Jigging fish through ice has proven successful in lakes in Thingeyjarsýsla county in northeast Iceland and the sport is growing in popularity among locals. Some schools take a break from regular teaching to have students spend time outside and go ice fishing.
Ice fishing on lake Mývatn. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.
Recently students from the elementary school Litlulaugaskóli in Reykjadalur went ice fishing on the Vestmannavatn lake and, according to Morgunbladid, they enjoyed the outdoor activity.
Experienced ice fishers use worms as bait, which they have kept alive since last fall. Ice fishing requires six months of preparation, they say, then they are sure to catch prime trout.
The best lakes for ice fishing in the area, apart from Mývatn, are Engjavatn, Kálfborgarárvatn, Kringluvatn and Másvatn. Vestmannavatn is growing in possibility because of its location near the highway, but the trout there are rather small.