Family friendly and self catering rivers
We have some great family friendly and self catering rivers, here we have listed our top choices.
You find Leira river in a short driving distance from Reykjavik we have a nice and family friendly river, Leira river, with a cosy cottage standing on the riverbank, perfect for families.
Leira river is a two rod river and quite easy to fish, suitable for beginners as well as more experienced anglers. Leira river is a fly only river and all fish must be released. It is about 4 km long with 24 named pools.
It is self catering, you can get all necessities close by in Borganes town or Akranes town, as well as there is only 40 min drive to Reykjavik. The first day you go over the river with your guide who will point out the best spots of the river and answer all your questions.
The area around Leira river is beautiful and without driving far from it, you can find some nice places to try and to explore.
Brennan junction pool
Brennan is the junction pool of Thvera river and Hvita river. It is a 3 rod beat with a very nice self catering cottage, located in Borgarfjordur.
Hvita river is a glacial river where thousands of salmon venture through to enter some of the finest salmon rivers in Iceland. Still, the salmon seem to amass in only a very few places in the Hvita river and those places are mostly at the junctions of the major salmon rivers.
The main spot being the Brennan Junction pool with 300-500 salmon caught each summer plus a lot of sea trout.
There are two cottages that go with the fishing. One has two twin bedrooms, sleeping loft, kitchen/living room and a hot tub on the veranda. The other cottage is within 2 minutes walking has a twin bedroom and a double room. So all in all, there are beds for 8 guests + few mattresses.
Brennan is fly-only in June and July. Spin fishing is allowed in August and September. Most of the salmon is released, but anglers can take 3 salmon under 70 cm per rod per day. The rest is catch-release.
In September, Brennan offers a really good sea trout fishing with good chance of catching a salmon.
Straumar junction pool
Straumar junction pool is a 2 rod salmon beat, located in Borgarfjordur, West Iceland. It is the junction of Nordura, Gljufura and Hvita rivers. Endless numbers of salmon go through the junction on their way to some of the most legendary rivers in Iceland. The fishing is best early in the season and the average catch is over 300 salmon a year.
Straumar junction pool is the perfect place for families and smaller groups who want to have a bit of privacy while fishing. The accommodation available is two small houses each with two bedrooms. They are located on the river bank so you will not need a car when fishing there.
A big part of the charm of fishing Straumar, is staying at the old house and experiencing the history of anglers who have used the lodge for over 100 years.
You can fish both single and double handed rods but most of the fish lie in the edge of the glacial water and in the clear water.
Straumar is fly-only in June and July. Spin fishing is allowed in August and September. Most of the salmon is released, but anglers can take 3 salmon under 70 cm per rod per day. The rest is catch-release.
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