Jökla & Fögruhlíðará

East Iceland
Photo credit: Snævarr Ö. Georgsson

Fishing season

01 July – 30 September


Baits allowed

Flies, Worms, Spinner
Fishing rod

Maximum fishing rods

8 rods

Fishing limits

1 fish per rod/day

Accomodation options

Angling lodge




Easy access, Requires permission, SUVs only

Price range for fishing rods

For the full day
50000 ISK to 250000 ISK

What can be fished


In the summer of 2020, there was a record catch of 870 salmon in the river Jökla. Many large salmon were landed, including one of 107 cm caught by Jules Goldberg on the 17th July – one of the biggest salmon caught that summer. The area includes the whole river Fögruhlíðará, above Réttarhyl, River Jökla from Húsármótum to the estuary and the rivers Kaldá, Laxá and Fossá that run into Jökla from the north. This is a huge and varied area, where fishing can be in large rivers like Jökla through to small rivers like Laxá, which is suitable for single handed rods. In total the area is about 40 km so there is a lot of space for anglers and great opportunities to explore new fishing areas. Jökla I and Fögruhlíðará are mainly fished for salmon, although trout are fished through the whole summer. It is also fished for sea-run char and the largest of these are about 65 cm.

Many people consider it a long drive to Jökla from Reykjavík, but it is easy to fly to Egilsstaðir and rent a car at Egilsstaðir Airport, reducing the travel time considerably.

Accommodation & Facilities

Angling lodge

On the banks of river Kaldá there is a magnificent fishing lodge for use by anglers in the Jökla area. It was built in 2007 and offers great facilities. It is connected by a terrace to four smaller houses with eight double rooms, each with a bathroom and a shower. The main house has a heated wader-storage, a fish cleaning room with a freezer, a great lounge- and dining room with a fireplace, kitchen with all the necessary equipment, plus a nice terrace.

The fishing lodge strives to offer first class food and services. Using the accommodation is not obligatory late in the season. During the summer groups need to request accommodation and the price is by agreement.

Fishing rules

All salmon 70 cm and larger must be released. One salmon per rod per day is allowed. In July and August only fly fishing is allowed, but in September worms and spinners are also permitted.

Fishing guard: Guðmundur Ólason t: (+354) 471-1019 and 660-6893


Take highway 1 to Akureyri and from there east through Mývatnssveit and over Möðrudalsöræfi. Before crossing the bridge over Jökla, turn right onto highway 917. Just before crossing the bridge at Kaldá, turn left to an off-road marked Mássel and you will immediately see the magnificent fishing lodge.

The fishing area: Jökla from the estuary and up to Húsarmót, together with Laxá, Kaldá, Fossá and Fögruhlíðará above the fishing spot Réttarhylur.

Services nearby

Nearest cities

Egilsstaðir: 45 km, Akureyri: 245 km via Vaðlaheiðar tunnel, Reykjavík: 632 km via the tunnel

Nearby airports

Egilsstaðir airport: 44 km

About the fishing license

The Angling Service Strengir t: +354 660-6890, [email protected], www.strengir.com


Morning shift

07:00 – 13:00

Evening shift

15:00 – 21:00


East Iceland

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