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Fishing season

01 July – 30 September


Baits allowed

Fishing rod

Maximum fishing rods

3 rods

Fishing limits

2 fish per rod/day

Accomodation options

Angling lodge




Requires permission, SUVs only

Price range for fishing rods

For the full day

What can be fished


River Hrútafjarðará is a great river for smaller groups and is one of the best fly-fishing rivers in the country. In 2015 Hrúta, as it is often called, and its tributary Síká produced 860 salmon on three rods. The previous record was from 2013 when 702 salmon were caught. Catching a big salmon is possible, with salmon up to 10 kg caught most summers. Arctic char fishing in the river can be good and it is not uncommon that 250 – 300 char are caught every summer. The char can be big and are mostly caught in the lower part of the river.

Accommodation & Facilities

Angling lodge

The fishing cabin for River Hrútafjarðará is in the area of Bálkastaðir close to the river, on the east side, between Síká and the old Staðarskáli. There are four double bedrooms with made up beds and towels. Also, two bathrooms with showers, a special drying room for waders and clothing as well as fish cleaning facilities. A good kitchen and a living room with a big fireplace is also available. In the summer of 2013 an internet connection was set up for guests. There is a big terrace with a gas grill outside. Anglers should clean the house before departure, but it’s also possible to buy a cleaning service if requested in advance. Guests are asked to leave the house before 13:00 on the day of departure.

Fishing rules

All salmon over 70 cm must be released


Hrútafjarðará is about 10 km in length, from waterfall Réttarfoss and down to the fishing spot Dumbafljót. The River Síka is about 4 km.

Services nearby

Nearest cities

Hvammstangi: 34 km and Reykjavík: 160 km

Nearby airports

Reykjarvík airport: 165 km


Staðarskáli Service center is close by the river

About the fishing license

Veiðiþjónustan Strengir t: +354 567-5204


Morning shift

07:00 – 13:00

Evening shift

16:00 – 22:00


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