Grímsá & Tunguá

Southwest Iceland

Fishing season


Baits allowed

Fishing rod

Maximum fishing rods

8 rods

Fishing limits

2 fish per rod/day

Accomodation options

Angling lodge


Not available


Easy access, Requires permission, SUVs only

What can be fished


Grímsá is well known and considered one of Iceland’s best salmon rivers. It is near Lake Reyðar vatn, in Lundarreykjardalur. Small rivers and creeks drain into the lake, to some extent fed by spring water, which give Grímsá some spring feed character. Grímsá´s biggest tributary, Tunguá, runs into the river at pool number 600: Oddsstaðafljót. Tunguá is a decent salmon river and with Grímsá, their catchment area is about 313 km2. Salmon fishing in River Grimsá started in 1862 and there were some Englishmen involved. They used the lower part of the river until World War I and also somewhat during the inter-war years. After World War II and until 1970 landowners used their right to fish or leased it to various domestic parties. In 1971 a fishing club was established for both rivers and the system then leased out.

Accommodation & Facilities

Angling lodge

The angling lodge Fossás was opened in the spring of 1973. The house is unique in Iceland and has always attracted a lot of attention. The architect who designed the lodge is the American angler, Ernest Schwiebert. He fished in Grímsá for many summers.  The lodge is spacious with rooms for both guests and staff, a living room, dining room and facilities for meetings. The view can hardly be more magnificent.  To crown the glory a hot tub, with a view of the waterfall, was installed on the veranda. 


Take Vesturlandsvegur from Reykjavik and just before the bridge to Borgarfjördur take a right turn to road 50. Drive that road until you come to a crossroad and take a left turn to Hvítárvellir. Shortly, you come to a road on the right leading to the fishing lodge. It’s well marked and goes over a shrubbery grown hill. 

The fishable area in Grimsá is 32 km in length, but inTunguá it is 10 km in length. 

Services nearby

Nearest cities

Borgarnes: 18 km, Reykjavík: 86 km, Reykjanesbær: 128 km and Akureyri: 312 km

Nearby airports

Reykjavík airport: 88 km and Keflavík airport: 130 km


Krauma: 18 km, Hraunfossar og Barnafoss: 40 km, Húsafell: 46 km and the cave Víðgelmir: 50 km

About the fishing license

Hreggnasi ehf t: +354 577-2230 & 898-2230, [email protected]


Morning shift

07:00 – 13:00

Evening shift

16:00 – 22:00


Southwest Iceland

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