Laxá á Ásum

Northwest Iceland
Photo credit: Jón Þorsteinn

Fishing season

20 June – 18 September


Baits allowed

Fishing rod

Maximum fishing rods

4 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

What can be fished


River Laxá á Ásum is without a doubt one of the best salmon rivers in Iceland. In recent decades only two rods have been fished on the Laxá, but despite that the average catch of the river is about 1,000 salmon in the summer or about 500 salmon per rod. In winter 2016 the Laxárvatn Power Plant was shut down, and with that the fishing area of the river lengthened by 7 km and is now a total of 15 km. The river was restored to its original state, as it was before the power station was built in the 1940s. With those changes the number of rods in the river were increased to four. The river is fished two – three days at a time.

Laxá á Ásum is a very varied salmon river, with a wide variety of fishing spots. A part of the river´s catchment is Fremri Laxá (the Upper Laxá) and the estuary of Laxá. Fremri Laxá is sold separately all season, but the estuary is included with the main area from the opening until the 8th of July. After that time, it is sold separately.

Accommodation & Facilities

Angling lodge

The new fishing lodge, Ásgarður, was built in 2017. There are six double bedrooms each with a private bathroom. It offers first-class facilities and services. The price for each person per/day is 25 – 30.000 ISK depending on the time of the season.

Fishing rules

Anglers are permitted to take one salmon under 70 cm per rod/daily


Laxá á Ásum is 15 km in length and extents from Lake Laxárvatn to the estuary at Lake Húnavatn.

Services nearby

Nearest cities

Blönduós: 3 km, Akureyri: 147 km and Reykjavík: 245 km

Nearby airports

Akureyri airport: 150 km and Reykjavík airport: 245 km

About the fishing license

LAXÁS ehf, Sturla Birgisson t: +354 694-6311, [email protected]


Morning shift

07:00 – 13:00

Evening shift

16:00 – 22:00


Northwest Iceland

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