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Fishing season

01 April – 24 September


Baits allowed

Flies, Worms, Spinner

Fishing limits

No quota

Accomodation options

Fishing cabin, Guesthouse




Easy access, Requires permission, SUVs only, Only by foot

Price range for fishing rods

For the full day
5000 ISK to 6000 ISK

What can be fished


Brúará is a popular char river in the south part of Iceland. It is safe to say that the river is one of the most difficult and demanding fishing areas in the country. Brúará is the second largest spring fed river in the country. It originates in Brúarárskörð, Laugardalsfjöll and Úthlíðarhraun and flows over 40 km to Hvítá. Both Arctic char and brown trout are caught in Brúará and there is also a good chance for salmon as the summer progresses. The river is considered fishable for salmon about 27 km, up to Hlauptungufoss. The most popular fishing sections are Spóastaðir and Sel and access to them is good, mainly to the Spóastaðir section.

Accommodation & Facilities

Fishing cabin

SPÓASTAÐIR: A small fishing cabin is included with the fishing licenses, where anglers can eat and use a toilet.


Guesthouse Sel t: +354 893-9294

Fishing rules

Anglers are asked to fish moderately and release all char over 50 cm as they are the most important spawning fish. All salmon should be released. SEL: The fishing book can be found in the Guesthouse Sel and anglers must record all catches in that book. There are 8 rods at Spóastaðir , except August 10th – 20th, when there are 4 rods. There has been no actual division of fishing areas for the land of Spóastaðir. Anglers are encouraged to show consideration and good tact. SEL: Fishing hours are from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm. SPÓASTAÐIR: from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm (April 1st to August 20th) but from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm (August 21 – September 25th).


Brúara – SEL

The fishing section in the land of Sel is about 5 km long and it is now fished with only 4 rods. In the first part of the summer both brown trout and Arctic char are caught, but further into the summer, it is mostly char. Demand has increased, because it is easy to get to the area and the fishing can be good and there is great natural beauty. There is no trail along the river and therefore people must walk a bit. All those who visit the area are asked to be tidy and fish moderately. The best fishing spots are Eyrin, Staurinn, Hrafnaklettar, the waterfall Dynjandi, Fossbrún og Felgan (abowe Hólmatagl). To get to the Sel fishing section, drive from highway one into Biskupstungnabraut (35) shortly before reaching Selfoss. Then drive directly until Brúará is reached.

Map of the fishing area – Sel


The fishing area covers a 4.6 km section on the east bank of river Brúará. Unlike in the land of Sel, it is possible to drive to or near most fishing spots in the land of Spóastaðir. The main catch is char, but brown trout are also caught early in the season, as well as occasional salmon and sea trout. Those familiar with the beat have often had adventurous fishing, mostly by fishing upstream with weighted nymphs. The best fishing spots are Breiðibakki (the barrel), Brúin, Klöppin, Ferjunef, Kerlingarvík, Hrafnaklettar and waterfall Dynjandi.

Fishing map of Spóastaðir

Drive over the bridge by Brúará and take the road to the right towards Skálholt. Spóastaðir is the nearest farm west of Skálholt, on the border of Biskupstungnabraut and Skálholtsvegur.

Services nearby

Nearest cities

Reykholt: 6 km, Selfoss: 36 km, Hella: 54 km, Reykjavík: 90 km, Reykjanesbær: 127 km and Akureyri: 422 km


Reykholt: 6 km and Laugarás: 5km


Skálholt: 3 km, Slakki: 6 km, Friðheimar: 7 km, Waterfall Faxi: 15 km, The Secret Lagoon: 19 km, Geysir: 26 km and Waterfall Gullfoss: 36 km

About the fishing license

Brúará – Sel permits

Fishing Guard in Sel: Árni Kristinn Skúlason t: +354 616-1988

Supervisor in Spóastaðir: Áslaug Jóhannesdóttir t: +354 486 8863.



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