King of Norway to visit Iceland on private fishing trip

The King of Norway, Harald V is due in Iceland this week on an unofficial visit. He intends to use his time fishing for salmon in Vatnsdalsa river in north-western Iceland.

King Harald the fifth was invited on the trip by a friend and he will be part of a group of friends on the trip.

Petur Petursson, who oversees fishing at Vatnsdalsa, told Morgunbladid that neither Queen Sonja nor other royal visitors will join the king’s group during their salmon fishing trip.

Royal press spokesman Sven Gjerulfsen was not forthcoming with further details of the king’s trip, saying it is a private visit.

Eric Clapton is also said to be in Iceland fishing salmon, although such high profile anglers usually try to keep their exact plans under wraps.

In other fishing related news, German tourists fishing in the sea off the Westfjords in northwest Iceland this week broke the year’s record to-date, landing a two-and-a-half metre long halibut weighing 219 kilogrammes.

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