Northwest Iceland

Fishing season

01 June – 15 September


Baits allowed

Flies, Worms, Spinner
Fishing rod

Maximum fishing rods

8 rods

Fishing limits

No quota

Accomodation options

Fishing hut


Not available


For beginners, Family friendly, Requires permission, Only 4×4 cars

Price range for fishing rods

For the full day
4000 ISK to 4000 ISK

What can be fished


The Ketuvötn area include Skálavatn, Selvatn, Urðarselstjörn and Kelduvötn, which are two in number. In all these lakes there are brown trout and Arctic char, different in size. You can fish 24 hours a day in the lakes and anglers can move between the lakes at will. The weather controls when fishing can start in the lakes; when the frost leaves the ground, and the road can withstand traffic. This is often around June 1st, but only jeeps can be driven to the lakes. This is a popular water area, very family friendly and the same people come to fish year after year.

Accommodation & Facilities

Fishing hut


Fishing area: It is allowed to fish in Skálavatn, Selvatn, Urðarselstjörn and Kelduvötn, which are two in number.


Lake Skálavatn is south of northern Rangartjörn and Selvatn. In Skálavatn, which is 0.2 km² in area, there are both brown trout and arctic char. The trout can be quite big, up to 3-4 pounds, but the char can barely reach more than one pound. It is believed that it would be good for the lake if more net fishing was practiced in it.


Lake Selvatn is on the eastern side of Skagaheiði near Rangatjörn and Skálavatn. Keta shares Selvatn with Malland and Keta owns land at the south end of it. The lake is 0.3 km² in area and contains both brown trout and Arctic char. Most are about 1 ~ 2 pounds, but it has been said that the fish are growing and this is probably related to the fact that farmers have been netting the lake. To the lake is a 7 km jeep trail from Syðra-Mallandi and Ketu.


Urðarselstjörn is defined as a pond, is 0.1 km² in area and very shallow. It is reached on the way to Skálavatn if the jeep trail from Keta is taken, which is about 3 km. The pond contains a considerable number of brown trout, which are about 1 ~ 1.5 pounds in size. There are also a decent char there, more char than trout. There is a good fishing place by the outfall, which is to the east of the lake, where the trout often stay on the rocky bottom. Here, streamers are effective e.g. Black Ghost and unweighted Gray Ghost.


Kelduvötn are just east of the path that leads to Skálavatn. There are 2 lakes, Efra- and Neðra-Kelduvatn, and they contain both Arctic char and brown trout. As in Urðarselstjörn, there are more of char and they can be very big, up to 7 pounds. There is no road to the lakes, it is best to walk from Skálavatn which is about 10 minutes. The char in the lake has beautiful red flesh and are good to eat.

Services nearby

Nearest cities

Sauðárkrókur 53 km, Blönduós: um 65 km, Akureyri: 171 km and Reykjavík: 308 km

About the fishing license

Halldóra at Ketu t: +354 616-8040


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Northwest Iceland

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