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Region: West Iceland
Coordinates: 64.889° N 21.9998° W

Lake Hlidarvatn is 4,7 km long and up to 1,7 km wide. It has an area of about 4,4 km² and is situated 78 m above sea level. Its discharge is the river Hraunholtsa, which enters lake Oddastadavatn.

The fishing permits are limited to the western part of the lake. The catch consists of lake char and brown trout and late in the summer there is a vague hope for a salmon to bite. The lake char usually weighs less than a pound but the brown trout 5-6 pounds. In 1964 an unsuccessful attempt was made to operate a floating hotel on the lake.

The distance from the capital is 108 km by the Whale Bay tunnel and 50 km from Borgarnes.

Fishing Card:
Hlíðarvatn is in Kolbeinsstaðahreppur and is by road Heydalsveg nr. 55. GPS: knot: 64° 53.318’N, 22° 11.069’W (ISN93: 349.221, 491.382)

How to get there:
After driving to the Snaefellsnes through Borgarnes you turn into road Heydalsveg, gravel road marked Budardalur. From there you drive about 10 km and then the lake should be on your left hand. The lake is about 130 km from Reykjavik if you drive the Hvalfjord tunnel. About 50 km from Borgarnes.

Fishing area:
Cardholder is permitted to fish in the land of Hraunholt that is the west part of the lake – see map for more details. Most popular fishing spots are Hraunid, Rif and Vikin.

You can camp by the lake without additional cost, but please respect the area and no littering. WC is by the lake.
Fishing hut: Angling club of Borgarnes is renting a small house by the lake that is called Jonsbud. There 6-7 people can stay and nice facility but no electicity. One night rental for the house is ISK 7000 per day by weekends, and ISK 5000 from monday to friday. Further information about renting the house is by sending email to

The catch:
In the lake you can get brown trout and char, both small and big fishes.
Opening hours:
You can fish 24 hours
Fishing season:
You can fish all year around. Pole fishing is allowed if the ice is solid enough.
All normal bait is allowed i.g. worm, flies and spinners. Yellow beans (corn) can even be good!
Fishemen can go directly to fish, but need to check in at Hraunholt by phone in numbers: +354-894-6679 / +354-435-6679 or stop by at Hraunholt. Cardholders need to have the Fishing Card handy when the landlord check fishing permits.
Please also send us fishing report and of course, photos are also appreciated.
No littering or off-road driving.
Boating is forbidden.

Fishing card only costs 9.900 ISK.

Hlidarvatn in Icelandic