Northwest Iceland
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Fishing season

10 April – 15 September


Baits allowed

Flies, Worms, Spinner

Fishing limits

No quota


Not available


Family friendly, Easy access, Requires permission

Price range for fishing rods

For the full day
3500 ISK to 3500 ISK

What can be fished


Lake Hóp is on the border of Vestur- and Austur-Húnavatnssýslna and is the fifth largest lake in the country, about 44 km² in size. Fishing is permitted in the whole lake and there are many good fishing spots. Resident char, sea char, sea trout and a considerable number of salmon are caught in Hópið every year, as good numbers of salmon pass through it into the rivers Víðidalsá and Gljúfurá. It is easy to get to Hópið, as it is close to Highway 1 via Húnaþing. At low tide a long sand reef becomes visible that reaches a long way across the lake and is a very popular riding route.

Accommodation & Facilities

Fishing cabin

At Ásbjarnarnes there is a good fishing hut with a view over Hópið. There are toilets and the house can take 15-20 people for coffee. Housekeeping is included in the price of fishing permits, but accommodation is not available.



Fishing is permitted in the whole lake

Fishing spots and directions

To get to the lake on the west side, there are two routes from the Ring Road. Road 711 lies somewhat south of Víðigerði and from there it’s possible to take 717 which runs to Skollanes. From that road it is possible to take a road marked Ásbjarnarnes and in continue along continuation a difficult road up to Bjargás and out along Nesbjörg to the west. Under Nesbjörg there are several well-known fishing spots, such as Bryggjan and Vaðhvamm. Below Myrkurbjörg there are several respectable places and at the front of the axis are Skipeyri and Bjargatá which have often be productive.

There are several well-known fishing spots by Ásbjarnarnes, mainly to the north and east. From Ásbjarnarnes and into Skollanes there are many fishing spots, as well as on Skollanes itself. East of Víðidalsá, close to Nes, there are also several well-known fishing spots e.g. the mouth of Gljúfurá

Services nearby

Nearest cities

Blönduós: 23 km, Akureyri: 167 km, Reykjavík: 230 and Reykjanesbær: 270 km

About the fishing license

Víðigerði in Víðidal t: (+354) 511-4440 & 783-9393

Hópið day permit or year card





Northwest Iceland

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