Hofsá í Skagafirði

Northwest Iceland
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Fishing season

15 July – 15 October


Baits allowed

Flies, Worms, Spinner
Fishing rod

Maximum fishing rods

3 rods

Fishing limits

More than 5 fish per rod/day

Accomodation options

Angling lodge


Not available


Requires permission, SUVs only, Only by foot

Price range for fishing rods

For the full day
3500 ISK to 3500 ISK

What can be fished


The fishing area of river Hofsá is about 25 km, and the main catch is a sea run char, although occasional sea trout and salmon are also caught. The river flows into river Western-Jökulsá but has its source from the glacier Hofsjökull and from lakes and streams around that area. This is a rather big river, and it is sometimes glacial but into it runs the River Fossá, which comes from Hofsjökull. Above the junction of Fossá, Hofsá is always clear over a length of 5 to 6 km and is then called Runukvísl up to waterfall Runufoss. The fishing has been extremely volatile through the years, some years almost nothing has been caught but other years there has been excellent fishing. Often the best fishing is in the autumn. One day in October, over 100 char were caught on the three rods and two salmon.

Accommodation & Facilities

Angling lodge

It is possible to get made up beds at Marta in Litlahlíð for 6000 ISK per/person in a summerhouse with a hot tub. Marta t: +354 443-8086 & +354 823-4242, [email protected]


The fishing area is about 25 km in length. The uppest fishing spot is the waterfall Runufoss, but the lowest one is where Hofsá runs into West-Jökulsá.

Services nearby

Nearest cities

Varmahlíð: 37 km, Akureyri: 131 km and Reykjavík: 330 km

About the fishing license


Info: Borgþór Borgarsson t: +354-453-8087, [email protected]



Northwest Iceland

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