Northeast Iceland
Photo credit: Jónína S. Þorláksdóttir

Fishing season

20 May – 31 August


Baits allowed

Flies, Worms, Spinner

Fishing limits

No quota


Not available


Family friendly, Easy access, Requires permission

Price range for fishing rods

For the full day
9900 ISK to 9900 ISK

What can be fished


Æðarvötn are two lakes on the northeast side of Melrakkslétta. The northern and larger one lies just south of the main road close to the deserted town of Skinnalón. It is about 0.58 km² in area. The smaller lake is estimated at 0.10 km2 in area. Both lakes are 5 m above sea level. There is some a decent fishing in the lakes, mostly good brown trout, which are often around 2 pounds, and some char, which are mostly quite small. Æðarvötn are a short distance north of Raufarhöfn.

Fishing rules

Holders of the Fishing Card must have the card and ID with them and be prepared to show the fishing guard when he visits the anglers. It is strictly forbidden to leave rubbish and drive off-road. Children under the age of 14 fish for free accompanied by a cardholder. It is requested that people send information about catches by e-mail to [email protected].


Fishing is permitted in both lakes, but the larger one is considered to be better.

Regarding Æðarvatn, the main road lies just above the northern end of the lake, in approx. 100 m distance, and it is good to park cars there. In Æðavatn, it is best to fish from bays and headlands along the shore.

Services nearby

Nearest cities

Raufarhöfn: 14 km, Húsavík: 145 km, Akureyri: 216 km and Reykjavík: 603 km

About the fishing license

The lakes are included in the Fishing Card

A fishing guard is Halldór Þórólfsson t: +354 863-8468 (Hallur Þorsteinsson t: +354 660-4569 is knowledgeable about the lakes)



Northeast Iceland

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