Varmá river

Varmá is one of few rivers where you find all the freshwater species that live in Iceland, Brown trout, Sea trout, Arctic char and even the mighty Atlantic salmon.

Varmá is best known for its good Sea trout fishing in the spring and autumn. But there are some big brownies caught there every year. The river is small and the access is easy so it is a good choice for the whole family.

Varmá is quite an interesting river. Hot spring water flows into the river which warms up the cold water and gives the river warmer streams. The name of the river is Varmá which means "warm river". Varmá is small and easy to fish, with a lot of great fishing spots, we use single handed rods, floating line, streamers and sometimes nymphs.

Varmá is fly only and anglers are allowed to keep one fish a day, rest is catch and release only. We kindly ask all anglers to release all big fish back to the river.

The river is located within 30 mins drive from down town Reykjavik and therefore it is popular for day tours.


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South Iceland

Distance from Reykjavík

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From 1. April to 20. October

Prime time

From early April to late May


Recommended flies

Streamers in black, yellow, orange, and sometimes nymps

Recommended tackles

Single handed rod with floating line weight 5-8

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Last updated: 15/11/2017 11:43:53 via Icelandic Meteorological Office