Arnarvatn stóra

Northwest Iceland
Photo credit: Ólafur P. Jónsson

Fishing season

15 June – 15 September


Baits allowed

Flies, Worms, Spinner

Fishing limits

No quota


Not available


Family friendly, Requires permission, SUVs only, Only by foot

Price range for fishing rods

For the full day
8000 ISK to 8000 ISK

What can be fished


Lake Arnarvatn stóra is one of the most popular fishing lakes in Iceland. It is at 540 m above sea level, about 4.0 km² in area, quite deep and has many bays. The main bay, Sesseljuvík, Húsfellingar had a fishing station. Austurá flows out from it. Hólmavík bay is the name of the southeastern part of the lake and Skammá flows out from it and into Réttarvatn. There are a lot of char and trout in the lake, but, as usual, anglers success is variable. Targeted net fishing has helped to keep the size of the fish in balance and is this especially true of the char. Fishing permits are valid throughout the area and in the upper part of Austurá. It is best to fish in the morning and evening and most of the fishing is often done soon after the ice melts.

Accommodation & Facilities

Fishing cabin

It is possible to rent accommodation in several cabins. The cabins have heating, running water, cooking facilities, dishes, glasses, and cutlery. Also a dining table, light from a solar panel and a grill. The toilet is right next to the cabins. Arrival and departure time is based on noon.

Large cabin: 3900 ISK per person/per day

Four-person house: 15.000 ISK for 24 hours

Dísarbúð: 28.500 ISK for 24 hours (accommodates 7 people)

New House: The north hall is 35.000 ISK for 24 hours, but a room is 8000 ISK


Booking: Rafn Ben. t: +354 892-7576, [email protected]


Camping is allowed by the lake and there is a good campsite by Sesseljuvík


It is allowed to fish the entire lake and a good part of Austurá. The dates when the road to the lake is passable vary from year to year, but it is usually just before or in the middle of June. The road from Laugarbakki is accessible to most all-wheel drive cars and there is a difficult road from Kalmanstunga in Borgarfjörður, but work has been done to repair that road. It is not possible to drive along the lake.

Services nearby

Nearest cities

Hvammstangi: 70 km, Akureyri: 260 km, Borgarnes: 172 km, Reykjavík: 247 km (about 200 km by Kalmannstunga) and Reykjanesbær: 288 km

About the fishing license

Rafn Ben. t: +354 892-7576, [email protected] & Theódór fishing guard t: (+354) 451-2950 & 852-0951


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Northwest Iceland

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