Northeast Iceland
Photo credit: Veiðikortið

Fishing season

01 May – 30 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
9900 ISK to 9900 ISK

What can be fished


Hraunhafnarvatn is the largest lake on Melrakkaslétta at 3.4 km². The lake is a maximum 4m deep and is 2 m above sea level. The river Hraunhafnará flows into it at the southern end. Hraunhafnarvatn is by the main road which runs beside the lake on a gravel reef between the lake and the sea. The lake contains both Arctic char and brown trout, which have prospered well, as net fishing has been practiced. There is a good population of Arctic char, at most 1/2 – 1 pound but up to three pounds, as well as brown trout, which can be up to 6 pounds. The best fishing spots in Hraunhafnarvatn are by the gravel reef and within the area along the lake towards Hraun-hafnará. Out in the estuary of the river there are often nice brown trout.

Accommodation & Facilities


Hotel Norðurljós t: +354 465-1233,


Guesthouse Hreiðrið t: +354 472-9930,


It is allowed to camp at (ones) own risk on an old field by the lake, but there is a very well organized camping site at Raufarhöfn.

Fishing rules

Holders of the Fishing Card must have the card and ID with them and be prepared to show the road. Children under the age of 14 fish for free accompanied by a cardholder. Anglers should send catch information by e-mail to [email protected].


Fishing is allowed in the land of Skinnalón and it is possible to see by marking on a map where to fish

Services nearby

Nearest cities

Raufarhöfn: 13 km, Húsavík: 138 km, Egilsstaðir: 270 km, Akureyri: 215 km and Reykjavík: 602 km.

About the fishing license

The lake is a part of the Fishing Card

Supervision of the lake: Halldór Þórólfsson t: +354 863-8468.


24 hours


Northeast Iceland

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