Arctic char are the most common freshwater fish in Iceland. They are found in rivers and lakes all over the island. On average, Char weight from from about half to two pounds, but fish up to five pounds are not rare. The largest recorded char that have been caught in Iceland was over 20 lbs.
The Arctic char is closely related to both salmon and lake trout, and has many characteristics of both. The fish is highly variable in colour, depending on the time of year and the environmental conditions of the lake where it lives.
The Char breeds in fresh water, and populations can be either landlocked or anadromous, migrating to the sea. Sea-run char are also widely distributed in Iceland but predominately in the north. It is the dominant fish specie in many cold rivers in Iceland.
The sea char season starts in beginning of June but prime time is from beginning of July to appr. 10th of August.