Laxá in Mývatnssveit

Northeast Iceland
Photo credit: Högni Harðarson

Fishing season

29 May – 26 August


Baits allowed

Fishing rod

Maximum fishing rods

14 rods

Fishing limits

1 fish per rod/day

Accomodation options

Angling lodge




Requires permission, SUVs only, Only by foot

Price range for fishing rods

For the full day
59000 ISK to 63500 ISK

What can be fished


It is safe to say that the brown trout areas in Laxárdalur and Mývatnssveit are unique in the world. For those who want beautiful surroundings and lots of trout, Mývatnssveit is the right place. Apart from good, consistent fishing in recent years, the river is unique: fast currents, and beautiful bays, rapids and calm pools; all in an environment that has no equal. This is simply an area which all fly fishermen must try at least once in their lifetime. In Mývatnssveit the average size is smaller than in Laxárdalur but considerably more fish are caught there. Access is more difficult than in Laxárdalur and anglers need to walk some distance to fishing spots on some beats. Most of the summer 2 – 3 days are fished at a time, but single days have also been available. Average catch in recent years is about 3000 trout.

Accommodation & Facilities

Angling lodge

Anglers stay in the fishing lodge Hof which they pay for full service. In the lodge are 13 double rooms and 5 single rooms. There is a lounge and a big dining room where food is served as a buffet. There is also a good storage for waders and fish cleaning facilities. Near the house is a fine hot tub.

Fishing rules

It is permitted to take one brown trout per shift. All fish under 35 cm must be released and all fish 60 cm and larger must be released. There are 14 rods daily in this section (one beat is rested each day).


Drive over Fljótsheiði on the way east from Akureyri. When coming down from the moor, take a right turn towards Laugar (road 1) and Lake Mývatn. Shortly after passing the farm Helluvað turn left and drive across the bridge over Laxá. The fishing lodge can now be seen on the left and turn right at the same place you would if going to Hofstaðir.

The fishing area covers the part of the river that belongs to Mývatnssveit and the upper part of Laxárdalur. There are a total of 8 beats

Services nearby

Nearest cities

Húsavík: um 60 km, Akureyri: 67 km via Vaðlaheiðar tunnel Reykjavík: 455 km via Vaðlaheiðar tunnel

Nearby airports

Akureyri airport: 67 km via Vaðlaheiðar tunnel


Skútustaðir craters: 6 km, Dimmuborgir: 16 km, Grjótgjá: 20 km, Myvatn nature baths: 20 km og Námaskarð hot springs: 23 km

About the fishing license

Websale SVFR

The Angling Club of Reykjavík t: +354 568 6050, [email protected]


Morning shift

08:00 – 14:00

Evening shift

16:00 – 22:00


Northeast Iceland

Popular flies


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