Icelandair Hotels is a leading chain of quality hotels in Iceland. Whether you want to enjoy the natural beauty of historical sites, take part in outdoor activities or experience the cultural life of the south, north, east and west of Iceland, we always offer first-class facilities and excellent service. We also operate Hilton Reykjavik Nordica, the seasonal hotel chain Hotel Edda and Canopy Reykjavik|City Centre.

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Welcome to Icelandair Hotels, Iceland's premier hotel chain, and the trusted source for comfortable, affordable accommodations for visitors and locals alike since 1966. Choose from 8 hotels throughout Iceland, including two hotel locations in Reykjavik - each with its authentic-Icelandic character, drawing inspiration from the unique local settings of this beautiful island-nation.

We at Icelandair Hotels are keen to help make your dream holiday come true. Our eight hotels are the ideal gateway to the unique experience that is Iceland, whether in the buzzing city of Reykjavik or the magnificent countryside. Each of our eight hotels is perfectly situated, and all have something unique to offer. We strive to ensure that your accommodation in Iceland is of the highest quality and place great emphasis on superior service, comfortable surroundings, fresh, locally sourced food, and attention to detail that will make your visit unforgettable.
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Fishing in Iceland

Photo: Bo Valentin
Photo: Bo Valentin

Icelandic Angling

Iceland has some of the best freshwater fishing in the world. It is a true paradise, offering miles of untouched tranquil rivers and sparkling lakes full of salmon, trout and arctic char. Over 100 self sustaining salmon rivers with at least 20 considered first class. Most of the fishing lakes and rivers of Iceland are privately owned. Fishing clubs, which consist of the group of landowners, set the regulations for each river, lake or lake cluster, and sell permits accordingly. Taking season and tackle government regulations into account, these clubs then set their own guidelines.  

Season Guidelines

For trout and char, the season extends from May  to mid September, but the prime time of year is July to late October, with the exception of landlocked trout which is open year round. Whether you decide to go with a self catering or full service excursion, prices will vary by fishery and time of year. Salmon season runs from June to September with the prime time being July to August. Pricing reflects this accordingly. All bait that fish case naturally is considered legal. Although some fisheries set more specifics regulations and in recent years a greater number are tending to allow only fly fishing, especially in prime periods. Each river association sets it's own hours within the governments regulated up to 12 hours between 7 am and sundown.

Fishing Tackle Disinfection

Iceland's freshwaters have managed to remain mostly free of pollution and disease and this is directly due to their strict cleanliness regulations. Visitors to Iceland are prohibited from bringing in any equipment that has been used abroad unless it has been issued a certificate of disinfection from a licensed veterinarian as per Iceland's Freshwater Fisheries Law. A private company which operates from within the Keflavik International Airport will provide this service for a nominal fee if needed. All organic, live bait, including larvae and fish eggs, is also strictly prohibited.

Saltwater Fishing

Although not as favored as Iceland's freshwater fishing scene, there are some opportunities for off shore angling. Most coastal communities will offer a couple boats that will help you out, generally included with a whale watching tour. Cod, catfish, haddock and halibut are the main catches.

From Icelandair Hotels, we hope you have found this information useful, and will consider us when you embark on your Icelandic fishing expedition!