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Fishing season

01 May – 10 October


Baits allowed

Flies, Spinner
Fishing rod

Maximum fishing rods

5 rods

Fishing limits

More than 5 fish per rod/day


Not available


Family friendly, Accessibility for the disabled, Easy access, Requires permission

Price range for fishing rods

For the full day

What can be fished


Heiðarvatn is about 1.9 km² in area and lies about 70 meters above sea level. It has been measured at a depth of about 30 meters, but the average depth is about 13 meters. This lake has for years been one of the most popular and well-known lakes in the country, where you can catch almost all types of Icelandic freshwater fish, i.e., sea trout, brown trout, Arctic char, and occasionally salmon. Much of the fish in Heiðarvatn is small char, but the sea trout can be up to 13 ~ 14 pounds. It is therefore advisable to have strong leaders when baiting for sea trout and brown trout, not to mention the salmon that have broken many trout lines. From Heiðarvatn, Vatnsá flows into Kerlingardalsá.

Accommodation & Facilities

Fishing cabin

It’s possible to rent a house for accommodation by the lake, first part of the summer. Anglers may come at 21 pm before the fishing day. Anglers take care of the cleaning themselves.

Fishing rules

There are 4 rods sold in the lake in addition to which 2 rods from Kerlingardalsá are allowed to fish in the lake. All fish 55 cm and larger shall be released as well as all sea trout and salmon in April and May. Otherwise, 6 fish may be caught per day.

It is not permitted to fish in Vatnsá with a fishing license in Heiðarvatn


Fishing is permitted in the whole lake

Services nearby

Nearest cities

Vík í Mýrdal: 6 km, Selfoss: 127 km, Reykjavík: 184 km and Akureyri: 554 km


Reynisfjara beach: 8 km, Dyrhóley: 16 km, the Waterfalls Skógafoss: 32 km and Seljalandsfoss: 58 km

About the fishing license

Ásgeir t: +354 660 3858, [email protected]



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