East Rangá

South Iceland
Photo credit: Kolskeggur

Fishing season

01 July – 20 October


Baits allowed

Fishing rod

Maximum fishing rods

18 rods

Fishing limits

4 fish per rod/day

Accomodation options

Angling lodge


Not available


Easy access, Requires permission

Price range for fishing rods

For the full day
47000 ISK to 195000 ISK

What can be fished


River East Rangá merges with the river Þverá about 5 km east of the confluence of West Rangá and river Þverá. In recent years, the East Ranga has established itself as one of the best salmon rivers in the country. The average catch for the last five years is 4.300 salmon per year, but in the summer of 2020, 9070 salmon were caught in the river. Efforts have been made in recent years to catch large salmon to use as brood stock. This has resulted in greater proportion of large salmon, and the catch has also increased earlier in the season.

Accommodation & Facilities

Angling lodge

The fishing lodge “Aurora Lodge Hotel” is located on a hill above beat 4 in the river. From the fishing lodge there is a magnificent mountain view, including the Hekla volcano and, in the distance, you can see Eyjafjallajökull. The lodge consists of 10 buildings that are all connected by a wooden terrace. In front of the main building are hot tubs overlooking the river. The rooms are large and have either two single beds or a double bed. All rooms have ensuite bathrooms with showers. The main house has good restaurant facilities for guests where they can relax after fishing. Delicious food is provided and there is a dining room, a bar and a lounge. Anglers may arrive at the lodge 1 hour before the fishing starts, but on the day of departure they must leave the room 1 hour after they stop fishing.

Fishing rules

One beat is fished per shift with two rods. Anglers skip two subdivided beats twice and then go to the next beat below where they started. Six days of fishing looks like this: 9/6/3/8/5/2/7/4/1/9/6/3

A fishing book is held by supervisor in the lodge of Eystri Rangár. Anglers must record all catches daily and notify the supervisor if tagged salmon are caught.

About quota: 4 small grilse under 70cm may be taken per rod, per shift. Salmon over 70cm must be released without exception and anglers receive a gift if they release a large salmon into crates.

About baits: Only fly fishing is allowed until noon 01.09., after which anglers can fish with allowed mixed baits.


The fishing area stretches from the waterfall Tungufoss downstream to the confluence and the boundary by Þverá in Fljótshlíð.

East-Rangá map

Services nearby

Nearest cities

Hvorlsvellir: 5 km, Selfoss: 48 km, Reykjavík: 105 km and Akureyri: 475 km

Nearby airports

Reykjavík airport: 106 km

About the fishing license


Permits: Jóhann Davíð Snorrason t. +354 793-7979. Bailiff: Gunnar t. +354 696-1200. Lodge: t. +354 487 6680


Morning shift

07:30 – 13:00

Evening shift

15:00 – 20:30


South Iceland

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