Skjálfandafljót river

Godafoss, photo by Höskuldur Birkir Erlingsson

Godafoss waterfall in Skjálfandafljót river

Photo by Höskuldur Birkir Erlingsson

Skjálfandafljót is one of the major rivers on the north coast of Iceland and comes from the biggest glacier in Europe called Vatnajökull. It is a glacial river and is famous for many large waterfalls and big fish. Skjálfandafljót, located in the heart of the north is a definite favourite of ours. Set in extreme surroundings in a large canyon, there is a mixture of all types of water and it is always a challenge to fish. This is the perfect place for anglers who like hiking through beautiful surroundings.

Skjálfandafljót is known for its good sized salmon and runs through Aðaldalur valley just as her sister river Laxá in Aðaldalur, the queen river of Iceland does. There are many interesting places close by, for example, the town of Húsavik, Myvatnsveit, Goðafoss waterfall and the fascinating lava fields.

It's a great idea to combine fishing in Skjálfandafljót with the famous trout beat at Laxá or Fnjóská or even experience the highland fishing in the North.

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Northeast Iceland

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From 18. June to 18. September

Prime time

From early July to early August


Recommended flies

Red Frances, Snælda, Sunray shadow

Recommended tackles

12-14 feet Double handed rods, weight 8-10, floating lines and sink tip.

Fishing time

18 June – 20. August 7.00-13.00 and 16.00-22.00 , 21 August – 18. September. 7.00-13.00 and 15.00- 21.00

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Last updated: 14/09/2017 16:23:00 via Icelandic Meteorological Office