Djúpá – salmon

Northeast Iceland
Photo credit: Ragnar Árni Ragnarsson

Fishing season

10 July – 30 September


Baits allowed

Fishing rod

Maximum fishing rods

2 rods

Fishing limits

Catch & Release

Accomodation options

Fishing cabin


Not available


Family friendly, Requires permission, SUVs only

Price range for fishing rods

For the full day
12500 ISK to 40000 ISK

What can be fished


River Djúpá is in Þingeyjarsýsla and runs from Lake Ljósavatn to Skjálfandafljót. The real salmon beat in Djúpá reaches from the dam by the old power station and down to the salmon ladder lower in the river, just above the junction. For a while, landowners used their fishing rights themselves, but now they sell permits and the river has regular gueasts, although fishing is not practiced every day from morning to evening. There are 60 – 100 salmon caught each summer and Djúpá has a salmon stock of some bigger ones. The trout beat, from the Power station to Lake Ljósavatn, is now included with the salmon beat. There are many beautiful fishing spots and really nice fish, five to six lbs are common. The trout area is described in another article here on the web.

Accommodation & Facilities

Fishing cabin

A good fishing cabin is by the river. It has 5 rooms, with 10 beds and toilet and shower facilities. Anglers take care of themselves, but can ask for made up beds if they wish. The house should be cleaned between groups and anglers are asked to register all catches into the logbook.


The fishing area reaches from Lake Ljósavatn and down to the fish ladder above the junction to Skjálfandafljót. However, the salmon beat starts at the old power station.

Services nearby

Nearest cities

Akureyri: 32 km through the tunnel, Húsavík: about 50 km and Reykjavík: 418 km


Fossholl restaurant and hsop: only 4 km, Dalakofinn: 16 km


The waterfalls Goðafoss: 4 km & Aldeyjarfoss: 42 km and Lake Mývatn: 48 km

About the fishing license


Morning shift

07:00 – 13:00

Evening shift

16:00 – 22:00


Northeast Iceland

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