We are proud to present the wealth of opportunities that our country offers the angler. As you will soon discover, there are many fascinating dimensions to a stay on the Faroe Islands besides the pleasures of fishing. The very special North Atlantic light results in an ever-changing scenery in our green pastures and towering mountains. Amonumental silence amplifies the sound of birdsong, rushing streams and foaming waterfalls. Fresh air and clean water complete the picture of an environment untouched by the ravages of modern industry. But part of the fascination lies in contrasts. There are powerful natural forces at work that can quickly transform the peaceful idyll into wild landscapes’ and raging seas. We are proud of our country’s outstanding beauty and look forward to sharing it with you.
Leynar is located on Streymoy’s west coast. The village spreads over the hills above the beach ‘Leyna-sandur’. The small and beautiful beach is a nice recreational area. On a beautiful summer-day when the sun is shining it is possible go bathing in the clean but rather cold water. The sub-sea tunnel connecting Vágar and Streymoy surfaces outside Leynar.
Leynarvatn is the name of the largest of three lochs, which support a large head of wild free rising small brown trout and arctic char. Leynarvatn is the only loch in the Faroes where char are present aturally. Salmon and seatrout also migrate into the lochs during the summer, and these are regarded the main quarry. Flyfishing is the overall most popular method although it is possible to catch the uncrowned king – the salmon – with spinning or bait fishing. All three methods have their merits. Fishing ranges from patchy to very good according to the size of the run, which over the past few years has varied considerably for unknown reasons. The normal size of the salmon is between 3lbs. and 10 lbs. interspersed with the odd much larger farmed escapee’s reaching into the twenties (lbs.).
No boats are allowed on any of the lochs. Fishing is best after long periods of rain as shoals of salmon move from the sea up to the lochs. There are no limits on rod numbers so fishing pressure tends to be high if runs are good. Detailed regulations are printed on the fishing permit, which must be purchased before fishing starts. The permit must be externally adorned and clearly visible at all times. All seatrout must be returned unharmed.