Ölvesvatn at Skagaheiði

Northwest Iceland
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Fishing season

25 May – 15 September


Baits allowed

Flies, Worms, Spinner

Fishing limits

No quota

Accomodation options

Fishing hut


Not available


For beginners, Family friendly, Requires permission, Only 4×4 cars

Price range for fishing rods

For the full day
3000 ISK to 4500 ISK

What can be fished


Lake Ölvesvatn is in Skefilsstaðahreppur in Skagafjarðarsýsla. It is 2.8 km², deep and at 169 m above sea level. Ölvesvatn is 6 km away from Hvalnes. The path to the lake is suitable for most taller four-wheel drive cars, but other paths around the area are more suitable for modified jeeps. It is not usually possible to access the lake until late May and the fishing season then lasts until mid-September. The catch is Arctic char and brown trout to a similar extent and very mixed in size. Purposeful net fishing was practiced in Ölvesvatn for a long time, and it did the fish good. This increased the attendance and popularity of the lake. Now, however, this net fishing seems to have stopped.

Accommodation & Facilities

Fishing hut

Fishing rules

Access to the fishing area is limited and it is safer to book a fishing permit in advance to ensure access. Bookings with accommodation take priority, both for the houses by Ölvesvatn and the attic in Skagavör. Holders of the Fishing Card must register in Hvalnes and receive a key to the area. Both the Fishing Card and ID must be shown. Net fishing is strictly prohibited, as is the handling of firearms. It is also strictly forbidden to leave rubbish and drive off-road. Children under the age of 14 fish for free accompanied by a cardholder. In Hvalnes, anglers receive fishing reports to fill in and information about the area. Fishing reports and keys must be returned at the end of fishing in Hvalnes.


The fishing area is all Ölvesvatn, Grunnutjarnir, Andavatn, Fossvatn, Stífluvatn and the rivers Eiðsá, Fossá and Selá

Services nearby

Nearest cities

The distance from Reykjavik is 366 km, 40 km are from Sauðarkrókur and 67 km from Skagaströnd

About the fishing license

The lake is a part of the Fishing Card

Booking: Bjarni Egilsson and family at Hvalnesi t: +354 453-6520

For those who book a house and are not carrying the Fishing Card, the permit costs 3000 ISK


24 hours


Northwest Iceland

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