Northeast Iceland
Photo credit: Ferðafélag Akureyrar

Fishing season

01 January – 31 December


Baits allowed

Flies, Worms, Spinner

Fishing limits

No quota


Not available


For beginners, Family friendly, Easy access, Requires permission

Price range for fishing rods

For the full day
2000 ISK to 3000 ISK

What can be fished


Lake Ljósavatn is 3.2 km² in area, 35 m at its deepest and is 105 m above sea level. The inflow is from Geitá, Litlutjarnarlækur and river Kambsá and the outflow is river Djúpá, which flows to the river Skjálfandafljót. Most of the fish are char, ½-1 pound, and a considerable number of brown trout, which can be quite large. There is some net fishing in the lake, but probably too little, because the char is small, and the lake is considered overcrowded. Highway no. 1 lies along the lake through Ljósavatnsskarð and it is possible to drive around it. It is very popular with anglers and very suitable for families. The fishing is usually best in the spring, from May to mid-July. There are good fishing spots on the east side of the lake, at the mouth of small streams and where the river Kambsá falls into it.

Accommodation & Facilities


Hotel Edda at Stórutjarnir t: +354 444-4000.


Fosshóll t: +354 464-3108, fossholl.is

Kiðagil t: +354 464-3290, svartarkot.is/kidagil

Fishing rules

Cardholders are obliged to register with a landowner and are given a fishing report that must be submitted at the end of the fishing. Anglers and outdoor enthusiasts are kindly requested to be tidy in the area. Off-road driving is not allowed. Children under the age of 14 fish for free with a cardholder.


Fishing Card: Fishing is allowed in the entire lake with the exception of Vatnsendi, which is from Geitá to Dauðatangi. Helgi at Vatsendi sells fishing permits for that region

Services nearby

Nearest cities

Akureyri: 28 km, Húsavík 28 km and Reykjavík 415 km.


Fosshóll: 7 km, Lund golf course: 20 km and Dalakofinn restaurant: 19 km.


Goðafoss waterfall: about 7 km, Aldeyjarfoss waterfall: 46 km, Daladýrð: 25 km and Lake Myvatn: 50 – 60 km.

About the fishing license

Ljósavatn is a part of the Fishing card, but day permits are also available

Sigurður Birgisson, Krossi t: (+354) 894-9574 & 868-1975. Helgi Ingason, Vatnsenda t: (+354) 692-8125 & 464-3249.



Northeast Iceland

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