Eldvatn in Meðallandi

South Iceland
Photo credit: Haukur Þórðarson

Fishing season

01 April – 10 October


Baits allowed

Fishing rod

Maximum fishing rods

5 rods

Fishing limits

Catch & Release

Accomodation options

Angling lodge




Requires permission, Only 4×4 cars

Price range for fishing rods

For the full day
25000 ISK to 40000 ISK

What can be fished


The River Eldvatn, Meðallandi, in Vestur-Skaftafellssýsla is suitable for sea trout with occasional salmon and char caught too. The fishing area is one of the most beautiful in the country, with several diverse fishing spots. There is a considerable amount of fishing but it can be difficult to find the fish as they do not often rise to the surface. The fishing season 2019 yielded about 500 sea trout with about 150 fish longer than 70 cm. Three of the largest were 90, 93 and 95 cm long.

In the spring of 2013, a new tenant took over river Eldvatn: the fishing association Unubót. In collaboration with all landowners in the Eldvatn water area and with anglers, the breeding and release of sea trout juveniles was undertaken to maintain and build up the stocks of the Skaftfell sea trout. It has certainly worked well.

Accommodation & Facilities

Angling lodge

On the riverbank is a magnificent fishing lodge that was established in 2009. Accommodation is included in fishing permits, but people must pay extra for made up beds and cleaning. (7,000 per person in each group).

Fishing rules

All sea trout must be released, but salmon may be taken


Drive to Kirkjubæjarklaustur and cross the bridge at Kúðafljót and then take a road to the right down to Meðalland. Eldvatn’s fishing area is about 20 km with about 40 significant fishing spots

Map of the river

Services nearby

Nearest cities

Kirkjubæjarklaustur: about 30 km, Selfoss: 202 km, Reykjavík: 260 km and Akureyri: 628 km

About the fishing license

The Angling Club Unubót ehf, Karl Antonsson t: +354 421-8424 & +354 858-7657



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