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Fishing season

15 June – 20 September


Baits allowed

Flies, Worms, Spinner
Fishing rod

Maximum fishing rods

3 rods

Fishing limits

No quota


Not available


For beginners, Easy access, Requires permission, SUVs only

Price range for fishing rods

For the full day
6300 ISK to 19800 ISK

What can be fished


The source of river Norðfjarðará is under Fanndalsfelli up in the highlands in Norðfjörður. The river is popular and has been ranked on the top 10 list of the best char rivers in the country. A few salmon are also caught in Norðfjarðará each year. In the river are many 2-3lb. (1 – 1.5 kg) char and it has been reported that char up to 6 or 7 pounds are caught each year. The fishing in Norðfjarðará is consistent, with about 700 to 800 char, mostly caught by fly fishing. The best time in the river is late July and well into August. At the beginning of the summer, the fishing is mostly in the lower part of the river, but by mid-July fish have arrived in most fishing spots of the river. The summer of 2012 was a record year in Norðfjarðará, when 1,142 char(s) and 11 salmon were caught. Either half or full days are sold in the river.

Accommodation & Facilities


There is no fishing cabin by the river

Fishing rules

Care must be taken to ensure that the top 3 km of the river is completely protected due to the char spawning grounds. Fishing there is prohibited. Conservation is one of the reasons why the river is completely sustainable and has not experienced the same downturns as other char rivers in the country. There is no quota, but it is expected that anglers are willing to show restraint and release larger fish.


There are 14 marked fishing spots in the river, the lowest one is Kelda and the top one is Naumamelur. In the tributary, Hengifossá, are 3 marked spots.

Services nearby

Nearest cities

Neskaupstaður: 2 km, Egilsstaðir: 66 km, Akureyri: 312 km via Vaðlaheiðar tunnel og Reykjavík: about 700 km via Akureyri

Nearby airports

Egilsstaðir airport: 68 km

About the fishing license

Veiðiflugan in Reyðarfjörður t: +354 474-1400,á

Fjarðasport in Neskaupstaður t: +354 477-1133, [email protected].


Morning shift

07:00 – 13:00

Evening shift

16:00 – 22:00


East Iceland

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