Fishing in Iceland

Fishing in Iceland?

Iceland Outfitters offers:

Most of the anglers are fishing Iceland for 3 – 6 days and the majority of our tours include all service while anglers are in Iceland, transportation, lodging, meals, guiding and etc. It is however also possible to rent a car and arrange your own transportation and meet your guide by the river.

How to find the best fishing to suit your preferences and budget?

There are many options to choose from, we have in total, about 100 salmon rivers and even more trout and char options. Fishing in Iceland is expensive and the main cost lies in the license itself as all the fishing is privately owned and usually, there is very a limited number of rods allowed to fish each water system, so you will have plenty of space for yourself. Salmon fishing is considerably more expensive than trout and char fishing.

    • Salmon fishing season is from early June – October, prime time on most rivers is July – August.
    • Trout fishing season is from April 1 – October 30, prime time spring and fall
    • Arctic Char fishing season varies but prime time is July – August.

Salmon fishing

When you go salmon fishing you can choose between fishing one of the larger, famous salmon rivers. Where there is a full catered lodge and a group of anglers from all over the world meets for meals and rotate down the river, one beat in the morning and another one in the afternoon.
We also have many smaller rivers where you have the river and a small fishing cottage for yourself and your fishing party. Which is ideal for families or a group of friends. Most of the salmon fishing in Iceland gets rebooked every year, the same week for the same party and people are often fishing „their river“ for many years or even decades.

What is available for 2018 salmon season?

Laxá in Dölum
    • July 16 – 18, 2 days
    • August 11 – 14, 3 days

Laxá in Kjós – only 6 rods fish Kjós in June, biggest fish is caught early season

    • June 23 – 26, 3 days

Brennan junction pool – 3-rod private area with a very nice lodge (with or without a chef)

    • June 17 – 18, 1 day
    • July 23 – 25, 2 days

Straumar Junction pool – 2-rod private area with the most charming lodge

    • July 23 – 24, 1 day

Lower Rangá, 6-rod beat w/very nice lodge (with or without a chef)

    • July 21 – 24, 3 days
    • August 3 – 6, 3 days. The first 10 days in August have always been the most productive ones on LR

Skjálfandafljót, in total 7 rods. Anglers can choose from staying at a guesthouse or a private cottage.

    • July 21 – 23, 3 days
    • July 30 – August 1, 3 days

Fnjóská, an absolutely beautiful river in the north. Ideal as a combination with Skjálfandafljót river.

    • July 24 – 7, 3 days
    • August 2 – 5, 3 days

Trout and char fishing

Iceland Outfitters welcome many guests who come for trout and/or char fishing. Primetime for sea trout is in the spring and fall. In Iceland, you can fish for seatrout, trout, sea-run Arctic char and char.
Most popular trout/char fishing is the mid highland fishing and the fishing in South Iceland, or a combination of the two. Best time for fishing the mid-highland is from later part of June to early August.

For spring and fall fishing in Iceland we recommend:

Leirá river, a small stream with a cozy little hut. 2 rods, catch and release only. About 40 min drive from Reykjavik

Tungufljót in Skaftafellssýsla, one of the finest sea trout river in Iceland. 4 rods, nice lodge, and fishing is catch and release only. About 3 hours from Reykjavik

Varmá river is located in about 30 min drive from Reykjavik. It is absolutely ideal for a day tour from Reykjavik and there you can fish for all the freshwater fish we have in Iceland, though Salmon is rare. It is best in spring and fall but can also be quite good in the summer as well.

For summer we recommend:

Nordfjardara for excellent Searun Arctic char fishing, located near Egilsstadir in East Iceland, so the best way to get there is to fly from Reykjavik, appr. 1-hour flight.

Mid highland fishing, here you can fish 24/7 as in June and July we have daylight through the night. Just remember that your guide needs to sleep. We stay in mountain huts up on the highland.

Hólaá is a charming little char stream close to Thingvellir, in about 1-hour drive from Reykjavik. It is ideal for a day tour, family fishing or as a part of few days fishing in the South.

Lake system Lýsa has been privately leased for many years and is just on the open market again for all anglers. It contains off; 4 lakes, streams in between the lakes and a river that runs to the sea. It is fair to say that the surroundings are astonishingly beautiful. Lake system Lýsa is located in Snaefellsnes peninsula in about 2 hours drive from Reykjavik. We recommend at least 2 days fishing there. In Lýsa you fish for all our freshwater fish and you have a good chance of catching a salmon there, after mid-July.

We also have a lot of very good streams in North Iceland, most of them, East of Akureyri. Please ask us for a suggestion. Skjálfandafljót, Big Laxá (various beats), Brunná, Svartá and more.

Trophy Trout on Lake Thingvellir. We offer the ION beat on Lake Thingvellir in June, July and August. There, you have the chance to catch the biggest trout of your life. The trout on the ION beat is the biggest fish in Iceland, even larger than our largest salmon.

These are just a few of the options we have but some of our most popular, please send us a line and ask us to make a suggestion for you and your group.

For us, it is good to know:
  • When you are free to travel
  • How many are in your group
  • For how many days you like to fish
  • What you like to fish for

Let‘s start planning your next adventure

Best regards, Harpa Hlín