Northeast Iceland
Photo credit: Guðrún Guðmundsdóttir

Fishing season

01 January – 31 December


Baits allowed

Flies, Worms, Spinner

Fishing limits

No quota


Not available


For beginners, Family friendly, Easy access

Price range for fishing rods

For the full day

What can be fished


Lake Ólafsfjarðarvatn is about 2.3 km² in area; about 3 km in length and about 1 km in width where it is widest, and the maximum depth is 11 meters. The lake is special for many reasons. It is layered with fresh and salt water, and, in some places, there are warm water layers. It is on the list of natural monuments because of these characteristics. There is quite good fishing in Ólafsfjarðarvatn, mainly for Arctic char and local brown trout. Ice fishing is practiced from February until the ice melts. During the highest tides, seawater flows into the lake, so it is salty at the bottom. Fish that otherwise live in the sea are caught there, e.g., shorthorn sculpin, plaice, cod, pollock and even herring. However, the catch of sea fish has decreased somewhat in recent years. Farmers have nets in the lake during the summer and often fish quite well.

Accommodation & Facilities


Hotel Brimnes and cabins t: +354 466-2400, brimnes.net


Fishing is permitted in the whole the lake free of charge, except in the land of Auðnir

Services nearby

Nearest cities

Ólafsfjörður: only 1-3 km, Siglufjörður: 18 km, Akureyri: 62 km and Reykjavík: 403 km


In Siglufjörður – Restaurant Rauðka & Fríða Chocalate Coffee, in Ólafsfjörður – Kaffi Klara and restaurant Höllin, in Dalvík – Coffee Bakkabræður


The Herring museum at Siglufirði t: +354 467-1604, sild.is

Regional museum Hvoll in Dalvíkt t: +354 460-4928, dalvikurbyggd.is

The Beerbaths Árskógsandi t: +354 414-2828, bjorbodin.is

About the fishing license

Fishing is permitted in the lake free of charge, but it is good to let landowners know if you plan to fish.



Northeast Iceland

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