Laxá in Aðaldal

Northeast Iceland

Fishing season

20 June – 20 September


Baits allowed

Fishing rod

Maximum fishing rods

12 rods

Fishing limits

Catch & Release

Accomodation options

Angling lodge




Easy access, Requires permission, SUVs only

Price range for fishing rods

For the full day

What can be fished


Laxá in Aðaldalur has for long been called the queen of all salmon rivers in Iceland. It flows from Lake Mývatn for about 56 km in a beautiful landscape to Skjálfandaflói. The upper part of the river, that flows through Mývatnssveit and Laxárdalur, is well known for brown trout fishing. There is also good fishing for trout below the power station. Below the trout section there is a 20 km salmon section that now finally, after great anticipation by anglers, has been combined to the upper part under the same management company. It is probably true that nowhere in Iceland are there as many big salmon caught as in Laxá in Aðaldalur; every summer quite a few fish over 20 lbs are landed and salmon over 30 lbs are seen every summer. The area has great potential, diverse fishing spots and first-class accommodation.

Accommodation & Facilities

Angling lodge

There are two fishing lodges on the River Laxá. There is the Fishing Lodge at Árnes and the Fishing Lodge at Vökuholt. The lodge at Árnes offers a comfortable lounge and big dining room. It has eight double rooms with private bathrooms and two single rooms that share a bathroom. On the terrace is a jacuzzi, which is truly good to use after chasing silvery ones. Excellent chefs prepare delicious three course meals for the guests. At Vökuholt there are facilities for 24 people in 12 double rooms, each with a private bathroom. The lodge has a well-equipped dining room, and anglers may relax in comfort in the spacious guest lounge. There is a majestic view from the house in all directions. As with Árnes, there are noble chefs that “tickle the taste buds” of the anglers.

Fishing rules

All salmon must be released, but anglers may take brown trout. Boats are available at several fishing grounds and their use is the responsibility of the users. People are kindly asked to use the life-vests that are in the fishing lodge.


The fishing extends from Óseyri to the famous Æðarfossar waterfall, which is the lowest fishing spot.

Services nearby

Nearest cities

Húsavík: about 10 km, Akureyri: about 68 km, Egilsstaðir: about 213, Reykjavík: 456 km and Keflavík: 498 km


Waterfall Goðafoss: 39 km, Lake Mývatn: 48 km, Ásbyrgi: 70 km and Hljóðaklettar: 81 km

About the fishing license

Hermóður Hilmarsson t: +354 895-7984, [email protected]


Morning shift

07:00 – 13:00

Evening shift

16:00 – 22:00


Northeast Iceland

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