If fishing for specimen trout in far flung places is beyond your reach why not consider the trip of a lifetime closer to home? Iceland’s sea trout are often overlooked and serious game anglers do this at their peril! Fishing for sea trout is not just a speciality in Argentina as anglers in Iceland will testify. Here the sport is very reasonably priced, is much more accessible and self-catering accommodation in a riverside lodge is normally included in the price.
Grenlaekur is regarded as one of Iceland’s premier sea trout rivers where the largest fish can tip the scales at 20lbs. The river is located in the south of the island, 150 miles (240km) from Reykjavik and approimately three hours’ drive from the airport at Keflavik – and is an easy drive at that. The nearest town, called Kirkjubaejarklaustur, is just over 7 miles (12km) away.
Being spring fed the water source originates from the glacial Skafta River which itself has a pronounced chalky appearance. However, the minerals are filtered out through the porous lava and emerge to produce crystal-clear water. The surrounding lava field was created in 1783 and the area is mostly vegetated.
Grenlaekur is therefore very fertile and the upper part flows across an alternating bed of lava and sand. The middle section is particularly scenic and follows a channel previously carved out by the Skafta River. The lower reaches meander through wetland and moors which bestow it a silt and sand bottom, ideal for wading. This wetland area is home to numerous plant species and the birdlife is in abundance.
Yet it’s the fish which are its greatest asset. From the middle of June until late July anglers can earmark brown trout and Arctic char. Then in late July the sea trout take centre stage as they begin their migration which lasts until mid-October. The river quite literally comes alive in late August and early September before its peak in the middle of September/early October.
Grenlaekur is also home to Arctic char. These colourful specimens spawn in the middle part of the river in the cold, steady spring water. They move to the lower stretches to feed before returning upstream to breed in mid-June. Some char grow into sizeable fish of up to 12 pounds in weight. A catch and release policy is in force to help protect and maintain the natural fish stocks.
The entire river is a little over 18 miles (30km) long but the Seglbudir beat is the the most productive water which extends to just over six miles (11km) of double-bank fishing for four rods. Anglers fishing this beat catch 500-600 sea trout and char in an average year whilst the record catch dates back to 1996 when 3876 trout were caught in the river as a whole.
FishIcleand is pleased to be able to offer various package which include accommodation in the luxury self-catering cabin located nearby the river. There is a fully equipped kitchen with a spacious sitting and dining room. Each of the four double bedrooms has super-deluxe beds with an en suite bathroom. There is an indoor sauna and jaccuzzi on the veranda from which to view the Northern Lights and enjoy a drink in the evening.
A full catering and housekeeping service can be arranged as required. Other activities within an hour’s drive from the lodge include hiking, horse trekking and snowmobiling on glaciers.
Grenlaekur package includes:
Meet and greet on arrival in Iceland
Six days of trout and char fishing
Six nights in self catering luxury lodge
Private guide available at extra cost
All tackle can be provided at extra cost
Price per rod: £2,190 More Information and to Book Online
YouTube Video of the fishing