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Westfjords popular fishing destination

Over 2,000 sea-anglers will visit Iceland’s Westfjords this summer. Two new companies in Sudureyri and Súdavík offer fishing trips to tourists on specially designed fishing boats, accommodations and other services.

Ómar Már Jónsson, head of the local authority in Súdavík and one of the representatives of the local travel agency Fjord Fishing, told Fréttabladid the Westfjords had the potential to receive 10,000 sea-anglers every summer.

Jónsson said once all the villages in the region had established sea-angling services, the profits could prove extensive, over ISK 1 billion (USD 16 million, EUR 12 million) every year, he estimated.

Fjord Fishing in Súdavík and Hvíldarklettur ehf. in Sudureyri have 31 fishing boats and 36 cottages for rent in total. The tourists, mostly Germans, usually rent a boat and a cottage for one week at a time. Four or five sea-anglers share one boat and one of them is required to have appropriate captain rights.

Jónsson said sea-angling has become a popular hobby and Norway has reaped the benefits for a long time. Now the Westfjords have become popular for sea-angling, too; Fjord Fishing and Hvíldarklettur cannot keep up with demand.

According to Jónsson, 350,000 German tourists travel to fishing destinations every year. “That shows how huge this market is. We have the product, the service and the scenery and the opportunities are endless,” he concluded.

Click here to read about a German sea-angler catching a giant halibut.

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