Iceland Fishing Excursions

Fast fishing for big cod, pollock, wolffish and more in the sub-Arctic waters around Iceland

August 11, 2015

Dreaming of a trip to Alaska for that northern fishing adventure of a lifetime? From New York that’s 11 ½ hours. But a flight from New York will get you to Rekjavik in just half that time, and will give you the chance to visit another country where the fishing is also wide open and the scenery also austere and unforgettable. But don’t take our word for it: Let these 25 photos by contributor Dave Lewis prove it. — SF Editors

Update: Lewis has just published a gorgeous 268-page book entitled Destination Angler. The 26 chapters cover the globe, including flats, reefs and blue water fishing. You can find out more by visiting his web site.

Scenic Icelandic drive
Classic Icelandic scenery on the mountain drive from Sudavik to Talknafjordur. Dave Lewis /
Anglers fishing a rental boat off Sudavik Iceland
Anglers fishing aboard self-drive boats from Sudavik. Dave Lewis /
Anglers double hookup fishing Iceland coast
Double hook up, a regular occurrence, when fishing the rich seas around the coast of Iceland. Dave Lewis /
Angler saltwater sea fishing off Sudavik Iceland
Hooked up! Playing my first fish of the trip off Sudavik. Dave Lewis /
Large pollock caught saltwater fishing Sudavik Iceland
The perfect start to any trip, a 33-pound coalfish (pollock) caught on spinning gear off Sudavik. Dave Lewis /
Storm Ultra Shad fishing lure
My highly successful Storm Ultra Shad lure (19 centimeters, 120 grams) with which I caught almost all of my fish, including five 30-plus-pound coalfish, the best of which was 35 pounds, 4 ounces. Dave Lewis /
Saltwater fishing boats for rent Sudavik Iceland
The self-drive fleet moored up at Sudavik. Dave Lewis /
Sudavik Iceland fishing trip apartments for rent
Self-catering apartments at Sudavik, a two minute walk from the harbour. Dave Lewis /
Cut squid wolffish fishing bait
Cut calamari squid is the go-to bait for wolffish. Dave Lewis /
Squid skirted with rubber saltwater fishing skirt
A rubber squid skirt adds a splash of colour. Dave Lewis /
Wolffish caught deep sea fishing off Iceland's coast
Terry Thomas holds a wolffish, a strong contender for both the ugliest and tastiest fish swimming off coastal Iceland. Dave Lewis /
Fishing cabin Talknafjordur Iceland
A self-catering cabin at Talknafjordur. Dave Lewis /
Dynjandi Iceland waterfalls
Stunning waterfalls at Dynjandi, on the mountain road from Sudavik to Talknafjordur. Dave Lewis /
Icelandic Harlequin ducks
Beautiful Icelandic Harlequin ducks. Dave Lewis /
Fishing boat Talknafjordur Iceland
A self-drive boat heading out to sea from Talknafjordur. Dave Lewis /
Two anglers holding cod fish caught saltwater fishing Talknafjordur Iceland
Terry Thomas and Kai Biala, head guide at Talknafjordur, with a bragging size brace of cod. Dave Lewis /
Big cod fish caught saltwater fishing Talknafjordur Iceland
Boating a nice cod off Talknafjordur. Dave Lewis /
Big coalfish caught saltwater fishing Talknafjordur Iceland
Kai Biala with a big coalfish caught off Talknafjordur. Dave Lewis /
Coalfish caught saltwater fishing Sudavik Iceland
Henri Karier, head guide at Sudavik, with a big coalfish caught on a shad. Dave Lewis /
Large shad saltwater fishing lure
Big shads, lures weighing 14 ounces or more, are increasingly the go-to lures for anglers fishing for big cod and halibut off both Iceland and Norway. Dave Lewis /
Wolffish caught fishing Sudavik Iceland
Dave Lewis holds a good wolffish caught off Sudavik. Dave Lewis /
Cod caught fishing Talknafjordur Iceland
Kai Biala and Terry Thomas with a 37-pound cod caught off Talknafjordur. Dave Lewis /
Sudavik Iceland dab saltwater fishing
Light tackle fishing with worm or fish baits will likely produce various species of flatfish, such as this dab caught in the harbour at Sudavik. Dave Lewis /
Sudavik Iceland Arctic Fox Centre cub
Be sure to visit the Arctic Fox Centre at Sudavik, where this orphaned fox cub was photographed. Dave Lewis /
Talknafjordur Iceland wildflowers
Icelandic summers might be short but they lack nothing in colour, as can be seen by this display of stream side wild flowers at Talknafjordur. Dave Lewis /

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