There is a strict policy that visiting anglers should have their fishing tackle sterilised before coming to Iceland; this should be done in a 2% formaldehyde solution for 10 minutes and can be easily performed by a veterinary surgeon. You will be given a certificate and a signed inventory of what has been sterilised for presentation to the customs officers at Keflavik airport. (Tackle sterilised in Virkon S disinfectant is also acceptable.) The most critical items to be treated are rods, reel/line, waders and flies.

Another and more convenient alternative before entering the country is handing the fishing equipment over to customs officers at arrival for immediate disinfection at the owner’s expense (approx. € 39 per person). The process usually doesn’t take long (approx. 15 – 20 minutes).

Contact Us

If you have any questions about our saltwater fly fishing holiday to West Ranga Lodge Iceland, contact us by email our experienced team will be happy to help you with any queries you have. Are you looking to explore more of our freshwater fly fishing holidays? Make sure to view all our alternative Atlantic Salmon fishing holidays.  Additionally, you can call us on 01603 407596 to make an enquiry.

 

Accommodation
West Ranga Lodge

Lodging at West Ranga

The lodge is consists of two main buildings; first, there is the leading block which houses the main dining room, kitchens and lounge area. The lounge area is ideal for relaxing with a nice drink on the comfortable leather couches and chairs while unwinding and sharing the days fishing experiences. This central block has a commanding view over the river right at the bottom of the waterfalls and the home pool. The bar has beer on tap as well as many spirits to tempt you. Outside you will find a wader room and drying room to change your clothes at the end of each day. The lodge also has an outside hot tub to soak away all those aches and pains after a long day fly fishing. In total, the lodge has 22 rooms that all provide a private bathroom with shower.

Food & Drink

During your stay at the lodge, you can enjoy a daily breakfast buffet, lunch and evening meal in the restaurant located close to the river. The food is prepared every day by the very experienced “top-notch” chefs and served by friendly staff. Mealtimes to work with the fishing are as follows: Breakfast: 06:00 – 10:00, Lunch: 13:00 – 15:00 and Dinner: 21:00

Tackle Shop

At West Ranga Fly Fishing Lodge there is a small shop where you can find all the fishing equipment you need to fish in Iceland. Staff are always on hand to help you find the right tackle. In the shop, you will find brands like Rio and Sage. So, if you need leaders, tippets, flies, hooks, rods, reels, clothing, and accessories, you will find everything you need in the shop. You can pay with almost any credit or debit cards.

west ranga lodge view from the outside lovely bedroom at west ranga lodge iceland
Board: Full board
Rooms: Single
Telephone: Mobile
Internet: Free WiFi
Power: 240 Volts
Meals: In restaurant
Shop: Small Fly Shop
Cards Accepted: Visa, Mastercard
Cash Accepted: Kroner & Euro
Species Information
Atlantic Salmon
Season: 20th of June to 20th of October
Peak: July 15th to August 25th
Weight: 25lb
Average Weight: 9lb

Itinerary

Although the below itinerary is based on 4 days fishing as there are daily flights from the UK to Reykjavik we can either extend or shorten the number of fishing days to suit your personality as all tours can be tailored just for you.

DAY 1: Half Day Fishing

Depart UK (alternative routes available)
Arrive at Reykjavik International.

After you have cleared customs, at around 1 pm you will be picked up by our staff at West Ranga Lodge and driven just over 1 hour to the West Ranga Lodge.

On arrival, the lodge manager will show you to your room and provide you with details of the fishing rotation, beat maps and introduce you to your guide for your first evenings fishing.

Lunch is served at the lodge

You will leave the lodge with your guide around 3 pm by 4×4 vehicle to you beat for the evening.

Fishing is based on 2 rods per guide and there are 4 anglers per beat, you will get to fish all pools in your beat over the next 6 hours of fishing. You will fish until around 9 pm before returning back to the lodge for your evening meal.

Overnight Accommodation: West Ranaga Lodge (Single Rooms)

DAY 2 TO 3 Full Days Fishing

Rise early to take breakfast in the dining room. After breakfast, depart at 7 am with your guide to the river. You will fish a different beat and several pools on the rotation system and continue to fish until around 1 pm.

Returning to the lodge lunch will be available and then is time to take a well-earned rest before the evening session.

Around 3 pm you will again return to the river with your guides for another fantastic 6-hour session fly fishing for Atlantic Salmon. Our guides are there to help you so if you need any assistance please feel free to ask. Also, our guides have available any flies you might need for purchase.

You will fish until around 9 pm before returning back to the lodge for your evening meal.

Overnight Accommodation: West Ranaga Lodge (Single Rooms)

DAY 4: Half Day Fishing

After a hearty breakfast depart to the river with your guide around 7 am to fish your morning session. After your morning session, it will be time to return back to the lodge and depart for the international airport.

Once you have checked out and paid any gratuities and bar bills our staff will drive you back to  Reykjavik International airport.

Depart Reykjavik International

Arrive in the 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
20/06/2021 14/07/2021 4 3 3 £4,166 N/A Sold Out N/A
15/07/2021 20/08/2021 4 3 3 £4,716 N/A Enquire Now N/A
21/08/2021 20/10/2021 4 3 3 £4,166 N/A Enquire Now N/A
20/06/2022 14/07/2022 4 3 3 £4,216 N/A Enquire Now N/A
15/07/2022 20/08/2022 4 3 3 £4,766 N/A Enquire Now N/A
21/08/2022 20/10/2022 4 3 3 £4,216 N/A Enquire Now N/A

Price Notes

Prices are based on one adult in single room accommodation fishing 1 rod (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

  • International Flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Single Room Accommodation
  • Full board
  • Fishing Licence for 1 rod
  • Shared Guide

What's Excluded

  • Drinks
  • Tackle disinfection
  • Guide gratuities
  • Lodge gratuities
  • Fishing Tackle

Options

  • Flight upgrades

  • Rod sharing

  • Additional fishing days

Price Supplements

  • If you wish it is possible to share a rod, which then means accommodation will be based on a twin room. If you are interested in rod sharing please call our offices on 01603 407596

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

The UK to Reykjavik International (approx 3 hrs)

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 the 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 are dependent on the airline. We, therefore, recommend that once your flights are booked you check on the airline’s 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

Reykjavik international airport – West Ranga Lodge (approx 75 mins)

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